Her wanderlust Instagram account will have you dreaming of your next OS trip and her whimsical designs will make you think you're already there.
Today we chat to Kiki Keysers, the creative force behind label KiVARi.
Tell us about how and when your label was created?
Late 2010 I was toying with the idea of starting a label as I have always wanted my own business and I am a strong believer that you must always follow your dreams to do what you love.
I love designing, fashion and travel. So I went about creating my ‘ideal Job’. A job that not only excites, challenges and rewards me. But allows me the freedom to travel the world and work from a laptop on a deserted island, snowy mountain or sitting in front of a world class wave.
That ideal job has become KiVARi.
I love KiVARi and I love what I do… I work hard, putting in crazy hours at any time of the day and night. I am always working, thinking, absorbing and learning. Sometimes I wonder if it’s all worth it? But then I look how far I have come in the last few years and realize it’s pretty amazing. I wouldn’t change it for anything.
What pieces are included within your range?
Our latest collection “White Romance” Is elegance with a raw edge. It’s a fusion of whimsical bohemia and desert rock babe… Flared sleeves, over sized tassels, stone washed tee’s and contrasting leather, mesh, lace and chiffon inserts are a highlight of this collection.
Consisting of Laid-back and easy to wear pieces that can be worn on the open road with the wind in your hair or a romantic beach dinner.
The collection consists of simple warm colours that are easy to co ordinate together, layer up and rock with print on print. “White Romance” will drop in May!
What is your creative background?
I come from a medical background, however mum taught me how to sew when I was younger and I enjoyed that, I have always liked drawing and photography. I won heaps of design/fashion awards at school. I always wanted to study fashion design but choose the medical path instead… but hey I’m doing it now without the degree!
Where is the label designed and made?
I actually do most of my designing on the plane whether that be on a plane to Bali or my next adventure. It seems to be the only quiet time I get to myself with out any distractions.
My i phone is pretty much my mood board as I screen shot everything and anything that inspires me for later reference.
All my designs are manufactured in Indonesia.
What inspires you?
Everything! People, places, sights, travel, shapes, fabrics, cities…I guess it’s hard to pin point just one thing.
I am travel obsessed and there are not many countries I have not been to, so that definitely helps the creative juices.
Latest collection consists of?
Mesh inserts, leopard prints and olive greens. Soft free flowing fabrics.
What's on your mood board?
Pretty much everything on my i phone!
What’s your creative space like?
I have just relocated so it’s a mess at the moment!
What music do you listen to while designing/creating
Nothing actually. I need quiet time to think. I get distracted easily ?
On the other hand when I need Relax time, throw on Jezabells, Boy and Beer or Lorde.
A day in the life of you consists of?
Hahah everything and anything!
Emails, updating social media sites and my website, accounting, taking wholesale orders, organizing production in Bali, more emails, phone calls… Repeat! Repeat! ….and if all goes to plan a surf in the afternoon ?
Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?
Ohh that’s a hard one, there are sooo many amazing stalls! Wild heart is always a fave, such a cute mother and daughter duo. I’m digging Nat Kent too. She has some super amazing pieces.
What are your plans for 2014 and beyond?
2014 is set to be a big one for me, everything is starting to fall into place.
More stockists are coming on board from Australia, USA, Japan and New Zealand and online sales are really picking up. I think I am set for busy year ahead!
It’s a great environment and platform for emerging designers to showcase their products and interact with other designers. TVM is extremely supportive of all the designers. It’s really organized, with rad tunes, good coffee, amazing stalls; a perfect way to spend a Sunday morning.
What do you love most about attending TVM?
My customers! They are always so lovely, positive and supportive. It’s like a little community…. it’s great!
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