DESIGNER, LESLIE LEWIS
I came to
designing clothing ten years ago because I had grown tired of wearing
what I considered boring clothes. It all started many years ago when I
began searching for what I called a ‘party jacket’, a sport coat that
was shiny, colorful, fun yet elegant. The picture in my mind was
reminiscent of the jackets early rock’n rollers wore on stage.
these suits and jackets made a statement that life was about to change
and freedom of expression was the change agent. After an extensive
search I couldn’t find what I wanted. I was not only disappointed but
very perplexed that the vast world of fashion didn’t seem to reflect my
sentiments. I decided to buy fabric that caught my eye and seek out a
custom tailor to make what I envisioned. That was easier said than done
but after many inquiries I finally found myself in the New York showroom
of Nino Corvato describing to him what I wanted.
explained to me that I was trying to marry two very different types of
fabric, ie, using traditionally woman’s fabric to make a men’s tailored
jacket. This was a technical challenge that he agreed to take on. The
result was exactly what I had imagined, a lilac satin silk party coat.
Nino was both surprised and proud with the fresh beauty his hands had
created. That was the beginning of many more jackets, suits, vests and
trousers that Nino made for me. Each piece seemed more magnificent than
As I wore
these clothes out on the town many men and women approached me asking
where I got them. After several years of inquiries and positive feedback
I realized that there was a market gap comprised of people like myself
that had an appetite for more exciting clothes. I decided to test my
supposition, start a business and let the rock’n roll begin.
Stailista says it all. It is an Italian word that describes a man or
woman who is creatively or uniquely dressed, having a sense of style
that turns heads. As counter intuitive as it may sound, I discovered
that I could dress like a woman and feel like ‘the man’. When women
compliment my attire, there is conversation and desire to touch the
fabric, what could go wrong?.
stop me on the street and say, “Hey man that’s cool, where did you get
it?” I say Stailista, ‘It’s a game changer. Check it out!’ By design, I
pay homage to the spirit of rock’n roll, a new way of looking at your
self, feeling good and opening doors in a crowded world!