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Malika Favre

Malika Favre

Where do you come from and where do you live now?

I grew up in Paris and moved to London about 5 years ago. I started working as a designer/illustrator for Airside, a multidisciplinary design studio. A few months ago, I set up as an independent illustrator so now I work for myself on a variety of different projects.

How do you find it as a French person living in London? What do you miss about France?

London is an amazing place to live for a designer. The energy is like nowhere else I have been. Basically, nothing feels out of reach, especially in the creative field. I find that there are less boundaries between disciplines and even people of the industry. Paris somehow feels more static and conservative but then again, I haven’t lived there for a long time! What I miss the most is having a good bakery around the corner. And Cheese. I spend an indecent amount of money on cheese here.

What did you study and where?

I studied in Paris at the ENSAAMA (Olivier de Serres) for 3 years and got a graphic design degree from there, then moved to England.

Many people dream of being an artist but think it isn’t possible for whatever reasons. How easy / difficult has it been to make a living from what you do? Any advice on artists who don’t know how to follow their dreams?

Actually, I felt the same when I graduated. It never crossed my mind to study illustration or Art as it seemed virtually impossible to make a career out of it. Now I realize that the great thing about being an artist is that it almost doesn’t matter how many people are out there. Each portfolio is unique and you just need to know what you are good at and create your own opportunities. It fell into place for me when I was developing my own work at Airside but it took a couple of years for me to go freelance. Be patient, work hard, show your work to as many people as you can and most importantly have fun doing it!

You have a very particular style, how did your style evolve?

When I was a kid, I used to draw very Manga looking illustrations. I was good technically but didn’t have a style of my own. I was drawing compulsively but not really thinking of how I would make it my own. I happened quite late actually. I almost happened by accident as I was exploring doing an illustration for an erotic design magazine back in 2006! I started paring down my illustration and ended up with a triangle and a couple of shapes to define the female body. I felt there was something there and so I kept on going. From that point, it took a couple of years to refine my style. I feel it is evolving constantly. I am trying new things all the time. Some work, some don’t.

The core of my aesthetic had always been there though. I have always liked organic shapes and bold colours, even when I was very young. Editing is the key.

Who else have you done work for and what has been your favourite project?

I have worked for very different types of clients, magazines like Wallpaper, the Sunday times, Little White Lies but also music projects and exciting brands like Vitsoe and Orlebar Brown. I am even working on a children’s book for a charity. I am currently doing textile patterns and illustrations for an English brand of swimwear for men. It is a very exciting project and I think it will give my work a new dimension. I don’t have a favourite project as such. The next project is always my favorite and I try to make everything a portfolio worthy piece.

How big is fashion in your own life?

Fashion is a definitely a big part of my everyday life. I am not a fashionista in the sense that I don’t follow fashion blogs, trends or read magazines but I have a very compulsive approach to fashion. You will find in my wardrobe a very similar palette to my illustrations. I really go through periods of buying things of a specific palette. I love beautiful things in general and that applies to pretty much everything, from objects to shoes.

Do you have a style icon or something else that inspires your personal style? How would you define your personal style?

I don’t have a fashion icon as such. My favorite designer of all times to Courreges, no doubt! The simplicity and sharpness of the lines always blow me away. I think my personal style is a bit like my illustration style : bold, colourful, pared down and playful.

What type of girls do you hope will buy your Volcom pieces?

I guess any girl that is not afraid of a statement print or a bold piece would be my kind of girl…Someone who likes playful pieces with a hint of cheekyness.

What is your favorite quote/motto to live by, and what does it mean to you?

I have 2 main mottos: Less is More. I try and remember it every time I start a new project. And the harder I work, the luckier I get. I consider myself a very lucky person to get the chance to do what I do and live off it but I also know I am super hard working and that helped get me where I am : )

What are some topics that you are very excited to blog about on the Volcomunity blog? Anything else we can expect to see in your blog?

I am really excited to blog about my weekly inspirations, share things that catch my eye or surprise me. My sensibility is very visual so I will definitely be blogging more images than words but will do it in an interesting way, creating moodboards of inspirations. Almost like a mash up of my week in images. I am also surrounded by very talented people here in London and would love to share their work and ideas with Volcommunity.

I also have a plan to do a monthly special piece for the blog which I will keep secret for now



True To This - Volcom HQ - World Premiere Tour Kick Off!

