Archive for January, 2014

5 Mins with British Designer, Jara Wine.

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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

My design style is very playful, timeless and chic. I focus on designing dresses. My aim is to make others happy with my designs and to facilitate their daily outfit choice by creating garments that are easy-to-wear and suitable for many occasions.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Main comments are that the dresses stand out from the crowd and that they show an interesting choice and combination of materials. That they are very charming, and a combination of girly and feminine.

What is your background?

I have background in marketing, PR and events.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I love Diane von Fürstenberg for creating the super timeless wrap dress. It’s a classic and so versatile. And of course Coco Chanel for being such a brave young women and simply designing clothes that didn’t comply with the time she lived in.

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

Most of the time it starts with a special occasion I need a garment for. This might be a birthday party, wedding, graduation etc… So I am thinking about the scenery, occasion, and usability. I will do a few sketches whereby I determine the colour and also the material to some extend. I will go through all my fabric swatches and choose a material to make a sample, which will then be adjusted until it’s perfect. When it stood the test and received positive feedback, it will go into production. (more...)

5 Mins with New Designer to the IB.com Family, Gemma Goldstone.

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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

I create fashion for the bold and the beautiful! My mission is to put fun back into fashion again and so I create stand out statement pieces using unconventional and interesting fabrics that can be dressed up or down that people can have fun with and make them smile every time they open their wardrobes or see their reflection.  My designs are a combination of 90’s pop and designer street wear to give an explosion of colour and texture.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

I get so much great feedback, especially through the press and on social media. The fur jackets have always created such a buzz and it’s always the pieces that I take risks on which seem to be the ones which people say how much they love and need them! It’s amazing to see that sort of feedback it just makes me want to give them more!

What is your background?

I grew up in Essex and started designing clothes when I was about 7 years old so fashion has always been built into me! I learned to sew at a young age making clothes for my dolls and then picked up techniques and skills through school and college. I did a BA (hons) Fashion at Leeds College of Art then went on to work for fashion brands such as Upper 5th, House of Holland and Rokit. I decided at the beginning on 2013 that it was time to go it alone and a few months later the Gemma Goldstone label was born.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I love Jeremy Scott and Meadham Kirchoff. They have similar outlooks and visions to me and they have such signature style that their pieces are instantly recognisable.

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

The design process always starts before I even realise it. I am constantly being inspired by things be it something I see, a memory, a piece of material, etc so when it comes to actually designing I already have all the information that I need. The best part for me is always the fabric shopping! I love finding new fabrics and materials to work with and get excited by the ideas that they conjure up. Everything then gets sampled (more...)

5 Mins With British Jewellery Brand Saxon's of Oxford

Monday, January 20th, 2014

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Stunning, beautiful, interesting, but most often? They say different, to me this is the best compliment!

What is your background?

Product design

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

There are so many, but I am especially fond of the obsessed ones, the tinkerers to whom creating art is more important than the commercial side (although they are probably very successful commercially). Two names to check out: Govanni Corvaja and Sevan Biçakçi.

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

We come from non-jewellery related backgrounds. We have simply applied our ideas, digital tools and design skills to the jewellery making process which has led to interesting new design opportunities. We sketch our ideas on screen, put our designs into high-end CAD software and then use 3D printing in-house to test and develop our concepts. We then work closely with skilled craftsmen in executing our designs. Some ideas take a long time to get right. In the case of the ‘Man In A Cage’ it took four years of trial and error, down many traditional and non-traditional avenues.

How do you think your brand has developed?

We started from a clean slate, so everything we have done has been learnt along the way. One thing we have found is that the market is very crowded, there is a lot of talent and beautiful work out there that doesn’t always get noticed. (more...)

5 Mins with MONIYANG

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

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

MONIYANG is a fusion of the timeless elegance of high end fashion and the raw edginess of streetwear, what you end up with is something edgy but retains its classic elegance. MONIYANG design distinctive pieces that are dynamic both in looks and function.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

“This is really different” those word pop up quite a lot, a lot of people perhaps have not seen leather manipulated in the way we have done with this collection or seen a poncho given a sexy edge.

What is your background?

I grew up in London and studied and I had aspirations to become an Architect. During my studies I started designing and selling t-shirts from my room on campus, I caught the fashion bug I guess its a virus I will never recover from. My colleague Junior studies Film & Photography; we met at University and decided to set-up the label soon after graduation.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I love brands like Kenzo because they came and ‘broke the rules’ in the Paris fashion scene, I am a fan of Ozwald Boateng he has made mens tailoring contemporary and cool. Of course you have the greats like Giorgio Armani he can tell a thousand stories through a black dress and Tom Ford who can do no wrong it seems.

