“As a child, I loved to spend hours and hours in my grandfather’s workshop. He was one of the best shoemakers of his time,” says Irena Mišić Fileš the Croatian designer behind the brand Mucca. “I was keen on cutting leather and buzzing around the old Singer sewing machine. I still remember the scent and sound of the natural leather being cut with my grandfather’s scalpel. My passion for design stems from my early childhood,” she says. That passion now produces the timeless Mu
Polo Lifestyles recently sat down with Alex Jiaravanont, the designer behind the brand ESemblē based in Hong Kong. OTV: When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career as a luxury bag designer?
AJ: I always wanted to go into fashion when I was younger, but in the end my conservative family wins and ended up becoming an architect, and then switched occupation again by working for my family’s corporation. While I enjoy my work immensely, I started ESemblē as a creati
Metal accessories, tassels, specialty embroidery, futuristic prints and only the highest-quality fabrics are the keystones of men’s footwear design brand Louis Leeman. Partnerships with Roberto Cavalli, Cesare Casadei and, most recently, Mary Katrantzou led to the development of the men’s collection seen on the runway of the latter’s SS18 show. Last year, Leeman launched their women’s footwear collection at Fashion Week, accomplishing yet another milestone of the young brand
OTV: Who is the designer behind Bera?
BERA: Bera was founded by three women with the idea of marketing traditional handcraft to the whole world. Our founders, Büşra, Özge and Beyza, desire to shift the brand to the international arena by putting together trends, art, iconic designs and strategy. OTV: When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career as designesr?
BERA: A handbag is an irreplaceable accessory for a woman, and we knew that we should have a brand. In
Xiwen Zhang was beyond frustrated searching for the perfect pair of sunglasses. But, instead of waiting for a new season’s collection from a luxury brand, she set out to make her own sungless. How hard could it be? In the process, her eyewear brand, For Art’s Sake, was born. The line appeals to a broad range of consumers who appreciate the FAS design inspiration -- this season the Pantone Color of the Year Ultra Violet delivers a punch -- bold styles, and price points. “We ar
Designer Reem Salman is a lawyer by profession, a mother of two and a self-confessed handbag addict who realized her passion in Italy in the summer of 2012 when she met a handbag manufacturer who agreed to work with her on her line, Belquis. "It was pure coincidence,” she says. “It was a deep learning curve for me, as it took it on my own one step at a time. I never studied fashion design, so from translating ideas to paper, working with a manufacturer who didn’t speak Englis
Alejandra G learned how to make hand-crafted shoes in shoe design school in Milan and launched her first collection in the winter of 2012. Composed of exotic printed leathers and eye-catching colors, Alejandra’s collections are not only luxurious and innovative; they are inspired by European trends. “You can’t teach creativity, but you can learn how to make a shoe from scratch,” the energetic, family-oriented designer says. While many say that beauty is pain, Alejandra doesn’
FARNIS is a Spanish luxury handbag brand co-founded by Carlos Farnis and Marta Mejias based on the concept of craftmanship of the high quality and unquestionable luxury. Farnis bags are perfectly finished to withstand the test of time. The bags are works of art with beautiful pink Italian pouf lining in every Farnis bag, coupled with 24-carat gold-plated finishings, are highly sought-after by bag aficionados. Assembled carefully by Spanish craftsman over the course of days a
Take a long step back into ancient history heading due east. Where current day India ends past Assam (renowned for Assam and Darjeeling tea), and Burma land of rubies and teak, now known as Mynmaar begins, lies the ancient kingdom of Manipur. Abutting the Shan peoples and hills of Burma and possessing tremendous commonalities with them, Manipur converted to Hinduism in the 1600’s by royal decree. Today while it is 44% christian in denomination, and 2% mohammedan, the remainin
Paradise exists, here and there, all over our Earth. It redefines each discovery, each panorama. It is found in Haiti, near the village of Kabik, 25 minutes from the port city of Jacmel. Of breathtaking exotic beauty, it is like entering El Dorado. We arrive at Chic Château, an ecological property, nestled in the calm and green of its environment. Boasting simplistic architecture, but filled with mystery and the charm of thatched roofs, with decor reminiscent of a sultan's pa