Iconic French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent once said, “I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence."
Designer Katherine Tsakonas of stylish womenswear label Gingham & Heels wholeheartedly agrees. Her cute, feminine and fun pieces are designed to complement women of all shapes and sizes.
Having begun her career as a primary school teacher, Tskaonas soon realised her passion lay in fashion. From opening a stall at the iconic Bondi markets to launching an online store and boutiques across Australia, Gingham & Heels is rapidly garnering a fashionable following.
NetStyleShopper recently met with Tsakonas to talk more about her emerging fashion label.
Q: Katherine, describe the essence of the Gingham & Heels label.
A: Gingham & Heels uses beautiful fabrics to create gorgeous, feminine pieces to make all women feel incredible! Our collections are not only on-trend, but are classic and timeless too.
Q: Tell me about you!
A: I’m very family-focused. Although I’m a very busy business woman, my family always comes first. Running Gingham & Heels is a bit of a family affair too; everyone helps out! I have a devoted husband, two gorgeous daughters, wonderful parents and brothers who are all willing to lend a hand when I need it!
Q: How would you describe your personal style?
A: Having two energetic little babies, I put the utmost importance on comfort, but I am also obsessed with being feminine. I love layering, especially with a cool scarf, and ALWAYS wear shoes with a little heel.
Q: From where do you draw your design inspiration?
A: I am most inspired by European fashion. Being of Greek ancestry I love everything about the European summer styles worn on party islands like Ios and Mykonos. For winter, I tend to seek style ideas from the streets and catwalks of London and Paris. I also love celeb watching to see what’s trending!
Q: On an average day we would find you wearing…
A: More than likely, some sleek black jeans, a slouchy tee, layered with a basic knit, a bright scarf and a tailored jacket thrown over the top.
Q: Who are your style icons? What do you love most about the way they dress?
A: I would have to say Kate Moss, Kate Bosworth, Elle Ferguson and Rosie Huntington Whiteley. All these women have an effortless style. Their casual wear is to die for and they nail outrageous outfits!
Q: What is the one fashion item a girl cannot live without?
A: Definitely a tailored black blazer.
Q: At the moment you're:
listening to…. Chet Faker
reading… Memoirs of Cleopatra
watching… Breaking Bad
crushing on… model Jess Hart / actor Zac Efron
Q: What’s your fashion mantra?
A: "Fashion is what you buy, Style is what you do with it."
Q: So what's next for Gingham & Heels?
More stores (hopefully, one day, internationally)!
To purchase Gingham & Heels, visit: http://ginghamandheels.com/
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