You may not have heard of Anissa Kermiche, you may not know what she looks like or where she is from, but you will have seen her pieces – particularly the fortune-cookie-shaped Panniers Dorès - garnering the lobes of the street style heavy weights.
Anissa Kermiche, 31, didn't have a conventional start to a career in fashion but as she wisely points out, who does? Growing up in conservative Algerian-French family in Paris, engineering was the path laid out for her. Realising her creativity was capped in the corporate world, Anissa packed it in and enrolled in a jewellery design course at Central Saint Martins, further honing her craft at Holt's Academy in London's Hatton Garden, before launching her eponymous line on Instagram.
Her fusion of art, sculpture and jewellery was snapped up in just three months by Matchesfashion.com and in just a year Anissa has secured 17 worldwide stockists.
We explore her once make-shift showroom, now incredibly charming West London flat that will make you feel inspired.
I come from a Muslim background where naked body parts aren't acceptable at all. My upbringing was very strict: I had to dress a specific way, and I wasn't allowed out much, other than to go to school. This is my rebellion against all that - creating work that is provocative and feminine.
I like to use humour when I'm putting my pieces together. This is actually a soap dispenser, but it kind of looks like art.
MY FLEA MARKET FIND
I love searching for quirky, super-cheap items for me flat.. I found this bust at Sunbury Antique Market in Middlesex, you have to get there at like 4:30am though to get the good stuff. All the antique shops in London source their stuff from here.
THE PHOTO THAT INSPIRES ME
This is by the Chinese photographer Ren Hang, who died very recently. He killed himself, but was an absolute genius. I like the geometry of this photograph: the shape of the arms, the symmetry of the lips, the eyes and the nipples.
THE WORK SWAP
I discovered this artist Isabella Hemmersbach on Instagram about two years ago, she paints in a continuous line and I love her work. She happened to like my designs too so we did a swap.
It was a birthday present from my friends, actually organised by Camille Charriere – I trust her taste.
My favourite book is La Part de l'autre by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, it's a fictionalised biography of Adolf Hilter, what his life would have been like had he not failed the entrance examination to Vienne School of Fine Arts and fulfilled his ambitions of being an artist.
This brilliantly talented girl, Celia Moutawahid, sent these illustrations to me. She is a fashion assistant based in Paris who does illustrations in her spare time and out of the blue I received these sketches that she had done of my designs.