What's the driving passion behind Estilo Emporio? A uniquely family run business, we'd love to know the history behind how you came to be where you are today.
We are fortunate enough to have a story that dates back to the 70’s in Spain and an aesthetic that derives from our Father hand-making belts and bags on the streets of Sitges, on the Costa Brava of Spain. Mac and Mardee (Husband and Wife/Mum and Dad) then developed a cottage industry, engaging many locals to emboss, plait and hand stitch leather bags, belts and sandals in their homes. Soon they were selling wares in exhibitions throughout Europe and even to Neiman Marcus in the USA. They had a factory and 4 stores along the Coast and even one in Gaudi’s La Pedrera, Barcelona.
Thirty years later, we all work side-by-side continue to celebrate our European heritage, maintaining a passion for craftsmanship, quality and timeless style. Our roots have enabled us to cultivate close relationships with our European manufacturers. The majority are family owned and there is a real pride in the production and quality, which only comes from creating with passion and care. Our manufacturers feel more like an extended family.
What’s more, European manufacturing is largely revered by consumers as a sign of luxury. And with good reason; Europeans do not short cut in their quality of life, food or fashion. There is passion in all of it!
You have the most effortless style with a beautiful, playful and feminine spirit that is authentically reflected in your designs and everything you wear. Can you talk to us about what inspires your personal style?
Thank you! Two words: Queen Gigi. Our uber cool Mother has always been a guiding light in the evolution of my personal style. I say this because she always involved me in her wardrobe since I can remember and now, I incorporate a part of her into my everyday style. I have learned from her to make fashion fit in with my lifestyle, and that clothes should enable me, not hold me back.
Although Gigi’s clothing tastes have evolved and changed through the years, she always stays true to what suits her best and tops it off with her signature red lipstick – I don’t think I have ever seen her without! I remember sitting on her bed as a child idolizing her as she got ready for the day or an evening out with an outfit that always had that one standout detail that made her unique to anyone else walking down the street. This is by far is my number one styling mantra, standout! It can be subtle, but make it unique. Quality is also paramount! My mother’s style centres around fabrics that last. She has pieces in her wardrobe collected over the years and I have benefited from her pursuit of quality.
The way we dress and the way we design are very similar; it’s like telling our own autobiography, written out one clothing piece at a time. The collections are like a story written in line with the different seasons. I recognise myself within each collection.
The creative process that leads to the final collection is incredibly similar to the creation of worlds that is at the basis of any forms of art, with a narrative core - from writing to photography: designing a collection is just another way of telling a story! Season after season we try to evoke images of freedom and fantasy, discovery and adventure, creativity, romance and escape… everything we desire in our lifetime