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Influential, innovative, romantic—GeorgiaLeyla products represent the power of the luxury craftsmanship and are unsurpassed for their quality and attention to detail.
I started my fashion designer career back in 2014 while a Junior in college studying Business. I knew I wanted to create something, but I wasn’t entirely sure of what that “something” was. I went into the process without any expectations, but just to have fun and use GeorgiaLeyla as a platform to be creative. It’s amazing what can happen when you truly love what you’re doing. After graduating college, I got a job in Lisbon and I just let GeorgiaLeyla happens slowly... It never felt like a “job” to me, but it was an outlet I always looked forward to at the end of the day or on weekends. It made me happy and excited and kept me motivated. Soon, every hour that wasn’t spent at my (then) current job, was spent working on GL- production, running social media, shooting content, writing copy, reading and learning about branding and design, finding inspiration, the list went on and on. After several years of debating whether or not to take the leap to full-time fashion designer, I decided it was time in late 2016. I had reached a point where I knew if I didn’t take the risk, I might not ever be able to. So with the encouragement of my husband, our family don't support us... I decided to run GeorgiaLeyla full-time. It has been one of the scariest, most rewarding experiences! Having the ability to focus solely on my business was like a weight lifted off my shoulders and I knew I could finally start achieving the things I had always dreamed of doing. The thing about my story is that it is still being written and everyday brings a new adventure or opportunity, that’s what is so exciting and thrilling. So, thank you for following along and for your continued support!
How it’s made – The Aim
Georgia Leyla aim is to design and make captivating garments that will make you feel and look your best. The line is exclusive and glamorous with a playful element, making each woman feel beautiful and special when she puts it on.
GL have developed her own specialist technique for making the garments.
Using only the most luxurious and high-end fabrics & finest finishings. All fabrics and finishings are of the utmost quality and sourced personally by the designer. This is unique and makes the garments comfortable providing a higher quality fit and feel.
GL hand make in-house each item individually when you place your order. Each piece is unique & not manufactured and may vary ever so slightly.
Based in Europe (Portugal), Georgia Leyla says "I don’t believe you should do anything if you're not going to do it perfectly. I took months looking for the best fabrics & crystals and I only use gracious Swarovski that will naturally hug your curves and movements. I wish my eyes could take photos, however, I also do my best to show in videos and photos how outrageously gorgeous is in life the crystal shine and purity at night but also in the daylight”.
- What criteria do you apply when designing new pieces? Quality first of all. I love exquisite materials and I'm convinced that is what my customers deserve. Equally important to me is originality. I enjoy designing striking and extravagant art pieces.
- Where and when do you work on your projects? At home, in your atelier? During the day, at night...? There are truly plenty of pieces that I give a lot thought to, I make sketches and then I hand in the resulting design. However, I'm not a slot machine into which you can throw a coin every morning at the atelier and expect creativity to come pouring out. Ideas come at different times. Most of then come on my leisure times like when I am on vacations... I always need to have a pen and a book to write and sketch with me wherever I go... Many of them come at home, plenty in the atelier and many while meeting friends... It's true, however, that I then work most of them out in the atelier. And also at night before going to sleep I tend to have good ideas so I have plenty of sketches and notes on my bedside table. Honestly, I love so much what I do and I am delighted to work a lot and I don't need to take vacations from work!
- What makes Portuguese fashion famous by quality? It follows from tradition, demand and Portuguese passion. Portuguese textiles and shoes are one of the best in the world and we are working for luxurious and restricted markets like Asian and Arabian countries. To satisfy them means making products with great precision and using high-quality materials. If craftmanship are made like this over generations and the producers who pass on their craft techniques make absolutely sure that quality is never compromised then honest, traditional craftsmanship gets into your veins with the very same passion.
- Where do you get your inspiration? Which historic period or at movement inspires you most? I've found two sources of inspiration in my life that are far from exhausted. They are the people around me and also art and architecture. Art is very important for my vision and imagination. Almost everything about it is fascinating. That's why I never discount old masters or contemporary artists. I probably have a closer affinity with old art and the French and Italian fashion from 80's to today days are closest to my heart.
Whenever I make a new outfit I have in mind two paradoxes: On the one hand, all my pieces have to be subtle and beautiful and elegant enough to be used both day and night. On the other hand, my designs can and should be used both in and out of the room. I only use gracious Swarovski which follow the movements in a natural way and hugging curve fabrics are my selection. I do not want my clients to buy one outfit to wear once. GeorgiaLeyla designs are lifetime pieces.
All of our lingerie & hosiery comes beautifully packaged, wrapped in tissue paper in a luxury box. The GeorgiaLeyla collection will be delivered in gift boxes in white-black-turquoise-gold shades and all pieces will be wrapped in black premium tissue paper. Our outer packaging is unbranded and discrete. You can have your items arrive in discrete packaging if you don't want to spoil the surprise.