Founder, Olivia von Halle
How where did it all begin?
I was working as a trend forecaster in Shanghai, China and had the most incredible tailor. He was every girl’s wildest dream and could replicate Lanvin dresses from pages torn out of Vogue. One day I started fantasising about how elegant it would be to have a beautiful pair of printed silk pyjamas to lounge around in when coming home from partying with friends. He made me a pair and I instantly became addicted to them and started wearing them all the time. Friends begged me to make them some and before I knew it I had an order list longer than my tailor could ever manage, so I decided to launch the Olivia von Halle brand.
How would you describe your Style?
Old school glamour with modern detailing.
Do you have a Muse?
I don’t have a formal muse but I am inspired by my friends and design with them in mind.
What Fabrics do you use and why?
I use silk because nothing feels more incredible against ones skin. I am also looking to use sea island cotton for my SS/13 collection which I’m excited about. It’s the highest quality cotton and feels like silk.
Travels-where have you been, where would you like to go and why?
Living in China we were spoilt – it is so easy to pop to Tokyo for the weekend so we traveled a lot around Asia. This year I have been to Sri Lanka and Pakistan which was fascinating. I love their use of colour and embellishment - traveling is always something which inspires me. I would love to go back to Colombia; it is a beautiful county with such friendly people…. If I could tie that in with a trip to Brazil I would be a very happy girl!
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I am inspired by the eccentric British aristocracy – I love the faded glamour and the history of the houses and families with a good dose of British madness thrown into the mix. I love indulging that passion by reading lots of books about it, especially set in the 1920s. Cold Comfort Farm and Love in a Cold Climate are particular favourites.
Home Town-what you miss about it if you do not live there anymore. What is the best thing about it if you do?
I grew up on a farm in Kent and I miss the rolling fields and village life.
And finally, we want to know a bit more about you, so would really appreciate some honest answers the following questions:
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Always butter your toast to the corners.
What is your quirkiest habit and how long have you had it?
I have long bath on a Sunday night, with the Times Style supplement. I make an enormous cup of Earl Grey tea, wait for it to get a little cold and then gulp it down very quickly letting it go all over my face and neck. Most liberating.
What is your happiest memory?
Riding home on my first pony. He turned out to be an absolute pig but I couldn’t have been more in love with him.
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