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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:

5 Mins with New British Brand to the IB.com family – Mary Franck Millinery

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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

‘Individuality meets wearability’ is the principal objective when I am designing hats and headpieces. I like to combine conventional millinery fabrics and trimmings, such as felt, leather and feathers with the more unconventional materials such as wood, food and metallic trims.All my hats and headpieces are designed and handmade in my East London studio. Each unique piece is a simple yet beautifully constructed shape in styles ranging from classic to cutting-edge.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

The response to my work since launching my brand in July 2011 has been amazing. The most frequently made comments I receive are that my work is individual, innovative, and feminine and that my hats are distinctive and eye-catching, but they don’t shout too loud.

What is your background?

I studied History and History of Art at university in London. After graduating, I worked at Christie’s auction house for two years in the Arms & Armour Department; I can definitely say that this background has influenced my designs throughout my collections.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

Vivienne Westwood goes without saying. She astounds every season and I strongly agree with her perspective that people should buy fewer and better quality clothes.  I really like Russian designer, Ulyana Sergeenko. Her work is incredibly feminine, eccentric and distinctly loyal to her heritage.

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

To create a seasonal collection, I will choose a theme that inspires me and start sketching designs drawing on that theme-  whether it be a period in history, a genre of art or something as literal as spices- like my recently launched Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

I then start sampling with materials- I like to be as original as I can in my work so I like to experiment with unusual materials and try to adapt traditional millinery fabrics. Within a collection I will create a range of styles- from the more outrageous occasion wear to the everyday cap or fedora.

How do you think your brand has developed?

Since launching in July 2011 I have developed an ever-growing and loyal client base and established some strong relationships with stylists and photographers. I am confident as a designer and maker and I have developed an individual signature aesthetic.

What do you hate most about your job?

Not having enough time in the day to get everything done! It’s difficult to achieve a healthy balance between the time I spent on the designing and making on one hand and the PR and business administration on the other- both are equally as important, I really need two of me!

What are your main achievements and what do you aim to achieve now? Past present and future

Coming 2nd place in Hat Designer of the Year 2012 was a great achievement for me; the recognition gave me the confidence to begin to approach buyers with my brand. I am really happy with the two collections I have brought out this year and how well they have been received by the general public and the industry. I am confident that my work can only get better, in the future I hope to acquire more stockists, for my client base to grow and to collaborate with some designers would be great.

What advice would you have for anyone starting out in (your field)?

Believe in the value of your own work, never undersell yourself. It is going to be hard, really hard but if it’s your passion, don’t give up. Oh, and network!

Why do you think British design stands out on the global stage?

Britain has a rich history of craftsmanship and design and some of the best art schools in the world to cultivate our young designers. British design is indiscriminate and boundless- creativity breeds in all walks of life and British design is inclusive, that is what makes it so unique.

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IB.com 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.

http://midlandsfashionawards.co.uk/

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…)

IB.com brand Puppet London featured in the Guardian Weekender ‘How to Dress’

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

IB.com 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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IB talks to a new addition to the IB family – British clothing brand, Yvalio

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

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

YVAILO is BOLD, FUN, UNIQUE yet at all times STYLISH. We dress the individuals with a passion for distinctive sense for clothes.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

“This is really UNIQUE”.

What is your background?

MA in Fashion Marketing; MA and BA in Accounting. Different between, however great symbiosis between creativity and finance.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

Dries Van Noten for staying original and ever-changing in a very trend driven industry.

Azzedine Alaia – for the real, coming-to-extinction craftsmanship.

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

IB Talks to British Based Jewellery Designer Sam Seveine

Friday, October 4th, 2013

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

I say to people that I am a “statement goods” designer, and that I like to unleash the ‘uniqueness” we all have inside of us, through my statement designs.

I like to call my style “Glam-warrior”…. Because this is the essence we can see  in each design, from earrings to necklaces.

 What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

I always wear my jewellery wherever I am, especially since i’ve moved to London people alawya ask me about the pieces i’m wearing, me where I got it from, when i say i’m the designer, they are very enthusiastic..

Customer’s tell me that my designs make them feel more confident and powerful…It is great to hear and is exactly the energy I want my jewellery to bring.

 What is your background?

I have started my carreer as a women “pap” fashion designer in Paris(where I grew up), I’ve worked in full time employment for 5 years until the day I accidentally met a local  jewelry designer. I was impressed by her work!!!  I had never thought about jewelry making…But we became friends, and I helped her with her collections….I completly fell in love with it…Since that time, i’ve never stopped….

 

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

As a French native , I rate the edgyness and uniqueness of Jean Paul Gaultier…I’ve always been a big fan of his designs. I’m also a fan of Balmain, Balenciaga and emerging designers such as Catherine Malandrino and Anne Valerie Hash. All of these designers show edgyness and such a strong personality in their design but remain (more…)

British Brand ‘Hanna Boutique’ joins IB

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Independent Boutique welcomes British brand Hanna Boutique to the site. Gorgeous details and feminine styling, beautiful coats and dresses with a slightly androgynous edge make this label stand out from the crowd. From their ethical sourcing to their eye for colour and style they are a welcome addition to the IB family.

dresses and jackets

Hanna Boutique


Independent Boutique talks to Handbag brand: Sampson & Christie

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

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

When people ask what I do for a living, I explain that I have my own business designing luxury leather goods, inspired by nature and the natural world. My design style is to take a textiles approach to designing something that is 3D. The shape of the bags has to be kept simple in order to show off the pattern.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Many of the comments that I receive from people having viewed the bags are that:

  •  They are very different from what is currently available.
  •  They are gorgeous, Stunning and Unique.
  • They are a very tactile bag (The first thing many people do is touch the bags)

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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.

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New British Accessories Brand ‘ Cutey’ joins Independent Boutique

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

We welcome the fantastic British accessories brand Cutey to the Independent Boutique family, with gorgeous bags and fab colours, it’s great to have you on board!

British Handbag Brand 'Cutey'