Almayer Art & Heritage Hotel, Zadar

MAJDA ĆOZA COLLECTION

A keepsake to take home

As if in the Kavafis song Ithaca, before returning to her native Zadar, designer Majda Ćoza made a full life and creative circle. Starting with twenty-five years she spent in New York - the city that never sleeps, over an eight-year episode in vibrating Hong Kong, all the way back to her Zadar.
 

Photographer: Jure Mišković / Hanza Media

A year and a half ago, when she and her husband Antonio Kapetanović returned to Zadar, they decided to start a new chapter, propose something different and transfuse all the experience she gained into a creative designer shop offering clothing, jewellery and home accessories under the „Objects“ brand name.

Majda Ćoza with her husband Antonio Kapetanović
Photographer: Jure Mišković / Hanza Media

Majda was only 17 years old when she left for New York University (NYU) to study art and fashion design, and probably never even dreamt who will form her creative crew while residing in the “Big Apple”. New York patrons of talented young artists and arts institutions spotted her right away - at the entrance exam she was already identified as a particularly gifted student, and as such, Majda started her work at the very top of the American fashion industry where she reigned for several decades.

Photographer: Jure Mišković / Hanza Media

Immediately after graduation, she got a job at Pierre Cardin, and, for six years, remained to work as a designer for this prestigious French brand. For the next twenty years, she continued her career as the designer and creative director of ISPY where she collaborated with such fashion icons as Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren.

Photographer: Vjekoslav Bobić / Almayer Art & Heritage Hotel

After ISPY, Ćoza moved to Hong Kong where, for almost eight years, she worked as a creative director at a major fashion company, each year producing thousands of creations for American brands and fashion houses such as Macy's, Sax Fifth Avenue, NY&Co, Target, Gap, Chicos, JCPenney, Club Monaco, Jo Fresh and numerous others.

Photographer: Jure Mišković / Hanza Media

Living in the informal capital of the world at the peak of the disco age, the Studio 54 club and the New York independent scene, gave Majda an opportunity to meet and socialize with a wide range of celebrities - from Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Iman and Debbie Harry, to painter Basquiat and other protagonists of New York`s nightlife.

Photo from a private album

Majda`s creations summarize the synthesis of a tireless and passionate desire to design, and a vast life experience. Everything in her boutique is handmade by Zadar tailors, almost exclusively from local and natural materials, and all according to Majda`s design.

Photographer: Vjekoslav Bobić / Almayer Art & Heritage Hotel

Except for designer clothing, in the “Objects - Concept Store” boutique you can also find original handmade jewellery constructed out of materials and items that the designer collected over the last 25 years. As an expression of Majda's passion for interior design, the offer also includes a variety of home accessories, such as unique decorative pillows.

Photographer: Jure Mišković / Hanza Media

There is a lot that connects designer Majda Ćoza and Almayer Art & Heritage Hotel, from the time coincidence of the return and opening of both the hotel and her boutique, the fateful affiliation with the visions of the mutual Campo Castello community, to the passion and civilization momentum that drives us.

Photographer: Vjekoslav Bobić / Almayer Art & Heritage Hotel

The selection of Majda’s creations are available at Almayer souvenir shop, and the entire designer’s collection at the boutique store “Objects - Concept Store” in Ulica Zore dalmatinske 2, at the core of the Old town.

Photographer: Vjekoslav Bobić / Almayer Art & Heritage Hotel

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