Posts Tagged ‘Silk’

5 Mins with British Accessories Brand Kopé London

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

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

Kopé comes from the Greek word, ‘Perikopḗ’, meaning a cutting from a sacred writing. Kopé collections encapsulate our values, aesthetics and conversations with a global community of makers. Each piece by Kopé is from a larger material that passes through the lives and hands of many craftspeople and makers who have given their time and skills to make these magnificent pieces that we can love and care for.

Kopé connects their stories, creating the emotional value that infuses each piece. Kopé marries traditional craft techniques with global fashion as the finest products are crafted by the finest quality fabrics. Kopé collections currently include a wide selection of scarves and textile accessories like silk and linen bags as well as constantly working towards expanding into new product categories.

Kopé is not defined by any specific age group but by joy, confidence, style, and elegance. The design is inspired by traditional patterns which are blended with multiple colours and mixed in a unique contemporary way to provide impeccably designed pieces.

We unleash talent and endorse sustainable fashion with ethical sourcing.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

People are very impressed by the colour combinations which make the scarves versatile to wear, literally in any occasion. They also comment (more...)

5 Mins with British Accessories Brand David Watson

Friday, February 5th, 2016

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

Samuel “David Watson” collaborates with British artists sharing their love on the silk. All the designs are of British locations and scenes and are a mix of different mediums. Currently there are 18 artists involved and Sam is constantly looking for other artwork to artwork to add into the range. The artists are the core of the brand with their stories and photos accompanying the silk in the marketing.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

The lovely thing is that everybody likes a different design. I hope that the range of mediums and styles of artwork appeals to as many people as possible without loosing it’s British identity. People may have a favourite design because it depicts a favourite holiday spot, a commute, a dog walk or their home. I love that every time a silk is bought it gives a different story and memory for the purchaser…

What is your background

I have always loved art and fashion and this is a perfect way to combine the two. I have also worked in the Television industry so have always managed to wear clothes that have been a little different and express myself. (more...)

5 Mins with British Clothing brand Les Amies Anglaises

Monday, August 24th, 2015

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

I am the Founder and Creative Director of LES AMIES ANGLAISES, a niche womenswear label creating  limited edition Silk Tops. The inspiration behind my label is the infamous quote of A. Mcqueen : “ I am not big on women looking naive” so we aim to create a statement for each of our pieces for powerful, warriors creatures.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

“ Original, master pieces, powerful,  avant-gardist, anything but obvious “  – I am proud of these feedbacks because they are really into my  aesthetics.

What is your background?

I have been working within Fashion and Luxury Goods for the last 15 years, but never in the “ Creative “ area, ie designing, creating a collection etc... Nevertheless, I have been always a very creative person and this combined with my passion for Fashion and textile sooner than later pushed me to create my own Fashion world, ie my own Label ! (more...)

5 Mins with new designer: Silk Scarf Brand, Monaara.

Friday, March 13th, 2015

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

We design and make premium satin silk fashion scarves, authentic in both quality and originality. Designs are digital prints based on my artwork, which is contemporary take of classic subjects. You will also see influence of Indian design context in the Monaara color pallet. The scarves are hand finished on the edges.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

My designs create a joy amongst audience. I hear comments such as very vibrant, unique, playful, soft, well finished and original design.

What is your background?


My father used to trade and create fabrics across the Indian sub-continent. Growing up in the this world, I ended up studying fashion and then worked for around ten years in Delhi with Indian Haute Couture brand, Satya Paul. My specialty is playing with colors and intricate patterns; it comes naturally from my Asian lineage. I have experimented with embellishment & surface texturing both manual and with modern machines, and of late I started applying my paintings in a fashion context.

Which designers do you rate highly and why? (more...)

5 Mins With New British Brand to Family: Louise Mason

Friday, December 12th, 2014

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

I use a combination of photography and painting to create scarf designs. I use my knowledge of historical and contemporary artistic practice to create photographic imagery, which is adapted to suit garments through colour enhancement and painting.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

I think the whole experience of colour upon silk chiffon usually makes people use words such as "delicate" and "beautiful" I often get asked where my inspiration comes from as well, and the processes involved in creating my designs.

What is your background?

I have a qualification in Graphic Design and a First Class BA Honors in photography. I always loved art but found frustration in the fact that I cannot draw, through graphic design and photography I have found a tool for which I can output my ideas and create my art.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?

I love love love Lulu Guinness, I think her designs are unique, yet they combine enough wit and glamour to create truly desirable pieces!

A perhaps less known designer who I also love is Anastasia Komarova, her designs blow my mind! Komarovas handbag line "forms" is just phenomenal, her background in architecture has (more...) 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...)

IB Talks to recently joined designer Leona Lengyel

Friday, October 11th, 2013

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

I create exquisite luxury silk scarves for people who love statement piece and appreciate quality, versatility and longevity. My scarves are digitally reproduced onto luxurious silk satin and silk crepe de chine from my hand painted original silk scarves as I was looking for a way to transform my original paintings into wearable art. I have created a unique and modern style while following the traditional techniques of silk painting. All my scarves are signed with my artist signature ‘Léna’ that was established from a young age when I started to paint with oil and acrylic.

What sort of comments do you get about your designs?

Recently I have showcased my scarf collection at Pure London Fashion Exhibition. Buyers and visitors found it very impressive that I hand paint the original designs on silk then I digitally print them onto silk satin. They loved the vibrant colours and how unique and imaginative my designs are.

What is your background?

My love for art and design started at an early age in Hungary where I was born and raised in a very creative family of jewellers. My passion is to paint for hours on end,

encapsulating my playful imagination onto canvas and silk. During the last couple of years I mixed my love affair with painting and my passion for fashion accessories.

Which designers do you rate highly and why?


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.


Jodé London Chats to

Friday, June 28th, 2013


Today we're chatting to Jyoti Chanria Jodé London's designer and director. Jodé London create handmade dresses, tunics and skirts that are intricately embellished with beautifully beads and crystals. Crafted from the vibrant silks, lightweight cotton and luxury velvet Jodé London's creations make a woman feel truly fabulous. Read more about this exciting luxury brand and it's plans for the future..... (more...)

Nights In White Satin

Friday, June 21st, 2013


Chill out after a long hot summer day and slip into some of our classically cool satin pieces. We have beautiful sleepwear from Sula and SLC-SLC. Sula's Laila Pyjamas are the ultimate luxury PJ's perfect wear for those lazy Sundays on the patio enjoying coffee and the papers. SLC-SLC'S Swan Cami Top is a great addition to your resort wardrobe, made from breathable silk satin and bamboo ideal if you're spending a scorching summer's evening in.

Blank London's new collection is packed full of beautiful satin tunics like this Klarika Pearl Tunic (top left) and this stunning Ragoana Graphite Dress (bottom right) which depicts a classic scene from the English countryside in silk satin! Just the job if you have a sizzling special occasion lined up that you need to keep your cool for.