Notting Hill is that well know part of London by us Britons that the fashion crowd can’t get enough of, and after the likes of Stella McCartney, Bella Freud, Luella Bartley, Alice Temperley and Cath Kidston all taking the London hotspot as home we can see why, writes After Nyne’s Annabel Bolton.
But amongst the hustle and bustle of the London streets three equally talented ladies have made their way over from Stateside to form the late evening wear label you need to know about. Katherine Holmgren (CEO), Carolyn Hodler (sales director), and Anna-Christin Haas (design director) have all made Notting Hill their base for Galvan, and given their presence in over 40 stores worldwide, and reporting to have already passed the £1 million annual revenue mark, this is one brand to take note of.
Creating stunning and elegant yet edgy red-carpet creations is their forte while ensuring not only that their customer stands out, but also that they don’t have to take out a small loan to be able to afford the privilege, Galvan spotted this gap in the market and the brand took off seemingly overnight.
Galvan may be London based, but even the USA can’t take full credit for this exceptional brand, a mixture of Icelandic, German, American and Swiss are behind the three collections with a combination of high-wattage designs cut from contemporary fabrics, which have all as you’d imagine all sold out.
“We feel strongly that fashion should be accessible. With evening wear, it’s nearly impossible to find pieces that are high quality but not exorbitantly expensive. We launched Galvan specifically to fill this gap in the market,” explained designer director Anna-Christin.
And fill the gap they certainly have, as amongst the fashion pack there is a list of celebrity devotees who are fans of the evening wear brand. Sienna Miller, Rihanna, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Olsen and Gwyneth Paltrow have all made multiple appearances wearing the brand, and given the celebrity culture this can only mean good things lie ahead for Galvin.
And the name? Galvan, Holmgren explains, “comes from galvanize. We wanted something strong!” And that they certainly achieved.