Behind The Collection

The Story

Legend has it that hundreds of years ago, in a faraway desert kingdom, a sultan’s wife, named Scheherazade, started telling him a story to spare her life. This story ended up continuing for a thousand and one nights and was filled with genies and flying carpets, thieves and sailors, sorcerers and magicians, and many other otherworldly beings.  
This year Paolita’s collection captures the magical fairy tales that were first told in these Arabian Nights and then passed on through generations to influence everything from Parisian ballets to stories on the silver screen. The intricate hand-drawn designs take inspiration from elements of classical Arabian architecture and culture, but also from later interpretations of the stories such as their performances by the Ballet Russes.
Much like Scheherazade’s stories of legend, Anna Paola aims to transport the women who wear Paolita to a faraway, magical world, while also bringing that world’s timeless, beautiful essence closer to ours.
Informed perspectives on design, colouring, and ergonomics define the DNA of the PAOLITA brand, whilst Anna Paola’s rigorous eye for detail was obtained whilst working with iconic designers Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan.
Anna Paola’s diverse array of influences informs her extensive research, which ranges from libraries, museums, archives, travels and endless sources of inspiration. Often spending weeks, and sometimes months, researching elements of art history, culture and nature, her proficiency to evoke stories through print has become a core aspect of PAOLITA’s brand ethos.

All our prints are designed in our London studio, hand-drawn by Anna Paola and constructed into garments by our atelier in Europe.