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iQubator Fashion meets Louko

On August the 28th iQubator Fashion met Emilie Lobel, French woman founder of LOUKO 路口. Listening to her story gave us the possibility to deeply understand the reasons behind her style and creativity. Looking at her clothes flooded our eyes with beauty and unspeakable emotions.

 

iQubator: What brought you to Shanghai?

Emilie: My husband and I decided to come in China for a new experience in Asia, a part of a world which has always been attractive for both of us. In France I was a legal advisor, but I always loved fashion and the singular Parisian style, so trendy. In Shanghai, I seized the opportunity to start my business in a creative world that pleases and motivates me. My goal was to propose high quality garments, French design and tailor-made, thanks to the small team of tailors who works with me. Then I started to design and produce styles and up to this moment 2 collections have already been brought to the public, in France and in China.

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Qubator: How many collections per year do you do?

Emilie: Two collections per year, fall-winter and spring-summer, each collection usually has 30-35 pieces. I propose a collection and then details can be changed according to my customers’ needs and desires. This way my customers can be somehow involved in the creation process and this I find very important. It gives everyone the possibility to have something special and unique at the same time.

iQubator: Is there an arts style that inspires you more than others?

Emilie: Yes, I am very fond of Art Deco. My creations are all inspired by this visual arts design style born in France in the beginning of the 20th century.

iQubator: Where does your personal style come from?

Emilie: Certainly from Paris. I used to be a business woman myself, so now I mainly design clothes for active business women. My clothes are elegant, but also comfortable, perfect for long busy days, but also for a drink with your colleagues or friends right after work.

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iQubator: How can your customers find you?

Emilie: I very often attend designer markets in Shanghai, but customers can meet me at my show-room based in the ex-French concession where I organize private sales as well. People can reach me by email contact@louko.fr, or via Wechat ID: LOUKO_clothes
For France, my clothes can as well be found on the online store: www.louko.fr and for China, customers can buy them on Wechat.

Client Highlight: NPS Shoes

NPS Shoes is an independent, family-run business manufacturing hand-made Goodyear-welted footwear in the county of Northamptonshire, England.

Established in 1881, they have a proud and distinguished heritage in footwear manufacturing. Today they specialize in manufacturing both men’s and lady’s Goodyear Welted boots and shoes 100% Made In England. These are produced on behalf of brands and wholesalers alongside their own brands: Solovair Classic, Heritage and Country.

In 1881, five men banded together to form a co-operative in the village of Wollaston called the Northamptonshire Productive Society (NPS) Shoes Ltd. Luck was with them from the outset as they managed to secure an order for army boots from the Government, an order which would sustain them for the first year. As industrialization spread through England during the late nineteenth Century, demand domestically and abroad for high-quality boots steadily increased. Accordingly, NPS enjoyed rapid growth. NPS moved into private family ownership in 2006 but has continued to maintain its independence and high-quality standards which have secured a reputation with retailers and discerning customers as a premium product.

NPS continue to remain true to their ideals, combining over 130 years of tradition, the latest technology and materials, in order to produce high quality footwear. To maintain this undisputed quality, the products will always be Made in England from start to finish.

For more information, please visit their main website at www.nps-solovair.co.uk or contact them in either English or Chinese: sales@nps-solovair.co.uk

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