In her spare time aboard planes and trains during recent travels to Italy and India, Design Director for Travers, Erin Finn was kind enough to share a glimpse of her impressive career in the textile industry. As I recently shared, KDR is fortunate enough to now represent all six lines from the Zimmer + Rohde family of textiles, including Travers, in all three of our showrooms.
Q: Can you give us a snapshot of your background prior to your current role with Travers?
A: I’m a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology. I was with Robert Allen for 10 years, Vice President of Beacon Hill for five years. I left Robert Allen to start my family and was hired by Travers in 2007.
Q: What attracted you to the opportunity with Travers?
A: The fact it was a boutique luxury collection with lots of personality—I liked that it offered designers something out of the norm, a bit unusual. I was drawn to the international opportunity it presented; a chance to learn the artisanal development from textile masters.
A: It was important to keep Travers true to its design sensibility and distinct color palette, to continue with its traditional spirit but make it more “now.”
Q: What do you feel is the main difference between Travers then and now?
A: The main difference is that now we have a more global distribution. Being purchased by Z+R gave the line recognition worldwide, allowing us to enter new markets throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Russia etc.
Q: If you had to sum up Travers in one sentence…
A: Travers offers the new traditional with an unexpected whimsy visible in its prints and wovens. I marry new technologies to the design process to create casual glamour.
Q: I’m curious (and truth be told, envious) of your job, as the Design Director, what exactly does your position entail?
A: As design director my job is to travel the world, research design trends and create a product for the interior designer. I work with mills worldwide to find the best sources for our Travers creations while being mindful of the client’s needs and wants.
Q: As the brand continues to evolve, what direction do you see it taking?
A: My plans for the future include revisiting designs from our extensive archive and breathing new life into them.
And for that, we anxiously await.
Until next time…
Photos provided by zimmer-rohde.com.
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