Recently I met with Gema Santander, the founder and designer behind Baliza a resort wear brand based in Singapore. I discovered how Baliza was born as a result of her love for bohemian style and the laid-back island fashion of Bali and Ibiza.
Baliza caters for women of all ages with a wide choice of kaftans, dresses, skirts and tops so you can choose what style suits you best. All of Baliza’s designs are a one size fits all and from the items I have tried this tends to work well, as they are all cotton and can be worn as a loose fit or nipped in at the waist with the aid of a belt.
Inspired by the resort wear catwalks, the pages of vogue and fashion icons Gema’s designs try to incorporate what styles are in fashion and give them a Baliza twist. For example, the current collection features an off the shoulder style of dress and top which was inspired by catwalk designs.
In each collection Gema uses 3-4 different prints and only produces 10 pieces of each so you can ensure you won’t be turning up to the same party in the same dress! Every woman’s nightmare right?!
Baliza is also socially conscious and works closely with an NGO in Jaipur, India. The NGO i-India rescues children from the streets by providing them education and food as well as the use of a school bus to escort them to and from school. It is in these vocational centres that the children are taught a skill, such as jewellery making or tailoring, which can help them earn a living and provide a future for themselves and their families. Here, the Baliza brand comes to life and Gema ensures quality control at all stages of the manufacturing process.
I can reveal that Baliza’s next collection due for release in November this year will feature a new range of lycra jersey tops and dresses with the fabrics sourced from Indonesia and made in Bali. This collection will also feature a line of denim shirtdresses.
Gema’s top style tip for you lovely lot is if in doubt always overdress; if you can’t decide what outfit to wear, keep it classic and choose white for the day and black for at night.