Malta has seen a staggering surge of talent in its fashion circuit these last few years. Here are a few notable names who should be your go-to gurus when you need a good patriotic dosage of innovation in your wardrobe.
Carla Grima Atelier uses bold, bright colours to create designs that will have passers-by do a double-take every time. Using silk, cotton and wool fibres, her clothes are both luxurious and comfortable.
Caroline Hili’s designs have over the years graced the catwalks of Valentino and Giambattista Valli in Paris. With a passion for both the structural and the fluid, this diverse designer has much to offer when it comes to haute couture pieces.
Charles&Ron create clothes and accessories inspired by Malta and Maltese traditions. Their latest collection was inspired by St Helen, the patron saint of B’Kara. They’re two of the island’s most successful designers, and they showcase their collections at the New York Fashion Week twice a year.
Gagliardi are many people’s sartoria of choice – and with good reason. Their collections span from the traditional suit to edgy dinner jackets, while their range of bowties, ties and pocket squares is vast enough for any dandy.
Saz Mifsud’s designs may be inspired by nature, but it takes raw talent to be able to create the whimsical and psychedelic prints that adorn her luxurious silk scarves.
Sef Farrugia hasn’t had a pret-a-porter collection in a while, but her range of handmade bowties, ties, scarves and pocket squares have secured her an army of fans and followers.
Luke Azzopardi’s clothes are structured, feminine and thought-provokingly beautiful. With his last show receiving rave reviews, his work is art that is worth investing in.
Lukka Pizzuto often opts for classical pieces in timeless cuts and designs. A favourite for bespoke pieces – particularly for grooms looking for something unique – Lukka is a name you’ll be hearing more and more often as time goes by.
Parascandalo is street-wear with a Maltese twist. His ‘Faqa Oħt’ and ‘Skandlu’ T-shirts have become quasi-iconic, and his fearlessness when mixing and matching materials is becoming the stuff of legend.
Ritienne Zammit is unapologetically Maltese with prints featuring Manuel Dimech and the Maltese national anthem. With such bold choices for designs, she’s the perfect choice for anyone looking to make a statement.