VANESSA GUCKEL - FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Vanessa is the founder and creative director of the CIHUAH brand. Originally from France, she has been living in Mexico for the past 9 years, and it was here that she was inspired to begin her own label of exclusive, designer garments. Trained at the National School of Architecture in Strasbourg, France and the School of Architecture and Faculty of Fine Arts in Seville, Spain, she worked for several reputable architectural firms in both France and Mexico before turning to fashion design. With the understanding that, much like a building, “clothes are the spaces in which the human body lives”, Vanessa´s designs reflect an interplay between architectural concepts and fashion, resulting in a unique and striking image.
CIHUAH comes from the Nahuatl word for “women”, recognizing and acknowledging the indigenous women who create traditional craft designs, their ancient knowledge and culture. The brand pays tribute to the basic geometric patterns of indigenous Mexican clothing. CIHUAH garments reflect the design and pattern of Indigenous clothing, respecting their basic geometry while creating a contemporary look.
CIHUAH provides a range of options, from basic items to iconic pieces, reinvented classics and trend items. All pieces are a sophisticated vision in white and black, designed with an obsessive attention to the straight line and perfection; an exercise of confrontation between the line and the human figure. Architectural theory and techniques are applied, on a small scale, to each garment, using: geometry, proportion, aesthetics, construction-deconstruction, symmetry-asymmetry, balance-imbalance.
CIHUAH's ambition is to propose and investigate, through experimentation, a theoretical discourse on a new way of living the human body. Approaching to fashion design with architectural elements which make our physical space.
A basic wardrobe composed as the little black dress, but also reassessing the garment giving new uses and functions, all with a touch of design.
Visit the Website: http://cihuah.com
Alejandra Quesada aims at a woman who loves being girl, curious and bold and enjoys the pleasure of comfort and charm of garments. A woman who is not perfect, just pretty. Doesn’t need makeup or heels and enjoy the simple things, authentic, casual and attractive with good taste. Able to smile and feel satisfied when choosing what she puts on and how she shows herself in her daily life, able to create a personal style and go home happy.
Alejandra Quesada is an invitation to dress different, to search for all kinds of fantasies, to feel girl, fairy, ballerina, or pretty woman.
Visit the Website: https://alejandraquesada.com
Marika Vera was established in 2010 as a luxurious lingerie brand, designed by stylist and fashion designer Marika Vera.
"My hand made silk lingerie was sold in small boutiques in London, LA, NYC and Sidney since season one. However I continued to work in the advertisement industry as a fashion stylist and thought of the brand as a passion hidden by a hobby.
In 2014, after 4 years of half being in the business, I decided to grow the brand by launching a more accessible and commercial line of timeless designs of lingerie and bodysuits, that proved to be an amazing success in the Mexican Market specially in Mexico City.
My designs are made for the modern woman of today who has a natural sensuality. I believe that femininity and female empowerment can work hand in hand -.
Our design process takes place in our Atelier and showroom located in the heart of Mexico City. The production is made 40% in house and 60% in well paid small run family businesses around the city.
I personally pay special attention to the softness of the textiles I choose always follow a delicate and minimal line of design, without compromising the erotic element of the garments. I only chose high quality fabrics and trimmings. For me, team leadership, stubbornness, innovation in design, quality, fit and fast response to a customer demand, have being the key elements for the company success."
Marika Vera is a Mexican fashion designer that studied at the Istituto Marangoni, London. Her graduation collection landed her a job as a senior designer at the pret a porter brand Vanessa Bruno, Paris in 2008.
Marika Vera designs today sell in more than 30 small run independent boutiques in Mexico, Australia and USA. In 2017 the brand opened their first flagship store in Polanco Mexico City neighborhood.
Some International celebrities that have worn the brand include Rihanna, Daisy Lowe, Jessie Ware, Naomi Harris and Emily Ratajkowski.
Visit the Website: https://www.marikavera.mx
The digital revolution opens up a whole new world of possibilities. It forces us to rethink clothing, textiles, and the fashion industry as a whole. Can we reconcile the digital world with our lives, our bodies, our senses and even our brains through interactive clothing or smart textiles?
