Archive for September, 2013

British Brand ‘Hanna Boutique’ joins IB

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Independent Boutique welcomes British brand Hanna Boutique to the site. Gorgeous details and feminine styling, beautiful coats and dresses with a slightly androgynous edge make this label stand out from the crowd. From their ethical sourcing to their eye for colour and style they are a welcome addition to the IB family.

dresses and jackets

Hanna Boutique

Independent Boutique talks to Handbag brand: Sampson & Christie

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?leather goods

When people ask what I do for a living, I explain that I have my own business designing luxury leather goods, inspired by nature and the natural world. My design style is to take a textiles approach to designing something that is 3D. The shape of the bags has to be kept simple in order to show off the pattern.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Many of the comments that I receive from people having viewed the bags are that:

  •  They are very different from what is currently available.
  •  They are gorgeous, Stunning and Unique.
  • They are a very tactile bag (The first thing many people do is touch the bags)


Sparrow Green Studios Chats To Independent Boutique!

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Today we're chatting to Katie Palmer, owner, designer and founder of  British scarf design brand Sparrow Green Studios. Her beautiful silk scarves are inspired by nature withsilk-turquoise-butterfly-scarf bees, beetles and butterflies featuring prominently in her designs. Read on to find out more about Katie's background, creations and plans for the future.......

How do you describe to people what you do and your design style?

I describe myself as a textile designer who makes scarves. I'd describe my designs as experiments in reflection, slightly kaleidoscopic with an influence from nature. I like that depending on how my customers wear their scarf, they can show off a different aspect of the design each time they wear it.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

I speak to a lot of my customers about wildlife, especially those interested in conservation. Many people love the fact that my designs are clearly hand drawn images and like the reflection and transition of colour I use in most of my work.

What is your background?

I studied printed textiles at the Surrey Institute which I completed in 1999. At my final show I was approached by an fashion agent who asked me to design textiles for fashion houses in New York. I produced two collections per year alongside a full time job as a retail sales manager and sold to various companies including Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Armani Exchange. I have always loved to draw, so my recent work is a mixture of hand printed and digitally printed images taken from my drawings. I still make time to produce two collections per year for my agent and recently sold prints to Kenneth Cole and Gap Kids.


New British Accessories Brand ' Cutey' joins Independent Boutique

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

We welcome the fantastic British accessories brand Cutey to the Independent Boutique family, with gorgeous bags and fab colours, it's great to have you on board!

British Handbag Brand 'Cutey'