Meet Gepherrini - Inspiration Made Real
Gepherrini is a Georgian lifestyle brand launched by designer Ilia Gepheridze and his wife Sophia Khositashvili. They rose from humble beginnings to become one of the fastest-growing luxury leather brands in Eastern Europe.
Designed for those who like to stand out from the crowd, Gepherrini’s handcrafted leather handbags range in style and mood from bright, colorful canisters to edgy totes in snakeskin patterns, all with a distinct, modern flair. Gepherrini prides itself on offering the world's best handbags at fair prices for the contemporary customer.
What's your name?
My name is Nuca Osiashvili.
Where are you from?
I am from Georgia (the country).
Did you undergo a formal design education?
Yes, I graduated from the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts.
Describe your signature design style.
Bold combination of colors, free style, the revival of fairy tales.
What's your biggest source of inspiration?
The main source of inspiration is nature. There are so many interesting sides of flora and fauna. The most important part is to feel all this beauty. I also get inspired by history and emotions. Sometimes I emphasize global problems as a way to pay more attention to them.
Do you think true innovation in fashion is still possible?
I think it’s possible. When dreams and fantasies are limitless you can always innovate. This is my main goal.
What other art forms inspire your collections?
Painting, performance, musical theatre, film, and photography.
Do you prefer to follow or subvert trends?
I try to subvert trends. I think it’s more interesting and adventurous. I try to break rules, but there are situations when I need to follow them. In my opinion, there shouldn’t be a boundary between the permissible and the inadmissible.
Do you thrive off of spontaneity or careful planning?
I’m naturally spontaneous.
How do you deal with creative blocks?
By listening to music and trying to be close to nature.
Which fashion designer do you have the most respect for?
What first made you passionate about fashion?
I used to sew dresses for my dolls as a girl. The fact that I can make something special from simple things makes me happy.
If you had to invent a new color, what would it look like and what would you call it?
If I could, I’d invent a universal color that would be different for everyone. This color would reflect the psychological state of person at a particular moment. I’d call it “mirage."
If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
India, Japan, Italy, Florida. I’m in love with the color spectrum of these places.
What are your favorite films?
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Frida, Shutter Island, and Eliza Graves.
Do you have any rituals when starting a new design?
I like to relax in places close to nature and listen to music.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of fashion?
Taking photos, painting, and reading psychological books.
What is your spirit animal?
The phoenix. It’s a mystical animal, but I think we have much in common.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
I can’t live without music.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
It’d be amazing if I could read minds.
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