Charlotte Olympia Dellal, Chief Executive Officer & Creative Director, Charlotte Olympia & Bonnie Takhar, President, Charlotte Olympia, discuss how the brand is stepping onto the global stage.
Charlotte Olympia Dellal
It was her love of fashion and the art of corsetry that led Charlotte Olympia Dellal to design. Ms. Dellal took her passion to Cordwainers, the world‐renowned college for footwear and accessories in London, where she was able to explore her interests and receive technical training in the art of shoemaking. Ms. Dellal launched her eponymous London-based shoe brand in January 2008.
Since then, Ms. Dellal’s creations have become synonymous with classic sophistication and meticulous attention to detail. The brand’s feminine design philosophy is inspired by a bygone era of old‐Hollywood glamour. Each shoe is handcrafted in Italy using only the finest materials and finished with a signature gold spider’s web on the sole. The brand’s distinctive leopard prints, fan detailing, and arresting use of color have quickly become design classics coveted by such celebrities as Sarah Jessica Parker, Alexa Chung, Anna Dello Russo, Keira Knightly, Katy Perry, and Beyoncé. The label continues to develop its product lines to include not only captivating heels, but also an array of flats, boots, and accessories.
Charlotte Olympia stores in London’s Mayfair and on Manhattan’s Madison Avenue aim to encapsulate her world, and the collections are also stocked in some of the world’s most prestigious retailers including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, On Pedder, Net-A‐Porter, Harrods, Printemps, and Beymen.
Bonnie Takhar has built a strong and consistent career through top positions in the fashion industry.
In 2007, she was chosen to lead the legendary American brand Halston, and was the mastermind of its relaunch into the luxury brand sector.
Prior to that, Ms. Takhar served as Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer in charge of business development at Jimmy Choo. She went on to become the Chief Commercial Officer in 2006.
Ms. Takhar worked closely with the CEO to develop the company’s business strategy, and she was responsible for identifying and developing opportunities within Jimmy Choo’s existing business and in new markets. In this role, she advised the company on matters related to wholesale and retail and built relationships with third parties and partners in those areas.
Previously, Ms. Takhar was President of Earl Jean in the company’s headquarters in New York. She began her career at Earl Jean in 1999 and held the position of London-based Chief Executive Officer of Europe. From the beginning, she adopted a selective strategy that positioned Earl Jean as a designer brand. Over the next five years Ms. Takhar spearheaded the brand’s growth in Europe and its emergence as one of the best-recognized fashion denim brands. In 2002, when the brand was acquired by Nautica Enterprises Inc. Ms. Takhar became its President.
Before joining Earl Jean, she was Sales Director at the Nicole Farhi Group from 1998 to 1999, and Sales Manager at Donna Karan from 1996 to 1998.