Interview With Danielle Tobin, Designer of Elle Tobin

 Cover photo curtesy of: Linette Kielinski

First off, please share a little about yourself and your brand?
Hello Private School community! My name is Danielle and I am artist, designer and founder of ELLE TOBIN, a sustainable apparel and accessories company. The brand unites art and fashion with edgy, vibrant, and original designs. Through a playful process of up-cycling, each piece is carefully handcrafted by merging unexpected textiles to create a dazzling and distinctive story for each garment. The ELLE TOBIN woman is confident and thrives on being a show-stopper.

Do you have someone or something that inspires you the most?
Many things inspire me, nature, street art, music, and books including Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés and anything by OSHO. These elements are fundamental to my creative influences. I consume them all, they filter through me and are realized in my creations.

What was the biggest challenge you have ever faced?
The biggest challenge I have ever faced is persevering through this past year’s pandemic. Living with this new level of constant uncertainty, unrest from racial inequalities and the political polarization has been unlike anything I have ever experienced. 2020 has been A LOT! On the flip side, it has also been a blessing to have the time to further explore my creativity. Currently, I am a designer-in-residence at The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, a year-long business program for fashion entrepreneurs. It has been an incredible experience of growth and learning along with the amazing support of my fellow designers in the cohort.

Where do you feel the most at peace?
I am most at peace when I am in Mother Nature. Nature is my church and medicine. It’s where I pray, meditate, heal, recharge, appreciate the beauty, and find inspiration.

Do you have an unknown talent you would want to share?
I brew the most amazing tasting kombucha. I ferment it twice, the second time with fruits and vegetables to give it a delicious flavor.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip with a sugar cone.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today, I am looking forward to some serious hugging of all my friends, loved ones, and even acquaintances (upon consent). I am also planning to be adventuring somewhere in nature that I have never been before, wearing ELLE TOBIN of course!