WHO: GABI PEREZUTTI-ISACSON
WHAT: DESIGNER FOR CANDELA
WHERE: NEW YORK
FFF LOVES… Candela’s South American style with a generous dash of NYC cool thrown in to spice things up.
What are your staples?
What are your indulgences?
Ummmm … Chanel.
What can’t you live without?
Taylor men inspired shoes.
What is past its use-by-date?
Nothing. I am pretty good at giving away.
What is your wardrobe craving?
Belstaff motorcycle jacket. Like the one Noami Watts had on Eastern Promises.
South American duo Natalia Kuks-Jacobs and Gabriela Perezutti-Isacson created the first Candela collection in 2004. The label took off when they pioneered the bohemian look that was taken from their ranching background in Argentina and Uruguay. From leathers and chunky knits manufactured in Argentina to cotton voiles, silks, and embroideries produced in India, Candela’s pieces are feminine, without being over the top. Ornamented with occasional bows, ruffles, lace, and creative pops of color, Candela combines wistful, natural looks with fashion-forward city style. In less than a year Candela found itself selling to more than 200 hundred stores worldwide, including Harrod’s, Beams, Henri Bendel, Saks Fifth Avenue, Intermix, Scoop, Fred Segal, Kitson, and many more. In Spring 2006 the first Candela shoe collection was born and has become an integral part of their collection, making up about 65% of their business today.
With Candela’s continued success and growth, the brand is looking to launch an e-commerce site in early 2010, with plans of opening a Candela retail store shortly thereafter. Candela NYC is currently sold at Saks Direct, ShopBop, Calypso, Urban Outfitters, and will be in Neiman Marcus Direct for Resort/Cruise.
Celebrity fans include Lindsay Lohan, Lauren Conrad, Kate Hudson, Fergie, and Ciara.