CURRENT/ELLIOTTInspired by American values, entrepreneur Serge Azria and designers Emily Current and Meritt Elliott started a jeans brand called Current/Elliott in L.A. in 2008. The brand nurtures the irresistible charm of jeans and each pair is “vintage-inspired2 and has a unique historical reference. Whether you choose a baggy, “boyfriend” shape or a skinny pair in leopard print, the Current/Elliott piece will make you feel sexy and comfy.
EQUIPMENTCarine Roitfeld’s husband, Christian Restoin launched a unique fashion brand called Equipment, in 1975. In the centre of the brand was a sophisticated female silk shirt. Taking masculine shapes and turning them into elegant female shirts was the brand’s core idea, flavoured with Katherine Hepburn’s and Lauren Bacall’s style, Equipment became a hit almost overnight. However, the brand was shut down by Cristian when his wife became the French Vogue’s editor-in-chief. In 2010, Mr Serge Azria decided to revive the brand in an exciting mixture of its heritage and a modern touch, and voila! - the classics have never looked so good and chic!
GIVENCHYHubert de Givenchy founded his brand in 1952 with a vision of creating understated feminine chic pieces for a modern woman. The fame of the brand skyrocketed after Audrey Hepburn wore its dresses in “Breakfast at Tiffany”, as well as in her other movies and offscreen. Under the creative direction of Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy today is a renowned name in the fashion world, synonymous for top quality, edge cutting design and a harmonious mixture of artistic eminence and comfortable chic.
KENZOA Paris based fashion brand founded by a Japanese designer could only mean one thing: spontaneity+ chic+ fun+ authenticity. Launched in a store called “Jungle Jap” in 1970, Kenzo today is being reintroduced with the jungle by its new creative directors- the youthful and talented Humberto Leon and Carol Lim of Opening Ceremony. Unleash your inner tiger!
LAURENCE DACADEDesigning shoes for Givenchy, Balmain and Chanel are among the fabulous things on the list of Laurence Dacade’s resume. With a vision to emphasize that shoes are “really all about the body”, Dacade started her own brand a decade ago. "The way you walk, the way you stand, that comes from your shoes - and if you're uncomfortable it shows in your body. I don’t like that. Male shoe designers always say, 'it doesn't matter if they're comfortable' and I think, 'that's because you're not wearing them!'", says Laurence. No wonder her chic French-spirited shoes and boots are perfect for casual stylish daily combos.
MOUSince 2002, the London based brand Mou has been producing eco-friendly boots from the finest natural materials. Hand-crafted boots and back-to-nature aesthetics, comfort, long-lasting soles and beautiful natural leather- all these are good reasons to choose Mou boots for everyday occasions.
PROENZA SCHOULERThe first thing you need to know about these guys is that they made the PS1 and the PS11 bag. The second thing is that Proenza Schouler is not a female designer’s name, but a mixture of two designers’ mothers’ maiden names. The designers themselves are Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, school buddies who founded Proenza Schouler in 2002, after graduating from a design school in New York. The brand quickly became a synonym for downtown coolness, mixing historical references with modern prints and futuristic shapes and patterns.
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN"MY LIFE IS A SUCCESSION OF FORTUITOUS COINCIDENCES."
Christian Louboutin was born in Paris in 1963. He was brought up by his mother and three sisters, and credits this feminine environment as the inspiration for much of his work. As a child, he recalls discovering a drawing at the Museum of African art, which showed a woman's sharp-heeled shoe, crossed out with a vivid red line. The image, which dated back to the 1950's and was intended to safeguard the museum's parquet floor, fascinated him. He had never seen such a shoe, which in its fine delicacy was in sharp contrast to the prevailing 1970s trends for flat or clunky heeled shoes, and the image never left him.
ANCIENT GREEKSAccording to an Ancient Greek myth, the gods and goddesses had their sandals made on the beautiful island of Crete by a gifted sandal maker who enriched each pair with magical powers. Famous for having made the flying sandals for Hermes, the sandal maker also embellished them with his personal signature… a “golden wing” buckle. Ancient Greek Sandals are handmade locally by skilled craftsmen using traditional techniques that have existed for centuries. A raw, yet feminine aesthetic distinguishes this new sandal brand. The chemical free, natural tan leather ages beautifully with time and wear. Christina and Nikolas’s love for Ancient Greece and its history, combined with their individual technical skills naturally led to the creation of ‘Ancient Greek Sandals’. The collection is inspired by ancient Greek Gods and myths, pottery, jewellery and sculpture.
Alexander WangAlexander Wang was born and raised in San Francisco. Moving to NYC to attend Parsons School of Design, after 2 years, in 2005 he decided to pursue the launch of his own label. The collection began predominately in knitwear, then evolved into a full women's ready-to-wear line. After the success of this line, Alexander moved to handbags and accessories using the best quality leathers and materials, his brand quickly became recognised as an all-round essential label
Nicholas KirkwoodNicholas Kirkwood is the go-to man when it comes to fashionable shoes. Schooled at the prestigious Central Saint Martins and Cordwainer's College, Kirkwood worked for millioner Philip Treacy and lived with Isabella Blow before coming to prominence as a designer in his own right after realising the footwear world needed shoes that were as extravagant as his mentor Treacy's hats.
YVES SALOMONFrom Siberia to Paris, a saga of pioneers and visionaries.
1910 Gregory Salomon, a Russian dissident, is exiled with his family to Siberia, a foothold and rite of passage for fur and pelt merchants since the 13th century. He devotes all his energy to the region’s most established trade. 1920 Gregory Salomon decides to emigrate to Paris, France. Jovial, charismatic and visionary, Gregory Salomon is an extraordinary character like someone from a Dostoevsky novel. In Saint Petersburg, a hub for auctions, he wears the number 2, enshrining him as the most senior fur buyer of all time. Gregory Salomon, the patriarch of a family of seven brothers, pioneer, adventurer who “conquered” the East, travels the length and breadth of Russia by train and sleigh, buying up the best fur and also, as a man with great flair, buying what he feels will set new trends (among other master strokes, he was to launch the fashion of sea otter fur, which was totally out dated at this time). The entire profession respects and follows him. Right up until World War II, the visionary lays the foundations for a legendary saga.