Have you ever wondered how we come up with the variety of colours we make our products in? Take a glimpse into the vibrant mind of Spencer Wyatt, our Colour Designer. He's one cool dude with a passion for making lives (and yoga classes) a whole lot brighter.
q&a with spencer
alexis: where are you from?
spencer: Massillon, Ohio.
alexis: in two sentences or less, tell us what you do.
spencer: I'm responsible for building and naming our seasonal colours and palettes.
alexis: how do you get inspired to create or choose colours?
spencer: I am a visual sponge, soaking up the world around me. I often pull colour inspiration from travel, blogs, food, shopping, movies, and trend agencies. People watching is not only a hobby, but a functional aspect of my job. We also have seasonal design themes which I use to filter all my blue sky ideas into intentional colour strategies.
alexis: what is the biggest change about moving from Boston to Vancouver?
spencer: The food! Sorry Boston, but Vancouver's food scene is to die for!
alexis: who is your style icon?
spencer: Andre 3000, hands down. He is an all-around inspiration.
alexis: has there ever been a colour in nature that you haven't been able to recreate or identify?
spencer: I find the variety of colours within fire intriguing, yet nearly impossible to generalize into one actual colour.
alexis: what is your favourite album of the moment?
spencer: Outkast's debut album "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik" is my timeless favorite.
alexis: how do you create colour names each season?
spencer: I set out to make fun colour names that make our guests smile. Fresh cut produce tends to be a key source for stimulating colour names. I may usually add humorous or suggestive adjectives to electrify. I always love colour names that just slide off the tongue like "warm butter."
alexis: if you could travel to any city for a day, where would you go?
alexis: what is your favourite colour this season?
spencer: Guava Lava, from W13, is still one of my favs thus far, followed by Greyvy, an awesome grey-navy neutral coming in Spring 14.
alexis: tell us about a goal that you have.
spencer: I am passionate about bringing colour into the peoples' lives, especially in the form of wardrobe accentuating. This year I will be launching a men's style blog aimed to both inspire and prescribe freshness for gents looking to get the most out their closets. In the interim I am using my Outfit of the Day (#ootd) as a visual tutorial, on both instagram and Facebook, to showcase my vision for styling men's colour, pattern, and silhouette. [follow me @moistvelvet on Instagram].
alexis: I heard a crazy small-world story about you and a co-worker. Can you tell us about it?
spencer: Andrea Cilona, the new colorist here, and I eerily have a lot in common. My father was Andrea's father's industrial arts teacher in high school. Andrea's brother and I nearly shared a birthday (two days apart) but our mother's shared a hospital wall. Lastly, our parents currently live less than a mile away from each other in a one-stoplight town, Waynesburg, Ohio. Yet Andrea and I have never met until moving to Vancouver.
alexis: how do you sweat each day?
spencer: I mainly snowboard, do hot yoga, and push my fixed gear bike to the limits.
We think Spencer has one of the coolest jobs in the world! What would your dream job be if you knew you couldn't fail? Can you create it? And what colour do you want that we haven't made yet? Tell us!