Tia Cibani, the Creative Director for Ports 1961, describes the brand's approach to luxury Featured

The autumn-winter 2009 collection, feminine, global, eclectic and... joyous!

How would you describe the Ports 1961 woman?
The Ports 1961 woman is global and urban. She loves the old and the new, and mixes her wardrobe with found items and new luxuries. She embraces the colourful world in which we live.

How did the idea of creating a “luxury brand within a global village” come about?
It just seemed like the right thing to present to the market as it was clearly moving in that direction. The world is made up of discovery and familiarity.

The autumn/winter 2009 collection looks very diverse. How would you describe it?
The autumn/winter 2009 collection is global, eclectic, currently relevant and most of all: joyous!

What are the most luxurious pieces of this autumn/winter 2009 collection?
The most luxurious piece of the collection is the finale dress. It is a traditional cut velvet jacquard that is hand-painted after weaving. It is also hand-treated once the dress is made with a hand embroidery of appliqué flowers taken from the fabric itself. It is the ultimate “red carpet” gown.

Do you feel that women’s approach to their wardrobe is changing?
I think that more and more, women want easy romance: simplicity without compromising small treasures.

What does luxury mean to you personally?
Luxury to me is travelling, where I constantly find inspirations.

What are your plans for Ports 1961 in Europe?
We plan to expand Ports1961 in Europe. We just want to take our time and do it right. We are now looking at establishing our presence in London and then we will consider moving forward with Paris and other cities. We have wholesale clients in most of the major European cities and the response to the collection has been great. I think we have great potential in Europe.

What are some of your favourite places in Paris?
A few of my favorite places in Paris are: The Rodin Museum, Clignancourt Flea Market for fabulous antiques and vintage shopping, Jardin du Luxembourg for a gorgeous morning walk, Ladurée macaroons for indulgence, le Comptoir du Relais (Tel. +33 (0)1 4427 0797) for fabulous cuisine and people watching, Astier de Villatte (Tel. +33 (0)1 4260 7413) on rue Saint-Honore for amazing home products.

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