Archive for November, 2013

IB.com: Interview with Accessories Brand Louve de Nordneg

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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

Think digital photography, lace, sensuality and geometry and you get my style. I really like the idea of classic innovation, i.e taking something old and classical and making it contemporary.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Usually, people think that they are very original and that you can feel a strong artistic sensibility when looking at them.

What is your background?

I studied Fashion at Central St Martins but I am just obsessed with every artistic disciplines: art, dance, theatre... This is where I find my inspiration.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I particularly love McQueen and Gareth Pugh because they are not afraid of exploring their dark side. Their sense of tailoring is also incredible. I also highly respect Christopher Kane and I was very impressed by the latest KTZ collection and Mark Fast as well. Matthew Williamson is also a reference for me, I only met him once but I just adore him!

Tell us about your design process from concept, production and to the shelves…

It takes a lot of thinking before I even start to take a photograph. I usually act as a “flaneur” and find some inspiration by going to art galleries, see a play, going to a talk or even chatting with friends. Then, I start photographing. The photographs will constitute the 1st layer of my designs (most of the time) and then I take my computer and play around with Processing (a computer programme for visual artists).  Once I have 100% happy with the designs, I (more...)

5 Minutes with Torula Bags Founder Emeline Coates

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

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

I own and operate Torula Bags which is an Anglo-French handbag label launched in 2008. I live between London and Paris and my designs are described as being a fusion of understated Parisian chic with London cutting-edge style. I sell in high end boutiques and online to women between the ages of 25 and 50.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Most of the time people are positive about my brand, they like my bags because they are classic, easy to wear and very well made.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

In terms of brands that I like, there are quite a few, first of all in the well-established fashion houses I love Celine for its fashion-forward view on fashion yet féminine and wearable. Then I think Bottega Veneta and Sonia Rykiel are magic when it comes to creating beautiful classic clothes, and in terms of newer companies I’m a fan of Alexander Terekhov and Jonathan Saunders.

 Tell us about your design process from concept, production and to the shelves…

I start with research and drawings which is done over a period of time that spans from anything between 3 days to 4 weeks. The ideas come from a range of places – I like architecture and urban design, I spend time in libraries looking at old fashion books, I love people watching, I  always look at colour combinations that can be found everywhere, I spend time browsing fashion shows on the internet and finally I travel a lot and get inspiration from the places I visit. Once I have finished designing I choose the leathers that come from Italy and the atelier starts making the prototypes, it can take a couple of times before they get it right but (more...)