“It was a gift from a friend, a dress from LA, that gave me the idea for “Ikatela”. People complimented the dress, and its Mallorcan Ikat-like pattern, time and again. And with that, I figured there must be an interest in dresses with a Mallorcan flair.”
Tell us a little bit about your business
I brainstormed the idea during the pandemic, and after some months of researching, designing and pattern-making, Ikatela was born. Right now, the line comprises three dresses and a jumpsuit. All are made from the Mallorca Ikat fabric and are available in beige, turquoise, blue or red.
I made the dresses’ earliest versions from the island’s original fabric, but switched to a softer, more comfortable material produced on the mainland but only for the Balearic Islands. As a brand with strong ties to Mallorca, it’s only fitting that I buy the fabric from a traditional shop in Palma. My “Made in Mallorca” principle means that each dress is made on the island, with painstaking attention to detail by our talented local seamstress.
Another thing I believe in is “Slow-Fashion”, which is the opposite of fast fashion. An Ikatela garment is sustainably made and boasts premium, long-lasting quality. But that’s not all. Every piece is made to measure and ensures a perfect fit and many years of happy dress-wearing. And if you prefer your dress to have longer sleeves, a different neckline, or a shorter length, I’m only too happy to oblige. For the next season, we are working on new ideas as a pair of men’s shorts and a men’s/women’s waistcoat are on the drawing board.
What did you have for breakfast today?
An ayurvedic breakfast – I cut an apple, banana and ginger into small pieces, fried everything and then added sultanas, cinnamon and honey.
What does your morning routine look like?
I wake up between 6:30-7:00 am, start with my breakfast and then I go for a walk or do some yoga exercises before starting work.
What is your number one health habit?
Maintaining my healthy routine:
- Healthy food
- Relaxing moments
- Nature escapes
- Digital detox breaks
- Discover or learn new things
- Cultivate healthy social contacts
- Alone time
What is your guilty pleasure?
To stay in bed on a rainy day with tea and a book.
What’s one book you’d recommend everyone to read?
The book: The 1% Method to Life Changing Habits: -Micro Steps- The Art of Kaizen by Heath Cleary
In Mallorca, where is your favourite place to:
- De-stress: Kundalini Yoga by SiriManprem
- Move: Walking in the Tramuntana Mountains
- Shop: Rialto Living
- Dine: La Gundilla Palma
- Stay: Maricel Hotel or Hotel Illa d´Or