Femme Fanatique was founded in 2014, with a mission to design and produce tango shoes of unparalleled quality. Since then, the company has gradually expanded to the production of a range of made-to-order bridal and evening shoes, as well as different fashion items, such as handmade purses and handbags. All items are designed with passion, to be a statement of elegance, and are entirely handmade by specialized artisans. Shoes and handbags are made for women who are inspired by life and live every moment with passion. Femme Fanatique product lines have now acquired their own, loyal following, mainly due to their exceptional fit, and their uniquely elegant design with the subtle vintage elements that coexist in harmony with contemporary forms.
Born in 1970 in Corfu, Aimilia Kanta studied graphic design at the Technological Educational Institute of Athens. From 1996 to 2000 she worked as an art director and then as a creative director in television. She has taught graphic design and advertising in private and public vocational training institutes, before founding award-winning creative agency Somethink* in 2001. She served as the general secretary of the Greek Graphic Designers Association between 2010-12 and was partner and managing director of Design Lobby Greece for the years 2013-2014. She is the creative director of Femme Fanatique, which she co-founded in 2014. In September 2017 she became the brand's main owner.
A seasoned manager with significant experience in the fashion and hospitality sectors, Michael Mavrikis studied European Business in London and International MBA in Belgium. Between 2011-19 he was general manager at Oscar de la Renta in Southern Europe, where he helped expand the brand in the Middle East market and strengthened its wholesale network. Also part of his achievements at Oscar de la Renta was launching the brand's popular seasonal store at Nammos Village, Mykonos, as well as organising important international and local events. Prior to that, Michael had founded City Bridal, a brand that represented Greek bridal designers and promoted them in the regional market. He joined Femme Fanatique in January 2020 as a partner and our brand's managing director.
Ioannis studied design at the Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering at the University of the Aegean. His creative approach is multidisciplinary, combining graphic design and branding with his interest in photography and fine art. He has worked as a designer and art director in several projects before joining Somethink* creative agency in 2016 as a partner and creative director. He is in charge of Femme Fanatique's visual communications and branding, and the designer of the brand's visual identity.
Born in Kastoria, Greece in a family of furriers, Alexandros knew from a young age that he was attracted by handmade luxury products. After studying at the Aristoteleion University in Thessaloniki, he went on to study product design at the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, where he soon discovered his passion for textile design and fine objects made with leather and fur. His career kicked off with an internship at Maison Louis Vuitton in Paris, where he designed leather accessories and worked on made-to-order and bespoke special projects. He now lives in Greece, where he has founded his personal brand, Alexquisite, while at the same time working with companies in Greece and abroad. Alexandros was our in-house accessories designer from 2018 until early 2020, and during his tenure he designed the first Femme Fanatique accessories line, as well as our Signature Handbag series.
Katia is an Italian designer, visual artist and tango dancer. She studied graphic design and photography in Padova, history of art at the University of Ca’ Foscari (Venice) and visual arts at the IUAV University of Venice. She works between art and design with projects ranging from products, space installations and events where the public is invited to interact and is often actively involved. She has taken part in various art residencies and workshops: in Denmark with the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Copenhagen, in Brasil with the FAAP of Sao Paulo, and in Italy at the Unidee program of Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto. In 2009 she co-founded CTRLZAK art and design studio in Milan with Thanos Zakopoulos. The studio has received numerous awards in Italy and internationally, including the Leonardo da Vinci Design Award (2019) and the Wallpaper* Design Award (2018). Katia's passion for tango has informed her first collection of footwear for Femme Fanatique.
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