Bonana Van Mil
Born in Botswana, Bonana grew up and studied Fashion and Arts in the Netherlands before spending some time working for Ann Demeulemeester in Belgium and Akira Isogawa in Sydney, and eventually settling in Paris to give free rein to her creativity and give birth in 2011 to her Studio, BVM. Halfway between accessories and ready-to-wear, her collection mostly focuses on her talents as a textile designer. She is particularly found of the contrasted inspirations mixing her continent of origin, Africa, its shimmering colors and chaotic structures, with the European rigidity and minimalism.
Each collection is produced by hand. The designs paints on luxurious 100% silk or wool/silk blends, with a technique that looks like a modern and edgy version of the tie and dye. The addition of sumptuous complementary fringing and translucent beading add an extra shot of glamour to all of her creations.