Dallas dweller Lizna Kabani was destined to become a designer. Growing up in her grandfather’s textile shop, she was inspired by the sights and sounds of the family garment factory. Insistent that contemporary fashion is not defined by product or price, but quality and experience, the new designer launched her line and online storefront today. Carefully crafted in the US, the Lizna line effortlessly blends contemporary and classic styles. Here at DFW Style Daily, we’re all about affordable luxury. Read on for our exclusive interview with the designer.
What do you remember about your grandfather’s textile factory as a child?
“The memory that has truly stayed with me is the smell of the factory as the fabric was pressed and dyed. As a young girl, the piles of beautiful fabrics being prepared for delivery awed me. When I decided to start my clothing line, I visited a manufacturer in Dallas to understand the full process. The scent of fabric and the familiar humming of the machines brought back so many memories of my childhood.”
What do you consider when choosing the fabrics for your garments?
“I like to go directly to the source to touch and see the fabric in [the] flesh. My eyes sparkle when I see silk, chiffon or a fabulous print on soft cotton. To me, a good quality fabric should stay in your closet for years.”
What inspired your FW16 collection?
“This collection is inspired by the working woman. All the pieces in this collection are wardrobe classics that are designed for a day to night look that can be worn season after season. Specifically for this collection, the feminine and functional combine to create a look that is elegant and timeless.”
Where do you see yourself taking your brand in the future?
“My goal for the Lizna brand is to move away from seasonal collections to introducing weekly trendy pieces. I love the instant gratification of purchasing clothing you see online to wearing it over the weekend! I see myself as a leading e-commerce fashion brand for quality and trendy apparel.”
What’s your favorite design from your collection, and how would you style it?
“My favorite design is one that is sentimental and close to my heart – the Kerry Blouse, the first sample ever created for my brand. [It] is the perfect timeless black and white combo that can be paired with leather leggings, a colored skirt or a pair of black pants.”
Catch Lizna’s FW16 Collection and a sneak peek of her SS17 Collection on the Fashion X Dallas runway next Thursday, Sept. 8 as the annual event kicks off their second season at Fashion Industry Gallery (f.i.g.) More information can be found here.
Images courtesy of Jeremy Shelby Photography.