Last week, I got to attend Miami Beach International Fashion Week – and I'm excited to share the fun doesn't stop there! Local designer Izabella Sienkiewicz showed her Ready-to-Wear IbellaV Collection last week, but she also has a boutique in Miami Beach that you can shop anytime! I sat down with the designer to ask her a few questions:
VISIT FLORIDA: Please tell me little bit about how you got started as a fashion designer.
Izabella Sienkiewicz: My mother is a fashion designer in Poland, so I was surrounded by fashion growing up. I used to make dresses for my friends and my dolls. I never liked anything store-bought; I altered all my clothes ever since I was five years old.
VF: When did you open your boutique, and what inspired you to open it?
IS: I opened the boutique in 2006 as a place for my clients to come and choose from my creations and then customize to fit their size and personality.
VF: What does IbellaV offer that is unique?
IS: Everything is unique because I create based on what the client wants and my own unique vision. IBellaV is not open to the public; we want our clients to enjoy a unique, personalized shopping experience. To make an appointment, please call 305-397-8701.
VF: Who shops at IbellaV?
IIS: I have a wide range of clientele from women in their 20s to women in their 80s. My prices start at $95 for ready-to-wear pieces, and custom pieces have gone up to $4,000, so I can work with almost any budget.
VF: What is your favorite thing about shopping in Florida?
IS: I love the colors and the inspiration drawn from the beach and the tropical environment on a whole. It's a nice, bright contrast from Poland.
IbellaV is located at 1300 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, and includes a range of sizes, from petite to plus size, and versatile options including dresses, accessories and swimsuits. In addition to her in-store collection, IbellaV will custom make any piece to cater to a client's personality. IbellaV creates over 2,000 custom-crafted pieces per year.
To make an appointment, call 305-397-8701 or fill out the online form here.