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Accessories Company Rae Feather Named a Walpole Brand of Tomorrow

LUXURY accessories brand, Rae Feather, has been named as a Walpole 2018 Brand of Tomorrow, the organisation’s flagship development programme. Through this programme Walpole, the body for the British luxury industry, selects 12 innovative British luxury brands to be part of a year-long programme of workshops and mentoring, helping to develop their business skills and foster their growth. This is achieved through a pairing system, wherein each brand is partnered with an experienced UK luxury executive from whom they receive a year of personal mentoring and one-to-one coaching.

The transference of skills and the growth of mutually beneficial relationships within the luxury industry are the core aims of the Brands of Tomorrow scheme. Its objectives are not limited to Britain and the luxury sector either, but instead are aimed at helping the wider business economy to prosper.

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Rae Feather’s brand ethos is grounded in the idea of bringing joy to the simply things in life. They are well-known around the world for their woven baskets and clutches, for which they offer the addition of hand painted, monogrammed initials.

The Brands of Tomorrow programme is now in its 11th year, with some of its graduates including Orlebar Brown, Charlotte Olympia, Nyetimber, Bremont and Emilia Wickstead, while past mentors include senior executives from Selfridges, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Harrods and Oliver Sweeney.

by Daisy Sewell

The V&A Presents Fashion In Motion: Phoebe English

LUXURY BRITISH, women’s and menswear label Phoebe English will be the next designer to feature in Fashion In Motion, this October at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Fashion In Motion will highlight the precise beauty of six years of Phoebe English’s collections. Made in England, the Phoebe English, label deploys lost and rarely used garment construction and fabrication techniques, embodying the mark of the maker.

pe1Phoebe English AW17 Presentation. Photograph: Polly Brown

The fashion collections will be centred within set designs, produced to capture the imagination and involve the viewer, setting the label apart from trend led, mass-made fashion design. The collections are aimed toward a balance between design and craft. A pop up shop of selected garments, specially crafted pieces for the V&A and unique exclusive works to be sold at V&A promotional prices will feature as part of the show.

English says, “Taking part in Fashion in Motion has a particular significance to me, as the V&A was the museum in which I decided to follow my interest in fashion. It is the building where my love for clothing and design were contextualised into a tangible practice and pathway”

After debuting her first fashion collection and graduating from Central Saint Martins with an MA from their Fashion Programme, English won several awards including L’Oréal’s Professional Creative Award, the Chloe Award and the Ungaro bursary. This collection was also picked up by luxury fashion shop, Dover Street Market London.

pe3Phoebe English AW17 Presentation. Photograph: Polly Brown

In 2013, The Centre for Fashion Enterprise awarded English a mentoring and sponsorship as part of the coveted Venture Programme. And two years later, Forbes listed English in the 30 under 30, influential Art and Style category and her menswear line, Phoebe English MAN, was awarded the NEWGEN Award by the British Fashion Council.

Inspiring designers, students and researchers, the V&A  is home to some of the UK’s biggest national, fashion collections along with unique and comprehensive collections of world fashion spanning the last four centuries.

V&A fashion curator, Oriole Cullen says, “Phoebe English is a designer for whom the presentation of her work is an integral part of her design process. For each of her collections she creates intriguing and beautiful scenarios in which to showcase her designs. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Phoebe as part of the V&A Fashion in Motion programme, particularly as she has previously used the Museum as a source of inspiration for her collections”

pe2Phoebe English AW17 Presentation. Photograph: Polly Brown

Catwalk shows from leading, international fashion designers bring their collections to V&A Fashion In Motion, to show fashion garments moving and animated, as they should be seen. Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Lacriox are some of the designers previously showcased at the museum.

by Pierra George-Robertson

Featured Image: Phoebe English, Autumn Winter 17 Presentation, photo: Polly Brown.

Fashion In Motion: Phoebe English opens October 20. Tickets are available online. Admission is free.
The exhibition will be shown in the Raphael Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL


British Artist John Minton Show at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

THE painter John Minton’s lively illustrations were very familiar to British people during the gloomy post-war years of the 1940s and ‘50s. His imitable style, which was instantly recognisable, appeared on film posters, textiles and book covers and captured the spirit of the times. Minton was a leading illustrator and a highly influential tutor at the Royal College of Art who worked in the Neo-Romantic tradition. He was also a prolific figurative painter and muralist and it this aspect of his work that the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester celebrates in a new exhibition. On display are wartime landscapes and paintings that explore current events of the time and book illustrations, posters and lithographs. Other work includes portraits of male students, friends and his partner, Raymond Ray.

