ECCENTRIC MINIMALISM

Isa Arfen (isaarfen.com) – England
Quirky, nonchalant, relaxed…
Founded by Central Saint Martin’s graduate Serafina Sama in late 2011, the label Isa Arfen is inspired by the designer family’s strong female figures, whose individual and eccentric styles are reflected in her design aesthetic. Her relaxed style, enriched by dreamy embellishments, mix Italian traditions with a touch of London creativity. The pieces of this Italian designer are full of contrasts in the proportions as well as in the fabrics. Techno taffeta or heavy silk shantung are mixed with more fluid fabrics, voluminous culottes or oversize coats are combined with fitted tops, emerald green is offset by white and petunia pink. A sophisticated collection for women who like to have fun with clothes without being showy.

M2Malletier (m2malletier.com– Spain
Architectural, metallic, unexpected…
24 pieces and 6 main styles unusually entitled: Fleur du Mal, Muse Venale, Amor / Fati, Collectionneuse, Fabbrica, Memento / Mori. Established in 2012 by Melissa Losada and Marcela Velez, M2Malletier fuses history with architecture, taking inspiration from doctor bags and medieval medical instruments. The Colombian design duo, who met while studying at Parsons in New York, proposes mini geometric sculptures with a minimalist flavour and a unique and alluring signature: a severe and metallic handle called the needle. This brand of calfskin leather bags tinged with jungle green, ivory, violet and sand, will soon expand into shoes and jewellery.

Illesteva (illesteva.com) – USA
Cutting-edge, New Yorkers, cheery…
Drawing inspiration from the daily life of downtown New York as well as music, fashion and photography, Daniel Silberman and Jus Ske founded their luxury eyewear brand Illesteva in 2009. Designed in NY and handmade in Italy, France and Germany in concert with the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury eyewear, the label has quickly amassed a strong fan base of international stars and has recently created a capsule collection with Zac Posen. The hallmark? Illesteva is known for pushing the boundaries of eyewear design by exploring fresh frames and materials such as titanium, bamboo and natural buffalo horn.