Ramadan is quickly approaching and you know what that means, kaftans. There are a great many fantastic kaftan designers from our region from All Things Mochi, to OTT and Fairouza. Just in case you are on the look out for something slightly different however, we’ve got these designer labels for you!
Founded in March 2015 in New York by Ukrainian stylist Robert Mishchenko, MARCH11 is a rich and worldly collection of luxe statement pieces.
Inspired by travel, culture, and the art of observing people on vacation, MARCH11 continues to expand beyond its fertile origins of the traditional Ukranian Vyshyanka blouse. Endless evolutions in style, length and colorways are presented each season.
MARCH11 combines old world culture with high quality craftsmanship. Signature pieces can take up to 2,000 meters of thread and up to 14 days to create. Only high-quality fabrics and finest German embroidery threads are used.
The mark of March11 is that of luxe bohemian play of color, texture and detail through engaging embroidery, playful tassels and fine hand finishing.
Yulia Magdych was born in Lviv and from her earlier years has been fascinated by the art of embroidery, which is traditionally handed down in Ukrainian families through the female line.
With Yuliya Magdych it runs in the family: Julia’s grandmother was into waving and produced homespun cloth, Julia’s mother embroidered it, and it was the family tradition to celebrate the holidays wearing hand-embroidered shirts.
Later, mother taught Julia different embroidery techniques and told her about the energy of embroidery, its symbolism and the power to protect the wearer.
So the family tradition, a vibrant personal style, and a desire to rethink Ukrainian national costume aesthetics inspired Julia Magdych to create her own fashion brand.
Creative Director Stephanie von Watzdorf draws inspiration for Figue from her artistic and global heritage. She was born on the outskirts of Paris to a German-French father and a Russian mother and spent summers on the Mediterranean in Italy. Her grandfather’s, a renowned choreographer from the Russian ballet would be littered with costumes designed by the likes of Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. Stephanie could often be found in the attic playing dress up..
Few designers celebrate their roots like Olga Vilshenko. A native of the Ural region, the up-and-coming talent taps into her heritage by merging clean silhouettes with folkloric Russian touches like embroidered details, sumptuous fabrics, and eclectic prints—think Anna Karenina for the 21st century. Not surprisingly, it’s not just Mother Russia that has had a hand in Vilshenko’s fashion career. She also credits her mother, who took to making the family’s garments to combat the dreary Communist-era fashions, for sparking her interest in clothing that is anything but ordinary.
Born in Surabaya-Indonesia, Biyan Wanaatmadja’s collection is described as romantic, classic, and sophisticated, whereas the juxtaposing interplay between fabric, texture, color and form, of taut tailoring and hyper-romaticism are strong signature to the brand. What makes Biyan so special is the refined quality craftsmanship of beautiful embroidery, intricate beading techniques and its original silk prints as it is a commitment to his design aesthetic and vision.
Inspired by the art of living , travel, culture and style, the sister duo Tallulah and Ruby Rufus Isaacs created We Are Leone for women all over the world. The two girls grew up between Los Angeles, Rome, Paris and Africa and have travelled extensively to all corners of the earth; always being acutly aware of all things beautiful surrounding them whether it be a pattern in a tile or the color of a birds wings…
Combining their love and experience in fashion with ten years in the industry under both of their belts, their brand blossomed from a love of simple pieces that can take you from beach to city and daytime to evening all into one effortless piece.
Phoebe Vickers and Purna Khatau dreamed up a collection of luxurious separates that embodies the modern bohemian spirit – clothes fit for the side-streets of Paris to the beaches of Tulum, ensuring you are always dressed for the unexpected.
Khatau, born in Bombay and a former women’s wear buyer for Harvey Nichols Dubai, and Vickers, a New York native and accomplished photographer, draw inspiration from the things they love: The beauty of nature and animals, a fantastic party, and the magical destinations of the world – Paris and Kenya being their shared favorites.
Celia Dragouni is a Greek fashion designer. She has studied fashion and textile design at Parsons (Paris) and fine arts at Chelsea college of art (London), while she has worked for Sonia Rykiel in Paris for almost two years. After returning to Greece, she has launched her own brand.
“It’s all about inspiration and influences”.When traveling ,Celia gets inspired by the embroideries and traditional elements she discovers and creates collections with “cool,easy going” bohemian women in mind.
Perfect for wearing from morning to past sunset, her creations are defined by flowing silhouettes and handcrafted details.
“My woman is a hippie chic woman,elegant but simple”
The fabrics she uses are mostly silk,velvet,cotton and hand woven textiles, with patterns from different cultures.
Last but not least is La Double J, a vintage-inspired brand from Italy. When visiting their site you will be pleasantly surprised and perhaps impressed by their organized thought process. The dresses which they are best known for are actually categorized according to event.