An international award-winning design studio, Jasna Rok is on the cutting edge of fashion & technology, going against the fashion grain (runway, season, real sustainability, …) with its visionary yet pragmatic outlook on the role of fash tech in our daily lives, both for high-end brands and innovative tech companies.
Our team explores and implements the latest research and technology in the field of wearables, sensors, robotics, and electronics, combining these with futuristic haute couture and high-end design.
Because fashion is more than a gadget or a cover for ourselves, fash & tech can become an interactive extension of our inner selves and create a new kind of nonverbal communication using real-time feedback.
We bridge the gap between technological innovation and wearable future fashion.
Visit the Website:www.jasnarok.com
Chloe Dao - constructed to flatter every body type and give every woman a wardrobe that’s as one of a kind as she is.
Chloe Dao discovered her love for fashion at the age of 10 while watching CNN’s Style with Elsa Klensch. She went on to pursue her passion in New York City where she earned a patternmaking degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After completing her education, she honed her skills in all of aspects of the industry, including design, production management and buying. In 2000, she returned to her hometown of Houston, Texas to open the Chloe DAO boutique, formerly known as LOT 8. It was her Project Runway Season 2 win that catapulted Chloe from a local immigrant designer to an international superstar living out her American dream. As a Project Runway veteran, she went on to become an Executive Producer and judge on Season 1 of the Vietnam installment in 2014.
The Dao Chloe Dao brand combines effortless sophistication with fashion forward style to produce unique eveningwear and sportswear. Chloe’s signature flair, as noted on Project Runway, demonstrates her expert understanding of women’s bodies. Her garments are carefully constructed to flatter every body type and give every woman a wardrobe that’s as one of a kind as she is. Her designs stand the test of time with ease as they are wearable year after year. In the DAO Chloe DAO, or DCD, archives you’ll find limited edition pieces and an assortment of bridal gowns that are the perfect blend of elegant and modern. In addition to the DCD line, Chloe has partnered with several businesses. This includes her collaboration with Nuo Tech, a leading supplier of computer bags and luggage. She created a line of mobile technology and travel accessories that are the ideal blend of fashion and function. She’s even extended her brand with the Simply Chloe Dao line, which was sold for three consecutive years on QVC. The line was comprised of contemporary, trendy clothing for the modern woman.
Chloe’s longtime commitment to philanthropy has played an integral role in her design and business philosophy. It is for this reason that she serves on fashion advisory boards at Houston Community College and The Art Institute. In honor of breast cancer awareness, she makes an annual contribution of a limited edition silk scarf for the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority’s Think Pink Foundation. These scarves have traveled the world with Susan G. Komen’s International Race Ambassador, Dorothy Paterson.
Chloe’s charitable contributions don’t stop at her designs; she also hosts several benefit shopping events for not-for-profit organizations at her Chloe Dao boutique located in Rice Village. Dress for Success, Community Cloth and TUTS are just a few of the organizations she’s collaborated with. Always ready to inspire, Chloe shared her voice as the keynote speaker at the Girls Scout’s 100th Anniversary celebration in 2011. Adding to her philanthropic efforts, in 2016 she commissioned a gown for the Salvation Army Houston Area Command’s silent auction. Proceeds from this event provided year-round assistance to those afflicted by addiction and homelessness.
Taking advantage of Houston’s cultural platform, Chloe has collaborated and left her influence with a variety of local institutions. In 2015 the Chloe Dao boutique was featured on the USA Network’s television campaign for Texas Tourism with award-winning Chef Chris Shepherd. She then designed custom aprons for Chef Shepherd as well as 44 Farms. Dominating every industry, Chloe is also no stranger to the arts community. She served as a keynote speaker at the Art Institute of Houston’s commencement ceremony in 2012. She gave a humorous and insightful account of industry experiences and made the fashion world seem a little less intimidating for the graduates. In the following years she designed custom apparel for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, MFAH and took on the role of costume designer for the Houston Grand Opera’s production of the play Bound. Most recently, she took part in an exhibition of designs in the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston. Chloe continues to use her platform to inspire and contribute to every community she’s a part of, be it local or global.