John Minton, painting, Pallant House GalleryJohn Minton, Jamaican Village, 1951, oil on canvas, 152.4 x 362 cm, private collection.
Photograph: Courtesy of Christie’s Images Limited/Bridgeman Images and the Royal College of Art

At the outbreak of the Second World War, Minton registered as a conscientious objector but later served with the Royal Pioneer Corps. During this time he collaborated with the artist, Michael Ayrton in designing sets and costumes for John Gielgud’s production of Macbeth. Travelling to Europe and the Caribbean after the war, he became fascinated by the vibrancy of Jamaica where he identified “a disquiet that is potent and nameless”.

His impressions of life there manifest in his arresting twilight scene entitled Jamaican Village, a striking mural in deep green, fuchsia and acid hues that simmer with racial and political tension. Minton refused to conform to abstraction and preferred to paint figuratively. His paintings also reflect his conflict of emotions as a gay artist as he produced work at a time when homosexuality was illegal in Britain.

T202 IM 77John Minton, Landscape Near Kingston, Jamaica, 1950, Ink and watercolour on paper, Pallant House Gallery (Hussey Bequest, Chichester District Council). Photograph: Courtesy of Royal College of Art

In Corsica, Minton produced illustrations for Elizabeth David’s iconic book on Mediterranean food. While her recipes of garlic, wine and olives revitalised appetites dampened by the monotony of war-time rationing, Minton’s depiction of  sunny seas and al fresco dining hinted optimistically at a better lifestyle.

John Minton, Painting, Pallant House GalleryJohn Minton, Melon Sellers, Corsica, 1948, Oil on canvas, 56 x 46 cm, Jerwood Gallery.
Photograph: Courtesy of Royal College of Art

by Miranda Charalambous

The exhibition, John Minton: A Centenary is on until  October 1 at the Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1TJ
Telephone: +44 (0)1243 774557

Front page image: John Minton, Bridge from Cannon Street Station, 1946, Oil on canvas, 49 x 60cm, Pembroke College, Oxford, JCR Art Collection. Photograph: Courtesy of Royal College of Art

CultureLabel Auction Artist-Decorated Eggs For Easter

A DOZEN wooden eggs, stunningly decorated by 12 contemporary British artists are to be auctioned at the end of this month. British-based art gallery and online retailer, CultureLabel has teamed up with The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) to launch The Egg Masterpiece Auction in order to raise funds and awareness for the plight of battery hens. The sale of each artist-designed egg will contribute towards establishing a new BHWT Welfare and Education Centre in Devon. The Trust’s founder, Jane Howorth MBE said, “We are blown away by Culture Label’s offer to raise money for us by auctioning off what we’re sure will be incredible, unique pieces of art.”

Culture Label, The British Hen Welfare Trust, Egg Masterpiece AuctionEgg Masterpiece by David Shillinglaw. Courtesy of Culture Label

Since 2005, BHWT has rescued and rehabilitated over 500,000 commercial laying hens. Jane Howorth initiated the Charity after watching a BBC Panorama documentary, in 1977 which highlighted the dire conditions within battery cages. Public interest in the concerns surrounding battery farming grew after BHWT featured in the Channel Four programme, Jamie’s Fowl Dinners and the BBC documentary, The Private Life of Chickens.

Culture Label, The British Hen Welfare Trust, Egg Masterpiece AuctionEgg Masterpiece by Mr Doodle. Courtesy of Culture Label

Either quasi-religious, stippled with paint or doodled to perfection, Egg Masterpieces have proved to be wonderfully original. Some artists certainly travel that extra mile for their inspiration, like Mark Adlington who journeyed to the Arctic in search of polar bears.

Culture Label, The British Hen Welfare Trust, Egg Masterpiece AuctionEgg Masterpiece by Mark Adlington. Courtesy of Culture Label

Egg decorating is certainly tricky, even for an Egg Masterpiece expert, as London-based artist Steven Quinn explains,“I think I somewhat underestimated the geometry involved but I got there in the end!”

Street artist, David Shillinglaw experimented with various ideas but settled eventually for one of his classic designs, a bandit wearing a bandana. He maintains, “The inspiration of the design was the shape of the egg itself, because it’s quite difficult shape; you can’t paint everything you’d want to paint on that surface.”


