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Interview with Coconut Couture Designer Mia Gee
Inspired by wanderlust and the feminine silhouette, Coconut Couture specializes in captivating dresses, alluring beachwear and enchanting accessories for the discerning global traveler. Based in Dubai, this chic line offers unique pieces that can be mixed and effortlessly blended as to reflect personal style and to suit each occasion. From handcrafted statement pieces to one-of-a kind dresses and beachwear items, Coconut Couture invites you to relax, explore and indulge in style.
I grew up in Pittsburgh, went to college in DC, dropped out at 21 and moved to Dubai. I was unsure where my life and career was heading but I had the opportunity to move abroad and didn’t want to pass it up. I moved to Dubai and worked in a few different companies before realizing I was not meant to work a 9-5 office job.
I love traveling, shopping and getting dressed up. Creating a resort wear line allowed me to combine these passions into a career. I also live in a country with a desert climate where the term hot is an understatement! So I wanted to make beautiful, light, flowing pieces that would be suitable to wear both here or when traveling to other warm climate destinations.
Feminine, elegant, versatile.
I design the pieces myself and I choose the fabrics myself to ensure the best quality.
Bali, Indonesia has inspired me the most. While I was shopping there, I found pieces that were made from such an incredibly soft, breathable fabric. I discovered later on that this material was made from bamboo which is kind to the environment but also has a wonderful light and luxurious feel to it. I knew the moment i felt it and wore it that I wanted to design my clothing with this kind of fabric in mind.
That’s a difficult question. In order for someone to be an “icon” for me I would have to like everything that they make. I like to pick and choose what I like from different designers. I feel the same way about music. I just like what i like, it’s not about the person who makes it. I cant say I’m fiercey loyal to any one brand or designer. Although if you asked which designers I have a preference for I would say Mara Hoffman, Hale Bob and Missoni.
Mbatha Raw. I think she’s exotic, elegant and well spoken. She’s defintely the type of person I could see wearing our clothes.
The Coconut Couture customer is someone with a busy lifestyle. She travels, she socializes and she wants to look her best without spending a huge amount of time staring into her wardrobe wondering what to wear. She can put on one of our pieces along with some accessories and easily transition from day to night or flats to heels.If she’s going away for a vacation, she knows that if she’s wearing Coconut Couture that she’ll be able to pack light, stand out from the crowd and turn heads wherever she goes.
So far, my favorite is the Isabella dress. It was the first dress that I made and it’s versatile enough that it could be worn in a few different ways.
We may expand into menswear next year.
We’re not offering customs at this time but if we are sold out of an item and a customer would like to order it, we will do our best to make more of that same piece.
I’ve become more exposed to how so many different cultures dress here. And while each style is different, they all manage to do it in such a glamorous way in this city. I’ve found myself looking at traditonal Indian and Arabic dress styles and thinking I would love to wear that!
You can definitely expect a western take on eastern fashions such as the Sari and the Abaya.
You can buy on our website www.shopcoconutcouture.com. We ship worldwide.
If you want to travel the world, the best advice I can give is don’t be afraid to move abroad for a year or longer, especially when you’re young. It’s not as scary as you think and there tends to be a large expat community in any major city so its easier than you think to meet people. Not to mention, it can be a shorter distance to travel and as a result much cheaper. Additionally, most countries allow more vacation days than the U.S. which allows more time see new countries. For instance, in UAE we are given 30 days vacation in any job, as opposed to U.S. where the standard is 2 weeks. If I still lived in the U.S. I wouldn’t have been able to visit half the countries I’ve been to.