Visit the Website: www.chloedao.com
Yurita Puji Agustiani was born in Bandung, Indonesia, 19 August 1985. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University Catholic Parahyagan (UNPAR), Bandung, and a Master’s degree in Gas Management from University Indonesia (UI), Jakarta. She has also attended designer’s schools Intermodel in Bandung and Estrelita in Jakarta. She founded her brand in 2009.
"For this season I am working with ASPPUK and TFCA, two organizations in Indonesia that work with Indonesian weavers in the small Indonesian village of Kapuas Hulu, Kalimantan. We work together to assist the weavers in using natural dye from natural resources to make eco-friendly fashion products.
We also work closely with Gallery of Indonesia, who supports us in promoting Indonesian traditional fabric with a mission to preserve Indonesian traditions and help increase the economy of the weavers who live in small villages.
My collections use Indonesian traditional ikat fabric: Tenun Dayak from Kalimantan, Songket from Sumatra, and Noken from Papua. Women weavers in small villages make all the fabrics. I dedicate my collection to them—it is a celebration of their hard work and passion."
Visit the Website: WWW.YURITAPUJI.COM
The very heart of our business was formed upon our values of supporting non-profit missions of setting women and children free from anything that enslaves them; including human trafficking, abuse and violence. In the creation of all of our products, all of our labor is fair trade, made in the USA, right here in NYC, supporting single mothers, abused and trafficked victims and true industry artisans that handcraft our products locally.
Our materials are as sustainable and local whenever possible. We use the finest Italian leathers, all of which are semi-vegetable dyed by hand. They are very special, aged and distressed skins which are the highest quality available. We do our best to keep our collections as pure to the vision of sourcing local, and doing business with other ethical businesses that will support and employ women who have come out of life threatening circumstances.
Gina La Morte is a Celebrity Fashion Stylist turned Fashion Activist who wanted to use her fashion experience for good by helping women and children get saved and transformed out of the human trafficking trade. Known for her design esthetic of modern bohemianism La Morte's history in creating a socially conscious fashionable lifestyle for the modern woman began in 2008 when she was founder and Editor-in-Chief of Boho magazine. Boho was an award-winning publication that was founded on the principles of staying stylish while still living a sustainable and socially conscious life. La Morte's experience as a Celebrity Stylist for People Stylewatch, O the Oprah magazine, W magazine, MTV, CBS morning show, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and more have always supported her vision of fusing fashion and philanthropy. Her first fashion collection, TRADE by Gina La Morte is a continuation of that socially conscious story of combining her passion for giving back with her love of styling that can translate into what real woman want; to make a difference in the world and remain stylish while doing it.
Visit the Website: www.tradebyginalamorte.com
CHASITY SEREAL is a designer based in Houston, TX known for non-traditional wedding gowns, formal gowns, & prom dresses. Sereal started her business in 2009 with inspiration from the late Alexander McQueen.
Her first creative idea was to start with a sweet sixteen tutu dress inspired by colorful trends worn by top celebrities. Being self-taught, she consistently designed, learned quickly, and began to shift her vision and audience. Everyone such as photographers, models, and stylists began to see her determined, fearless and eccentric creativity in her designs. She believes that the Sereal experience is the beginning and end to every woman's dream.
Now, Sereal is continuously evolving and challenging the standards of high fashion and plans to be published in many more publications. She is always willing to work with new stylists and photographers and wishes for her gowns to be in film in the near future. With detailed creativity and inspiring designs, she hopes to grow each time she finishes a gown, furthering her success story.
Visit the Website: www.chasitysereal.com
Sheer creativity builds a bridge between the Invisible and the Visible. From the white canvas of the 8 imaginary cards, shapes and looks progressively appear. A new Inspiration gives way to a quest for renewal. Suddenly the abstract becomes tangible. And we continue writing our story. Yesterday and today mesh together and leads us toward a shining tomorrow for our brand.
From similarities between Nature and Mind forces emerge a world with infinite possibilities and endless interpretations. With the weightless softness of a dream catcher feather, the imagination will colour this wonderful journey we invite you to take on, through the Winter season 2017.
