Posts Tagged ‘London’

5 Mins with British brand Millar Jewellery..

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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

I like to keep it straightforward – I tell people that I am a designer and a jeweller.  I get asked all the time what my design style is and it really is a difficult question to ask.  I usually say that I am a traditional Goldsmith with a fashion sensibility.  If asked more then I go into the design style which is heavily influenced by mythology, ancient cultures and any stories liked to this that has a key point of interest.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Being part of an active studio with a shop front in Brighton and Hove I am lucky to be able to get lots of feedback from clients.  The designs go down well and I am always surprised at how I have both male and female customers as well as a wide age range.  The general reaction goes along the lines of “oh, that’s different”.  Then they try it on and fall in love with the piece!

What is your background?

My background is a bit back to front.  I originally studied interiors and architecture for a year but got frustrated with not being able to make what I was designing so moved over to jewellery design.  I eventually moved from Scotland to London to study at the Royal College of Art and after graduating there I moved straight into teaching jewellery, mainly focussed in apprentices, in Hatton Garden (the heart of the UK jewellery industry).  Doing that for almost 10 years, I decided it was time to focus on my own making so left, relocated to Brighton and set up my label in 2015.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

My attention span is so short and my favourite things change daily but there are always a few key names that survive!  I’m all about new label and emerging brands as that’s where (more...)

5 Mins With Accessories Designer Lisan Ly

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Shop Lisan Ly :

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 new IB.com designer: British Silk Scarf Brand, Heron Design Studio.

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Shop Heron Design Studio :

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

My name is Dita and I am designer/owner of print and textile brand Heron Design Studio based in London. I am responsible for illustrations printed on our scarves as well as final colouring and composition. I am old school and I like the idea of hand drawn designs being digitally printed in quantities. It’s like making prints. Old Flemish masters of prints, M C Escher or Alfred Durer are my biggest inspiration.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

The comments from my friends and customers are positive. People seem to like my art and they like the idea of wearing it.

What is your background?

I’ve always wanted to be an artist, so I have strong background in fine art like figural drawing, printing as well as painting and then I studied fashion design with focus on scenic costume and fashion illustration. I like to mix them two skills together,

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I like the quirkiness of British designers like Vivienne Westwood and Pam Hogg and pure style of Italian designers like Giorgio Armani or Missoni. But the ultimate inspiration for (more...)

We Spend 5mins with British Silk Scarf Brand Siladora

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Shop Siladora :

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...)

We Spend 5mins with British Swimwear Brand HoloHolo

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Shop HoloHolo Swimwear :

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

My elevator pitch would be that I design swimwear for a unique brand that caters to women that are looking for something a little bit different. Swimwear that not only is fashion-forward and statement making, but also fits in to your beach lifestyle and transitions from day to night. Bikini tops that can be worn as just that- tops: on the beach, at the bar, by the pool or at the party. Swimsuits that you can throw a beautiful skirt or your daisy dukes over and hit the festival circuit. There are no plain old triangle bikinis here.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

With the risk of tooting out own horn, we are thrilled to consistently hear from women that they feel outstanding, individual and confident when they wear HoloHolo Swimwear. Putting on our pieces feels like an occasion in itself. They can walk into any room, or indeed beach, with their head held high, self-assured and standing out in a sea of undifferentiated two-pieces. Because you feel your best when you’re comfortable, our customers (or Globetrotting Goddesses as we affectionately call them) love that HoloHolo designs don’t include any metal adornments or rods that heat up in the sun and burn your skin. Our bikini tops are self-tie instead of using clips and hooks at the back, so all tops can be easily adjusted to your fit you perfectly with no dreaded ‘double back’ effect.

What is your background?

I grew up on multiple continents and developed a passion for travel from an early age. The first beach I ever went to was on a family trip to Swakupmund, a picturesque sandy beach in Namibia. Wherever we went, I always found myself gravitating to the water. I am a self-confessed swimwear obsessive and can still remember the first swimsuit I ever owned. It was ocean blue, similar to the HoloHolo brand logo. HoloHolo is therefore a natural extension of my passion for all things beach and travel. Each design is named after someone that has come into my life along the way, from ‘The Playful One’ bikini, which was inspired by one of my travel companions in Cuba to my beautiful Venezuelan friend Eugenia, who was the inspiration for ‘The Bombshell’ a daring swimsuit with a deep plunging neckline and feminine ruffles along the front.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I have always admired Tamara Mellon.  She has her own distinct style, which is visible in each and every one of her designs and is she is truly an inspiration for women in business.

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

So many things inspire my designs. Colours I see, beautiful sunsets and even red carpet couture. With every idea, every sketch and every design, I think about what statement the wearer wants to make. Ultimately, each design has to pass the litmus test to be true to the HoloHolo brand: is this unique enough, is it versatile and can the (more...)

5 Mins With New British Brand to IB.com Family: ENGlorious

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Shop ENGlorious :

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

ENGlorious is an independent street wear brand founded in 2012 by a Midlands girl living in London.

