Becoming an architect was my childhood dream. My passion was my job in 2014 after working as an architect for a long time. Then I start to design jewelry.
Our father Adnan Manastır is a handmade leather bags craftsman since 1961. Our childhood was spent in the workshop by combining the leftover pieces of leather and making miniature bags. For us, the bag was the most concrete form of admiration for the father and his craftsmanship, and of our childhood.
I am a 2006 international relations graduate from Bilgi University. After completing Fashion design education at Istanbul Moda Academy in 2019, I won the first place in leather category in ‘’ 2010 Koza Young Fashion Designers Contest ‘’ organized by Itkip.
I was born in 1977 in Istanbul. I studied fashion design at Istanbul Istasyon Art Academy. After graduating in 1997, I worked for various companies and brands. Between 2003/2016, I was the creative director of local brands. In 2016, I left the company where I worked for sixteen years and was ready to establish my own atelier.
First of all thankyou for your kind interview. When the magazines get in touch with me for interviews Globally, that always reminds me “I should focus to present myself as designer in Global Fashion Industry rather than being local.
16.10 (16 October) on the logo of the brand represents our founding date, and the double dot rep- resents the ‘’i’’ in the relief letters used by the visually impaired; İdil, İrem, and İstan- bul as the first letter.
After graduating from Tarsus American Col- lege, I studied Textile Development and Marketing in a double degree program or- ganized by Istanbul Technical University and Fashion Institute of Technology.
I passed Uludağ University Faculty of Education Fine Arts Education Department in matriculation, but I remember me taking the matriculation for İstanbul İstasyon Art Academy of Fine Arts.
During my undergradu- ate studies, I was intro- duced to the weaving loom, and I started to weave alternative fabrics with alternative materials through intrinsic moti- vators. Defining the gap has always been my main goal, but, believe me, I still do not know why. In a way, I’m interpreting and narrating my feelings through the gap.