With enveloping appeal, this new collection reveals playful aspects in trompe-l’oeil, ensuring its magical harmony and the continuity of our dreams long into the future. Turn your life into a dream and make your dream come true... A highly-nuanced collection in which Nature and Mind forces mesh together to give life to creativity.
Through creativity, the invisible becomes visible…
Visit the Website: www.sarahpacini.com
Petriiski - Come and enter our world where fashion and art come together to define the Modern Person!
Petriiski is a fashion house encapsulating the style and eclectic roots of its founders, Vassil and Veronica Petriiski. The brand specializes in sophisticated evening and casual wear and accessories using bold patterns and textures to create unique pieces for its women and men collections. Founded in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1990, the label became famous for creating custom-made garments for the entertainment industry. In 1996, Petriiski expanded the brand launching a successful chain of boutiques across South Africa and later Malta.
Now based in London, Petriiski combines the classic silhouettes of the Twentieth Century with the sophisticated and modern edge of tomorrow using the finest materials and craftsmanship. Each collection reflects influences from the brand’s international roots and the fact that Vassil and Veronica have collaborated with designers from all over the world.
Creative Director (or Head Designer), Vassil Petriiski has been recognized for his contribution to the fashion industry and has won numerous awards including the Golden Needle, Crystal Egg, Ditter, Vanera and Young Designer of the Year.
Our Designer Clothing is unique and addressed exclusively to people with individual style, who enjoy life, love fashion and appreciates quality over quantity. In this age of hyper designer awareness, it's easy to get lost in the sea of sameness, this is where we see ourselves coming and going! It is through our contemporary designs that we can step apart from the crowd and be noticed for the individuals we are.
Our apparel is full of “spices” from all over the world as we had the opportunity to work in many different places, with many different people, all wonderful and special! We would love to share our experience with you and we guarantee you will enjoy it.
Our Clients are our Friends! The most treasured and inspiring prize we achieved! Come and enter our world where fashion and art come together to define the Modern Person!
The Petriiski Studio is based near Tower Bridge in the heart of London’s fashion district and provides the perfect setting to showcase the collection.
Visit the Website: www.petriiskifashion.com
Ivanka Hristova - multi-functional collections that can be worn in everyday environments, and yet still have a modern twist.
London based designer, Ivanka, founded the brand Ivanka Hristova in 2015.
Originally born in Bulgaria, Ivanka moved to London in 2003. In 2015, she graduated from University of East London. Following the success of her Graduate Collection in 2015, she continued developing and freelancing, alongside working on her first independent collection, SS17.
Her passion for textile and print development stands as her signature - avant-garde prints and hand embroidered textile techniques. Ivanka Hristova aims to develop a variety of shapes and textures, transformed into multi-functional collections that can be worn in everyday environments, and yet still have a modern twist.
Visit the Website: www.ivankahristova.co.uk
Alex Vidal - creativity, quality, respect for traditions but at the same time keeping in mind the future.
Graduated in Fashion Design by Istituto Marangoni of Milan, Alex Vidal won in 2007 the Fashion Prize announced by Air Nostrum airlines, to design the uniforms of its assistants.
Alex Vidal introduced nine collections at VFW, his last collection showed at that Fashion Week obtained the prize to the Best Collection. These previous nine collections were the first step of an evolution towards into a new style that shows refined in FW2013/14 Collection, that will be the collection that defines the new way of the brand, reflection of the Alex Vidal´s personality.
Under these new premises in 2013 were launched FW2013/14 and SS14, and joined to the Alex Vidal Team, new externals work teams to sales area (Via Emilia Fashion Showroom) and press area (Show Me that).
Alex Vidal was one of the fifteen finalists of the prize Who´s On Next announced by VOGUE magazine.
Between 2013 and 2014 our points of sales in Spain increased until sixteen, and our strategy of internationalization, that began with the previous collections with stockists in Italy, Switzerland and Belgium, changes to Mid West with a new point of sale in Kuwait.
Visit the Website: www.alexvidal.com.es
MeMeMe - “We love South Africa and believe in building our fashion industry and country one dress at a time.”
