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THE FASHION SHE BRINGS IN FROM ITALY CAN ONLY BE FOUND IN MIA STYLE AND LA KORE. NO ONE ELSE IN AUSTRALIA STOCKS THEM, GIVING HER CUSTOMERS A REAL EDGE IN INDIVIDUALITY.

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BY CHANTAL GIBBS

When I was little, my mother would go on an annual holiday to Europe on a fashion-buying spree. European style was sophisticated, stylish and cutting edge, and in those days, Paris, Milan and Rome were the fashion capitals of the world. Not much has changed in that department since the eighties. Europe is still considered to be at the forefront of fashion, and Australia is forever playing catch-up, always one season behind.

The hunt for the perfect pair of jeans led me to a chic fashion boutique on Via Roma, the Isle of Capri, called Mia Style. I wanted something that was different from the usual jeans I was seeing in all the shops. Something unique – casual but glam at the same time. Mia Style was stocking some seriously cool denim from brands I’d never heard of before, as well as other garments – frocks, tops and bottoms – that I can only describe as glam boho.

There were also shoes, belts, scarves, and gorgeous leather handbags in all shapes, textures and colours. Also, the jewellery was exquisite. It was by Piret Carus, a jewellery designer who used to design for Chanel and who now makes jewellery exclusively for Mia Style. The whole shop had a rocking

Since its opening two and a half years ago, Mia Style has developed a reputation for offering unique fashion with a point of difference. Elma and Chris Filzwieser, originally from Europe and the owners of three clothing stores in New Zealand, wanted to offer the latest European fashions, and so Mia Style was born.

The success of Mia Style led to Elma and Chris opening La Kore. La Kore’s range is different from Mia Style, concentrating on shoes and leather handbags, as well as eveningwear and some casual fashion. Whereas Mia Style is mostly about clothing, La Kore is about shoes and bags.

THE FASHION SHE BRINGS IN FROM ITALY CAN ONLY BE FOUND IN MIA STYLE AND LA KORE. NO ONE ELSE IN AUSTRALIA STOCKS THEM, GIVING HER CUSTOMERS A REAL EDGE IN INDIVIDUALITY.

Elma only buys direct from Italian designers in Milan, Florence and Bologna. She handpicks all the stock for both boutiques, concentrating on styles made from beautiful and interesting fabrics and with detailing that makes the pieces truly special. The fashion she brings in from Italy can only be found in Mia Style and La Kore. No one else in Australia stocks them, giving her customers a real edge in individuality.

I purchased a pair of beautiful embroidered jeans and a T-shirt with a graffiti design across the front. Stepping out of Mia Style onto Via Roma on the Isle of Capri with my fabulous new jeans, I felt like I had stumbled upon the Aladdin’s Cave of fashion. I’d been on my very own European-fashion-buying trip without even leaving the Gold Coast.

MIA STYLE AND LA KORE
VIA ROMA, ISLE OF CAPRI, QLD, 4217
MIA STYLE Tel: 5538 8660
LA KORE Tel: 5504 6666.
info@miastyle.com.au
info@lakore.com.au

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