Capturing the stories of the moment, Lontessa by Tessa Lont is reconceiving what constitutes thoughtful and elevated fashion. Drawing inspiration from Tessa’s rich Māori heritage, personal values and the untamed beauty of her native New Zealand, each hand-crafted basic or bespoke garment conveys the various facets over to the wearer in a harmonious blend. With every thread and woven stitch revealing Tessa’s purposeful ﬁngerprints, Lontessa is creating conversations that take each individual past their imaginations, in honour of their unique histories and personalities.
IN HONOUR OF THE SELF
Expression lies at the heart of Lontessa’s pieces. Celebrating differing individualities, the brand champions truth in one’s self and person. The Style Curation Session, Lontessa’s most thorough and fun personal-style appointment, takes the wearer on a creative process to uncover the garments of their dreams. Considering one’s body shape, personal style and lifestyle, Lontessa serves to understand each individual’s needs and preferences ﬁrst before creating bespoke pieces that address each aspect.
The step-by-step process is as follows:
- Create a Pinterest board with one’s favourite looks
- Online Questionnaire and Appointment Booking – Clients will complete an online questionnaire and book a personal consultation appointment
- Design Curation and Crafting – Lontessa will proceed to ideate and draft images of possible designs. Measurements will also be taken at this point of time.
- Fitting Sessions – Clients can book an 30-minute in person ﬁtting session at Lontessa’s studio to try on the looks
Priced at $500, the process creates one personal garment. The brand is also open to creating entire collections for clients keen to explore.
IN HONOUR OF THE WOMEN
Holding exceptionally high standards towards form and function, Lontessa is made for women, by women. Existing to ﬂatter all female bodies in their varied and natural states, the brand and its designer seeks to instill body conﬁdence and accentuate the best features in all of its wearers, unveiling beauty while not hiding one’s insecurities.
This can be seen in Lontessa’s different collections, such as the Hunter is Now Hunted an intimate lingerie and fur collection. Celebrating the wildness of women as the ultimate form and being of sensuality, the collection admires and cherishes the ceaseless state of grace exhibited by all women.
IN HONOUR OF THE WORLD
Sustainability, longevity and integrity are central tenets in Lontessa’s brand ethos. Done in small productions and crafted by local artisans, the brand champions slow fashion, quality and intentionality. From understanding the nuances and textures of materiality to its varying sources of origin, each garment is made to last. One purposeful material of choice is the fur of the introduced New Zealand possum, an invasive species disrupting New Zealand’s delicate ecology. Differentiating clearly between using hunted and not farmed possums, while navigating the tension between predator and prey, Lontessa’s conscious choice of using hunted possum fur in the Hunter is Now Hunted Collection emphasizes the brand’s love for its country of origin and the natural environment.
For more information, visit https://www.lontessa.com/