For our second installment of Maker Monday, we spoke with Hannah Hanlon, an Atlanta based artist, mother and the talent behind Hannah Cross Ltd. If you aren't familiar, please do yourself a favor and check out her incredible collection of limited edition silk scarves here
FG: What do you wish you knew at the beginning of your career?
Hannah: I think just to capitalize on being naive. It's the time you can take big risks before knowing any better.
FG: Who is your dream client?
Hannah: I've got a few in mind, but I'd love to do a philanthropic collaboration.
FG: Do trends influence your design?
Hannah: Not consciously. It's hard not to be influenced by what you see, but I hope I am more influenced by the world around me than fashion trends.
FG: If you weren’t a fashion designer, what would you do instead?
Hannah: I'd like to run an art school for kids.
FG: What rule do you believe is meant to be broken?
Hannah: Most of them. If I liked rules, I'd be in my former career.
FG: What was the most defining moment for you as a designer?
Hannah: I met Allan Fletcher and spent a day in his studio when I was living in London for a semester. I had never met someone who was spewing that kind of creative energy and passion before.
FG: If you had to pick one outfit to wear every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Hannah: Something black probably.
FG: What has been your biggest challenge as a designer?
Hannah: Being a designer is natural, the hard part is running your own business. It's great, but it requires a different type of discipline.
FG: Who has been the most influential person in your life? Why?
Hannah:I've been very fortunate to have a lot of incredible mentors, among them my childhood art teacher, my artist grandmother and my friend Mike Toth.