To celebrate our love for shoes, we talked to Billini — who we like very much — about their latest collection and how their brand has evolved.
Made for women with a taste for all things glamorous and chic, Billini has made a fashion promise to offer the latest on-trend designs without the high-end price tag. Get to know Billini below…
What inspired you to start designing?
Growing up I was whole heartedly obsessed with fashion and like most women, I had a shoe addiction. After recognising a gap in the market for on-trend, causal footwear at affordable prices I was determined to use my extensive design and retail experience to launch my first label Billie. Three years on, Billini was born after our loyal followers urged us to produce a women’s fashion line.
What’s the story behind the name Billini?
Billie is the name of my adorable niece and I fell in love with its unisex appeal. Billini is a feminine spin-off Billie and means “beautiful people” in Italian.
How would you describe the Billini girl?
The Billini girl is aged between 15 – 35 years. She is looking for something different and is not afraid to make a statement. This fashionista wants to maintain an up-to-the minute look so versatility and accessibility are key pull factors.
What inspired your latest collection?
I have long been inspired by the streets of NYC. The cities eclectic and individual styles were my main draw cards for the season. You can dip your toes in lattice wedges, phantom ankle booties, sky high stilettos and combat boots all in bold, jewel tones. Billini have created the winter essentials for that will take up from up-town chic to down-town cool.
What is your favorite piece from the collection?
This is a tough one…if I have to pick I’d say Autumn Wedge. It’s the perfect transition piece in between seasons and has a chic lace-up front. They will be available at SurfStitch.com.
Do you have any personal fashion icons?
Grace Kelly is one of my most loved fashion icons. Her cool elegance and chic personal style still lives on in today’s youth culture.
What is your favourite Winter pastime?
Roasting marshmallows until they are crispy on the outside. I have a sweet tooth so any excuse for a sugar hit.
What is the one thing every girl needs in her closet for Winter?
A pair of killer boots!