ETHICAL LUXURY: A CONVERSATION WITH DIANA KLISARIS

Diana Klisaris is dedicated to creating elegant, considered and timeless pieces for empowered women. Diana Klisaris redefines traditional statement pieces through innovative craftsmanship and manipulation techniques to create transitional exclusive garments.

BEHIND THE BRAND

QUALITY – Garments of outstanding quality that deliver the highest value to customers. Working with collaborators to produce limited quantities of exclusive garments

INTEGRITY – Upholding the highest standards by sourcing materials ethically. The brand is committed to sustainable practices and environmental responsibility.

INNOVATION – The design ethos comes from creating new innovative designs and experiences founded in traditional tailoring construction.

Environmentally Responsible and Ethically Produced

FABRICATION: the fabric is sourced from mills that generate energy for production and heating sustainably. Renewable clean burn resources such as wood pellets and agricultural by-products like walnuts and hazel nut shells are used for production. The water used in all processes is strictly regulated so it can be returned to a neutral ph and used as drinking water. All fibre and yarn waste is over-dyed and rested or donated to like-minded industries for use as filing in furniture and bedding.

ETHICALLY AND LOCALLY PRODUCED: every garment is produced locally in Melbourne, which enables the brand to support local employers. This hands on approach develops strong relationships with every stakeholder in the production process. Every Diana Klisaris piece is created with local, industry leaders that create with integrity and ensure a high quality of ethical production practices.

A CONVERSATION WITH DIANA KLISARIS

When did you first realize you wanted to launch a your own label?

During the global pandemic I thought a lot about my future and where I saw myself in 10 years. I always knew that I wanted to start my own business, however, I didn’t have the courage to begin at such a young age. I wanted to gain experience within the industry and slowly work towards one day owning and running my own brand. It was during this pandemic, that showed me how fragile and inconsistent life can be and that if there was a time to do it, it was now. 

If you could go back and tell yourself one thing before beginning your career what would it be?

If I could go back in time, before I launched my business, I would tell myself to ask more questions and to be more diligent before making critical business decisions. One example of this is with supplier relationships. For example, If you’re choosing a manufacturer, a public relations agency or a fabric supplier, it’s important to complete research, evaluate all options and negotiate to get the best outcome for both parties. 

How do you want your clients to feel when wearing your brand pieces and in what occasions can be worn?

The Diana Klisaris woman is empowered and takes on the world with resilience and strength. She personifies sophistication in all levels of her life. Our pieces are made for both day and night looks. Purchasing a Diana Klisaris garment is investing in lifelong pieces that never go out of style. From day to night, our garments are designed for the working woman who has important business meetings, transitioning into a chic dinner and drinks in the evening. We are dedicated to creating pieces which are timeless and classic. What we’re finding is that clients are experimenting with garments, wearing them for more casual settings. This is great to see and we want our clients to dress themselves in Diana Klisaris garments in the setting that suits their lifestyle. 

Can you tell us how your collections makes a difference to help more the environment?

Our fabric is sourced from mills that generate energy for production and heating sustainably. Renewable clean burn resources such as wood pellets and agricultural by-products like walnuts and hazel nut shells are used for production. The water used throughout this process is strictly regulated so it can be returned to a neutral ph and used as drinking water. All fibre and yarn waste is over-dyed and rested or donated to like-minded industries for use such as the filling in furniture and bedding. 

Secondly, every garment is produced locally in Melbourne, Australia which enables us to support local employers and ensure ethical standards of employment. This hands on approach develops strong relationships with every stakeholder in the production process. Every Diana Klisaris piece is created with local, industry leaders that work with integrity and ensure a high quality of ethical production practices.

There is one important person, in your life, who pushes and motivates you to believe in yourself?

My partner motivates me everyday and pushes me to reach my highest potential. Without him, I wouldn’t have had the courage to start my business. He gives me sound advice, motivation and great guidance. 

Describe us you as a creative in your personal life and how your feelings influence the creativity process?

From an early age I was always drawn to fashion and expressing myself through garments. This initial love for fashion was the start of my creative passion. I would describe my creative process as an emotional feeling through physical connection of vintage garments and traditional silhouettes. This process of research, where I am walking through streets interacting with vintage garments, allows me to draw inspiration and re-imagine these classic garments through the lens of Diana Klisaris. I’m driven by my emotion when designing and how the sketch or vision makes me feel. This directs my process in a unique way that works for me. It’s hard for me to describe this as it is an intangible feeling. 

Would you like to involve other creatives in your future projects and what do you think is the main mission of the CO-BRANDING concept? 

I’ve always thought about collaborating with other creatives and wondered who the first might be. If Diana Klisaris were to collaborate with another brand or artist, it would be important for them to have mutual values, purpose and audiences. Personally, I would love to collaborate with an influential female artist who has a similar mission of empowering women. 

What is the slogan of your brand? 

Diana Klisaris is dedicated to creating elegant, considered and timeless pieces for empowered women.

What are the next steps for your label, in order to grow up more?

Diana Klisaris was built to empower women and contribute towards the renaissance of slow fashion. Our focus is to emphasise these characteristics and continue to build a community of women that epitomise elegance and believe in creating a wardrobe full of timeless pieces that can be used for a lifetime. More tangibly, this involves building brand awareness, designing future collections and improving client experience across every touch point with Diana Klisaris. 

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