Veneta Markova

BOUTIQUE MANAGER / HEAD STYLIST


HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED IN RETAIL? 

Hmmm, quite a long time I would say, about 19 years. Since the very beginning it has been an everyday challenge. My professional career in retail passed through different stages, from shop assistant to manager, from visual merchandiser to stylist, from content creator to buyer. The list is really too long, but to sum up, I really enjoyed each one of those stages. Every my past experience is my today inspiration!

WHY DID YOU WANT TO WORK IN FASHION? 

In one of my previous interviews for Olivia May I said that my fashion career path was totally “a coincidence”. I was living in Italy and in my early 20’s I received a job offer to enter in the fashion world. And since then no coming back! My work is my passion and for me the life in fashion is a fairy tale. The role I cover within the Olivia May business is a boutique manager, head stylist and a buyer. Meeting the designers and getting inspired by each one of them is essential for my job roles. My passion and creativity help me to showcase the collections to our customers in the best way possible.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE OUTFIT OF ALL TIME? 

Well, I’ve never been a “skirt” or a “dress girl”, unless we are talking of maxi, very long models. My wardrobe is very minimal, where black colour is the winner. I don’t like to spend on high street brands. I prefer the independent boutique statement pieces. My everyday working uniform is a maxi shirt with pair of trousers, combined with a pair of black pumps or chunky leather ankle boots. In my free time you could see me with a black tailored jacket, white t-shirt and a pair of trousers.

WHO IS YOUR CELEBRITY STYLE ICON? 

Without any hesitation I say Anna Wintour. She is just amazing, talking about her character, style and attitude. Her eye for fashion trends is incredible.

WHO IS YOUR GO-TO DESIGNER OF OLIVIA MAY?  

Easy to say looking at the way I dress, that these are our Japanese designer Moyuru and the German brand Rundholz, for their shapes, colours and fabrics. Both brands represent my everyday style. As for the foot wear I just love the Lofina brand, which is very comfotable and stylish.  

WHICH STYLE STAPLE CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?  

It’s not exactly what I cannot live without, but what I like to have with me every day is one of my designers maxi bags, my companion in all my trips. The other item is my phone, which I constantly use for my daily inspiration and keeps me up to date with all the fashion news around the globe.


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