“The garment is the home of the body.”
An essential truth combined with visual boldness, directs the future aesthetic into the eternal now. The silhouettes of Ioanna Kourbela define their own dimension of archetypal elegance. For Ioanna Kourbela, the movement of the body as well as the dynamic interaction with the garment, constitute the fundamental element of her creative thinking.
Energy from classical and modern art, Greek radiance, natural raw materials, vibrant polymorphic forms, and lines that extend motion, create the ethereal but earthly world of Ioanna. The respect towards man and nature, the instinctive comprehension of traditional ideas and the quest for futuristic harmony, constitute her unique design and expression principles.
Having studied fashion design and painting as well as classes on costume and stage design, her collections are directly inspired by fine arts, theatre, and music as well as by the trends of global fashion thus distinguishing her among the contemporary “ambassadors” of Greek creativity.
Honoring a long tradition in Greek clothing, she took over as creative director of the brand in 2003, presenting the IOANNA KOURBELA BASICS collection that was awarded the Emerging Designer Awards at the international exhibition “PURE” of London in 2016. Today she maintains four pret-a-porter collections that are the following: IOANNA KOURBELA, a pret-a-porter deluxe collection with couture elements, the bridal sur mesure “WHITE COLLECTION” introducing the designer into the world of Haute Couture and lastly, the “EN OIKO” (“in the home” in Ancient Greek)collection that has emerged in order to serve our well-being, expanding the dimension of the body into our personal space with garments, accessories and handy objects made of natural materials. Additionally, she designs costumes for major theater and art performances while sharing her experience and the knowledge she has acquired over the years, as a lecturer in open-call speeches and seminars.
Daily, in every corner of the world, people embrace Ioanna’s design work, “co-traveling” on an aesthetic journey of self-awareness and self-liberation.
In 1971, nearly half century ago, under the Acropolis rock, in the narrow streets of Plaka, the Kourbela family’s workshop opens with hand-knitted knitwear, quickly becoming a reference point for travelers from all over the world.
In the 1980s, the tradition of Greek handmade knitwear, takes life in a new visual innovation and development inspiring collections made of natural yarns, unique designs, exceptional weave and seam, which bring the second generation of the family and Kourbelas’ Knitwear to international markets.
When in 2003 Ioanna Kourbela takes over the creative direction of the company, she is at the forefront of a creative and business challenge. Incorporating the Greek element and the ethical production of garments of the family into her own global and transcendent perception of clothing, the designer proposes a very personal approach to fashion, which quickly finds “companions”.
Designs inspired by Greek geometry, as revealed in a universal aesthetics. Light travelling in a limitless time. Motion that follows the wishes. Quality, which changes the dimension of everyday life. The body is dressed in natural yarns and fabrics from the Greek earth, which embrace it gently, dictating a new freedom.
Today the company is based in Argyroupoli, Attica. The main group of its people, now up to 40, grows steadily, and is periodically supported by many specialized associates.
In Greece operates the brand’s production unit, three flagship stores Ioanna Kourbela in Plaka and the online shop Ioanna Kourbela. The company’s collections are located in more than 100 partner stores across the country.
Natural raw materials, innovation, production exclusively made in Greece, high quality fabrics and stitching, respect for man and the environment are the concepts that have determined and continue to determine our course. We preserve precious pieces of our tradition and heritage while evolving our know-how in order to take the timeless Greek aesthetics in every part of the world.
We participate and support the global sustainable fashion movement as a natural dimension of our corporate philosophy.
The Ioanna Kourbela brand has an ever-increasing appeal to the international markets, as more and more people, from different cultures, find here answers to their need for more quality in their everyday life. The company has export activity in more than 23 countries in Europe, America, Asia, the Middle East and Australia, through the substantial contribution of our dealers and associates.
IOANNA KOURBELA FEMALE COLECTION
Live dialogues of the designer with the art and the future she envisions. Intensity, experimentation, perpetual motion, dissident luxury. Wearable Artwork.
IOANNA KOURBELA BASICS
“The garment is the house of the body.” A ready-to-wear collection, produced exclusively in Greece in order to communicate in all languages. The timeless experience inspires clothes, which meet the demands of every personality’s expression. Vital, therefore “Basic”.
IOANNA KOURBELA KIDS
“Miniature” designs in fabrics specially sanctioned for children. Liveliness and tenderness creates an authentic dressing culture. The philosophy of Basics collection dresses the mother-daughter relationship.
IOANNA KOURBELA MALE COLLECTION
The quest for the masculine form of Ioanna Kourbela. The male side of the human existence, fabric and lines, which dare to depose the established image.
IOANNA KOURBELA WHITE COLLECTION
The haute couture bridal collection. High-quality weaving, laces, sensitivity and modern vigor. Happiness in shades of white.
Fashion provides the opportunity for everyone to express themselves with beauty while yielding quality to their daily life. By its own definition, fashion ought to be protective towards both the environment and the people.
We participate in the movement “Sustainability in Fashion” insisting on the need for resource sustainability, fair treatment of workers at every stage of production and consumer protection around the world.
Sustainable Development has been the main pillar in our business philosophy since day One. Today we take an active part in spreading the idea of sustainability in fashion in order to protect the environment, support our fellow human beings, keep alive the small workshops and preserve their tradition and craftsmanship.
We keenly participate in the Textiles Clothing Business Labs (T.C.B.L.), a pan-European project aimed to the remediation and renovation of the textile and clothing industry. TCBL’s goal is a percent of the total clothing production to return in Europe and be produced under certified procedures according to the principles of Sustainable Development.
In June 2017, as part of a T.C.B.L.’s pilot project, a special collection of Ioanna Kourbela “Basics” was presented in Athens. The collection was compliant with all the new EU standards and regulations for Sustainable Development. Our company was the first one to launch such a venture, with the aspiration to pave the way for a modern, humanistic, entrepreneurial and fashionable thinking in Europe.
Cotton harvest in Greece
The way clothes envelope the unique energy flow of every human body is Ioanna Kourbela’s main source of inspiration along with the elements in nature, the hectic pace of life and cultural diversity of Athens, Greece. Her collections reveal the different aspects of a minimalist aesthetic embracing the simplicity and charm of classical harmony.
IOANNA KOURBELA BASICS FLAGSHIP STORE
109 Adrianou street
105 58 Plaka
Athens – Greece
T. +30 2103224591, +30 2103243771
IOANNA KOURBELA FLAGSHIP STORE
12 Hatzimihali street
105 58 Plaka
Athens – Greece
T. +30 210 3224591, +30 210 3243771
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