News 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...)

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.


Nadderzique Chats To

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Today we're chatting Nadderzique, an established design label creating high-end scarves, shoes, and accessories. Zadderzique's "PYNQ" scarf collection is made from 100% silk and displays stunning floral and botanical prints, we chat to founder Natalie Thompson about her beautiful silk scarves and her plans for the future.

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

Nadderzique offers unique scarf designs from the “PYNQ” collection.
Each design is 100% British!
We take commissions for specific pieces to reflect individual requirements, occasions, or bespoke features. All are considered and advised.
Recognising a gap in the fashion market, the Nadderzique label has become an established designer of high-end shoe design and now launching into the accessories market with PYNQ Scarves.

Nadderzique Shoe Design
We offer the following shoe enhancing services
- unique, bespoke and one-off shoe designs
- tailored detailing service using genuine Swarovski crystals
- bespoke printing onto silk or cotton to cover or enhance your existing shoes or to
match an outfit for a special occasion
- bespoke insoles designed to include photographs, names, dates, venue...

Please contact us through the site for further details.

(more...) Chats To Ismad London

Monday, July 15th, 2013


Today we're chatting to trend setting accessories label Ismad London, who create fine leather bags using traditional Moroccan methods. The Ismad London range mixes boho and vintage influences to create unique and timeless treasures that you'll cherish for years to come. Everyone needs a trusty leather bag and Ismad London provide high-quality on trend pieces you'll turn to again and again, we chat to Ismad London owner and designer Isabelle Martial about her gorgeous leather accessories...... (more...)

Luxury Bag Designer Jenny Purchase Chats To

Monday, July 15th, 2013


jenny-purchase-rubyToday we're chatting to exciting new accessory designer Jenny Purchase! Jenny is a brand new designer who works with exotic skins such as ostrich and stingray. All Jenny Purchase bags are made right here in the UK. Her debut collection was inspired by markings on the London tube to the cobbled streets of Croatia. We chat to Jenny now about her exciting new brand.... (more...)

The Cream Of The Crop - The Best Of Graduate Fashion Week

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

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Last month I had the pleasure of going to Graduate Fashion Week in Earls Court. It was like walking into Pandora’s Box of the future of creative design. Such an event is vital to maintain Britain’s place as the home of individual style and art. Showcasing the work of over 1,000 graduates from some of the most influential UK and International Universities, it provides an unrivalled platform for the promotion of new talent. I had the delight of going to the Manchester College of Arts show and here are some of my favourite women designers. (more...)

Monster & Pierre Joins

Thursday, June 27th, 2013


We're extremely pleased to announce that brand new jewellery brand Monster & Pierre is now selling with us at Monster and Pierre's debut collection "Geo-Fan" explores the subtle position of forms, light and repetition and is crafted in sterling silver, 18ct gold and black gold plated silver. We chat to Monster and Pierre founder Sophie Webster about her exciting new jewellery brand and what her plans are for the future...... (more...)

How To Dress: Wimbledon

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Katharine Hepburn works tennis whites

You know summer has officially begun once Wimbledon comes around! For many years now fashion has played a big part in the chicest of sports - giving birth to trends and fashion icons throughout the decades. From Katharine Hepburn to the Williams sisters - fashion in tennis has always been a talking point. So whilst thinking sunny thoughts we’ve picked out a high scoring outfit to help you win some valuable fashion points from centre court to Murray Mound!

We've kept things traditional with this outfit with the main focus being this simple white shift dress from Puppet London. Add a modern twist to the outfit by adding punchy accessories to instantly update this classic look. Simple flats from Joux Joux look chic and comfortable, whilst a cheeky citrine bracelet from Dorus Mhor gives a nod to the all important tennis ball! To finish the look there's an essential umbrella from Squid London which depicts the London skyline, patriotic and practical, because let's face it the British weather isn't always a winner.

Scottish Fashion Awards: Nominations Revealed

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

This week the nominees for the Scottish Fashion Awards have been released, and we're extremely pleased to announce that 3 of our designers at have been included in this years nominations! Dubbed the ‘Scottish Fashion Oscars’ this years awards will be held in London’s Dover House, which was used during the filming of the most recent James Bond film Skyfall. The winners will be chosen by an exclusive panel of judges from the world’s leading fashion houses, fashion publications and leading figures in style.

Obscure Couture shortlisted for Scottish Young Designer of the Year

Glasgow design label, Obscure Couture was founded in 2010 by Lyndsay Pagan and Jennifer Coyle. Although a young brand, Obscure Couture has quickly grown into a coveted brand with a loyal cult following and a firm favourite at

"We create statement garments for women who aren't afraid to stand out, proud, from the crowd" (more...)

London Jewellery Week 2013

Friday, June 7th, 2013

london jewellery week

Today sees the launch of London Jewellery Week, a citywide celebration of all the fantastic jewellery London has to offer from it's design to production and retail.

A whole host of events will be taking place throughout the city including shows, launches, exhibtions, demonstrations and workshops, to find out more visit the Jewellery Week website

The aim of Jewellery Week is to showcase London’s diverse jewellery sector – from luxury brands to emerging designers; to create an opportunity for the public to engage with the industry and discover their new and exciting pieces.

If you're out and about in London during Jewellery Week why not pop along to Treasure at Somerset House - A one-of-a-kind selling exhibition featuring over 80 of the best contemporary designers showcasing their latest bespoke collections, a great opportunity to snap up something unique.

Many of our jewellery designers are taking part in London Jewellery Week, here's a little bit more about what you can expect from them... (more...)