For the 20 years I have known Stephanie, her chic, exotic style has been her signature. Born in France to a German father and Russian mother, Stephanie grew up between Europe and New York and went on to hold design positions at Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch. It only seemed natural that Stephanie would launch Figue, her collection of “global gypsy-meets-jet-set” clothes and accessories that are “every bit as luxurious as it is bohemian”.  Our favorite pieces include hand-beaded reclaimed military jackets, limited edition jewelry, and embroidered caftans, all of which reflect the spirit of her global travels. Stephanie shares the top 9 finds that keep her dreaming….

1. The Ballet Russes costumes
The costume designs for The Ballets Russes are a continuous source of inspiration for me. There was such freedom around colors and proportions. It all came together in a stunning presentation that revolutionized the art form.

2. Elephants
I have loved elephants my whole life. They are incredibly powerful, yet gentle creatures that can teach us so much. We have a few pieces in the collection inspired by elephants that allow us to give back to the David Sheldrick Trust in Kenya.

3. L’Isola dei Galli
When I was a little girl, I would visit my grandfather on L’Isola dei Galli off the coast of Positano. I still remember the feeling of the warm wind and the bright blues of the Mediterranean Sea.

4. Live In The Sunshine, Swim In The Sea, Drink The Wild Air
This Emerson quote truly embodies the spirit of Figue! We have it hanging in the studio as a reminder.

5. Luxe Guides
Luxe Guides are right on point. They are cheeky, fun and loaded with great destination spots.

6. Lamu, Afica
Lamu, a heritage site off the coast of Africa, has an incredible authentic spirit that I love. From the architecture to the way of life, it is as if you are transported to another time.

7. Bob Marley
Bob Marley is almost always playing on my iPod. It makes me feel like I am on the beach even when I am not.

8. Malick Sidibe’s photographs
Malick Sidibe’s photographs are a constant source of inspiration for me. I have many of his books at home and displayed around the office.

9. Open Air Markets
I love browsing open-air markets (like this one in Masai Mara, Kenya) for beautiful hand-beaded jewelry, art and crafts.