Our newest label at Luxe is Sabaii by Laura Taraniuk. Sabaii is a Thai word which loosely translates to “Everything is all good. It’s all chilled.” The culture and essence behind the label is this chill saying. This is reflected in everything Laura does, the luxurious laid back bohemian vibes of the bags come as naturally to the designs as to the women who carry them. Sabaii is proudly an independent Australian fashion label, designing out of Adelaide and delivering luxe bohemian style leather bags worldwide. This is the lifestyle of a gypsy soul captured in a wearable piece of art you will take with you to every corner of this beautiful world.
What inspired you to start Sabaii?
I started Sabaii simply as a way to leave the 9-5 and work on my own projects, loves and passions. It is a way to do my own thing and show the world a little piece of me.
What is your favourite part about being a designer?
Seeing work from sketches come to life. I also love the constant inspiration that comes with design and running my own business, I’m always on the look out for perfect locations, things that have an air of natural beauty about them and a constant desire for wanderlust, which is now fully allowable because what I do is ‘work’.
Describe your design aesthetic.
It’s raw but luxurious. Carefree but structured. I pay highest attention to details, in stitching, clasps all the little things that can go unnoticed. For me it’s about carefully blending bohemian vibes with high end design using quality leather throughout all designs. It’s leather so it’s got to feel and look amazing!
What has been your career highlight so far?
Definitely my launch. I worked so hard to make sure everything I had in my mind came together perfectly on the night. I struggle with planning my own birthday dinner let alone an entire fashion launch, but I loved that it pushed me out of my comfort zone on so many levels. It was definitely one of the best nights of my life and in my career to date.
Who would you love to see carrying your handbags?
Hmmm truly I think I would love to see my bags on the arm of Vanessa Hudgens she is such a babe and I love her style, Elle Ferguson and Gigi have amazing style too, but honestly just seeing them on the street is always so beautiful, it’s still new for me so I’ll relish in this for a little while longer. I recently got my bag on Rachel Barnes, aka @rockybarnes and that was a little bit out of this world for me, she is gorgeous!
Tell us what/who/where is on your inspiration board.
I don’t really have a traditional inspo board with pics. I like to write so I tend to write goals, names, places, quotes, ideas down and work from that. It’s still a visual thing I guess, the images are more in my mind. Writing helps me get them out and into the real world.
What’s next, what can we look forward to e.g. new styles of bags, homewares etc.?
I have big dreams and plans for Sabaii. So next will be a new collection. A new shoot and a couple of new stockists in Aus. and also internationally and hopefully some travel on the cards.. I also have some exciting campaigns coming up but you will have to wait and see, I can’t give it all away just yet.
Earth, fire, air or water? I’m born on the cusp of Aquarius/Pisces so Air/Water but if I had to choose it be water.
In the mornings, I …need coffee and food to function!
My favourite word is … I regrettably swear a lot so I guess something way too naughty to write here.
In my handbag, you’ll find … credits cards, hair pins, pens, keys and tonnes of receipts
My guilty fashion secret is vintage leather bags and sportswear, I live in it!
Your style motto is …Stay true to yourself. Be comfortable, be honest with who you are and always feel good. If you feel good you look good.
Advice you’d give to your 16 year old self. Don’t be naughty and to lose the attitude! You will learn more this way.
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