MeMeMe is a much loved boutique and emporium that stocks the best of Ready to Wear South African designer clothing, accessories, shoes and handbags.
The company was started by award winning sculptor and fashion designer, Doreen Southwood in 2001, with the goal of establishing an accessible and independent fashion emporium for South African fashion designers.
Now in its 10th year and with two stores, the original in Cape Town and a branch in Johannesburg, Mememe is known for having carefully curated collections of some of South Africa’s leading designers that allow visitors to get lost in a world of total indulgence where it’s all about the individual and that very special moment of choosing a garment that expresses the ultimate me.
Visit the Website: www.mememe.co.za
KISUA is a unique African fashion brand that showcases our continent’s brightest design talent to the world. We create exclusive capsule collections in collaboration with African designers. KISUA is the only African fashion company with distribution centers on three continents - Africa, America and Europe; from where we service a global customer base.
Inspired by the sights, sounds and tastes of Africa, we blend traditional techniques and materials with a contemporary design aesthetic.
The result: we delight our customers with exquisite, top quality, contemporary African fashion. KISUA delivers beautiful African fashion pieces to the doors of women around the globe.
KISUA aims to provide a sustainable platform for African craftsmen and designers to access the international market. We fund designer collaborations through the KISUA Designer Fund, and provide financial support to African designers by paying a portion of every sale from collaborative collections directly to the designer.
We have established large scale manufacturing capabilities and overcome infrastructural hurdles to ensure the seamless delivery of African fashion to the world. With development, production and distribution taken care of by KISUA, the quality of every garment is guaranteed. The majority of our sourcing and production takes place in Africa.
Visit the Website: www.kisua.com
Julianna Fraccaro is a women's fashion brand that translates into tailoring the concepts of sophistication and versatility. With impeccable finish, contemporary style and striking personality offers the market a differentiated product with respect to raw materials and dedication in caring for the quality. We believes that in this way, the customer appreciates style and conscious consumption.
Visit the Website: www.juliannafraccaro.com.br
A barber and a shoemaker – both of them already grandfathers – are the inspiration behind the Weekend Barber brand established in Porto, in 2012.
Weekend Barber is an experimental atelier that conveys together know-how and design.
The choice of materials and graphic elements are utterly important since each collection is a capsule and has its own imaginary.
Entirely designed and produced in Portugal.
Visit the Website: www.weekendbarber.com
‘Kumann’ was a custom-made women’s wear studio founded in 1965 by EunHwan Oh.
As her business matured, in 1979, she launched her ready-to-wear brand, ‘OH EUN HWAN Boutique’, which is one of the well-respected designer brands in Korea.
In 2010, HyeJin Yoo began reviving the heritage of the studio, ‘Kumann’, as a new avant-garde brand. Rooted in her fine arts career, she began redeveloping a novel contemporary line focusing on imaginative shapes and structures to search for a new potentials of fabrication. Her innovative creation, one-of-a kind silhouettes engenders its own original characters to contribute its highest quality designs and workmanship for the brand ‘Kumann’.
An ethos of KUMANN, beyond post-modern era, has been redefined by HyeJin Yoo in a contemporary avant-garde by modernizing heritage of the brand and reconfiguring the images of the brand especially in focusing creative structure and sculptural details along with a search of new materials and fabrications.
Ready-to-wear collections of KUMANN YOO HYE JIN have been configured in an approach of half-couture with artistic concepts and forms beyond the trends. HyeJIn Yoo keeps experimenting on unique silhouettes and shapes in structured designs with inventive digital textile printing. Target group of the brand is fashion-conscious people in multi-age who place value on originality, creativity, and exclusiveness. And yet, designs are easy to wear and attractive to any occasion.
Visit the Website: www.kumann.com
THISISNON - INTERESTED IN IDEAS RATHER THAN TRENDS, WHO FIND BEAUTY IN SIMPLICITY, AS WE INSISTENTLY DO.