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Prolate Spherical, Egg Masterpiece by Steven Quinn. Courtesy of Culture Label

by Miranda Charalambous

The Egg Masterpiece Auction is on until April 30 2017. For more information, please visit the Culture Label site

For more information about selling your products on CultureLabel:
Telephone: 020 7908 1615

Front page image: Out of the Darkness, Egg Masterpiece by Louise McNaught, Courtesy of CultureLabel

Mirabelle Fair-Trade Jewellery Brand Drops New Range of British Charms

FAIR-trade jewellery brand Mirabelle is to launch a new range of British charms, each one manufactured in the UK. The intricate designs include classic teddy bear, horse shoe and key charms as well as a number of recognisable British symbols such as the bulldog.



Bulldog Charm © Mirabelle


mirabelle-teddyTeddy Bear Charm © Mirabelle

Mirabelle was founded by Véronique Henry, the daughter of a Parisian silversmith, whose extensive travels across the world afford her endless creative inspiration, all of which manifests itself in her stunning and original collections.


Bambi Charm © Mirabelle


Carousel Charm © Mirabelle

by Hannah Bergin

The collection will be available at Mirabelle online

Longstaff Longstaff Presents Loungewear for Valentine’s Day

LUXURY brand Longstaff Longstaff offers a range of silk loungewear for Valentine’s Day. The collection includes silk robes, tunics, pyjamas and camisoles which are available in four different styles with each one first being designed on paper before being digitally prepared for printing on silk.


collage-2From left to right: Meadow pyjama blouse and shorts; Circles Pyjama blouse and trousers;
Lotus robe and Indigo trousers

Inspiration for the collection comes from founder Sophie Barnard’s Russian background. These roots, inherited through her mother, led her to develop a passion for fresh vibrant colours and decorative patterns such as those used by Russian illustrator Ivan Bilibin and the costume designs of Leon Bakst. Also as a child Sophie loved dressing up and her dressing-up box was full of bearskin hats, sarafans and a beautiful kokoshnik, a traditional Russian head-dress, which also inform and influence her designs.

collageFrom left to right: Peppermint trousers, Lotus robe, Silver shorts


The brand, named after Sophie’s paternal grandmother, who was one of seven sisters all with the middle and surname Longstaff, is designed, sourced and manufactured in Britain. Sophie has always been captivated and inspired by the stories of elegant parties, wild adventures and handsome suitors from her grandmother and pays homage to the British eccentricity from her father’s heritage through her designs.

by Alice Fiancet

The Longstaff Longstaff collection can be found here.

British Luxury Shirt Brand In-Grid Studio to Release New Campaign

IN-GRID STUDIO, a British company focused on creating highest quality white shirts for women, is launching a new campaign next month.

in-grid-new-campaign-black-and-white-front-full-lenghtIn-Grid studio campaign. Photograph: Adam Barclay

In line with the brand’s simple and direct mission statement, “We make white shirts. For women”, the new campaign represents self-assured femininity with much poise.

in-grid-new-campaign-satin-detail-close-upA look from the In-Grid Studio campaign. Photograph: Adam Barclay

The brand was established by business and life partners Katie Timothy and Adam Barclay and is an embodiment of details-driven design combined with the ideals of minimalism and reduction. Both contribute different qualities into their collaborative work. Katie is a  former ballerina who studied fashion design at the prestigious University of the Creative Arts  (UCA) in the UK before interning at Roksanda, Celine and Matches. Katie brings an acute sense of the dynamic of textiles as well as the importance of classic design. While Adam’s expertise in graphic design and a longstanding fascination of the art of making images adds another element to In Grid Studio.

in-grid-new-campaign-back-and-sleeve-detailIn-Grid Studio campaign. Photograph: Adam Barclay

Through their crisp, beautifully functional shirts the In-Grid Studio team combine minimalistic luxury “based on the the principle of reduction” and with the aim of saying as much as they can in fashion using as few elements as possible.

in-grid-new-campaign-white-shirt-black-and-whiteA look from the latest In-Grid Studio campaign. Photograph: Adam Barclay


Despite only having been established for just over a year, the brand has already gained industry recognition and will be showcasing at the Paper Mache Tiger during the forthcoming Paris Fashion Week.

by Magda Pirowska

In-Grid Studio shirts are available for purchase directly from here




Paul Smith and Google Collaborate on British Fashion Project

BRITISH fashion designer Paul Smith is installing a Virtual Reality (VR) Experience Booth at his London flagship shop in Mayfair to mark the launch of the British Fashion Project.

paul_smithPaul Smith. Photograph: Liton Ali


Visitors to the shop at No. 9 Albemarle Street will be able to experience the British Fashion exhibition on Google Arts and Culture and trace the history of British fashion over the decades. In association with the British Fashion Council, visitors to the store will be able to immerse themselves in 25 multimedia stories, made up of 140 videos and three VR experiences showcasing the backstage world of fashion. Viewers will discover the secrets behind the creative process of some of Britain’s most significant brands and have the heritage, creativity and craftsmanship of British fashion brought to life before their eyes.

