French Designer Candice Forrer
Candice Forrer is a French designer who founded the clothing brand
Level Off, a Summer Ready to Wear line, in 2013. Recently, she was
nice enough to take time out of her busy schedule and answer a few
questions for For the Love of Fashion. I am responsible for all of the questions and
the editing in this conversation. For more information on Candice
Forrer’s beautiful and bold designs featured in her brand , Level Off
Clothing, please visit her website at http://www.level-off.com/
and Level Off’s Facebook page at
A selection of her beautiful creations are posted below our conversation.
My Conversation with Candice Forrer
FTLOF : Hello Candice. May I ask what part of the world you are from ?
CF : I come from France, but I have lived in many places. I was born in
Strasbourg , France and I lived in St. Tropez, France for three years.
FTLOF : What is your favorite childhood memory ?
CF : Holidays spent in the south of France with my family, that is the one memory
that really sticks in my mind.
FTLOF : At what point in your life did you know you wanted to be a designer ?
CF : As a child, my mother owned a number of shops that sold clothing and
jewelry and I used to accompany her when she would buy for the shops
and when she would go to the trade shows in Paris. When I lived in Saint
Tropez, I was lucky enough to meet and spend time with a number of
successful entrepreneurs who sold clothing all around the world. After
showing my drawings to these entrepreneurs , they encouraged me to
go into business for myself . And it was at that moment, that I decided
to work on assembling the ideas that would lead me to launching Level Off.
FTLOF : What would you say inspires you ?CF : I would say that inspiration is all around me. I love the colorsI see all around me. For me they are really important because my brand,Level Off, is a Ready to Wear brand consisting entirely of summer clothes.It is hard to really explain what inspires me because it is difficult to limitit to just one thing. If I spend time in the garden or the market or a car, orif I go on a Holiday trip, different inspirations come to me. Fresh styles formy designs come to me all the time. Like I said, inspiration is everywhere.FTLOF : Is there any one person who inspires you ?CF : NoFTLOF : Do you have a favorite designer ?CF : I love a lot of designers. I love Leonard for his prints, for classic smoking,I love Yves Saint Laurent, I love Cloé and I love Zanotti when it comes to shoes.I love mixing classic looks with original and different colors.FTLOF : Of all the recent major runway shows that just recently ended in New York,Paris, London and Milan did you have a favorite collection by one designer ?CF : No! Let me explain. I like diversity. I can make my own choices. Everything isnot white or black! Everything is necessary. I do not try to look like anybody else.I do not have a membership in a particular group, nor do I have a favorite singer.I love the assortment of personalities the world offers. I love people of character.I do not limit myself to one collection or designer.FTLOF : The motto for your brand Level Off is ” Authorization to Dream ” . Could youtell us how you come up with that ?CF : Yes. My motto ” Authorization to Dream” is a play on words, if you will,because the logo is a French Rosette with the wings which suggests air traveland “Level Off ” , the name of my brand, is an aeronautical term. I want to sellmy brand in different countries and all the items are made in France. I am Frenchand I sell a French product and it is very important to me that my logo andmotto reflects that and reflect the fact that I want to sell my clothing to womenall around the world.FTLOF : Do you think that this phrase will speak to women all around the world ?CF : Yes, I think it will.FTLOF : What advice would you give to a young designer trying to get into the industry ?CF : I don’t give advice. Each person is the master of their own life,their own decisions and their own failures. You should notbe slowed down by taking advice from another. Each personneeds to know their own failures to move forward and eachperson’s story is completely different. All I shall tell you if youask me for advice is just that everyone has the authorization to dream!