Posts Tagged ‘accessories’

5 Mins With Accessories Designer Lisan Ly

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

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

A high end label made with a lot of love in London! The customer is the centre of what we do. The label was born from a love of creating beautiful products for style lovers seeking original prints on premium fabrics. The style is playful and fun but also elegant and sophisticated. Prints are created using interests in travel, cultures and architecture and added with a modern oriental twist.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

They love it and my designs make them feel happy when they wear it and the quality of the fabrics are of high quality.

What is your background?

I have a background in digital media and IT. A few years ago, I decided to change career direction to fashion and now I have gained experience in Womenswear, accessories and print design. I also have experience on the technical side of fashion garment construction and patten cutting.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I love Erdem, Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Iris Van Herpen. They push the boundaries of creativity and are constantly using new innovative fabrics and techniques. You do not (more...)

5 Mins with British Maternity Handbag Brand, KeriKit

Monday, November 30th, 2015

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

I try to give women both in work or new mothers beautiful well made and well designed products that allow them to keep their individuality and look beautiful whilst in an organised manner!

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Everyone has loved the smell and quality of the leather and the size of my bags. They are big bags so that you can actually fit everything inside with ease. The unique IRO has been a great success allowing customers to keep everything in place and easy to find.

What is your background?

I studied Fashion Design at Northumbria university before living in Hong Kong for 2 years as an accessories designer. I then returned to the UK and worked my way up to Head of Design for a supplier to the high street where we supplied everyone from Shanghai Tang to George at Asda. I then went on to become a senior buyer of accessories for 7 years at TK Maxx before leaving to set up my own brand.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I Love the work of designers such as Galliano, Gaultier and the late Alexander Mc Queen for their flamboyancy and their portrayal of the female form in a strong and positive way. (more...)

5 Mins with British Clothing Brand Theo & George

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

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

My brand Theo+George is a reflection of my life experiences and style – it combines luxurious materials with easy to wear styles.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

I often hear how soft and beautiful the clothes are and how versatile the collection is.

What is your background?

I have a degree in Physics and Economics, but always knew I wanted to be a fashion designer.  I took every art class that my college offered and went to Harvard’s School of Design for the summer after I graduated.  Initially, I worked for an Architecture firm for one year but I still felt that I wanted to work in a faster paced environment and on softgoods.  From there, I got a job as the lead designer for a sporting goods company and then moved onto Burton Snowboards where I worked for their Outerwear department for seven years.

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We Spend 5mins with British Silk Scarf Brand Siladora

Monday, March 16th, 2015

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

My brand Siladora is a creative collaboration; an art to fashion concept, where each season I work with emerging artists to create a small collection of printed fashion accessories.  My design style is really Art to Fashion. If I can present an opportunity for emerging artists to create something they feel is progressive and develops their portfolio, and that the fashion consumer appreciates I am happy!  I like to have a broad idea or small seed to work from but encourage the artists to contribute their ideas and experience – just take the idea and run with it!

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

They are beautiful works of art that feel luxurious and sensual when worn.  Wonderful gifts, and a great way to discover new artists and help promote them.

What is your background?

I studied finance in university and have worked in retail analyst or merchandising roles in the apparel industry for the last six years.  Lots of spreadsheets - not very creative at all!  But, I have always loved silk scarves.  They are a little piece of luxury and indulgence, when you might not be able to afford the whole outfit!  I felt so properly posh when I bought my first silk headscarf on sale ten years ago.  And I still have it! I have come from a family of seamstresses, corset (more...)

5 Mins With British Clothing Brand: Reo and Eli

Monday, June 30th, 2014

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

Reo&Eli clothes have a clean, simple, effortless aesthetic. I create clothes that are versatile and not trend led. There is a slight street edge influence in some of my pieces as my girl is a mix of cool and classic.

I’m very much influenced by everything from street style, art, music, colours…

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

-They love the quality and the ease of the pieces.

-Its nice that Reo&Eli’s pieces can be layered on with other designs.

What is your background?

I’m self taught but started out as a fashion buyer.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I love Celine for her clean styling and Alexander Wang for his mix of cool and androgyny look.