THISISNON AIMS TO DESIGN CLOTHING THAT IS INDEPENDENT OF FASHION AND TRENDS. WE CAREEFULLY SELECT ONLY ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS TO BUILD BEAUTIFULLY MINIMAL SHAPES. OUR AIM IS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY ENCOURAGING TIMELESS, LONGLASTING DESIGN THAT CHALLENGES FASHION. WE BELIEVE THAT BUYING LESS AND SEEKING QUALITY RISES RESPECT FOR HUMAN WORK AND PLANETS RESOURCES. WE DEDICATE OUR WORK TO PEOPLE INTERESTED IN IDEAS RATHER THAN TRENDS, WHO FIND BEAUTY IN SIMPLICITY, AS WE INSISTENTLY DO.
THE CLOTHES ARE PRODUCED ENTIRELY IN POLAND, WITH FULL RESPECT FOR HUMAN AND LABOUR RIGHTS.
Visit the Website: www.thisisnon.com
Growing up in Germany, my parents were always the epitome of style. My dad was a true innovator and he founded the very successful advertising agencies Team BBDO and later, Scholz & Friends.
My glamorous mum owned an American Folk Art gallery. I was surrounded by fantastic design whether it was my dad’s impeccable taste around our home or my mum’s to-die-for wardrobe.
My three older siblings and I all ended up working in creative professions.
At the age of 13 I was 6 feet tall and size 16, and as you can imagine it wasn’t easy to find clothes that weren’t meant for an unstylish woman much older than me, especially so in the 1980’s. I made a decision there and then that I would make clothes that would make me feel and look great and started sewing ; from an early age I was determined to change the plus-size industry!
During my late teens I started working as a plus size model and continued to experience a complete lack of fashion forward sexy plus size clothing. I saw a huge opportunity in the market and decided to study fashion design at the world renowned Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. Whilst studying I opened a small shop in Portobello market with a couple of my friends and started selling my own designs.
My big break came when American retail giant, Lane Bryant ordered from my first collection and went on to sell it in their top ten stores as a premium brand. The collaboration with Lane Bryant provided me with enough capital to move the design studio out of my living room and into my first office in Ladbroke Grove and the annascholz label was born.
I’ve always believed you shouldn’t hide behind clothes; you should feel proud of your body and accentuate your curves rather than cover them up. My designs are about femininity, glamour and confidence, I love luxurious fabrics and colour and have an affinity for retro prints and intricate embellishments. I believe in offering the luxury and originality of a designer brand to the plus size customer.
Being a plus size woman myself and having worked in the industry for over 20 years. I understand women’s bodies and I truly believe that style and happiness are not related to size.
I think it is amazing how the plus-size fashion industry has evolved in recent years and there are fantastic role models such as Ashley Graham changing the way curvier women see themselves.
I’ve been privileged enough to dress some amazing women from Adele and Ashley Graham to Aretha Franklin and Dawn French.
Over the years I have designed diffusion collections for Debenhams, Simply Be and currently I work with the German company ‘Sheego’. I have been stocked in some of the best stores around the world from Bloomingdales, Saks and Neiman Marcus to Harrods and Selfridges.
In 2016 after listening to our customers we made the decision to change our business and sell the annascholz collection exclusively on www.annascholz.com so that we can offer better priced designs, more frequently with 8 mini collections a year.
We always love hearing from our gorgeous customers – whether it’s because you want us to bring back a particular style or you want style advice, just drop us an email at email@example.com and we’d be happy to help in any way we can!
Winner of "Fashion Design of the Year 2016", Eygló started her own label in 2006 after graduating from the Iceland Academy of Arts. She is a part of 4 designers that co-owns the shop Kiosk on Ingólfsstræti 6 in Reykjavik which has received the award "Best shop to buy local fashion design" 7 years in a row.
Eygló continuously tries to rediscover the wheel in pattern cutting as well as in detailing has been working a lot with prints lately, either being inspired by dinosaurs, the surface of mars, or making icelandic camouflage, also likes to work with different textures in her garments.
She finds it challenging to work with unusual fabrics to create something new and special. You can usually find something humorous in her collections.
Visit the Website: www.eyglocollection.com
Sandro Barros Atelier - the sole intention of leaving the world even more beautiful and the raw material of beauty is, definitively, woman.
