My name is Filiz Rezvan and recently launched Filiz Rezvan Luxury Handcrafted Lingerie in August 2014. It has been a long wish to be creative again after studying art and design many, many moons ago. I have travelled, studied yoga, natural health, Buddhism and been in the photography business for the last 10 years.
Several years ago I was at a crossroads and was doing some soul searching and really wanted to get back on my original path of doing fashion and textiles again, I wanted to work with my hands, be creative but use all the tools and skills that I had gained and developed over the years and bring it into my lingerie business.
What inspired you to become a lingerie designer?
Many things, but in particular, not finding what I wanted to wear in the stores, not being able to have the quality and fit at the same time. Even buying designer brands, the fit was not correct in the cup size and having increased several cup sizes it got increasingly difficult to find what I liked. I got tired of looking at the same cookie cut bras. At the core of designing again is my mother, who taught me how to sew and knit at a young age, I loved watching her sketches become reality, she was inspiring to watch growing up.
What makes your designs different from others?
What makes these designs different is that I want to bring back an era of femininity that is not sex induced underwear, but bring back well made, craftsmanship as well as beautiful unique designs that offer support and luxurious comfort with breathable fabrics enhancing femininity in all its glory. I also wanted to address adequate coverage and fit to be addressed in the collection. I wanted a lift and give an air of confidence and security to enhance breast health with bra designs that were enhancing, and knickers that have an air of excitement that is different from the norm and a higher quality product that harks back to vintage bespoke design. I also use plastic wires instead of metal wires, no more poking metal wires and wanted to use plastic wires to enhance breath health, no metal conductors surrounding the breasts or blocking meridian’s that Acupuncturist often quote in disturbing lymphatic movement in this delicate area.
Are there any celebrities wearing your designs and who are they?
No not yet, but yesterday one of the Kardashians sisters started to follow my Pinterest boards, so hopefully soon 😉
Do you wear your own products?
Yes, I especially love the Krissy high brief knickers, I feel so luxurious wearing silk.
What’s your favourite lingerie brand (not your own!) and why?
I do love Agent Provocateur, but only the full cup shapes otherwise they don’t fit me at all ;( I really like how the play with the shapes and fabric and go out of the norm and they are really inspiring designs, only wished they did more D+ sizes.
Do you think there’s enough choice for D+ sizes?
No I wish there were more choices, which is what I want to expand in my range as the business progresses. I am not keen on padded D+ size bras, they often add to the breast size.
Are you happy with the way lingerie is sized? If not what changes would you like to see?
I think it’s fine, however I do wish that there were more affordable bespoke services to make bras that really fit the curvy body, also many women often wear the wrong sizes. Many women wear bras with often little or no support and this is sad indeed as gravity often naturally takes over
What advice would to give to an aspiring lingerie/swimwear designer?
You need the ability to wear many different hats, as with any new business, there is a learning curve, learn from your mistakes, it is your ability to problem solve that helps you grow. Learn what your niche market is; learn as much as you can about the lingerie business before venturing out. Underwear has so many more components then normal clothing garments.
How do you get your inspirations for new collections?
I am either inspired by art, nature, photography and vintage fashion, I tend to collect what I like in a given era.
Do you use paper and pencil to design your first draft or is it all done on computer?
I use good old fashion pencil and paper, my creative brain is much more spontaneous and productive and being an artist this feels more natural to me.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a designer?
Well, I currently still work in Photography, which I love, and if I wasn’t able to do that, I would write and teach.
What are you working on right now?
I am working towards the final week of my Kickstarter campaign, however I have been designing swimwear and also been studying and seeing exhibitions of The Pre-Raphaelites Art, which is becoming an inspiration for the next collection.
What makes a great lingerie model?
One who feels comfortable with her own body, who is confident, natural, an actress of sorts; who is able to emote emotion. There is such a fine line between sensuality and sexuality. Sensuality and confidence is so much more attractive than forced sexuality.