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

My creative process is very sporadic. I don’t have a method to how I create. I get inspiration from absolutely everything. I’m always documenting my research ideas all the time.

When it comes to putting together the collection, I first spend a lot of time in fabric shops, getting swatches, deciding on colours based on my research and documented inspiration.

The process then carries on from there until I get to my finished product.

I don’t like to give myself set deadlines on things as I feel creativity should be free flowing and change as and when it needs to do.

A garment could change again right at the last minute.

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5 Mins With British Accessories Brand: Solomon Appollo

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

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

I would describe myself as a modern and eclectic handbag designer who uses traditional leather craft techniques to create luxury accessories. I love mixing leathers with suede or leathers with print. I have coined a phrase to sum up my design aesthetic which is 'Afropean'; in which beautiful fabrics from my heritage meet innovative design and a European take on luxury and quality.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Unique, beautifully designed and great quality are the most common comments made.

What is your background?

I graduated from the London College of Fashion in 2007. I wished I could have spent a few seasons taking unpaid internships at some of London's luxury brands, but as a mother with dependent children I worked in Retail Management which enabled me to build capital and study the 'luxury consumer'. During this period I also travelled around Europe and started building relationships with suppliers and manufactures.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I love British brands such as Mulberry and Sophie Hulme for their classic simplicity. They both have an instantly recognisable brand and a strong core design aesthetic. I'm also a bit obsessed with the new Fendi Roma collection of bags and Anya Hindmarch has a great design team, they always offer something fresh, exciting and stylish even though that produce 4 collections per year! My ambition is to be to Nigeria and Britain what Stella Jean is to
Haiti and Italy. The way in which Stella mixes print with unique tailoring is a signature I have been using in my accessories for many years.

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

My training at the prestigious Cordwainer’s College and undergraduate course at London College of Fashion gave me the skills and confidence to execute the design process and plan my supply chain with relative ease. In this stage of my business I am designer, pattern cutter, sample maker and bespoke manufacture!! I outsource small run manufacturing as and when needed but most of my products can be customised and made to order.

How do you think your brand has developed?

I believe the Solomon Appollo Brand can be described as a two sided coin; one side is what I refer to as our Premium Line featuring our classic quintessential British silhouettes in luxurious leathers. The other side being our African Inspired products that incorporate Ankara fabrics and ethnic prints. Over the past year our design development has shifted to focus more on the Premium Line whilst our bespoke service customers love choosing prints from our African Inspired products for customisation.

What do you hate most about your job?

I have many titles including designer, creative director, CEO, Founder and what I dislike most is sometimes I wish I had someone to blame when things go wrong, but it's my company so (more...)

5 Mins With New Footwear Brand to IB.com Family: Iris Sandals

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

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

IRIS brand is all about colours and unique handmade designs. I try to make pieces that are different to any mass production products. I blend materials and shapes to make products that are fashionable and at the same time both classic and easy to wear. All the designs are chic with a playful twist.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

I get a lot of excitement, which gives me more energy to continue, especially from the women who value comfort and individuality.  The designs are colourful and eye catching but what makes them unique is that every piece is wearable and will last for many seasons.

What is your background?

Of Greek origin, I studied politics and hold a master in management. I worked in PR, sales and marketing positions for few years until I moved to London. I have been making accessories and bespoke sandals for ten years as a hobby until I decided that this is what I want to focus on and set up IRIS brand. I have attended courses with the London College of Fashion and continue to build on my design as well as business skills.

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5 Mins With New Jewellery Designer to IB.com Family: Soomin

Monday, February 24th, 2014

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

I design and make luxury accessories that are feminine, quirky and unique.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Most people say how unique and interesting they are, and people always smile when they see my designs which is always really nice!

What is your background?

I was born in Korea but moved to Australia when I was 4. I studied Fashion and Textiles design at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. I did a double degree with International Studies as well so got to go live in France for a year which was amazing! I then went on to work for a French Lesage couture embroiderer and after a short stint with him, I moved onto bridal couture for a few years before I got married, moved to London and started my label.

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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.

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IB.com: 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...)