Anchored by the creative mind and brilliant talents of professional figure skater and fashion designer, Michael Kuluva of Tumbler and Tipsy is not only reworking, redefining and revamping the world of fashion, but is taking it over by storm one sequin at a time. This sexy yet stylish brand, which is produced in Los Angeles, CA, is a colorful collection that is distinctive but never repetitive, chic and classy while being comfortable and versatile. Tumbler and Tipsy is not just a line of clothing, its a collection of art, its an embodiment of chic fashion in the modern world, and its a representation of a lifestyle: fun, bold, luxurious and daring.
Kuluva has created a show-stopping, jaw-dropping collection that is unique in its form, exclusive in its style and extraordinary in its appearance. Tumbler and Tipsy is quickly paving its way to the forefront of todays global fashion scene. Tumbler and Tipsy by Michael Kuluva was featured as a New York Fashion Week designer for the past 6 consecutive seasons.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Eccentric, Creative and Adventurous.
What’s your background?
I grew up as an only child to my amazing parents, Randy & Carol, who are attorneys in Los Angeles. I figure skated as an amateur for the United States from 1991 – 2001 and then turned to be a professional figure skater touring the world with Disney On Ice & Holiday On Ice until 2008.
When did you start into fashion?
I fell into fashion by accident while touring as professional figure skater. I was on tour in France and I was invited to Paris Fashion Week where I got the fashion bug.
When and why did you created “Tumbler & Tipsy”?
I was working at the fashion brand Libertine as an assistant to the designer and decided after his NYFW 2009 presentation that I needed to go off on my own, achieve the credit I deserved & with that, the Tumbler and Tipsy brand was created on the plane ride home from that New York Fashion Week trip. I have always wanted to express my own designs and with my fashion degree from FIDM, it felt natural to go out on my own.
What Summer fashion tips or trends for 2018 you can share with us?
Army and camouflage will be a huge hit this coming Spring/Summer 2018!!!
Who are some of your favorite models and designers, and why?
Kendall Jenner because I worked with her at the beginning of her modeling career, Cindy Crawford for her beauty and Naomi Campbell for her fierce walk. As for my favorite designers, I always love Karl Lagerfeld for his amazing collections with Chanel & Fendi, John Galliano when he designed for Dior was iconic, and Tom Ford for when he was at Gucci was always super chic.
What does fashion mean to you?
Who is your biggest beauty inspiration?
Amanda Lepore & Kylie Jenner – I love their amazing over the top looks!
Who was your role model as a child?
What is your favorite healthy food?
And your favorite cheat food?
Ice Cream, Cookies, McDonalds and candy.
In five years from now, where do you see yourself and your career?
Living in the now, always hopeful for the future.
What music do you like?
Pop, Rap, R & B and Dance music.
What would be the dream holiday, and who would you go with?
Yachting in Fiji with my besties!!
How would you explain your fashion style and what items in your closet can you not be without?
Casually Expensive Style. All of my Hermes Birkins and Chanel bags plus my wall of designer shoes.
Do you support any charity?
Yes, Creaky Joints.
3 things you can’t leave home without?
My Birkin, Bulldog and my Boyfriend.
What’s your advice for the newer designers?
Always reinvent the wheel.
Idea of a perfect Sunday?
Having brunch in the city and then shopping at Hermes.
What do you like to watch on Tv?
The Real Housewives and Keeping up with the Kardashians
What do you think of Social Media?
The greatest thing since sliced bread.
Where we can follow you?
Favorite food: Japanese/Sushi
Song: Love Song – The Cure
Travel destination: Paris, France
Celebrity Crush: Bradley Cooper
Restaurant: The Bazaar by Jose Andres at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Actor/Actress: Leonardo Dicaprio & Julia Roberts
Quote: “Live the life you love, love the life you live”
Sports Team: The Blue Jays
Book: Grace ‘A Memoir’ by Grace Coddington
Movie: Troop Beverly Hills
Drink: Cristal Champagne