Stella Vakirli Portrait

Stella Vakirli was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece, but spent her summers on the exotic island of Zakinthos, one of the Ionian islands of Greece. During her teenage years, she left home for New York, where she applied and was accepted at Cornell. She later redirected her studies to fine art and fashion after visiting a “history of fashion” exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. During her last semester, she specialized in art and was chosen to design an ensemble for Housing Works, a charitable organization providing housing and advocacy for homeless men, women and children. It was sold and the proceeds were donated to charity.

Upon graduating, she was recruited by Halston as an assistant designer and illustrator, where she acquired an eye for elegance and style. She then moved onward to Chaps by Ralph Lauren as an associate designer for menswear. In the following years, she was hired by Guess as senior designer of their men’s outerwear line.

In 2001, she was hired by Andrew Marc, a well-known leather house in New York, as Men’s Head Designer.
She designed 6 separate lines, which gave her the chance to get familiar and work with many celebrities, thus developing a unique clientele.

She was swiftly recruited by Weatherproof, a nationally known outerwear company, where she continued to grow a selective clientele, including world political leaders and designed the jacket that the President of the United States, Barack Obama, wore on his trip to the Great Wall of China.

In 2007, she started her own designer label for an exclusive and stylish clientele. What she loves about clothing is “the bird’s eye view of the details and the joy of giving attention to those details, becoming creative in more ways than just the obvious. Menswear teaches you precision and practicality; by adding aesthetics, you have it all.”

The application of those details have been put to use, to enhance her womenswear resort collection. Inspired by menswear colors, yet a woman’s perspective, she offers what any woman would want to wear at a resort and feel feminine and elegant.