|FOREIGN RELATIONS: Zelionkaite (left) and Mezey collaborate on designs in their local studio near the Design Distric.
photography by Vanessa Gavalya
We interviewed the up-and-coming designers in January at their studio/showroom.
|Their spring ’08 collection.
photography by Bode Helm
Q: How would you describe your designs?
ZSOFIA: They are classic cuts, re-invented. Edgy and modern, not old-fashioned.
SANDRA: Chic clothes you can wear every day. We always keep balance, proportion, and fit in mind. We design for real women.
Q: Who are your favorite designers?
SANDRA: Yohji Yamamato, Raf Simons, and Jil Sander.
ZSOFIA: Karl Lagerfeld and Viktor & Rolf.
Q: What is your favorite piece from the collection for spring?
SANDRA: The short-sleeved white shirt with folded detail collar and pleated skirt. Folding detail is our signature.
ZSOFIA: The white Sea-Island cotton dress with gathered collar.
Q: What are you working on now?
SANDRA: Finishing up the fall/winter collection, which will consist of deeper colors (cinnamon and deep turquoise) and heavier fabrics (Australian worsted wool and cashmere).
Koppani can be found at boutiques in Austin, Houston, Port Arthur, and locally by appointment at 214-744-7500. www.koppani.com.