I actually had more like 45 minutes with the charming Montreal-born, London-based designer, but that story will run in an upcoming issue of the magazine. As
Erdem toured me through the
Paris showroom for his latest collection, he told me that some of his prints reminded him of Rorschach patterns. On that note, I put him through the paces with ELLE Canada’s express personality profile.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? "A jog by the canal, near where I live in
Biggest indulgence? "My books. I own over 1,000 of them. I have a huge library. They’re mainly photographic collections. Just yesterday, I bought a Victorian-era photo album at a flea market…a family photo album."
Whom do you most admire, living or dead? "My mother."
If you could be a historical figure, who would you be? "That’s such a good question! Hmm…Napolean, but taller!" [laughs]
What’s the worst thing about your job? "When I doubt myself."
The best thing? "When something looks exactly as you imagined it to be. It’s wonderful."
Who is your favourite fictional character? "Rupert Bear."
What skill do you wish you had? "I wish I were ambidextrous."
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