Meet EKIN DAGLI, BLOGGER AND
“A true gentleman of modern times embodies integrity and honour while taking great effort to respect the people around him as well as himself.” This is how blogger and fashion influencer Ekin Dagli defines himself.
Through his socials, he tells his story and takes his followers with him around the world.
Originally from Cyprus, he loves to travel and inspires his followers to “visit places that they haven’t been before, to taste something different or wear something that they never had the courage to wear.”
We interviewed him and asked a few questions about his life and fashion. Were you intrigued? Then read on!QUESTIONS FOR EKIN DAGLI
Tell us a bit about yourself, who you are and what you do in life.
How did your career start?
What is your typical day?
How has the Corona Virus affected your work? Has it changed it?
We know you like to travel a lot. What was the most beautiful place you visited?
What can never be missing in your suitcase?
What is the garment that makes you feel instantly more confident?
Who is your source of inspiration when it comes to fashion?
How do you define your style? Has it changed over time compared to the beginning?
What are a recent fashion trend that you personally love and one that you hate?
How do you see yourself in the future?
1. Tell us a bit about yourself, who you are and what you do in life.
I am Ekin Dagli just turned 30 this year. I am originally from Cyprus but currently living in the UK. I work as a freelance UI/UX designer and I am an Influencer too.
2. How did your career start?
Being a mediterrenean I always had interest in Art and I decided to study something related. So first I came to the UK to do an undergraduate course in Graphic Design. I also had passion for fashion! I decided to do a masters in Fashion Marketing & Communications.
My goal was to combine both fields and work in the field of fashion. Currently I work as a freelance UI/UX designer. My primary role is designing responsive e-commerce websites. I interact with high-end clients and global brands on a daily basis, and bring their vision to life. I also have plenty of time for my Influencer career as well.
3. What is your typical day?
A typical weekday for me, I wake up around 8:30 am. I love herbs so I have my ‘Greek Mountain Tea’ as a first thing in the morning. It has a positive effect on almost anything, It is said to bolster the immune system and is valued for its antioxidants, as an anti-inflammatory so it is a great tea that everyone needs these days!
I do love nice sourdough bread so I have it every morning with organic honey and some avocados.
I start my day as a freelance designer and work on daily projects. I can work from anywhere anytime. So that’s the great benefit of being a freelancer. Usually, around lunchtime, I go to meet with my friends to have a nice lunch at a nice restaurant.
But these days I have become more careful because of Corona Virus I prefer to eat outside of the restaurants on a sunny day.
Around 5:30 pm I finish my daily work. So I have plenty of time for my blog to work on my collaborations with brands. Sometimes I do photoshoots with my sister or reviewing the products on my blog that I receive from the brands.
4. How has the Corona Virus affected your work? Has it changed it?
Corona Virus affected me in many ways. I haven’t seen my partner for nearly 5 months because the flights keep getting cancelled or a lockdown happens. Currently, I am in Cyprus so working as a freelancer hasn’t affected me much.
But every business is going online so there is a big demand on websites. So I am working more on many different projects! That’s benefited me financially.
5. We know you like to travel a lot. What was the most beautiful place you visited?
Yes, you are right! I do love to travel! Before Covid-19 I used to travel every month with my partner to a different country!
The most beautiful place I visited was Italy! I remember we had a car trip to Italy once and I fell in love with Portofino! I remember we stayed in a nearby town called Rapallo. We rented a house and it was at the top of the hill.
One night we bought fresh fish from the local market and I remember we cooked the biggest seafood pasta dish ever with a very nice wine and view. It was one of the best experiences I have ever had.
6. What can never be missing in your suitcase?
My tripod! Ahaha, the life of a blogger! I also never go anywhere without my toothbrush and facials!
7. What is the garment that makes you feel instantly more confident?
A black linen shirt! Whenever I put it on to go to the shop, to an interview, to a restaurant where it really doesn’t matter, it gives me great confidence and the feel of power.
8. Who is your source of inspiration when it comes to fashion?
That is a very good question. When I was doing my master’s degree it was about ‘An investigation into the marketing strategies of an Italian luxury fashion brand, Versace.’ So I could say, Gianni and Donatella Versace. Versace is a liberator for contemporary sexuality and sensuality. It’s about confidence. To be confident in yourself.
When you are confident wearing certain kinds of clothes, you are more confident about your ideas and have more courage to say your ideas and your opinions. That’s why I love Versace.
9. How do you define your style? Has it changed over time compared to the beginning?
Over time, it has changed I could say. Now I give importance to quality rather than the quantity. You don’t need to follow fashion to be fashionable. It’s all about to wear what you want and how you feel comfortable.
In the past, I used to shop a lot. But now I like to have nice pieces in my wardrobe that never gets out of fashion and lasts long. During my stay in Cyprus, I started to design my own clothes and take it to our local tailor to get it tailored.
So just be creative what you wear, it really doesn’t matter when or how much you bought it for.
10. What are a recent fashion trend that you personally love and one that you hate?
Recent fashion trend I love is the minimalism and simplicity in fashion. Streamlined shapes, a small selection of colours and looking stylish. Simplicity is the key to pinpointing the style.