Martine Ilana created La Mer Collections as an outlet for all of the incredible design inspirations she found while traveling the globe. A worldly perspective influences the company, with distributors of La Mer watches located in numerous countries and materials for the watches coming from all over the world. Martine and her team recently moved into a bright and airy space in Marina Del Ray, a location that keeps inspiration flowing. We had the opportunity to visit Martine and get a sneak peak at La Mer’s killer collection of baubles, leathers and watch faces, and hear about what really makes the company, and its founder, tick.
Photography: Tim Melideo
What inspired you to start La Mer Collections?
I founded La Mer Collections (its translation is ‘The Ocean, or Water,’ Collections in French) after taking a year off of my design studies to travel overseas to Africa and Asia. I love souvenirs because once I’m back from any trip I can look at an object and dream of where I picked it up. I was so inspired by my time away that when I returned home, I wanted to design and create a line of watches that reminded me of my travels.
“My office — I made sure it was simple, bright and Zen. The Cairo Pyramid wraps sitting in front of my computer, are some of my favorite new styles — they are like pieces of sculpture on your wrist.”