The high fashion universe brings with it certain theatricality, the choreography of the harmonizing fabrics and colors and the ateliers that create models for women that are leading characters in actual life. With this script, Sandro Barros and Renata Queiroz de Moraes established the foundations of a perfect partnership in the creative heart of São Paulo.
Born in Itapetininga, in the inland of São Paulo, Sandro Barros manifested, from childhood, the talent that would make him famous. First for the perfect drawings, replicas of an ideal world and of dreams that would later become sketches. Surrounded by the strong women of his family, they were the first muses that he thought in dressing up. Afterwards, the ideology of a young man interested early in his life in the fine arts, in history and in classical ballet became inspired in the great women of the movies and the high society that brought to life the wonderful clothes created by renowned stylists and fashion designers. An enthusiast of opera, his vocation immediately showed to be the creation of a wardrobe for women that will never go on unnoticed, divas of the reality that wander through scenarios in search of the fulfillment of their dreams.
At 17 years of age, he left the native city to study fashion design at Anhembi Morumbi University, in São Paulo.
He made his internship with Jorge Kauffman, became a fashion assistant and, later, fashion production assistant at Phytoervas Fashion, the head office of the fashion weeks in Brazil, where he climbed the steps towards his first profession, stylist. In this path, he worked for magazines such as Vogue Brasil, Elle and Revista da Folha, acted in the fashion weeks of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Fortaleza and Salvador, and signed the style of fashion shows from Lino Villaventura, Samuel Cirnansk, Paul & Shark and Daslu, which was for 4 years his main client.
The great turnabout in his career occurred in 2002, when he accepted the invitation from Eliana Tranchesi to work at Daslu Couture together with Silvia Reali Campos da Silva. Instead of simply matching the clothes, he would start creating them. In the store habillé segment, he expanded above all the tailored dresses, accessories and jewelry lines. Immediately, the customers recognized Sandro’s high sensitiveness in translating each woman’s soul, valuing her beauty and feminineness. Classical, but having both feet in modernism, he in a certain way found a new language for the party dresses. It didn’t take long for him to be consecrated as one of the most highly respected and influent stylists in the high society of São Paulo, expanding his work to other cities all over Brazil; besides, of course, dressing the most emblematic brides in the country in the last decade.
In 2011, after nine years in the position of stylist at Daslu Couture, Sandro decided to open his own brand name together with a friend and customer Renata Queiroz de Moraes. Graduated in Business Administration from FAAP with an MBA from Getúlio Vargas Foundation, the lady from São Paulo started her career as director in the civil construction market, a world in principle far apart from the fashion universe. But the experts know that the creation of clothing does indeed go through the architecture of its modeling. During six years she worked at Mixed and two years at Juliana Scarpa, where she enhanced her eye for the market. Known for her natural elegance with which she chooses the pieces from her own closet, Renata is, before all else, an enthusiast of fashion.
The birth of her first son took her to a professional pause during which she thought over her career. Why not aligning the business administration background in favor of an enterprise in the world of fashion? A faithful customer of Sandro since 2007, when she ordered the first dress with his signature, Renata matured the future partnership, which would become true four years later. The tuning between the creator and the muse enchanted by his creations finally yielded fruits from her simple and definitive question: “After all, when will we open our shop?”
Thus appeared from the synergy of talents and competence the Sandro Barros Atelier, currently established in the most beautiful house at Henrique Martins Street, in São Paulo.
A place that breathes good taste, elegance and the savoir-faire of the professionals that aligned their steps with the sole intention of leaving the world even more beautiful. And the raw material of beauty is, definitively, woman.
Visit the Website: www.sandrobarros.com
Alina Romanov FW 2017 collection carries a truly sophisticated 60’s element. With clean lines and soft silhouettes, these graceful designs will transform any look to portray elegance at its best. The Alina Romanov women represents the modern day lady who carries a modest yet fashionable style.
Visit the Website: www.alinaromanov.com
"RICOSTRU", was founded by a team of innovative designers under “MANCHIT AU DESIGN SPACE”, which is belongs to a Chinese fashion designer - Manchit Au, in 2011.
