Emerging Designer Spotlight: Cyclades

Cyclades Scarves

Leto Lama wants to take you into the world of Greek mythology with her London-based accessory label Cyclades. New to the market in 2017, her scarf collection tells a trove of stories on lux silk fabric in a bold and colorful way. You’ll see that each style is a delightful novelty that takes on a personality of its own. 

It all started when she couldn’t find a scarf she wanted to wear and decided to create one for herself. People started stopping her on the street while she was wearing a sample and soon after this validation, the brand was born. 

She describes Cyclades as mythical, elegant and luxurious and was drawn to scarves because they can easily be worn by everyone despite their age and size. A French twist, sarong, necklace or wrapped around the shoulders paired with a nice top and jeans are just some of the ways her pieces can be styled. 

Made in Lake Como Italy, the process starts with illustrations and experimentations with color combinations. One advantage? Artistry is in her blood.

She started sketching when she was young and also comes from a family with talent. Lama recalls that her grandmother was one of the first abstract Greek female painters and a ceramist. When she completed an object, she would mark the piece with a spiral logo and Cyclades signature which is now Lama’s branding. In her mind, a piece of her family heritage survives through her work. 

Cyclades Scarves
Cyclades Scarves

I get inspired from history, nature and my surroundings. Ideas can come just by having a conversation, reading a book a poem, looking at a person or by reading by travelling and visiting a museum.

 

 

Cyclades Scarves

Lama told us that she takes inspiration from a variety of sources. “I get inspired from history, nature and my surroundings. Ideas can come just by having a conversation, reading a book a poem, looking at a person or by reading by travelling and visiting a museum. Some of the stories are related to ancient greek art, myths, while others could be just dreams. I usually study a subject or an idea and then I start illustrating the object into a piece of paper. I try different color variations and compositions which will lead us into the final design.” 

 

Learn more at Cyclades.

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