The inspiration for my designs comes from a lot of everyday things that I love such as music, art, popular culture and good old London Town.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

I tend to get people saying that they think my designs are striking, bold and edgy which I think is a massive compliment!

What is your background?

I studied fashion design at college and had a number of jobs since graduating but I have always wanted to work for myself. In 2012 I decided it was the right time to go for it and I have been building my brand ever since.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I think there are a lot of great designers around at the moment such as Vapour and No Fit State to name a few.  I think their clothes and prints are eye catching and easy to wear. Everything I like in a label!

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

Each print usually starts out as lots of sketches that turn into paintings that are either done on canvases or fabric depending on the design. The image is then made into a suitable format for the (more...)

5 Mins With New British Brand to IB.com Family: Maninha

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Shop Maninha:

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

Fashion designer of high-end womenswear and lingerie.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Very feminine pieces, Good Taste, Beautiful and does it comes in size 14?   It does I design for up to size 18.

What is your background?

I studied fashion in France I have a basic certificate.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I always loved Yves Saint Laurent, Lacroix, Valentino, Oscar De La Renta that sadly just left us recently, Vera Wang and many more.

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

The inspiration then sketching  the collection then fabric testing and sourcing then the drawings are passed on to the pattern maker we do the first sample.  The Model comes for fitting then we organise a look-book shoot.   Photographer, Model, Make-up and Hair stylist, location.  Once the shoot is done we have the Look-book.  The samples are sent to production.   The images are uploaded on the websites.  When the first orders arrive Production starts.  Because I manufacture in London we only do small quantities some items are made to Order.

How do you think your brand has developed?

The Brand is still developing considering that it is quite new, but we are excited of what the Future has in store for us. (more...)

5 Mins With New British Brand to IB.com Family: No Fixed Abode

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Shop No Fixed Abode :

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

I'm an Authentic Fashion Designer and owner of No Fixed Abode streetwear label. The Fashion Label is designed and Made in London.

My style is individual, I wear what I like and what suits my body. I like studs, zips, detailing and excellent quality. I like garments that are truly different. I like bold pieces and limited editions. Comfortable, edgy garments I can wear to a gig with trainers or to dinner with heels. I like well made, quality pieces that I will not see anyone else in.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Love it, "Emma You really shook things up at London Fashion Week" "The attention to detail of your finished pieces was outstanding Emma" "The collection caused quite a stir" "killing it" "Fuck thats cool" "About time we saw something different"

What is your background?

Advertising as a Creative Director in the advertising industry for 20 odd years, working for bluechip corporates such as Apple, Smirnoff, Vodafone and Sailor Jerry.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I was heavily involved in the punk scene growing up, I still love my punk music so one designer I love is Vivienne Westwood. She's different, bold, I love her tartan garments the most. She is truly unique.

I have serious love for Italian designers, there are so many to name, also I love British design.

I have a slight obsession for United Nude shoes. (more...)

5 Mins with New Brand to IB.com Family, Maria Zureta.

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Shop Maria Zureta :

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

I’m a London based designer creating one-off necklaces, bracelets, headpieces and chandeliers made with antique costume jewellery, reclaimed chains and found objects. I’m heavily influenced by the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras, extending all the way to the 1950’s. In truth, Maria Zureta fashions a style that is timeless, lasting and totally exclusive.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

I often hear words such as original, inventive and most important, unique.

What is your background?

I’ve studied TV and video production in the US and worked in London producing reality shows before accidentally moving into the jewellery business.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I adore all handmade things, from jewellery to garments. So I have a tremendous respect for all skilled workers out there that designs and assembles together by hand every piece they produce. (more...)

5 Mins with Emi Jewellery

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Shop Emi Jewellery:

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

I’d say that I am somewhat sporadic like my collection. The brand doesn’t follow trends and nether do I really. I’m inspired by the world around me, and a lot of the time it depends on where I am in the world and what I am doing at that time which inevitably defines the collection. Really, Emi is a reflection on my life at that present moment.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Lots and lots of people say the brand is very unique and playful which is what my customers love. Emi is described as fun, free with a touch of bohemianism. The word “Emi” is a Japanese girls name which means “beautiful or smile” and that’s the way I see the world.

What is your background?

I started working in VM for Marks & Spencers when I was 16. I did that job for 3 years and then went on to create my own wholesale clothing company when I was 19 to fund my university studies. I studied Surface Pattern Design (textiles for fashion) in Swansea University. I sold the company and liquidated the assets to then create Emi Jewellery, which started off as a hobby really.

After Uni, I took a job working in merchandising for JD Sports in Manchester and I developed a taste for buying. I then worked for a start up company in buying in Manchester for about 1.5 years. A head-hunter saw my CV and sent me for an interview to work at Vans Head Office in Switzerland – which I got the job for! I emigrated over here 3 years ago. I worked at Vans in Merchandising for only 3 months before moving into the luxury brand 7 For All Mankind where I worked as a buyer/allocator. I left there, did a small stint at Guess as the eComm buyer and (more...)