Crista Seya is a Paris-based, lifestyle brand which works against the fashion industry’s schedule (probably other brands will follow their lead in the post-pandemy world that hopefully will happen some time soon…). Cristina Casini and Keiko Seya, the founders, both have worked for years as stylists for publications like L’Officiel, Numéro and i-D. In 2013, the duo decided to launch their own label with an aim to release “editions”, not collections, of around 15 items – specifically, one edition per six months. No overproduction, no hurry – just a pure, creative process which combines highest quality craftsmanship with minimal, French attitude. The newest edition – #14 – is now available on their site and is a perfect spring-transits-into-summer wardrobe. The collection consists of a capsule made in collaboration with Salvatore Piccolo (one of Naples’ finest tailors) and pleases with delightful over-sized pink cotton pyjama shirts, striped shirt dresses with fringed collar and comfortable maxi skirts with stretchy waistband. The edition as well has the most beautiful light cotton caftan, linen-ribbed gilet and handwoven fringed poncho. While in the near future we all foresee home confinement, Crista Seya’s garments might serve right now as ultra-chic loungewear. I especially wouldn’t mind this look!
Collage by Edward Kanarecki, photos via Crista Seya website.
Crista Seya is a Paris-based, lifestyle brand that’s against the fashion system’s speed and commercialism. Cristina Casini and Keiko Seya, the founders, both have worked for years as stylists for publications like L’Officiel, Numéro and i-D. In 2013, the duo decided to launch their own label with an aim to release “editions”, not collections, of around 15 items – specifically, one edition per six months. No overproduction, no hurry – just a pure, creative process which combines highest quality craftsmanship with a cool French attitude.
“Each edition is the building block for a wardrobe,” says Casini. First edition was all about indigo blue, which came across cashmere knits and over-sized pants. Their latest edition was inspired with ethnic prints of Africa, however don’t expect bold colours – it’s rather about the delicate reference, not the theme of the collection. All of Crista Seya’s editions are available at the designers’ lofty studio in Paris’s Ninth Arrondissement, while stores and customers can pick and choose what they like from previous capsules – whether that’s a blue, masculine shirt, camel poncho or a voluminous sweater from the men’s line. Don’t forget that Crista Seya is a lifestyle brand. In the brand’s selection, you will find ceramic heads created in collaboration with renowned artist, Giacomo Alessi. Coming straight from Sicily, the heads were produced, unsurprisingly, in very limited quantities. Or, there are hand-sculpted combs from Japan that were dried for 30 years, along the traditional techniques. Summing up – Crista Seya defines defiance in today’s fashion industry.
Parisian chic has always been an inspiration for designers – but some simply have it in their blood, even if they are not totally from Paris. As I am excited about my Parisian trip which will take place soon, I thought about creating a list of my favourite brands with this famous Parisian attitude.
Celine by Phoebe Philo. The most Parisian of them all. Why? The Celine woman tends to wear black turtleneck dresses with casual, white trainers. Also, this intriguing woman carries her Hobo bag with a chic “so whatever” attitude, giving no s*** whether somebody is going to steal her calfskin wallet. That AMAZING woman is super assertive regarding her beliefs, too, and loves a good book (maybe Patrick Mondiano, for example). Where? You can meet her mostly everywhere in Paris – she might be eating french fries at the fancy L’Avenue or visit Musee d’Orsay for the 2nd time in the month.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh. Although the designer is based in New York, her chic clothes are reflecting Paris. Why? Just look at this outfit. It is so Amelia. A cute pea coat, toned orange midi skirt and comfortable flats. Where? In the Metro Paris. On the Clignancourt flea market.
Crista Seya. Her camel pieces are Parisian essentials. Why? Crista Seya woman feels an aversion towards logos and truly enjoys eponymous labels. Her shoes are made in Argentina while the “travel” bag is always on fleek. However you can’t say that about her outfit – slouchy pantalons, deep layer of knits and over-sized coat. Where? I see her in the Latin Quarter district. It would perfectly suit her lovely messiness.
(Christophe) Lemaire. The wardrobe of a Parisian woman. Why? Lemaire’s collections are concentrated on basics. Well tailored trousers, masculine blazers, soft cashmere sweaters and casual shirts are his essentials. Where? Rue du Saint Honore. Not too fancy and not too modest. Very #treschic!
Haider Ackermann. If Phoebe Philo is the queen of Parisian chic, then Haider is the king. Why? Ackermann is the master of layering. Also, he fuses masculine jackets and trousers with feminine silhouettes (flawless pleated skirts, for example) in a marvelous way. Where? Le Marais district is Haider’s place. Its edginess and off-beat vibe matches the designer’s style in a very good way…
I am in love with the brand I am going to present you now – it’s Crista Seya. I mean, there are many labels which perfectly mix minimal with luxury. The Row, Lemaire, Hermes are all known to us! But surely, Crista Seya might be counted to that list. Her collections are divided in four editions, and in each the clothes are constantly available on request. Beautifully tailored shirts, awesome camel pantaloons and khaki ponchos – a dream. The white shoes from series 3 (a lot of normcore beige) are handmade in Buenos Aires, made from so-called kid leather and a cool “cut-out-edge” heel. The clothes from Crista Seya are fulfilled with everyday objects. Artisan vases, leather horse-necklaces, hand-dyed cushions. I mean, what’s better than a label which knows how to make your wardrobe and your home?