- First of all, the name! People are obsessed with the name, who came up with it and why?
FLIPANDO is a term used in Spain when something is out of this world! Laura came up with the name, she wanted people to feel this way when they saw FLIPANDO’s designs.
- Two sisters, one company. How has it been working together?
It has been an incredible opportunity, when we united we gave FLIPANDO a new beginning, where we both focus on a same goal. We complement each other perfectly when designing, innovating and always keeping the brand’s identity and essence.
- Where does your inspiration come from?
We are inspired by various ancestral cultures and places in the world, this is our main source of creativity where we then transform into unique geometric shapes and designs.
- Tell us a little bit about your design/fashion background
Laura is technologist in jewelry production and has always had talent and ability for manual arts, she is FLIPANDO’s creator
Ana Maria is an industrial designer and fashion designer with over 8 years in work experience in costume design.
- How does Colombia influence your jewelry?
Our indigenous cultures are the ones which most inspire us, from pre-Columbian metal works to knitting techniques and color palettes.
- Your packaging, is just brilliant! Unique, sophisticated and you can almost play with it. How did you come up with this clever packaging?
Ana Maria was the one who came up with all the ideas behind our logo and packaging. Our logo is based in origami shapes and composed by different geometric shapes that combined create FLIPANDO’s emblematic bird. We wanted to reflect this among the package, for the user to be able to play and create modular forms, shapes and designs. We also wanted to eliminate the use of glue within the packages.
- How do you stay creative?
We are always seeking new methods, materials and ideas to generate new techniques and designs within our brand, we are always innovating!
Colombia’s creative boom is not only wowing the whole country, or South American continent, but the whole world!
Generally speaking, Latin American designers are having a great moment, with more exposure than ever before! But Colombia has mesmerized everyone with its Johana Ortiz ruffles, Aquazzura heels and Esteban Cortazar sophistication. These are only three of the great brands being showcased at the best stores around the globe like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Intermix, Neiman Marcus among others. But others are starting to emerge as well, Silvia Tcherassi has fascinated us with her most recent collections inspired by Colombian heritage and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s literature. Stephanie Mattos, creative director from La Couture Maison impeccable taste has captured everyone’s eye, specially Nina Garcia who recently wore one of her pieces.
From our very own designers: Laura Davila golden daring pieces have been spotted multiple times on celebrities like Louise Roe and Caroline Vreeland. Palma Canaria has completely changed the meaning of a “strawbag” by innovating these baskets with new materials, shapes and interventions. Tres Almas latest Divas Embroidery Collection has been one of the must have statement earrings of the year, and lets not even begin talking about Daniela Salcedo’s success with her evil eye rings, star earrings and now lip earrings!
When you own a unique handmade piece (which we value tremendously), that has all this story, tradition and work behind it, you can feel it! It just gives it a complete different meaning and aesthetic to the whole outfit! Which is the reason why we think the overall response to all these emerging designers has been so positive.
At By Malka we are continuously working on adding new emerging designers from all over Latin America, and share all this talent, designs and passion with you!
2016 is almost over and this year Colombian designers have proven this is just the beginning. Fashion designers from all over the country don’t seize to mesmerize the public with their creations. Starting with Johanna Ortiz, who has conquered the world with her feminine statement silhouettes, off-the-shoulder looks and ruffled sleeves is already in all of the major retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Harrods, Intermix and among others. And lets not forget her exclusive capsule collections for Moda Operandi, and her latest swimwear line which just launched two days ago.
In the shoe department we have the very talented Edgardo Osorio and his brand Aquazzura. The brand was established in 2011 and it’s already a must-have for all the fashion aficionados. Aside from being in all of the major retailers (and by all, we mean ALL), Osorio has also managed to open his own boutiques in the world’s fashion capitals: Florence (where the brand is originally from), London, New York and soon to open Miami. This year also brought amazing collaboration opportunities for the young designer who worked with Ferragamo (Salvatore Ferragamo x Aquazzura Collection), Olivia Palermo (Olivia Palermo x Aquazzura Collection) and Naty Abascal (Naty Abascal x Aquazzura Collection).
From the same city as Edgardo Osorio, comes Silvia Tcherassi. With over 25 years in fashion and lifestyle experience, Tcherassi has managed to not only have her own clothing line Silvia Tcherassi but also a home line Tcherassi Home and hotel chain Tcherassi Hotels. Silvia defines her style as “effortless elegance”, name which was also given to her own book published by RandomHouse. This year Tcherassi opened her first boutique in Europe in Madrid and gave a “facelift” to her other ateliers in Colombia and Miami, and we must say they look impeccable, her brand is not only clothes or garments but a complete lifestyle.
Esteban Cortazar and jewelry designer Paula Mendoza where the perfect Colombian duo at this year’s Paris Fashion Week. They delighted the audience with Cortazar uninhibited style and Mendoza’s latest collection Mechano Dancer. With only 32 years of age, Cortazar is already a well-known label among fashion editors and has been the youngest designer to debut at New York Fashion Week.
Big big congratulations to all of these amazing talents and we can not wait to see what is yet to come in 2017!