“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.
The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has even been before”
– Albert Einstein
Inspiration. The process of being mentally stimulated . To create something large(r), or meaningful. I live for inspirations, for inspirations are what move us from good to better, from better to richer in mind. Inspirations come any second. At the most unexpected situations. Random, the timing might be, but inspirations will only come with an open mind and a big heart. A mind that is willing to see and accept newness and even ugliness, so that the most irrelevant object becomes relevant, and becomes an idea that is grand and pleasant it so much touches our hearts.
And so I travel. To places I like and I imagine I will dislike. To see what’s out there. To witness how a society defines life in their own magical ways. And to eventually fall in love – with the notion that life itself is an inspiration, lived in so many different ways. Every smile is followed by a different pair of eyes – how they look into yours, don’t they make you wonder what’s behind? And every pair of legs you see walking on the street, they carry an interesting story that can be intriguing – or not, but nevertheless, adds an inch of idea to your brilliant mind.
And with me, is my travelling companion, the most loyal and timeless one. Her name is Passion, my LV trunk. Inside Passion, are my stories, laid on top of papers, visualized through sketches, colored by markers or crayons. And books. And ribbons and fabric samples. And shoes I collect from every market I visit. My trunk is a reality depiction of my senses. The magic big leather box where I store the inspirations I seek and find on the roads less and much travelled. In a compartment down under, you will find stacks of photo albums. Inside, are photos of eyes and smiles and legs I come across. Photos of life and how it is lived in different places, so I can revisit them later as the richest source of inspiration.
Did you know? The best shoes are not just those with great style and comfort. But those which carry a story. So that you can pass on a message to the wearer, and the wearer can help you spread the story to others. That’s how great stories are created, you see? From little stories passed from one to another as inspiration. So is Passion, my LV trunk. Passion itself is a story, because it has experienced different places and different weathers with me. No matter how difficult the road, it survives. And together, we create inspiration for others.
- Diana Rikasari, Shoe Designer
PS: Thank you for the opportunity, AMICA! This was an interesting feature. Together with Cindy Biantoro, Ario Achda & Syahmedi Dean, we were asked to write a story about Louis Vuitton trunks. Above was my take, although in the magazine you will read the translated version...yay! :)