Archive for October, 2014

5 Mins with New Brand to IB.com Family, Marie Stenton.

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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

My design style is very personal to me. I have always been obsessed with science and the natural world so this is where I get most of my inspiration. I love to take unusual and fascinating subjects and photograph them in a different way to show a new perspective.

Confucius said ‘everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.’ This quote has always stood out to me so I think about it whenever I am designing.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Generally positive! I get a lot of great feedback on the detail in the prints and the photographic style. I use a lot of anatomical imagery in my prints such as animal skulls, organs and cells which are manipulated using Photoshop. I love how people often comment on how beautiful the prints look and are then surprised by the actual subject matter.

What is your background?

I graduated from the University of Leeds last year with a first in Textile design, specializing in experimental techniques for women’s fashion. As a part of my degree I competed a year in industry where I spent 3 months interning at Religion and 9 months at Alexander McQueen.

Since graduating I have continued to do short internships and have been working as a garment technician for a lingerie brand, alongside starting my label. (more...)

5 Mins with Nardis Beach

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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How did Nardis Beach start and what makes the collection different?

I could never find the perfect bikini for my holidays. I was looking for beautiful colours, a luxurious fabric that didn’t fade in the sun and a flattering Mediterranean-Brazilian inspired fit with unusual detailing. I was sure I wasn’t the only person with this problem, so with a background in fashion design I started creating the first collection in 2007. I travelled around Italy and Portugal sourcing the finest fabrics, and ventured further afield in search of natural materials such as shells, driftwood and semi-precious stones to create beautiful bikini fastenings. It is a fascinating process that I really love!

Where do you draw inspiration for your swimwear collections?

I draw inspiration from my travels, I find I can be struck with a creative idea anywhere, any time. While traveling I allow the things I see to merge into a feeling, a style, immersing myself in the things around me. It could be anything from the colours of petals floating in a deep blue pool; the colourful boats tied together in the Moroccan port of Essaouira; the white bleached shells on a deserted island in the Caribbean; the rich jewels and fabrics draped around an Indian market or the fishing villages and  wonderfully bright houses along the  Italian coast.


As a swimwear designer, can you give us your top 4 beach locations?

Oh that is a hard one! They would have to be: Tobago Cays in the Caribbean for a desert island getaway; Koh Phi Phi in Thailand for winter sun; Sandy Island in the Grenadines for its simplicity and The Amalfi Coast in Italy for its glamour (and food!).

If you could only take one piece of swimwear to a desert island, what would it be?

As a Mediterranean woman, it would definitely have to be the Nardis Beach white Taormina side-tie bikini! A classic piece that’s easy-to-wear with colourful print kaftans… and perfect for showing off sunkissed skin.

What other 5 must-have would we find in your desert island beach bag?

A wide brim floppy hat; Lancaster sun screen; a silk Nardis Beach kaftan, a camera as I love to take lots of photos and a lilo in case no one finds me for days…