ABOUT THE OTTOMAN COLLECTION
“ Inspired by our ever expanding treasure chest full of robes; being drawn to the robes and turbans of the Ottomans, as opposed to their contemporary Elizabethans in ‘ruffs’ and ‘puffs’; dressing my girls in colourful jellabas and white pure wear. All of these things provoked the desire to create this collection.”
THE OTTOMAN COLLECTION IS FOUNDED ON STRONG BELIEFS…
A collaboration of mother and daughters, invented along the routes from Turkey to Austria, the Ottoman Collection evolved from our shop in Kensington, London in the 90’s with linen jellabas and kimonos. The intrigue of creating beautiful Ottoman clothes became an obsession and a passion, driven by a rebellion against normality, jeans, trackies and A-line dresses, incited by that treasure chest to find the point where couture meets everyday.
Moving with the times, the jellaba and kimono have become the dress of choice and we have honed them into beautiful, wearable clothes that bring with them a lifestyle.An essential piece of research was to pack a suitcase and travel between London, Yalikavak, Marrakech, Vienna, Venice, Delhi and the English countryside, sporting events, endless entertainment, breakfast, lunch and dinner, bed, beach, family meetings and office moments only with jellabas, kimonos, capes, pendants and pure wear — The Ottoman Collection (with, of course the addition of swimwear, lingerie and rain-wear, tights, shoes and boots). Life became lovely, delightful, no more frumpy-ness, no more dullness, but instead comfortable, chic and thoughtful.
We like to think The Ottoman Collection transcends the ages, blurring cultural and conventional barriers, politically and aesthetically.
Built from a genuine passion, a love of robes, of history and fashion, of combining cultures with no boundaries, we believe we are creating a collection and a lifestyle which is bohemian, classic, chic, simple and contemporary, where east truly meets west.
We hope you love it as much as we do and would like to add a short acknowledgement to the sultans, the yogis, courageous people with attitude and Yves St Laurent of the 1970’s.