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

We start of by finding a theme, I enjoy travelling and reading sampling different cultures, for the Insideout collection it was Native American culture and childhood memories of spaghetti westerns. From this theme, we derive our choice of apparel, hence why you see poncho’s and jackets. I am quite old school in the sense that I prefer a pencil and sketchbook rather than photoshop, once we have finalised the design sketches, we then work with our pattern cutter to cut patterns for the pieces. The patterns are completed then we would produce calico samples and use a ‘fit model’ to finalise the fit and finish. Finally we choose materials and make the finished pieces. MONIYANG is quite heavy on our photography and film, it will be a key feature in telling the story behind each collection. (more...)

5 Mins with Voxish Industries

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

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

We design digitally printed silk scarves that are timeless, luxurious pieces of wearable art – beyond seasonality and passing trends.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs? 

We have had some lovely feedback from our customers, which is very encouraging and is spurring us on to build and develop our business. People often comment on how beautiful they think our scarves are. When they see our scarves in person there is an appreciation of how much detail and depth there is in the designs and for the richness and intensity of colour. We have also had a few customers tell us that they bought a scarf from us with the intention of giving it as a gift but couldn’t bear to part with it and had to keep it for themselves.
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What is your background? 

We graduated in Fine Art and have extensive experience as practising artists. The move to make our art work into wearable creations was a new and exciting development for us. The years spent working as artists inform our current practice - it’s no accident that our scarves look equally striking when framed and hung on the wall as they do when worn.

Which designers do you rate highly and why? 

We admire the work of Masha Reva and Anne Sofie Madsen; they both use extraordinary components in their designs, such as inventive sculptural elements, but succeed in creating very wearable pieces. Madsen (more...)

5 Mins With Scarf Brand Alva-Norge

Monday, January 13th, 2014

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

I design silk and wool/cashmere scarves. My prints are predominantly inspired by Nordic nature. I incorporate elements of the enchanted Nordic nature, such as fjord, icebergs, mountains and elements of Nordic flora and fauna. I also like to add splashes of vibrant colours to give it the scarves that cosmopolitan edge.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Although Alva-Norge is still in its infant years, the feed back has ben very positive and encouraging. The designs have been described as Evocative and atmospheric and a journey though the stunning Norwegian vistas. People are also very complimentary about the large size and luxurious quality of the scarves.

What is your background?

My background is in Finance/Property so starting an accessories label was a real change of direction for me. My mother signed me up for a part time course in graphic design a few years back, which ended up being the spring board to ALVA-NORGE.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I am a big fan of Scandinavian fashion and French fashion at the moment, so my favourite designers are Malene Birger, Vanessa Bruno and Isabel Marant. There are also some incredibly talented print designers out there at the moment such as Mary Katrantzou and Athena Procopiou. (more...)

5 Mins With Designer Cristina Adami

Friday, January 10th, 2014

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

Romantic, rock, couture, feminine, ethereal, elegant.  They’re for anyone who wants to feel unique and special no matter what the occasion.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

They look beautifully made and fit perfectly. Accessories was a new addition this season and so far the feedback was very positive, as they look different from what already existing on the market.

What is your background?

I was born in Italy and spent all my teenager years there. I developed my love of fashion when I was very little. I always enjoyed drawing and would spend hours with pencils and watercolours. My grandmother was my first inspiration to get into fashion. She was a pattern maker for a bespoke garment business and learnt from her the very first steps… Aged 25 I moved to London to complete my studies at Central Saint Martins and fell in love with the city. Being Italian means having a strong background in traditions, culture, art, history, but in London I found my blank canvas onto which I could experiment and after 15 years it still surprises me every day.

Which designers do you rate highly and why? (more...)

Dainty Damsel Delectable Jewellery – January SALE

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Dainty Damsel the British jewellery brand is back in business under new ownership, and has re-joined IndependentBoutique.com to feature some exquisite pieces of jewellery. All of Dainty Damsel’s costume jewellery is edgy, innovative and original. Most of the pieces are uniquely designed and not available on the high street. Take advantage of our January Special – 20% discount on all our products.

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Dainty Damsel have a collection of fabulous new images from the wonderful photographer, Chris Yates: