Let's go back to an event that also saw our compatriot, the stylist, as the protagonist Sandrina Qokaj, originally from northern Albania and who has lived in Italy for years, where she graduated with the highest marks at the Institute of Graphics, Fashion and Design of Lecco.
The passion for the needle and the thread comes when she was little, she tells us herself, rummaging through the clothes and fabrics in the wardrobe of mother Drita.
The event, organized by Elena Savò at the Palazzo Bocconi in Milan, was attended by a large group of the Albanian community, both to support Sandrina and, above all, because it is the first time that an Albanian designer manages to organize his own fashion show in the city of fashion par excellence.
The Qokaj arrives here after having paraded in three other important cities such as Cannes, Montecarlo and Florence with the Spring - Summer collection.
Milan is, for her, an important destination. The first important work commissions have already arrived, it is easy to imagine the enormous career opportunities since the Milanese launch.
The evening was attended, moved, by Sandrina's parents, Ndue Pal Qokaj and Drita Gega, her relatives, the local Albanian community but also many supporters.
Being a friend of his family, because they are busy (often together), in addition to their daily work, even in keeping the customs and beautiful folk traditions, I managed to ask them a few questions.
Not really an interview, but rather a collection of first impressions and the hopes that such an event has fueled.
Does the young designer have a dream for the future?
My dream is to also parade in Tirana, Albania, where my parents were born and where my origins are. Seeing the new generations who want to return like the eagles to their nest (to paraphrase Pope Francis in his visit to Albania) also gives me a lot of confidence for our country of origin, which, thanks to them, will get up from every point of view
At the opening and closing of the fashion show two children climbed the catwalk, one of whom is his son Max. A message to be transmitted or a last-minute choice?
It was not a decision taken last, Aleks. Anyone who knows me knows that the family comes before work, career and anything else. Like my husband Pietro, who is always present and supports me in all my initiatives and decisions. The message was clear.
In thanking Sandrina for the time she has dedicated to us, we hope that her climb to success can also take her beyond the ocean. Meanwhile, we assure you of our support and esteem for the entire Albanian community in Italy.
Best wishes Sandrina! Urime!