This week’s edition of Feature Friday, we turn the spotlight on Ina Soltani. Some of you may have heard of her from the world of fashion, but if you haven’t, today’s your lucky day. She was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, who at 17 was on an exchange program in Los Angeles when the war broke out. She couldn’t return to her family in Sarajevo, which was besieged by Serbian forces. Some years later after the ward ended Ina was reunited with her family. Eventually she decided to return to California to study fashion, and eventually went on to start her own label.
Even though she was forced to act as an adult at a young age and was confronted with feelings of loneliness, due to the loss of connection with my family – the experience taught her survival skills, character, and allowed her to channel more creative energy into her work as an outlet for expression.
Her dresses have become a fashion staple amongst the rich and famous of Hollywood. Her dresses have been worn by celebrities like Jessica Biel, Miley Cyrus, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Kristen Stewart, and Carrie Underwood, among others.
As a designer living in on the west coast it is nearly impossible to resist the influence of California. There is certainly a Hollywood glamor-influenced movement with a bit of the rock star edge in the fashion. Its no wonder that shr has found refuge in California, and has called Los Angeles her home away from home – after all California inspires creativity in most who call it home.
While California may inspire creativity, Ina Soltani inspires Za Vas. As someone who overcame many obstacles, we admire her light hearted take on life. She is a mother, designer, war survivor and originator, which is exactly what Makes Ina Soltani fascinating in every way.
And for all you ladies seeking add a piece of Ina Solitani to your closet, there are three locations within the Greater Toronto Area where you can check out her collection:
Milli Toronto – 100 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Milli Hamilton – 310 Main Street West, Toronto
Hugo Nicholson - 55 Avenue Road, Toronto