Ep1 - Emilio de la Morena & Quince

Welcome to the first episode of Smy Goodness podcast where I sat down with Emilio de la Morena to chat about quince, the fruit from antiquity resembling a pear/apple hybrid which has inspired cooks, artists and lovers. Emilio is the Creative Director at Emilio de la Morena, a fashion brand that designs and manufactures luxury womenswear. The aim of the podcast is to explore how food, art, history and design intersect. Born in Spain, Emilio studied at Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion; a Spanish artisan with a London aesthetic. It made perfect sense to kick off the podcast with a discussion of where quince originated, how it traveled the world, its uses and inspirations to us and others throughout the ages.

The brand’s aesthetic is sexy and chic. Emilio is by nature an intellectual designer, whose passion lies in exploring new processes and ways of putting clothes together. He manages to create surprising and fastidiously sexy cocktail looks by modernizing old and obscure craftsmanship techniques. But just as important as the intellectual explorations behind a collection, is the way each garment makes the wearer feel - reinforcing her personality and a sensual femininity.

Emilio will be showing at London Fashion Week A/W 2017 on Tuesday 21st February. Last autumn we sat down and chatted about inspirations, family, bees and all the senses that come to the surface when enjoying quince. I would like to thank him so very much for chatting with me and I look forward to seeing the collection tomorrow. Be sure to follow Emilio de la Morena on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for news, stockists and videos and check out his website as well.

 Emilio de la Morena S/S 16

Emilio de la Morena S/S 16

 Emilio de la Morena A/W 17

Emilio de la Morena A/W 17

 Quince, Cabbage, Melon and Cucumber, c1602 (290 cm x 239 cm), Juan Sanchez Cotan

Quince, Cabbage, Melon and Cucumber, c1602 (290 cm x 239 cm), Juan Sanchez Cotan

 
 Smy Goodness Membrillo 2016

Smy Goodness Membrillo 2016

 
 Quince and apple crumble with a polenta and pistachio crumble served with quince ice cream and membrillo slivers.

Quince and apple crumble with a polenta and pistachio crumble served with quince ice cream and membrillo slivers.

 Quince steamed pudding served with cream and quince brandy.

Quince steamed pudding served with cream and quince brandy.

 
 A print I made from imprints left from handmaking beads and images of quince pectin and jelly.

A print I made from imprints left from handmaking beads and images of quince pectin and jelly.

 

A few years back I decided to bundle all my interests together and rebrand from Smy Chutney to Smy Goodness so that all my preserves, crafts, products and workshops could live together in one place. My own podcast seemed a suitable place to uncover, understand and enjoy things related to food, art, history and design. Please do share your stories, knowledge, questions and suggestions. In the Smy Goodness.com podcast section you will find the podcasts and all the items that we are discussing and will have ongoing discussions about each week. You can also follow Smy Goodness on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. I'd like to thank Matteo Borea for creating the music and Ashley Palmer for assisting with recording gear and queries. Thank you for listening.