Archive for November, 2013 British Knitwear Brand Lowie's Christmas Collection Is A Hit!!

Monday, November 25th, 2013 favourite British knitwear brand Lowie has been all over the press these past few weeks with their fabulous Christmas knitwear collections.

Featured in the Telegraph, Marie Claire, Timeout and Harpers Bazaar to name a few...

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 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...) British brand Fazane Malik scoops Midlands Fashion Designer of the Year Award

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Fazane Malik Age 30 from Ilkeston, Derbyshire recently won a prestigious Fashion Award ‘Midlands Independent Designer of the Year 2013 for her brand ‘Fazane Malik’

Fazane has worked in the industry for ten years. She started off working for a high-end clothing manufacturer developing ranges for the likes of Hobbs, Jaeger, Paul Smith, Whistles, Monsoon, Boden and many more. She started her label 2 years ago and left her job with the clothing manufacturer a year ago to concentrate on it fully.

The brand ethos is to create wearable capsule collections of easy pieces that will fit into any working woman’s existing wardrobe. “Not every woman wants to look like a fashion slave” says Fazane “so we offer really great classics that still look stylish and different but last for more than one season”

All styles are made to the highest standards which is testament to Fazane’s manufacturing background with each one individually hand signed and numbered for exclusivity. Each garment features the label’s signature monochrome printed silk as a lining, trim or detail.

Fazane was nominated for the award earlier this year and faced stiff competition from 5 other Midlands based brands and designers.

The awards took place on the 11th October in Birmingham hosted by ITV Presenter Lucy Kite.

The prestigious judging panel consisted of MFA Founder and Managing Director, Jenny Eason, Editor in Chief of Style Birmingham, Andrew Riley, Founder and Director of Rees, Bradley Hepburn, Founding Member of Young British Designers, Debra Hepburn, Fashion Expert Alison Lewy of Fashion Angel and Stylist Jason Forrest.

The annual event now in its 5th Year showcases collections from Independent, Emerging and Young designers from across the region as well as new for this year Make-up Artist, Stylist and Accessory Designer categories.

Jenny Eason founder of the MFA awards said “Fazane was a very deserving winner, her designs were amazing and I really loved the collection”

Fazane said “"I am very honoured to have won this award in the face of such tough competition. I have long been a champion of the amazing talent on offer here in the Midlands and it was through last year's winner that I got (more...)

British brand HEMYCA featured in Italian Vogue

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 favourite HEMYCA London known for their beautiful tailored occasionwear have been featured in Italian Vogue. HEMYCA London make all their collections in the UK.

Shop HEMYCA London : brand Puppet London featured in the Guardian Weekender 'How to Dress'

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 brand Puppet London has been featured in the Guardian Weekender, launched in 2009 by Vi and Ariel, Polish siblings. A sophisticated womenswear label using handmade trimmings, now based in the UK.

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Press : British Handbag Brand Peony & Moore

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

British handbag brand Peony & Moore featured in the press : A fantastic article on founder Lucy Clayphan in Business Insider, their beautiful Lily Clutch and the Antonella Handbag in Tan both featured in Bath Life magazine...