Who started it? Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai, graduates from Parsons The New School for Design in New York, established the brand in their living room in 2003. The pair, both from Los Angeles, are business and design partners. They take inspiration from their own vintage fashion collections, random objects and art history references. The classic silhouettes at Vena Cava reflect a timeless yet quirky European elegance, aimed at stylistic longevity rather than current trends. The resulting aesthetic is stylish without being too fussy.
Why we love it: Vena Cava uses simple designs that are highlighted with chic, flattering fabrics and embellished with striking details. The use of hand-drawn prints is part of the brand's design identity. The label's spring-summer collection was inspired by the Memphis design movement of the 1980s, which featured bold geometric shapes, bright colour blocking and a tongue- in-cheek attitude. The collection is high fashion but with a Californian laid-back ease. Shapes might seem structured at first glance but the clothes are comfortable and glamorous - a combination of West Coast sensibility and European elegance.
What we'd pick: we love the long black halter top (HK$3,200), with nude panels, and the belted skirt (both left; HK$3,200). The simple shocking-red high-waist calf-length skirt (far left; HK$5,500) would be an elegant addition to a daytime wardrobe.
Where can you get it? Vena Cava is at Harvey Nichols, The Landmark, Central, tel: 3695 3388.