Over the course of our thirty odd minutes, I got the sense that there was so much more longevity in her frame of mind and the way she was going about her career.
Nowadays, you need at least two titles to grab people’s attention. Lisette Scheers is an entrepreneur, creative director, designer, illustrator, photographer and above all, a mum. Have I also mentioned that she’s a soon-to-be author? I don’t know about you but I can hardly wait for her coffee table volume which I already knew would be amazing! In case you were to procrastinate, let me remind you that we all have as many hours in a day as Lisette.
“It was CRAZY.” These three little words pretty much summed up Lisette’s recent years.
The moment I stepped in to L.inc, the design darling was spotted in a black dress with whimsical bird prints on, like a beautiful palette of bold colours. It’s pretty but fuss-free. You can instantly tell that creative impetus and artistic passion run in her veins.
Initially, Lisette wanted to have a children clothing line. It was never her intention to set up a creative agency. When something’s good, people notice. “A lot of people want to collaborate.” This creative genius is building her own empire, having already collaborated with a few big names like The BIG Group, Aesop, BRDB and E&O Berhad.
I think it was really crucial for the way I was taught. It was really old school. I graduated before the computer era.
All Mixed Up
Lisette has always been fascinated by all things peranakan and heritage. Surprisingly, the Malaysian heritage element does not seem incongruous with her contemporary Dutch inspired designs. She made them seem like a match made in heaven.
And Nala, a product line founded by Lisette six years ago should definitely be on your radar. The brand draws from the wealth of inspiration of Malaysia’s melting pot of Chinese, Malay and Indian culture. Nala in three words is contemporary, heritage and unique. “Whatever Nala made is going to fund her education,” explained Lisette on naming the product line after her twelve-year-old daughter.
“I’m capable of translating heritage into something contemporary. I wouldn’t be able to do it if I weren’t Dutch.” Her nomadic upbringing and exposure to various cultures definitely have everything to do with her one of a kind aesthetic. She was everywhere, almost; born in Singapore, later relocated to Hong Kong, Antwerp, Brussels, Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur. “I had a little bit of everything. My friends are all mixed. All my friends are half-Malay and half-Finnish, half-English and half-Chinese. We have the best of both worlds.”
I often ask the creative folks the mechanism to maintain their creative lives in Kuala Lumpur. In Lisette’s case, there will never be shortage of inspiration. “I look to the left, I look to the right. I’ll straight away see something new, and I’ve got three new ideas.” Apparently, the aha-moments are not always pleasing for her. “Because everything is inspiring, I find it difficult to live.”
Her most unexpected source of inspiration is the grills, and the print inspired by it had later gone on to become her bestseller. That certainly passes for her happy dance.
“We have everything here in this country. It’s all around us. It’s the perfect country to be in. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.” We, fellow Malaysians are constantly looking for a new sky whilst what should really be on our to-do list is to make this country a better place to live in. Or in Lisette’s words, “make it a bit more beautiful.”
So far, she’s been doing an amazing job by creating a space* to inspire and the great news is, the theme changes every month. For this creative genius, change may just the crazy fuel that inspires her. ◆
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