The “La Dea” collection was a result of my passion for Roman art and history. The female deities of this empire piqued my interest & served as the foundation for my design inspiration.
During the Roman era, it was a common belief that goddesses ruled heaven, earth, and the underworld. Each of them possessed a talent corresponding to various aspects of daily life. These gifts represented virtues such as beauty, love, creativity, wisdom, protection, power, strength as well as creation. The Roman goddess was a woman who was adorned and honored. Her traits radiated from her physical beauty, which emanated a superior charm and intelligence. As a result, I wanted to translate these ideas into the personalities of each design. I believed it was important to juxtapose delicate, feminine elements with bolder and stronger silhouettes. My favorite designs in this collection are described in further detail to paint a more intimate portrait of the concept behind each design.
The Jess sandal, inspired by love & courage, depicts femininity and the qualities of a champion. Its Romanesque silhouette, constructed with dainty, slim braided Nappa leather straps and ankle ties, which drapes the feet. This design detail presents an elegant take on the traditional gladiator style, which is reminiscent of the era of the Colosseum.
The Alexis, a daring style that draws its inspiration from the Huntress, an adventure seeker archetype. Its bold, enclosed silhouette, creates an exotic look that was crafted from soft Nappa leather as well as snakeskin embossed-leather with an open toe and cuff design. It is balanced by a low heel, which evokes both allure and stability, creating a trans-seasonal shoe to be worn for seasons to come.
Mia Ragazza means “my girl" in English. This style is truly close to my heart because it was inspired by my daughter. She is the physical manifestation of the quintessential Italian goddess. Her fair skin, golden hair and crystal blue eyes embody the traits of traditional Northern Italian beauty.
The "La Dea" collection captures what I perceive to be the true essence of Roman mythology. Moreover, it is a compliment to the ideals of the contemporary Tina Maria woman, a woman of today.