We had the good fortune of connecting with Nami Milivojevich and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nami, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Having been a fashion designer for over 20 years working with big brands like J. Crew, Geoffrey Beene, and Victoria’s Secret in New York, Moschino in Milan, and Puma in Nuremberg, I wanted to get back to my roots and create a product that made sense to me and my way of living.  Also, because there are so many clothes already out there, I couldn’t justify contributing to the oversaturation unless they were somehow made in a way that was the least wasteful and the most useful.  For this reason, reka kaftans are produced using only GOTS certified 100% organic cotton and factories that uphold a high standard for working conditions.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I had an amazing career as a fashion designer working for fashion houses all over the world making everything from swimwear and denim to sportswear and ball gowns, but the desire to create something of my own was always stronger than I was.  For a while, I didn’t know what that thing was, so I explored with my own womenswear line, a kidswear line and also cooking professionally (that’s another story!).  The journey is far from over, and it has taken so many ups and downs to get where I am, but I’m getting closer every day.  With reka, people may see a simple kaftan on the outside, but it is really a culmination of my experiences and choices in life.  I’ve now simplified what I want, as well as what I do.  Having experienced the glamour of the fashion world first hand, lived in six countries, and raised two kids, I don’t feel the need for trends or fashion anymore.  I’m intrigued by people who find more nuanced ways of being elegant and sexy.  Our kaftans are but a means of expression for them, a way of showing what is on the inside, which is much more interesting.  It takes a certain sophisticated “freak” to wear the kaftan with confidence!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would for sure take them to Sedona for a few days!  I find it magical.  There are lots of great restaurants in Phoenix, but honestly you will find me cooking at home most of the time.  My brother and I both love to cook, so it’s often about being with family and making everything from homemade gnocchi to Thai dishes from our childhood, to Indian curries or tamales because we love to experiment.  Oh, and there are some excellent Ethiopian restaurants in Phoenix!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would more give a shoutout to everyone out there who is living their life to the fullest, with courage and grace, in the spirit of Life, freedom, fun and being Human.  These are the people who inspire my brand and the way of life that I hope it spreads.

Website: www.rekakaftans.com

Instagram: @rekakaftans

Image Credits
Photos by Boogie

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