Exploring Ibiza with Maje Founder Judith Milgrom
We caught up with Judith Milgrom, founder of Parisian brand Maje, to get her inside track on Ibiza. Here’s her favourite places to eat, drink and play on The White Isle.
16 April, 2021
Famed as the epitome of Parisian chic, Maje plays on the fashion capital's elegant legacy, reinviting classic items with contemporary flair. For her latest capulse collection, Judith Milgrom has turned to the sun-drenched island of Ibiza for inspiration. Collaborating with the Spanish design studio, Cobalto Studio, and dancing to a different sartorial beat, we're packing our suitcases with the collection's woven basket bags, ceramic shell earrings and plenty of beach-to-bar embroidered dresses. Summer uniform? Sorted.
Here, the Morrocan-born designer reveals the Balearic inspiration behind her dreamy designs, as well as her inside scoop on the island. She shares where to find the best design stores, lazy lunch spots and local dishes you have to try.
Horseback riding and ochre-coloured cliffs: Judith Milgrom's insider guide to Ibiza
Define Maje's aesthetic.
Maje is a feminine, solar brand; who likes to play from the offset. I created it for women who like to change their style and who are plural. Think women who follow fashion but also like to create their own style, those who affirm a personality through their clothes yet also change their attire according to their mood.
Tell us about your new collection, how has The White Isle been a source of inspiration?
It's a summer collection that plays with transparency and natural materials: sexy, skin, colourful, embroidery, and many materials with beautiful details. My initial inspiration was a free and sultry woman, like the ladies of Ibiza.
Does your surroundings impact your designs?
I am inspired by the energy of the streets. I often sit on the terrace of a café and people watch, looking at the way women walk, move and speak allows me to imagine their attitude, desires and needs. For this collection I envisioned a woman with golden skin, living in a solar environment, bathed in light and surrounded by a beautiful blue sky. Picture a woman who's not afraid to show skin, who assumes her femininity and her power of seduction. I am not motivated by a particular muse, I've always wanted to create for different types of women. In fact, I think diversity influences me a lot.
The best time to visit Ibiza is...
Sometime in April. The weather's still cool in Paris and warmer days are arriving in Ibiza.
Favourite place to wake up?
In a house, panoramic views of the sea and the wild world are essential.
How would you describe Ibiza's style?
Fierce and authentic. Ibiza is a place where freedom and craftsmanship take on their full meaning, it's a bohemian destination where the art of living is turned towards nature.
For the best design stores in Ibiza head to…
Charlotte Ceramics. Home to the most magnificent hand-crafted objects.
What should we bring back from Ibiza?
Bagfuls of fabrics, ceramics and handmade items from the young, local artists.
Describe a perfect day on the island…
The best days are spent with a long sun-dappled stroll, a horseback ride, and ending the day with a delicious dinner.
Where should we go for a long, lazy lunch?
Surrounded by flower gardens and orange groves, La Paloma is the only option for alfresco dining. Set in an old finca, products are locally sourced and fused with a splash of Italian - you can imagine just how great the food is here.
A local dish we have to try?
I love fish! I'd strongly recommend a taste of some grilled fish, cooked in olive oil and served with fresh vegetables.
And for a cocktail with a view…
Amante. Nestled in a cove overlooking the Sol Den Serra bay, the views here are just as spectacular as the cocktails.
What about dinner with friends?
For an airy beach spot with great music too, you'll want to head to Los Enamorados.
Share a secret spot only locals know about...
Located ten-kilometres outside of Ibiza Town is a small sandy cove. Sa Caleta is fringed by orange-red cliffs and crystal clear waters, it's the perfect place to kick back and take in the peace and seclusion.
And finally, what's in your suitcase for Ibiza?
Day time is for denim shorts and a light cotton veil blouse. Evenings are for long crochet dresses, flat sandals and a basket bag.