After completing her BA at London’s Central St Martin’s and then taking up positions at sought after jewellery houses such as Asprey and Stephen Webster, Leila Kashanipour founded her own label LeiVanKash in 2011. In three short years, the Persian beauty and her dynamic but feminine designs, loved by the likes of Erin Wasson and Cara Delevingne, have shot to international fame. Here we delve into the designer’s stylish life.
One piece of advice: Best to communicate than to assume.
Hidden talent: Reading body language.
One thing you can’t live without: A whole lot of love (and my phones…).
Most loved fairytale character: Pocahontas.
One thing that money can’t buy: Time.
Heaven is: Beach and sun.
Early bird or night owl: Night owl.
You look up to: My parents.
How you relax: Over a cup of matcha green tea and movies.
What you collect: Memories.
Best discovery: Kale chips.
Favourite book: Olympia Le Tan!
Favourite meal: Lunch – a good niçoise salad (La Petite Maison does just fine).
Best home comfort: Fluffy socks.
Favourite restaurants: Coya, Sumosan and Lima.
Favourite place in the world: Home with my hubby, family, close friends and good food.
Favourite city: London.
Beauty must-haves: Tinted moisturiser, anything Laura Mercier and black mascara.
Signature scent: Gio for men.
Top moisturiser: Johnson & Johnson Baby Oil.
Manicure style: Not long, round or square but somewhere in between and either black, navy, nude or red.
Favourite hairstyle: Natural waves for summer and an easy blow dry for winter.
Fresh faced or full glamour: Fresh faced.
Bad hair day product: Batiste dry shampoo – hallelujah!
Describe your style: Currently minimal.
Best purchase: A pair of Zara boyfriend jeans that I adore so much.
Favourite designers: Celine, Givenchy, Balenciaga.
Wardrobe staples: Leather bikers and jeans.
Ultimate accessories: LeiVanKash dagger or rose ear cuff, feather midis and hand-cuff (worn together).
Heels or flats: Heels all night and flats all day.
Favourite pair of shoes: Laurence Dacade boots and Chanel lace boots.