RICOSTRUZIONE - the origin of the name of our brand in Italian, has a meaning of Reconstruction, which is also the concept behind “RICOSTRU”.
It not only reflects the faith of our team in developing our brand and determination to become timeless; it also represents the uniqueness of ideas in each and every individual as well as the power of construction.
The philosophy of our design is"Return", to return to the essential of clothing - "Caring" .With a focus of "Low-Carbon", our garments are comfortable to touch yet rich in detail, ordinary yet sophisticated to spread the word of "Love" and "Care".
The theme of our style is "Luxury Basic". Our timeless style will have a fresh, simple, elegant, and sophisticated taste to it with an emphasis on detail, tailoring, and quality.
Visit the Website: www.ricostru.com
AIISHA is the epitome of modern design with beautifully crafted garments speaking to the feminine woman across the world. Behind the brand is Lebanese fashion designer, Aiisha Ramadan, who started her couture clothing line from the UAE in 2007, her base for more than 30 years.
Before graduating from the American University in Dubai majoring in Fashion Design, Ramadan has won a number of prestigious awards such as Young Designer of the Year by Swarovski and Al Ghurair Center Award. Fast forward few years, Ramadan was named one of 30 Most Awesome Women in the Arab World in 2009 by Arabian Woman Magazine as well as was awarded The Gr8! Women Achiever Awards in 2011.
The brand was passionately founded on the core of the fashion industry itself, Couture. However, in 2013, Ramadan sought to revive the art of couture in a contemporary world by cherishing the design process and defying the current trend of fast fashion through producing two collections per year for all her lines including ready-to-wear, couture, and bridal. While the focus has become on the RTW and demi-couture lines, the brand’s uniqueness was developed in its use of intricate handmade details, fine embroidery, and luxurious fabrics, at desirable prices for a wider range of clientele.
AIISHA also embraces and celebrates diversity where the brand appeals to cosmopolitan women across different age groups, nationalities and personalities and is proven by the likes of those who have worn AIISHA. Celebrities such as Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lopez, Aishwarya Rai and Ariana Grande have adopted the label, which in result-has gained international popularity for its elegant, yet sensual look.
Behind each AIISHA collection are the fruits of self-reflection, that resulted in bridging Ramadan’s passion for extravagant couture with her own personal style, spontaneous attitude and consistent love of life.
As an influential woman, emphasis is on individuality, freedom of expression, self-acceptance and celebration, all portrayed in the usage of high-quality materials, clean lines with layered details – simple, refined, elegant, effortless and timeless.
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“Reflecting the Egyptian spirit is the most important thing in my work. Our heritage is significant to the world so we need to be the first ones to showcase its beauty ” Sami Amin
Sami Amin is a self-taught designer and the founder of Sami Amin brand, one of the most prestigious authentic brands in town. His brand has been the strongest player in the Egyptian leather design market ever since its launch in 1997. Having been graduated from the faculty of fine arts helped him capitalize on his talent. His appreciation for arts was the catalyst for a strong designing career to last and his passion for crafting and drawing is so evident in each piece he decides to create.
Sami Amin collections are a blend of being elegant, ethnic and trendy. Being inspired by the Egyptian culture makes his products noticeable, mesmerizes the eyes of whoever sees it, and captures the heart of those who own it. Every collection holds a special story and every piece reflects the beauty around us intricately. He managed to impose brass as an inevitable component of every design and translate normal everyday life ethnic items into charming pieces of art.
Starting every collection is a journey rather than a process; his profound love for Egyptian culture and nature plays a pivotal role in being his main source of inspiration. He utilizes various cultural elements in his work which later translate into trend setter designs. His exceptional designs, unique choice of colors and high quality materials, coupled with his affinity to design are the reason behind the brand’s outstanding appeal.
His collections range includes bags, wallets, accessories, belts, shoes, and even furniture items. His favorite materials are real leather, brass, cottons and silver. His love for raw objects is evident even in the way the products are being displayed in his galleries. The designs, the logo, the galleries all induces an appreciation of raw materials reflecting a unique spirit that only Sami Amin brand owns.
Visit the Website: www.sami-amin.com