Sensi Studio is exactly the kind of company Prima Darling is always on the lookout for. They’re independent, ethically run and make a super chic product for a fair price. I included them in The Essential Straw Bag story posted last May. Now that the season is nearly upon us again its time to revisit the subject. This time I’m concentrating exclusively on Sensi Studio. The line is extensive, the product beautifully made, and on the right side of sustainability.
Though her blond hair and blue eyes suggest otherwise founder, Stephany Sensi hails from Guayaquil, a busy port city on Ecuador’s coast. She studied fashion design in Milan at the Instituto Marangoni and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Brand Management in 2006. Sensi then moved to the US and settled in Florida to work as Tomas Maier’s assistant for his eponymous collection.
Sensi Studio is Founded
In 2010 Sensi returned to her native Ecuador with an idea to tweak products made from traditional techniques and market them to the upscale purveyors of fashion. The first season of Panama hats were immediately snapped up by the influential boutique, Colette in Paris. (Which sadly closed in December.) The collection has continued to expand ever since and now has a large selection of hats, bags and hand embroidered clothes, all produced in Ecuador.
By working with local artisans and sourcing all materials locally, Studio Sensi is helping to support and preserve Ecuadorian traditions and craftsmanship. Sensi Studio is sold in fifteen countries around the world and represented in New York by the prestigious Greg Mills Showroom. Here are my favorites available now.