Colour Me In: Five Minutes with Royal Caballito

Diana Saldaña thinks in colour—heaps of colour and she’s not afraid to use it! The former art historian/photo curator has proven that if you work hard and hold on to your dreams, that combined with passion is enough to lead you into a bright future.

A few weeks ago, I caught up with the designer to discuss her latest collection, the women who have inspired her, and some of the most important things that she’s learnt along the way since starting her own label.  

Just two years ago, Saldaña created Royal Caballito, an emerging clothing brand focussed on producing comfortable garments with values of sustainability. The collections are designed with imagination and prudence. She uses family-owned manufacturers to help with production, but does all of the designing herself. There's knitwear throughout the collections with cardigans, skirts, and roomy dresses or tops that can all be blended with other separates. But, there's also accessories, including scarves and printed notebooks.

So, what does Royal Caballito mean? With inspiration from Saldaña’s English and Spanish multicultural background, she came up with the name for her brand by using the imperial quality of the word Royal, and Caballito, which means “little horse” to capture the playful and childlike spirit of the brand.
Comfort and culture is certainly at the forefront of what Saldaña’s niche is, and there's an artful ease about the line that just makes sense. The result is a practical and unique collection full of character and sprightly attitude. Some pieces even have an abstract aesthetic. “I like natural fibers the best. Cotton, silk and wool are my favourites. They provoke an emotional response in me,” Saldaña said.

For those who don’t typically run toward donning patterns or busy graphics they may be surprised and delighted, because the design graphics are wearable and flattering. The soft colour palettes and overall aesthetic works marvellously with the simple silhouettes, whilst navy and black break up the collection as a smart accent amongst the prints!

There’s much to appreciate from Royal Caballito, especially the fresh perspective that the brand exudes as a whole. And, there’s no surprise that many garments have already sold out! Here's a view of some of her garments.  


What do you think of Royal Caballito's pieces? 

Getting To Know Diana Saldaña:
On her inspiration for the Autumn/Winter line …
“Ice” was inspired by my determination to create pieces that could help drive away the winter doldrums … When days get short and temperatures drop I really cherish spirited and colourful warm clothing.

The coming SS15 collection, called Harvest, could be well understood as an extension of that dialogue.”

On her dream collaboration …
“I would absolutely love to do any project with either Miranda July, Susie Bubble, or Tavi Gevinson. I’m such a fan of these women!”

Words of wisdom and most important learning experience …
"I really love the feeling of being my own boss. The downside to it is that you are on your own, and sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming. It is so significant to make sure that this is really where your heart is. Create a good network of like-minded people, of designer friends who are going through the same process. Supporting each other is amongst the most valuable things you will get."

On upcoming projects and events.
“For SS15 we will be launching our first unisex pieces, the idea being to progressively continue expanding the men’s line for future collections. I am also very pleased that our pieces will be sold in the USA, Japan, France, and Spain.”
 
For more information or to shop the collection visit www.royalcaballito.com.



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57 comments

  1. Her pieces are just awesome, Madison! I'm digging the dresses a lot. And I love the fact that she want to do a collar with Susie Bubble, who's the awesomest:)

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  2. I adore this collection and designer is very smart, the looks are very chic youth.

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  3. Hi Madison! Is the first time I hear of this brand and Im glad since is really nice. The designer is very talented, the collection is fresh, original and lovely, I like how she use the graphic prints, in a feminine way. Have a great week dear, many kisses! xo

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  4. Beautiful creations and I like the dresses all!

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  5. I haven't heard about this brand! The woman behind it is impressive. It's great that she get inspired by amazing women! I love the collection; it's really nice! Thank you for sharing with us!


    sunandsany

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  6. Edita Lozovska15 December, 2014

    Awww, that pink and yellow dress is stunning!

    Edita

    www.pret-a-reporter.co.uk

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  7. Haven't heard of this brand, but the clothes look great

    Made in Mauve

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  8. How lovely, I do love the cat eye frames! Wow, I am happy to have been of inspiration to you, and thanks always for your support and comments. I appreciate your lovely visits. Wishing you a wonderful holiday time. :)

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  9. I love these pieces! They're so whimsical in a fairytale-like way, just as she described. It's truly an impressive set and I'm especially drawn to that one piece with the bright yellow puffed sleeves. Gorgeous!


    I'm so glad to hear from you. I know I've been quite awful at commenting this semester, but thankfully I'm on break now and hopefully we can rekindle our blogging friendship!! :D I hope you've been doing well! <3

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  10. Hi Madison, the collection looks totally amazing. I love the name she chose for it. I had no idea what it meant. Freut mich das du immer wieder tolle Designer vorstellst, von dene ich noch nichts gehört habe. Wünsch dir noch einen wunderschönen Montag :D

    xx glamdevils

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  11. mustwearthat15 December, 2014

    Her story was beautiful through her worked! I love when thing is from imagination because something within is passion espcaily when most of people follow the crowded. Really comfortable chic for us womanly.. It's true pretty crazy how close Christmas is. I've not done yet either even now I am on my way Christmas shopping:). Enjoy the holiday Madison.

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  12. SHE Jenmarie15 December, 2014

    Ok, that name is just adorable! I love the colors and the feminine abstractness she infused into each of her pieces. Thanks for sharing more about her brand :)

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  13. Ivana Džidić15 December, 2014

    I agree with her...people should support one another, not just in the art world but in any kind of work and business. People are always surprised that I invite people that I'm competing for jobs for a drink or that I'm always the first to start the talk with other candidates (even if I'm not the most outspoken person out there). I just think it's important that people share their knowledge and experience...working together and not one against another is the way to go...relationships are something we can always build on.

