For those who don’t know this amazing woman yet, we would love to introduce you to probably the most famous designer made in Ibiza, Charo Ruiz. Not only lovely and warm in all sense but also creative and innovate. She managed to put Ibiza’s fashion under the world’s spotlight. Famous actresses, singers, jetsetters and artists now wear her unique Ibizan designs. Charo Ruiz uses the most delicate fabrics and materials to create subtle designs that breathe freshness, elegance and beauty. The renowned fashion designer knows how to encapsulate women’s femininity in comfortable and seductive designs.
Read the exclusive interview to a brilliant, authentically bohemian, fashion designer well known for featuring lace detailing and embroidery in her collections suiting women of all ages – capturing the real essence of Ibiza in fashion.
Tell us a little bit about the beginnings of your fashion designer career.
I started my career as a model in the 60s but I come from a dressmaker mother and grandmother, so my relation with fashion is part of who I am. However, my beginnings as a designer were in the hippy market of Es Canar in the 80s designing and selling very simple unisex clothes.
What brought you from Barcelona to Ibiza?
Love. I fell in love with my boyfriend in Barcelona where I used to work for several fashion designers, like Pertegaz or Santa Eulalia, and we decided to move to Ibiza in the late 70’s to enjoy the life, work and raise a family in this magic Island.
What sparks your interest and inspiration in fashion?
I’m a designer but I’m also an entrepreneur.
Step by step, I’ve been growing as a professional in this field and loving what I do is the best motivation to work hard with intention to show the world another way to understand the Ibicencan style.
What is the message you wish to send across with your brand, dresses and your work?
A Charo Ruiz Ibiza dress, top or skirt is a piece of my humble contribution to the fashion history. A message of freedom to all those women who want to feel beautiful and never deny their feminine side.
What do you think is special about your wedding dresses and differentiate them from other designers?
I never liked the ostentation of the traditional wedding dresses that is why I wanted to offer an alternative to those women looking for a comfortable, romantic, bohemian or sexy option for such a special day.
What are the differences between the times you started in Ibiza and now?
Many! There is more of everything; more clubs, more boats, more restaurants, more shops, more people, more noise… But I’m still in love with Ibiza.
It has remained my source of inspiration, where most cosmopolitan people of the world meet, where my best friends and family live, oh and Es Cavallet…
Are there any future plans for the brand?
The gypsy/bohemian style which I’ve been working on since the 80s, is a trend now. So the market is asking for this concept everywhere.
We just opened our flagship store in the heart of the city (Vara de Rey, 4 Ibiza) and for the time being, we are working on expanding our offline distribution network through our own stores and partnering with big names in the marketplace. Up to now, you can find our collections in Harrods, El Corte Ingles, Aishti and Podivm.
The quality of the fabrics, and the lace I use in my pieces are exclusive. Since our entire production is made in Ibiza, Barcelona and Portugal, we can guarantee the highest quality of patterns and fitting in each piece of our collection.
Charo Ruiz is an authentic fine fashion designer. Her fitting rooms are always full of beautiful brides waiting for their stunning wedding dresses as well as other marvelous Ibizan collections. Anyone visiting the island should at least take a look at her amazing boutique and feel the free spirited Ibizan halo all her clothes breathe. If you wish to arrange a private fitting or private shopping experience, don’t hesitate and contact Bonder & Co.