Paul Smith has redesigned the Google cardboard viewer for the experience, by creating a special edition version with a floral motif taken from the SS17 collection and a playful spectacles graphic. The designer has also created an online experience based on five objects that represent his creative vision.


Paul SmithPaul Smith showcasing his redesigned Google cardboard viewer. Photograph: Courtesy of Paul Smith


The Google Arts and Culture project aims to educate and inspire young fashion creatives and future generations to continue creating fashion with British values at its core.

by Alice Fiancet

Paul Smith No. 9 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BL
Tel: +44 20 7493 4565

Eco-Friendly Label Thoreau Launches Debut Collection

WITH authenticity, integrity and ethical consciousness at its heart, UK-based brand Thoreau has recently launched its inaugural AW16 collection. Every piece in the collection is both environmentally and animal friendly – and these values  in no way detract from the exceptional quality, elegance and style of the range.

Dandy Top from Thoreau

Each garment is manufactured in Britain, using only reclaimed fabrics, or those produced using water-based recycling systems – leftovers of which are donated to charity. Any animal fibres – such as wool or silk – are ethically sourced and therefore guaranteed to be 100 per cent cruelty free. Natural dyes prevent pollution and what’s more the company tracks emissions caused by manufacturing and shipping, with the intention of eliminating them all together and thus offsetting their carbon footprint.

Javan Dress from Thoreau AW16 collection

Operating in an industry responsible for approximately 10 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, Thoreau’s founders, Hannah Little (who has worked in fashion for over 10 years), and her partner Owen, are hoping to initiate a significant change in the way that the industry functions, inspiring suppliers to re-evaluate their production processes, taking into consideration the planet’s most urgent needs.

Frenchie Bed Jacket by Thoreau

Likewise do they urge consumers to reconsider the way the shop; quality, and thus longevity and durability, are of the upmost importance to Thoreau’s designs. The collection is composed of versatile, staple pieces intended to form the basis of a capsule wardrobe, the idea being that each garment may be worn and re-worn, for seasons and indeed years to come. The aesthetic is therefore classic, a subtle 70s vibe imbued throughout, evident in light, breezy blouses and floral prints.

Coco Blouse by Thoreau

Hannah says, “We believe that personal style does not have to come at the expense of the conscience and that there is a general shift underway in the way people are shopping. We believe that this shift towards a new kind of consumerism means that people are demanding a more authentic, transparent experience from their purchases.”

Thoreau’s designers Hannah Little and Owen Weatherley

She continues, “We like to think of ourselves as the opposite of disposable, fast fashion. We are thinking about every stage of the process and seeking out solutions that minimise our impact on the world – we’re striving to strike a balance between the styling choices of the individual woman and our collective responsibility.”


by Hannah Bergin

Thoreau is exclusively available online. The brand offers free shipping across the UK

Cutler and Gross Present New Shakespeare Collection

TO celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death this year, British luxury eyewear brand Cutler and Gross has released a collection of frames inspired by the British playwright’s most iconic characters.

Juliet 1230 frames from the Cutler and Gross Shakespeare Collection © Cutler and Gross

Presented at Silmo 2016 – the optical trade show which this year took place in Paris this month– the Shakespeare collection features the Mercutio 1232, and Hamlet 1234 frames amongst others, the shapes and colours of which have been most imaginatively considered and designed in order to subtly reflect their eponym’s individual personalities.

Macbeth 1233 frames from the Cutler and Gross Shakespeare Collection © Cutler and Gross

The striking Cleopatra 1227 for example, is an elegant reshaping of the brand’s 1070 frame – this time with a square lens – which is available in black, ivory, Treasure Gold or Pearlised Green. The bold Macbeth 1233 meanwhile, has been given a brand new shade of its own – Swamp.

Cleopatra 1227 frames from the Cutler and Gross Shakespeare Collection © Cutler and Gross

by Hannah Bergin

The Shakespeare collection is now available at Cutler and Gross stores, online and at selected stockists worldwide.