Whilst the days in the northern hemisphere in November are getting colder, those countries that straddle the tropics and those countries south of the Equator are welcoming the sun – so now seems to be a perfect time to introduce onto my blog the Singapore based resortwear brand, Akosee. Ana, the founder, hails from Australia and she has designed a range of resortwear that draws inspiration from the beaches of Australia, Maldives, St Tropez & Goa. Launching her latest collection this week, “The Elements”, Ana has once again produced a stunning collection that can be worn all year round, both on holiday and in everyday life. I managed to catch up with the busy lady to find out more about her latest collection… hi Ana!
Hi! I’m Ana, the head designer and founder of luxury resort wear brand Akosée.
What inspired you to set up Akosée?
My travels have been a huge inspiration in the creation of the brand, but starting a new life chapter has been my main inspiration. Enrolling in a Diploma of Fashion Design and Technology was the start of a dream becoming a reality. The thrill of learning something new was a huge motivation and from there, the first Akosée collection was born.
Have you always had a passion for fashion, or did you have other career aspirations when you were younger?
When I was younger I wanted to work in travel mainly because of a desire to travel, so I’ve been lucky enough to travel for pleasure as much as I have. But yes, I’ve always had a love and appreciation of beautiful, effortless clothes and that’s exactly why I created Akosée.
I love the Kaftanna green Paisley dress & the leather tie belt! What items are proving popular amongst your customers?
Our dresses and kaftans are always really popular as they are versatile, throw-on pieces that can easily be worn by the pool, beach or bar so there’s endless styling options. The most popular items from our first collection have been the Blue Mosaic Kaftanna and the Pink Mosaic BeachLyd.
Tell me about your new collection 🙂
Our new collection, The Elements, has been designed with comfort and style in mind and to be more versatile so we aren’t just limited to beachwear but rather offering a summer style element so that the garments can also be used for every day wear. The Elements should be seen as a capsule collection of everything you would need on a holiday, relaxed beach cover ups, casual shorts and top sets, no-iron travelling clothes and smarter dresses for evening and lunches. There’s plenty of mix and match separates that are great for different occasions, from a weekend brunch to easy everyday wear.
Out of all the outfits in your collection, do you have any favourites?
I can’t possibly say a favourite! We’ve got some amazing new styles coming soon in our latest collection so there’s always lots of new styles to get excited about.
Your travels around the world have left you with plenty of inspiration for your collections – Australia, Maldives, St Tropez & Goa – as well as pop up shops in glam spots such as Monaco and Singapore. So, what place is on the top of your travel bucket list?
I’d love to go to Machu Picchu in Peru and see something totally different. I haven’t been that far afield yet.
Which famous lady would you love to see as the “face” of Akosee?
I have always loved Nicole Richie’s style, elegant with a touch of cool. She’s probably busy being the face of her own label though!
What new items are in the pipeline?
We have recently produced some luxury hand printed beach bags, made exclusively for Akosée in Bali, a beautiful matching tweed shorts and jacket set as well as dresses for day and evening, shorts, skirts, tops and more!
Your company is registered in Singapore, are your products available to purchase worldwide?
Yes, all styles on www.akosee.com can be shipped worldwide within 2 days of receiving the order. The delivery time depends on the courier company though! We offer free shipping in Singapore too.
When designing outfits to add to your collection, do you take into account your own tastes, your customer base, current fashion trends, requests, traditional styles or bits of all those?
Our collections are constantly being developed to cater to our audience around the world and the luxurious fabrics we source mean that our customers can enjoy wearing something that is unique, relaxed and comfortable whilst looking stylish too! We always welcome feedback from our customers so this information often gives us some direction when creating new collections.
Personal now – what outfits and shoes would you normally be found wearing?
Silk shorts, I love tailored silk shorts.
Do you have any favourite shops or online sites? (Apart from your own!)
I enjoy shopping on Net-a-Porter and FarFetch for designer pieces and I also like looking for bespoke vintage pieces such as accessories to mix my outfits up a little.
What’s next on your clothes/shoe wish list?
Red Velvet Yves St Laurent boots for winter!
Boots or Shoes?
Living in Singapore, the only way to go is sandals! That said, for evening I’ll wear heeled espadrilles, wedges or high heels from Jimmy Choo. I’m a fan of white trainers for day time too.
Links you would like to share e.g. website/facebook/twitter etc so that readers can find out more about Akosee.
To shop the Akosée collection you can visit www.akosee.com or follow us on our social media channels here:
Facebook @akoseethreads – https://www.facebook.com/Akoseethreads/
Instagram @akoseethreads – https://www.instagram.com/Akoseethreads/
Twitter @akoseethreads – https://twitter.com/Akoseethreads
I hope your new collection is a success, Ana! I love the idea of a capsule holiday wardrobe – however I do tend to overpack still. I found on holiday this year my most useful and worn item were my pink sparkly espadrilles – for beach through to bar at night! I nearly left them at home but decided to pack them at the last minute! Dear readers, what item of footwear or clothing did you find most versatile on holiday? Did you pack anything that you didn’t wear or use? Do share your stories, I’d love to know.
All photographs published with kind permission from Akosee.