Meet Julie Malka, Malka-Chic
I'm Julie Malka, originally from Paris with a 15 years’ experience in the tights industry. Isabelle, the artist ! a french woman who live in Chicago for more than 15 years. We are in the US, based in Chicago. Malka-Chic offers an extensive collection, colorful, chic and unique. We have one standard size and plus size for curvy ladies. All our tights are made in Italy and printed in the UK. We offer the possibility for shops to design there own drawing.
What do you love about your business and industry?
I love the idea to be surrounded by fashion and design. And I love to work with so much options, design for fashion, events, stores. Using different techniques.
Tell us what inspires you.
I grow up in the fashion world in Paris, attending shows. Members of my family in France where working in this industry at the beginning of the first color tights. Tights became an Unavoidable fashion accessory and due to new material and techniques, there have never been more options in terms of color and design.
What advice do you have for other creatives and entrepreneurs?
How lucky we are to work in the fashion world using art ! And how lucky we are to be a team, to share different skills, different visions. We walk together to succeed and create in the same time.
What is something surprising about you (secret talent, unexpected fact, fear, etc)?
Belong to our experience and connection, we have the opportunity to answer all needs in the industry. Isabelle, did a french school of art and she knows Chicago as her pocket, so we have the opportunity to answer american women with the french touch, mixing fashion and art. We are also specialized in size plus for curvy lady, we have a large range of tights for all women, all women deserve to be fashion and wear colors.
What is the most common question you get about you and your business?
Where are our tights made. From europe, UK and Italy. Due to the fashion show in NY, we found some contact with some factory in US.
Tell us about your process for making and creating.
I know this industry for a long time, and all the techniques. Isabelle is inspired by the world around us, the town, the street art, the colors.. And as a team, we work together.
Name three local makers and brands that you are inspired by and why.
We are more inspire by the environment than by other brands. We love the reality of everyday. We love to work for special needs, to be very creative.
What is the best advice you've ever been given and how has it shaped your business?
Believe ! being a team, and as we are French, stay french but listen to the way of life and the needs of american woman.
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