After having firmly entrenched itself in the UAE market, premium suit brand Debonair by Andrea Blk is mesmerizing the clothing connoisseurs across the world. The brand helps hard-working women who value their independence and believe in empowering other women around, to become the best versions of themselves while chasing their goals.
In conversation with Vasujit Kalia, serial entrepreneur Andrea Balaca, the lady behind the tailored brand “Debonair by Andrea Blk”, expressed her fondness for designing premium suits for women and her love for vintage eye wear.
“Winning the Prêt-à-Porter, award at Fashion Factor Season-3 was a high point in my career”
– Andrea Balaca
Vasujit Kalia (VK): What is style according to you? Define the trends you think will be in vogue in 2022?
Andrea Balaca (AB): We usually express ourselves through our aesthetic choices such as clothing, accessories, hairstyle or the way we carry an outfit altogether. Although this is true, I feel that the most important style is one’s behaviour, the tone we use to talk to people, the way we move and talk, the way we wear an outfit. Everything sends out subliminal messages on the type of person you are and also influences the way we think. My style for 2022 is again, kindness.
VK: What inspires you? What was the inspiration behind the collection you presented at Fashion Factor?
AB: The whole idea and inspiration comes from my father and mother. I grew up seeing the collections of suits and dresses donned by my parents. Accessories such as bags and sunglasses were an integral aspect of my parents’ dressing sense. Fashion Factor helped my brand to create awareness towards women in business. The black and white collection is one of my favourites and this style will continue to develop with Debonair by Andrea Blk, as our main goal is education. We create business attire for business women and want to educate and make this world a better place for all.
VK: What was the feeling after winning the Prêt-à-Porter award at Fashion Factor?
AB: Honestly, I did not expect to win this award as we faced some small issues and I could not create my full catwalk entrance as planned. I thought everything was ruined. But once again God helped and made my first fashion show a nice experience that I’ll be ever grateful for. I had the chance to meet some amazing new people and it was a golden opportunity for me.
VK: What is your biggest dream?
AB: Taking a whole week off work, with my husband and pet dog by my side but without my phone is what I dream of and I certainly hope that I will be able to fulfil this dream in the near future.
VK: Which sunglasses brands do you like? Can you list three hot favorites in order of preference?
AB: I love vintage frames. I really fancy the kind of sunglasses Elton John wears.
VK: A sunglass is considered to be an important accessory and many people wear it just to be in vogue. Do you agree? Why?
AB: I am not sure about other people but I know that I am addicted to sunglasses. My collection is unlimited. I have worn sunglasses since I was 7 years old. My mom has kept every single piece. My friends are always ready to make fun of me by saying “another pair of glasses?” I guess this is in the genes. My dad would never leave the house without his sunglasses and watch. Whether he wore sportswear, casual or elegant attire, his sunglasses were always an important add on accessory.
VK: Your favourite shopping destination for shades?
AB: I see shades, I stop and shop. I am addicted to sunglasses and find them too attractive to miss a chance to buy a new pair for myself.
VK: Good brands often come with an expensive tag. How much are you willing to shell out for your favourite brand?
AB: Well, I do usually think twice before I purchase. But I will always go out of my way to purchase an Anna Karin Karlsson Eyewear Couture Brand as I really like the styles.
VK: How many shades do you currently have?
AB: My collection is huge, back home in Romania I think I have around 40 pairs and in the UAE I already have around 47 till date.
VK: Which is your favourite shape in shades?
AB: I am a big fan of vintage shaped glasses.
VK: What are the factors you keep in mind while purchasing sunglasses?
AB: I prefer to choose oversized sunglasses that block 99 to 100% of both UVA and UVB radiations as this will help to cut down on UV entering the eyes.
VK: Do you prefer metal sunglasses or acetate ones and why?
AB: Acetate frames are always in style and more durable but metal frames offer a sleek, modern look and that is why I prefer metal frames.
VK: Eyes are the most precious of the five senses. How should one look after them?
AB: I believe in eating well as good eyesight begins with the food on your plate. Wear Sunglasses. Use safety eyewear. Look away from the computer or phones screen. Visit your eye doctor regularly.
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