Those wanting to inject some colour into their spring wardrobe need look no further than Maison Alma, an online destination devoted to statement-making outerwear. This tightly edited e-shop is the work of Daniela Bahamon Arango, a designer based between Paris and Bogotá who translates her Colombian lifestyle into vibrant, chic mid-length coats that can be worn “with jeans and a T-shirt, over an all-black cocktail outfit, or even a swimsuit”.
Bahamon Arango partners with fabric design houses such as Thailand’s Jim Thompson and France’s Pierre Frey to create her signature shapes – a relaxed trench coat and a belted kimono wrap – in bold prints, from the fantastical, chinoiserie-inspired Paraiso ($2,410), in green, pink or cream, to the splashy part-geometric, part-flora Jungla ($2,410) and the Matisse-inspired Flores y Papel ($2,410). Most pieces are constructed in lightweight linen – such as the Calor Y Rosas peonies-bedecked kimono coat ($2,400) in fiery orange – and linen mixes, while embroidered designs include the exotic Heliconias ($3,530) and elegant Coral ($2,700) kimonos. All the garments are handsewn by master tailors in Bogotá, and customers can choose their favourite print, signature cut and lining.
It’s not all coats, however; one of Maison Alma’s most luxurious offerings is the Lluvia night robe ($2,485) – a sumptuous velvet wrap in shades of emerald green, ruby, pink, violet or yellow. Bahamon Arango has also created a range of bags ($600-$700), handwoven by artisan communities in Colombia. In bucket shapes with fabric handles and linings that match the coats, designs such as El Cactus ($700) and the wicker Pacifico ($600) are all embellished with oversized tassels in eye-popping shades.