    I haven't heard about her brand, but I really love it. Her bilingual name for the brand is adorable and it seem to describe it perfectly for all of these pieces seem very playful, fun, energetic and bright (like a little horse) and at the same time they are well designed and appear to be luxurious ( like the royal in the name)


    Thank you for sharing...wonderful interview! http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.com/

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  14. These clothes are totally my kind of style! I am going to check out their website now.

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  15. I'm just loving these fresh silhouettes and whimsical prints. Thanks for introducing us to this talented designer Madison. Royal Caballito is definitely a brand to watch out for!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  16. I’m way behind on my blog reading (and my posts!) after a
    long weekend away and all the Christmas preparations! As someone who doesn't tend to wear too many elaborate patterns, I was immediately drawn to the simplicity of these prints. An interesting and talented designer!

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  17. Chic Street Choc15 December, 2014

    wow! fantastic

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    I'm waiting for you!!! Yep!

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  18. Thanks for popping by The Relished Roost I love your blog!

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  19. Anshul Bhargava16 December, 2014

    Such a whimsical feel all of these looks have now!! :) They not only look comfy but also chic!! Definitely a collection I'm looking forward to now! :)

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  20. great inspiration!
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  21. Right up my street. Thank you for sharing these beautiful garments with us! Love the oversized silhouette and my favorite is that blue dress <3

    Mahshid مهشید

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  22. These are amazing, I'd definitely wear any of these pieces...stunning. I hope you have a great week doll xx

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  23. Great collection! I love the print details and the slouchyness of some of this pieces. Defo something I will wear. Thanks for sharing this brand with us.
    *Have a great day meine Schwester! Alles Liebe!*


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  24. Love this style!

    XX

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  25. Erika Sorocco16 December, 2014

    I LOVE the first two looks you featured here - the colors and aesthetics are so saccharine and playful!

    xx

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  26. the prints are great, and love the use of colors too!

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  27. Wow, I think these patterns are pretty awesome and I love the oversize look in general so these ones are pretty nice too!
    xx
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  28. Lady parisienne16 December, 2014

    Very great styles!

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  29. Dressed with soul16 December, 2014

    Liebe Madison, ich finde die Kollektion gelungen! Die Teile sind schön, haben tolle Farben und sehen erfreulich anders aus, als das was man sonst so von der Stange kauft :) Danke, dass Du die Kollektion hier vorstellst! Ich wünsche Dir noch eine schöne Woche <3

    Alles Liebe von Rena
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    Surprise with Self Interest


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  30. happy birthday to the blog! It really is so great to have a blog to look back on growth through the years!

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  31. Love these designs <3 <3 Thanks a ton for sharing them!!!

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  32. Lovely prints , all look so fresh and colourful ❤️❤️❤️

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  33. The black print dress is my favorite I think but the other pieces look pretty awesome as well

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  34. Wowww, I'm just loving these fresh silhouettes and these beautiful whimsical prints. All dresses are my favorites. I need one of them.Thanks for introducing us to this talented designer Madison. Kisses <3

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  35. Great! Nice to hear that you like her designs too. Thanks Emmy!

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  36. Happy to introduce you to the brand. Thanks for your comment.

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  37. Thanks Ivana for your lovely comment, and thanks for reading! Glad to here that you liked the interview and her designs. :)

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  38. Welcome back miss b! I think since there's such a softness in many of the colour combinations, that's what makes it so appealing--even if one is not solely a big fan of patterns, here they are wonderful! Thanks for reading.

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  39. Lovely! Yes, very whimsical indeed.

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  40. You're welcome. Thank you for your comment Mahshid! I also loved the blue dress. :) x

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  41. Perfekt! Glad that you liked it! Danke meine Schwester! xx

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  42. So unique collection with interesting patterns and color pairings.
    xoxo
    Ramona

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  43. Amazing! Well done. It's so hard to keep a balance between work and blogging but when you do, it's so fulfilling! I love all the things you've listed here - I would like 2015 to allow me to do some more travels. I need to see more of the UK/Europe/Asia/The world!!


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  44. I agree. Thanks for your comment. xx

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  45. Glad that you like Diana's designs too. Thanks for reading Rowena. Happy Holidays!

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  46. Yes, do check it out. I'm a huge fan of the dresses in particular! :-)

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  47. Yes, indeed. Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Enjoy the holidays as well! :)

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  48. I'm happy that I could introduce you to this designer. I'm certain there will be bright things for her in the near future. xx

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  49. Great! Thanks for reading the interview. The collection caught my eye! :)

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  50. Happy to see you back here. No worries, we all get quite busy from time to time. I wish you an enjoyable holiday! Thanks so much for visiting and reading dear! xx

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  51. Oh, great! Glad that you liked the interview. Danke fürs Lesen! Haben eine gute Woche! :) xx /Madison

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  52. Yes, the silhouettes matched with the fun patterns and colours are an eyeful on their own. Thanks for reading the interview. Happy Holidays. x

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  53. Liebe Rena, Ich bin froh zu sehen, dass Sie die Designer gefallen. Ich finde, die Muster und Farben sind schön und angenehm zu tragen, auch! :)
    Alles Liebe,
    Madison xx

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  54. Happy blog birthday and congratulations on 5 years of fab posts!

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