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Meet Vanessa Delaine of SESSAH in East side

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vanessa Delaine.

Vanessa, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Growing up with a mother that did a lot of sewing and both grandmothers who were seamstresses, I have always had a deep appreciation for creating garments and the handwork behind it. With Costa Rican and Martiniquan descent, it is also natural for the core of my inspiration to come from travel and summers spent in the tropics with my family. My creative journey led me to years of designing at Ralph Lauren, for brands like Women’s RRL and Polo. Here I grew my deep appreciation for quality design and craftsmanship and honed in on techniques new and old that made clothing unique and valuable. My hunt for vintage clothing and artisan textiles became second nature to my creative process and I have been so inspired by finding vintage garments and recreating them in a unique way. I decided once I moved to Los Angeles that I wanted to focus on a business that was thoughtful, did not overproduce or create excessive waste, and reflected the artisan crafts and handwork that over the years I had grown to adore. It was only natural for me to combine vintage with my love of resort wear for warm weather climates – something that definitely suits my new LA lifestyle.

Has it been a smooth road?
Overall I would say that things have gone considerably smooth. I’ve definitely learnt from some early mistakes, and have had to reset expectations to be more in line with the size of my business, and my lifestyle. Certain struggles have been in finding the right partners to help grow the brand, streamlining communication with my factory in India, and determining how to invest in and properly set up marketing practices. All of that while juggling a young and growing family and having to be flexible with my time and energy.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with SESSAH – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
SESSAH is a highly curated, luxury resortwear brand focused on creating timeless, romantic pieces that will become the vintage of tomorrow. The line evokes a bohemian mood inspired by nostalgic travel memories of cities visited across the globe. Dresses, camisoles, blouses and kaftans offer double duty dressing for customers who favor items that can fluidly move between beach and city locales and from exploring to lounging. Each piece is versatile enough to fold into the rest of your wardrobe and be styled in a variety of ways, but still retain a covetable, modern heirloom nature.

The collection is marked by its commitment to superior techniques and craftsmanship, from delicate embroideries to elevated natural materials including linen, pima cotton, and silk cotton. Inspired by discoveries made on vintage shopping trips around the world, I saw a gap in the market for a resort collection that could dress the global traveler as well as the urban, fashion-forward woman. These are versatile, timeless pieces that nurture a deep appreciation for textiles and handcrafts, and are presented in a uniquely subtle way.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the juxtaposition of LA’s entrepreneurial spirit mixed with an appreciation for health, balance, and the outdoors. As a former New Yorker, it’s refreshing to have balance when it comes to hustle and self-care. I do miss being able to walk for more than three blocks and get eight things done in an afternoon. In LA, I feel like I can only commit to a few activities a day, and I need to be strategic about time and location. It’s obviously limiting at times, but it does help keep things on the mellow side.

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Joshua Baker, Tiffany Peña

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