ABOUT THE DESIGNER ...
Szulika creator, Monica Osorio native New Yorker was raised the later part of her life in Los Angeles – where the bulk of her work experience comes from.
Monica's background in fashion design is first rooted in her family, as both her grandmother and her mother were entrepreneurs with their own custom design studios. Monica’s earliest memories are from working with her mother in her bridal boutique where she developed her taste for fabrics and appreciation of detail and quality in craftsmanship and most of all – her passion for design...
Graduating from Woodbury University in 1992 Monica’s early industry experience was as a design assistant for junior clothing company Francine Browner then onto the contemporary label Anna Paul Collection. In 1994 she relocated to NYC to work for Denimex a private label manufacturer then in 1998 she returned to Los Angeles to work for Azteca Int’l a multiline denim and wovens manufacturer where she sharpened her skills in the manufacturing process.
In the spring of 2002 Monica parted from Azteca knowing it was time to make her own mark.
THE COMPANY ...
With preserving the existing family business; Encore Performance Apparel, Szulika functions as a DBA to the former. In late 2004 the business relocated to downtown Los Angeles from, Glendale, a suburb of L.A. where it was a bridal boutique for 22 years – and it is still a family affair. Monica and her mother work together daily: with her mother drafting all patterns & overseeing sample room, while Monica runs the business. Sales representation is with Bluebird Showroom in Los Angeles and the publicity is represented with Pure Consulting also in Los Angeles.
THE COLLECTIONS ...
Szulika was launched with the debut of the Spring/ Summer collection for 2004. This collection can be described as feminine and flirty, the silhouettes inspired from the 80’s with a Grecian influence. Fabrics are 100% Modal, a vintage inspired floral print on cotton voile and a bottom weight twill garment dyed into pastel tones. This collection was accented with an electric use of materials, like embroidery using lurex metallic thread, hand painting and what has become known as her signature look; using pearlized leather as an accent that softly shimmers throughout.
Fall 2004 collection was a mix of sexy femme fatale silhouettes, sleek and zippered in stretch poly-satin, body conscious tailoring in tweed with leather patch pockets, an art nouveau printed silk chiffon pieces with contrasting ruby silk charmuese. Another look is in drapey comfortable silhouettes in brushed baby rib – also carrying over the Grecian influence from spring 04, there are empire waistlines, dropped waists with draw stringing and leather accenting. Ultra feminine pieces perfect for the holidays.
Spring/ summer 2005 is a marriage of femininity and comfortable pieces that wear well through hot weather. The silhouettes are easy to wear in fabrics that are cool and breathable – comfort being key with the collection. Drapey bodies in sheer rayon jersey in vibrant brights with bodies that are blousson draped and twisted into halters, skirts, jumpers and the gaucho pant finishing with mother of pearl shell and glass bead accents. Cotton voile garment dyed in powdery shades of blush, sky, sherbert and maize has been pintucked and embroidered with gold lurex stitching and finished off with the signature of shimmering leather accents. The romantic side are silhouettes that are lingerie inspired with the voile crushed and trimmed and the cluny lace dyed into rich brights that pop against the pale voile hues; these bodies are finished with hems raw, left to fray naturally.
The last fabric being a crisp stretch poplin making up wide leg floor sweeping trousers, skirts and minis that work easily back to all of the voile & jersey pieces.
The most recent collection being Fall 2005 showcased during Los Angeles Fashion week on March 15th at the Pacific Design Center.
The two main themes for Fall 2005 were a fusion of vintage romantic and modernism. The romantic pieces are inspired by Victorian silhouettes in a cropped jacket, a maxi skirt, wide leg trouser and the gaucho pant all in rayon/ wool tweed. Coordinating with the wool pieces are whimsical bodies in a sparkle chantilly lace such as a mandarin collared shell, a mini empire vest with satin ribbon, a wrap tunic – great for layering, and a flowing lace and satin inset skirt.
The modernism is expressed in shapes that drape, blousson, tie and have movement. A rayon lycra jersey in plum, coffee and back – cut into renaissance inspired tops and dresses, cut off the shoulders with sequined trim, and finishing off with gold filigree beads. Tops are loose and comfortable in blousson cuts with drawstring and dropped waists. The bottoms for this look include the new palazzo pant, the cropped pant-cut slim with drawstring ties, the gaucho jumper and the gaucho pant still remaining strong. Thru-out the collection you’ll see soft shimmer of gold stitching and the subtle radiance of metallic and lace.