For those who love clothing, accessories, and homewares of a sunny disposition, look to the luxury brand Sensi Studio. Having studied Fashion Design and then Brand Management at the prestigious Istituto Marangoni in Milan, Stephany Sensi then went on to work alongside Tomas Maier in Miami from 2006 to 2010—and in that year, impressively, she hit the ground running and launched her namesake studio.
Inspired by the talented artisans of Ecuador, there’s a focus on ethical production and luxury; cue the perfect poolside robes, toquilla straw totes, structured handbags, statement Panama hats, and felted wool headwear.
Stephany talks about her journey into the industry, her chic brand aesthetic, and her career highlights.
How did you get into the fashion industry?
I started my career in fashion working as a creative assistant for Tomas Maier after finishing fashion school in Milan. I lived in Miami, and working from home was a fantastic learning experience.
When and how did your brand come about?
After a few years in Florida, I moved back to Ecuador with my husband. I didn’t know what I wanted to do so I started traveling around the country searching for something unique. I found that the Panama hat was a stellar product in the sustainable way it is made, its beauty, and the uniqueness of its simple elegance. So, I thought I’d start there—a line of artisanal accessories but with more of a design consent behind it.
How would you sum up the look of your label?
Effortless and chic beachwear. An artisanal product with a fashionable spin. A big focus on modern prints and aesthetics. A never-ending summer mood.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
It is innovative and creative work, and I love working alongside women artisans.
What’s your career highlight to date?
Seeing my bags in the window display at Bergdorf Goodman was a big moment for me. Also, being featured in Vogue was a very special and gratifying experience.
What advice would you give to budding designers?
Think outside the box, create something original, and follow their instincts. It’s good to have professional experience before launching something of their own. However, there is no written formula for success, but experience always helps.
What’s your favorite piece that you’ll be wearing this summer?
I love a big Panama hat with frayed edges and an adjustable ribbon.
Photographer: Adrián Mora