David Eagles is the creative force behind the Bali-based clothing company 3rdborn; the 38-year-old Australian shared his day with The Bali Times
I never wanted to be anything but an artist.
I generally get woken up in the morning around 7am by my son, who is three and a half. I get ready and run him to school and occasionally have a surf in the morning.
Because I am pretty much my own boss, I don’t always get to the office at the same time, but when I get there I always check and reply to emails first thing.
I started designing my own line in 1997, after nine years designing for Quicksilver, but the company in its current form was born in 2000. We export to Japan, Australia and America.
I spend a lot of time communicating with buyers, either by email or phone, which means I have much less time to design now. I never wanted to be anything but an artist, but I suppose business is in my blood as well, and I really enjoy the more official side of the process as well.
After emails and that kind of thing, I spend some time consulting with the designers and checking on production quality and solving production issues. Once in a while I pop into the shops and rearrange things, but there are really good staff working there, so I don’t worry about it too much.
I love that my days are generally flexible and that I only have deadlines every few months, when distributors need their new season’s stock. But I always leave everything until the last minute and end up cramming a lot of work into a little time right at the end. There are a lot of things I have to do on my own, like picking up samples and checking the quality of the products, but we always pull it all together in the end.
I spend quite a bit of time in Australia on sales trips or at trade shows networking and also distributing brands that my friends have set up. I just got back from a trip where I basically sold door to door and am doing the follow-up work for now. Even though this part of the business can be tough, it’s a far cry from the corporate life I was living before. I had a realization when I was driving to work one day that I was driving to work to earn the money to pay for the car to get me to work. That was really the impetus for moving to Bali, and even though when I first moved here I was still working for Quicksilver, it was a very different lifestyle.
Outside of work I don’t have much time for going out as such, but my sister-in-law is married to an Aussie as well, so we hang out together quite a bit, as my wife and her sister are very close. I also do a lot of sport, kickboxing three evenings a week, playing Australian football for the Geckos and also surfing two or three times a week. Often I don’t get home until 9pm because of my sports.
I went to art school and still paint in my spare time, although designing clothes has definitely changed my painting style and the way I make art. Recently I’ve done murals for restaurants like Ocha’s and Ku De Ta as well as the shops, which is something I would like to get into more.
All in all, my life is a nice mix of relaxation and creativity along with the challenges of handling a business, and at the moment it seems quite a successful balance.Filed under: One Day