Designs à la… Greek: Ioanna Kourbela
Italians have shoes, the French have couture and Japanese are known for their minimal aesthetic. So when I found some interesting Greek designs, I had to see who’s behind. That’s how I met Ioanna Kourbela designs and I tried to find out more about the designer and her clothes. The brand By Designers brings to Romania collections of interesting designers from Eastern Europe, Ioanna Kourbela being one of them. The clothes and the accessories are available on online platform www.bydesigners.ro.
In a Greek style, for short, with the designer Ioanna Kourbela:
Your sources of inspiration are… Anything can be a source of inspiration, but what mostly inspires me is the movement of the body inside the clothes and the way the light brings out the materials on it.
Υοur all times favorite designer… Madeleine Vionnet, Elsa Schiaparelli; their innovation paved the way for all of us that follow.
Τhe best outfit for the autumn… Soft, two-toned knitwear, close to the body, combined with leather accessories. Comfort and style!
Your style signature is… Versatility through special (unique) raw materials in minimal (architectural) silhouettes.
Τhe biggest challenge as a designer right now… Evolution and that through it the brand Ioanna Kourbela should gain more and more friends around the world.
The next collection Ioanna Kourbela will include… Imaginative patterns, innovative embroideries, stylish leather and porcelain accessories.
First of all, I discovered the materials: natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, wool and silk, combined and contrasted in a variety of flowing materials, intricate knitting patterns and embossed fibers that elegantly embrace the body.
Secondly, I found out that in 2003, following the completion of her studies, Ioanna was appointed to oversee the Creative Department of the Kourbelas Knitwear company and presented her first “Ioanna Kourbela“ collection. Two years later the formation of K3 Wearable Thinking Company and three new Exclusive Ioanna Kourbela Stores in Plaka, Athens, introduce to the public her valuable aesthetic philosophy, her explosive potential and put her strong, singular vision on display.
Thirdly, I noticed that Ioanna Kourbela means not only women clothes, but men and bridal collections. And finally, that her clothes are brought to Romania by By Designers. The brand offers for Romanian customers interesting designs from Eastern Europe, Ioanna Kourbela being one of them. The clothes and the accessories are available on online platform www.bydesigners.ro.
Photography: Daniel Păduraru
Many thanks for support: Galateca (www.galateca.ro, 2-4 C.A.Rosetti Street, Bucharest)