All started when I was 5 years old, the day my father bought me my first Barbie doll. Given that the dolls at 1993 had only a dress inside the package, for me it wasn’t fair. As a creative child, and fond of beauty, unique, personalized things, colors and cuts, my imagination started working to fulfill Stejsi’s wardrobe (yes at those times my doll had had a name). I did not know then, that authentic pieces were necessary to make a dress, but I used my father’s old Jersey shirts. The unique tactics used at that time by me will make you laugh. I swear! Skirt was made with the collar part of a shirt, in a way so that the buttons would be close to the Barbie’s belly.
So this is how Stella Sallaku’s story began. Interesting huh? Have you heard about her before? Aren’t you a bit curious how will this amazing fairytale continue?✨
Let’s go on then…
“First steps are always the hardest“ says Stella. Questions like ‘how‘, ‘where’, ‘when’, ‘with what’, are going to ‘haunt’ even when you sleep, but when time passes you learn how to give them the proper answer or don’t give an answer at all.
Stella Sallaku is a young and talented Fashion Designer in Tirana. She’s also the Creative Director of “Maison Stella Sallaku”
Maison Stella Sallaku officially was launched on 2013, at a modest and warm place, exactly like a home. “Thanks to the continuous and persistent work, we are here, and in fact all the best belongs to GOD that we are here now“, Stella mentions. “I want to emphasize that He gave me the inspiration, the talent, the desire and the willpower to work!”
Stella’s first designs has been in a collection called “Le Fleur de la Rue“, all worked with creamy organze and embroidered with red flowers. Embroidery has been her signature since at her early beginning.A lot of people identify her, even nowadays with “The Girl who make strange embroidery and extravagant cuts“.
“Everyone can do simple things to make a difference, and every little bit really does count. “
What about Maison Stella Sallaku? The uniqueness consists at the way they concept the work. “Every work of mine starts with a design, after that I pick the pattern and the final product is the realization. Seventy percent of the work I want to do it by myself, that is what makes the difference between me and the others“, underlined Stella.
A designer that, designs, cuts and sews at the same time! #totallylovethisgirl.😍
Stella also is well known as perfectionist tracer, with her strong patience she takes care of everything she thinks that’s necessary to achieve the perfection.
But that is not all. 4 years of tireless work, unending projects, designs and masterpieces and the best is yet to come. She is planning to expand the Maison abroad. Buuut her heart’s desire is even bigger, and my heart started melting when I first read the answer Stella send me during this email interview. “I like to build a shelter for abandoned street people. Maybe it will seems like a cliche desire but I love to see happy people and always tend to be part of their happiness.”
“We came into this world because of love,
why not give the same thing back?”
God Bless You!
Stella’s interview makes me realize that having a certain talent or passion is not enough. You have to pursue it by working hard, curve it in your own way, and finally when the product is ready , unleash it to the world, so the world can see how amazing you are. Be proud of yourself and your talents!
That was it for this Sunday’s Crush of the week. Until next time, have a great week.