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Fashion is my obsession indeed, which can be seen through my design that is unique, extravagant and leaves no one without an opinion. They either adore it or not like it all.
MARY, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Designer?
While still in primary, I started designing my collection. Even back then I knew I wanted to be in fashion. My grandfather was a designer himself so that I can say that fashion runs in my family.
Who is your inspiration in life MARY? How do you keep inspired?
Fashionable women, they inspire me the most. Due to them, I wish to design something new and different every time.
We all make mistakes MARY; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Designer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Every time the new collection is coming, the whole team is under stress. It is those times that my colleagues and I find difficult to stay calm and handle the problems.
MARY, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Designer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
For me, all my clients are equal as they've all picked my brand. Big clients can become small ones, and small clients can become big, it's a life circle. So I try to give all them maximum attention and respect.
Please tell us MARY, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Designer?
My priorities are to be at the top each season for which you need strategy every time a new collection arrives.
MARY, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
That is very difficult with buyers, which I know as being one of them. I usually tend to persuade my buyers by telling them an interesting story behind every bikini and by giving them an example of where to wear it.
MARY, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Designer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
That was for sure when Eva Longoria asked her stylist to get her one of our bikinis. Things like that, make one designer feel proud and happy.
MARY, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Every segment of a designer's job involves creativity. Sometimes, after much work you feel empty and need an injection of creativity booster.. haha
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Designer?
If that is what they want, they need to stand by their ideas and style, work hard and long on that.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, soon we will have collaboration with Formula one which will be quite exciting. In future, we are open to collaboration with different brands and celebrities.
Photographer: Elefterious Prasopoulos and Jovana Mladenovic