Good Life: Model Citizen: Bela Shehu

The local fashionista launches a new line.

When Albanian-born beauty Bela Shehu closed her eponymous shop on
13th Street and disappeared from the pages of Lucky, she left traces of her work here and there—a few handmade necklaces at Bus Stop Boutique, some earrings on Etsy—and ducked behind the scenes to found a concept-to-creation clothing design firm. Soon, the East Passyunk resident was putting together looks and look books for Sailor Jerry, Aman Athwal, Commonwealth Proper and, more recently, Lithe Method’s in-house exercise wear. This season, the 31-year-old reemerges as an entity unto herself with Nino, a 36-piece line of gently avant-garde women’s pieces—such as this fitted kangaroo-pocket dress. Shehu describes the line as “English in feel, very architectural, with soft lines and curves.”  The genius of its construction is the lack thereof: Each garment is “not tailored to your body, but cocoon-like—very elegant and feminine,” says Shehu.

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  • CarolynandStefanoinNY

    Bela Shehu is as gorgeous inside as she is outside. Talented, spirited and WONDERFUL sense of style. A true original!

  • Tara

    We are fortunate to have a true sartorial artisan in Philadelphia. The clothes she makes are always innovative in design with the highest level of craftsmanship.

  • ted

    Ugh, get a job.

  • Bob

    I do like the shoes. She certainly didn’t design those.

  • ted

    stop failing at things

  • Lorraine

    Bela’s work is so gorgeous. She is such a fashion inspiration in the city. Can’t wait to see the full line!

  • Peggy

    I met her a few years ago to discuss a fashion line that she was involved with. The impression she left on me was one of great admiration and awe of such a young go getter with a very fashionable knowledge. I believe she will be a great success in the fashion world. Wishing her all the best in her future endeavors.

  • Paula

    Look forward to the debute of the Lithe exercise line! I’ve seen samples, and it looks amazing. Bela is truly talented, gorgeous, and creative.

  • Jimmy Mc

    I met this chick when she was a nobody. She was working for a caterer in Philly. Really annoying voice tones, and a total Biatch. And Albanian to boot. Hahaha!!!!