When you say fab accessories, we say MANIAMANIA. The local label's unique designs made for such strong word association that we had to quiz the designing duo Tamila Purvis and Melanie Kamsler for this week's Accessories Amore spotlight. The girls opened up about what inspires them, their must-own pieces and accessorizing faux pas.
So... tell us, why did you want to design accessories? We love the idea of personal, collectable things you can wear.
Did you both come from a designing background? Mel is an art director and designed t-shirt’s for Sass and Bide, Tamila's a stylist, so no, not really.
What inspires you? People, their stories and the music, film and art from prior eras. Ideologies, fables and mysticism always make their way in there too.
Any recurring muses? There's always a thread of similarity between our muses but it’s tricky to pin point what it is. David Bowie, Patti Smith, Vali Myers, Salvador Dali, Cleopatra... we have an interest in perceptions of reality, strength of character, and mysticism.
Worst accessorizing mistake you can make? Matching shoes and handbag.
What’s your favourite piece in the range? The St Germain de Pres ring..
How did the partnership with Zimmermann come about? Tamila styles Zimmermann's campaigns and shows, so we've collaborated on accessories for the runway.
What's the one item of jewellery you should invest in this season? A statement ring.
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