“A pair of shoes can change your life” – Cinderella
Polkadot Dubai is the new quirky label on the block! Polkadot specializes in the design and hand painting of shoes, handbags and various leather accessories for women. The ultimate motive behind the brand was to create wearable pieces of art that reflect individuality, creativity and self-expression. Polkadot wants to create pieces that you instantly fall in love with and that spark new conversations.
The name of the brand was inspired by the polka dot pattern which is a staple in most retro designs. It is a widespread pattern that is present in any fashionista’s wardrobe. The goal was to create a memorable brand name, which has a vintage feel and a touch of femininity.
The brand’s collections evolve with its customers. As personalized orders come in, the designer – Saniya – thinks of ways to incorporate certain themes and picks the best colors to create highly customized pieces.
“My clients have a big role in the development of my brand. They ask me to design a certain theme, with various funky elements in mind, and I never say no to any idea. This way, my designs keep evolving, and these existing designs inspire new orders from other customers.”
Amongst the favorite themes behind Polkadot’s creations have been Pop Art pieces inspired by the art of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol; retro images of iconic celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe; as well as iconic covers of vintage Vogue magazines.
Some people choose the pieces as decorative art pieces for their house or walk in closet; whereas others choose them as bold pieces for their wardrobe. Polkadot’s pieces make the perfect birthday present, or the perfect accessory to wear for a special occasion. The paint used for the leather pieces is a high quality leather acrylic specially ordered from Los Angeles. The pieces are wearable and waterproof, as the paint doesn’t chip or fade with time.
Polkadot has started in 2013, and already has a loyal customer base in the UAE, as well as orders coming in from Europe, USA and throughout the Middle East. The brand is already showcasing its collections in local boutiques, and is looking to expand internationally.
The creative mind behind Polkadot is Saniya Mussinova. Saniya is from Kazakhstan, but grew up all around the Middle East. Saniya studied in the US, and even though she studied Finance she always had a passion for art, which inspired her to take a few design courses while in college. Growing up, she always had a love for vibrant colors and bold art pieces. In her spare time she spent a lot of time oil painting, painting on silk and decoupage. She is inspired by Japanese art, contemporary art as well as street art. Saniya designs and personally hand paints all her pieces. This way, each item is special, and no two items are the same.
What drives Saniya is the desire to inspire other female entrepreneurs around the world to find time to do what they love. The motto is “start small, start anywhere but with perseverance and passion for what you do, you will succeed.”
To see more of the designs, you can follow Polkadot on Instagram @ Polkadot_DXB
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