Buro 24/7 Middle East Interview: The Luxury Shoppers
Introducing Turkey's dynamic fashion duo
Ezgi Icel and Lian Kebudi are the founders of Luxury Shoppers, a project they created to share their vision, personal style, and tips with others. The stylish pair often feature on best dressed lists and sartorial streetstyle blogs.
The duo have worked as fashion consultants and personal shoppers, and offer a wide-range of services that include shopping for clients, wardrobe planning, image making, consulting for brands, and shopping abroad.
Buro 24/7 speaks to the fashion duo to find out more:
How did you two meet, and how is your work relationship different from your friendship?
Ezgi and Lian | After we have finished our studies abroad and came back to Turkey we both started working at Vakko. We were at the same place in our lives and we became good friends right away. It has been 9 years and although sometimes we face difficulties, as it happens in every relationship, we believe we grow together with the challenges we face. We respect and love each other dearly and always act from our hearts.
In a short period of time, Luxury Shoppers attracted a lot of followers and fans from all over the world, why do you think people have welcomed you with open arms?
Ezgi and Lian | We have never thought about this, never planned anything or had a strategy. We wanted to share our vision, interests, and our daily routines on our web page; and in a short amount of time it became very popular. It happened very organically. The sincerity kept our readers, and the attentiveness of our daily updates had not gone unnoticed.
What are the most coveted spring must-haves? And which do you recommend buying as investment pieces?
Ezgi and Lian | Balenciaga has a great collection this season, Alexander Wang is a super talented man, and we especially love the shoes from his latest collection. Altuzarra skirts, Saint Laurent kitten heel boots, and Givenchy Tribal prints are must-haves as well. We also Love the floral and tropical prints for summer, Gianvito Rossi's floral stilettos are a treat! A white stiletto is an investment piece and a lifesaver this summer. And those Rochas jeweled flats are darlings...
Describe a perfect day in Istanbul?
Ezgi and Lian | A perfect day for us is a day that starts with a morning walk and breakfast around Karakoy or Bebek, and then we'll head to the old city, antiquing in Cukurcuma in the afternoon. Then have a lunch break at Istanbul Modern Museum. A day in Istanbul is not complete without getting lost in The Grand Bazaar. Dinner by the Bosphorus would be the perfect end of a perfect day. If you could squeeze in a hammam or a massage treatment in Les Ottomans Hotel or Four Seasons it would be magical.
What is the most treasured item in your closet?
Ezgi | I have a pink Christian Dior couture dress from the '50's, which is so flawless and perfect that I can stare at it for hours. I am saving it for my daughter.
Lian | A Gucci evening dress that I bought 4 years ago.
Whenever you interview people, you always ask what luxury means to each of them; the tables have turned... what does luxury mean to you?
Ezgi and Lian | Luxury is a lifestyle; it is how you perceive life. It has nothing to do with what you wear, go, or do. It's about your vision and attitude.
What does the future hold for Luxury Shoppers?
Ezgi and Lian | We never make plans, we dream and believe that the universe will send them our way. And we have big dreams right now.