March 1st, 2014 - Volcom HQ, Costa Mesa, CA: Volcom Kicks off the "True To This" World Premiere Tour with a massive event at the Costa Mesa headquarters. When Volcom was founded in 1991, it was the first company to combine skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding under one brand from its inception. This way of life influenced the anti-establishment style and attitude that defined a generation. The cultural phenomenon was best captured when Volcom released "Alive We Ride" in 1993: a film documentingthe raw excitement and spontaneous creativity inherent to the lifestyle. Twenty-one years later, with the release of "True To This", Volcom again captures the energy and artistry of board-riding in its purest forms. Shot all around the world and showcasing iconic athletes, "True To This" is a tribute to the movement that inspired a generation and the people and places that embody that spirit today. An epic film deserves an epic party and not even the torrential rains, thunderstorms and power outages could stop that from happening. An estimated 5000 people showed up to get a first look at the film, party with the volcom team and rock out to the sounds of Dahga Bloom and Church of Sun. Five hours and 50 kegs later just about everyone agreed it was one of the best premieres they had ever been to. If you missed it there is a good chance you can catch the film at a tour stop near you! Check out for a full list of premiere locations and pre-order your limited edition "True To This" Box Set! Photo: Gary Copeland Photo: Vernon Deck Photo: Arto Saari Photo: Arto Saari Photo: Arto's Friend Louie, Stratto and Midler - Photo: Arto Saari Volcom Team Lineup - Photo: Arto Saari Photo: Arto Saari Photo: Gary Copeland Eugene from dialing out the prints - Photo: Gary Copeland Dream team celebrating 21 years of Volcom film making - Photo: Gary Copeland Photo: Gary Copeland it got PACKED! - Photo: Arto Saari Wooly, Volcom's founder, taking it all in... - Photo: Gary Copeland Aho, Wooly and Immegart - Photo: Gary Copeland David Gonzalez and friend - Photo: Gary Copeland Jamie Lynn, always True To This - Photo: Gary Copeland Church of Sun - Photo: Gary Copeland Church of Sun - Photo: Gary Copeland Church of Sun - Photo: Gary Copeland David Gonzalez, Scott Blum - Photo: Vernon Deck Curtis Ciszek before the seats were filled... - Photo: Vernon Deck Snowboard Legends Guch and Jamie - Photo: Vernon Deck JLA is Snowboarding!!! - Photo: Vernon Deck Sheckler and Pat - Photo: Vernon Deck Photo: Vernon Deck Photo: Vernon Deck There was no shortage of babes... - Photo: Vernon Deck Photo: Arto Saari Louie and Remy - Photo: Arto Saari Pre-event interviews - Photo: Arto Saari Photo: Arto Saari Photo: Arto Saari Photo: Arto Saari Photo: Arto Saari Grant taylor and friend - Photo: Arto Saari Photo: Arto Saari Terje - Photo: Isaac Zoller Alex and Nate - Photo: Isaac Zoller Arto and Guch - Photo: Isaac Zoller Photo: Isaac Zoller Dahga Bloom - Photo: Gary Copeland

Nylon X McDonalds Holiday Issue Party

Last night the Volcom Women's team rallied to the Nylon X McDonalds holiday issue party in Los Angeles, CA. This event was nothing short of epic as we took full advantage of getting completely styled for the photo booth and mingled with the Nylon crew, bloggers, stylists and of course Demi Lovato herself. Check out the January issue of Nylon on stands now for some of our featured holiday accessories! Photo: Nylon Mag

Dress for the Best Night Ever

Throughout the month of November enter to win our entire 12 piece holiday dress collection! The rules are simple... 1.) Go into your local Volcom retailer and put together your favorite head to toe party look using only Volcom product 2.) Try on that outfit and snap a selfie 3.) Upload to instagram and tag @volcomwomens, #volcomparty and the retailer where you found this rad party outfit THAT'S IT! You are now entered to win. The winner will be chosen on Saturday, November 30th and 12pm and notified through a comment on their photo. Check out our Pinterest board "Dress for the Best Night Ever" for some photos of what could show up on your doorstep December 5th!


Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degre is a French girl that was born Namibia, Africa. Her parents were French wildlife photographers… Sylvie Roberts and Alain Degre. She was named after the actress Tippi Hedren and spent the first ten years of her life in the African bush. Already sounds good right? Her parents documented her early years with the exotic animals and tribes people. A book was published 8 years later… titled, Tippi: My Book Africa. The photographs of Tippi are pretty amazing. She rides an elephant and a ostrich, sits with a cheetah, holds a snake, kisses a bullfrog, and feeds a zebra all at the ripe of 6. Tippi is now in her 20’s, she lives in Paris and is studying cinema. Check out this doc on her: XXX JJ


Arcosanti is a eco-utopia/experimental city and a bronze bell casting community manifested by the Italian born architect Paolo Soleri. Soleri's concept blends ecology and architecture, which he called Arcology. Arcosanti is way out in the middle of the Southwest... there is a sign on the highway with an arrow. It is about 50 miles north of Phoenix, Arizona. Paolo Soleri was an architect who came from Italy to study at Taliesin West, under Frank Lloyd Wright. He went on to establish his own visions and foundation. Arcosanti was birthed in the 1970's, hand built by Paolo and volunteers. It was intended to house 5,000 people, currently there are about 50 live in residents. It is yet to be fully actualized. Check out the website: Arcosanti is definitely a place to see... recently it hosted part of The High Desert Test Site Project: XXX JJ

Tia Blanco: Sunset Chaser

  Where is your favorite place to watch the sun go down? The sunset at the San Clemente Pier is always pretty.  The colors are always different, sometimes pink shades, sometimes orange shades.  My mom said it depends on the smog in LA haha! Are you early to bed/ early riser or a night owl? I'm usually super tired by 8pm because of surfing and training. But, now with school my classes are a lot harder so I'm slowly becoming a night owl. What is your favorite inspirational quote or song lyric you've been into lately? Lately, I've been really liking that song by Lorde called Royals.  The whole album is actually pretty good =) What time of day is your favorite to surf? (doesn't have to be sunset :) & why? I like afternoon and evening sessions  the best  only because I'm fully awake and ready to surf