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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

Luxury Bedmakers Savoir Beds Announce Latest Collaboration

SAVOIR BEDS, British luxury bed designers have partnered with Madeline Weinrib to create a unique masterpiece. The renowned American interior and fabric designer Weinrib is known for her exceptional aesthetics and bold patterns. As an established painter she aims at producing limited, carefully crafted pieces of art that simultaneously enhance and blend in with their surroundings.

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Savoir Beds have remained the leaders of indulgent sophistication in bed making ever since the company’s inception in 1905. The essentially British brand pride themselves on their expertly artisanal production – every step of the process of creation of their frames as well as mattresses is based on hand craftsmanship of their specialists. They became members of Walpole, the UK body that promotes British luxury brands

savoirbeds_madelineweinrib_lifestyle-1The Harlech 09 – Savoir Beds X Madeline Weinrib

The collaboration of such expert creators has resulted in an exceptional product. The Harlech 09 consists of a grand headboard which has been upholstered in Weinrib’s Bara Black & Hazelnut fabric. Coupled with the understated dark frame and a lower slim base, the new design is both modern and classic.

by Magda McCrimmon

The Harlech 09 can be recreated with the help of Savoir’s showroom teams. Full details are available on their website

Lounge-wear Label Eight Hour Studio Launches Online Store

EIGHT Hour Studio is the recently launched, wonderfully dreamy and ethically conscious luxury loungewear label founded by husband-and-wife duo Sonia and Ash Padam. The London-based brand’s designs centre around the idea that a well-balanced day encompasses eight hours of work, play and sleep respectively, with the studio’s inaugural collection focusing on the latter of these elements, with products designed for work and play expected to be unveiled in the near future.

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Dusk and Dawn Collection © Eight Hour Studio

The delicate, pastel-hued, ethereally beautiful Dawn and Dusk collection thus consists entirely of sleepwear – lightweight camis, delicate night shirts and breezy trousers – all of which feature prints that wistfully evoke memories of far-flung corners of the globe inspired by the couple’s multi-cultural background and in particular, their extensive travels around India.

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Dusk and Dawn Collection © Eight Hour Studio

The designs are manufactured using fair trade, 100 per cent organic cotton and their unique patterns are achieved through the art of hand-block printing – a craft sadly languishing amid technological development and mass production in the sartorial industry. The prints are first designed on paper, then hand carved from wood blocks which are then hand-pressed repeatedly onto fabrics – each one meticulously lined up by eye. The job is a highly-skilled one, and each artist involved in the production process is ensured fair pay as well as safe working conditions. As environmentally conscious as they are socially responsible, the brand uses AZO-free dyes, many of which are vegetable based and contain no heavy-metal mordants.

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Dusk and Dawn Collection © Eight Hour Studio

by Hannah Bergin

Eight Hour Studio’s first collection is available on their website

Loren Nicole announces latest collection

HANDMADE jewellery designer Loren Nicole has launched her newest collection. Using ancient techniques and no electricity, Loren Nicole’s handmade jewellery collection celebrates ethnographic cultures from across the world and the craftsmanship of ancient goldsmiths.

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Each piece of jewellery is designed to highlight the beautiful colour of high karat yellow gold and is produced from gold grain to final finish by Loren’s hand.

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Credit: Rodarte catwalk

Her collections are inspired by a different ancient civilisation’s techniques and aesthetic element, with her first entitled Hellenes highlighting the Etruscan style. Loren’s latest jewellery collection Babylon is inspired by the ancient Mesopotamia temple Ziggurat.

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Loren began her career in archaeology and then specialised her skills at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York through a position as a textile conservator.

by Alice Fiancet

Loren Nicole’s collections are available here

 

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

 

 

 

Handbags with a Conscience – Introducing Spanish brand Lautem

FOUNDED in Spain, Lautem is an exceptional leather goods brand that promotes an unique blend of luxury, conscious production with timeless design.

Clean lines, boxy shapes and strong, rich colours form Lautem signature style. The designs are all carefully created to transcend fleeting trends – Lautem only launches a small number of new models per year, usually outside of the conventional fashion season dates.

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Lautem bag entitled Structurae – I Got Rhythm Yellow

Lautem redefines the “box bag” vogue and succeeds in fashioning a staple that bridges generational gaps. Luxuriously modest design appeals to women of all ages who, like the Lautem team, adore a simple, but excellently executed detail – hence the brand’s celebrity following which includes Emma Watson and Eva Herzigova.

The brand’s founding principle is ultimate extravagance with ethical edge which it combines with the exceptional skill of its makers with every stage of the bags ’construction led by the notions of excellence and durability.– resulting  in a modern classic destined to last decades.

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The creative mind behind Lautem is designer Elena Garcia Silva whose prime interests and experience come from restoration, architecture and furniture design, which all manifest themselves in the sophisticated practicality of Lautem bags. In her own words, she is “an architect is first and foremost a thinker-designer. From a blank sheet you start creating using your knowledge and experience”.

Lautem relies on traditional craftsmanship and handmade production to create their exceptional goods – all elements are made in native Spain. The assembling of the bags takes place in a small village Ubrique, known as the homeland of some of the most prestigious leather specialists in the world, with the leather first treated in Catalonie and the handles manually manufactured in a small factory in Valencia.

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Another view of a Lautem bag in yellow

Most importantly, however, Lautem follows the growing trend of brands turning to highly skilled crafts people capable to produce their output. The local Spanish artisans producing the bags for Lautem use of historical techniques which are the main component of the final item. The brand also stresses the importance of fair treatment and payment to all of its employees.

by Magda Pirowska

Lautem bags are available from their online store and selected stockists – details here

Jewellery Brand Eden Diodati Stocked by La Maison Couture

LUXURY jewellery brand Eden Diodati is now being stocked on contemporary fine jewellery and lifestyle boutique La Maison Couture. The ethically conscious brand combines the innovative use of natural materials with centuries of craftsmanship and artisanal heritage to create pieces designed to withstand the test of time.

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Eve Torque necklace

The jewellery holds profound history, the creation of which providing work for Rwandan women who survived the genocide in 1994. Eden Diodati is inspired by skills, courage and faith of these women and uses this in order to ignite her creative direction.

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The beautiful, sustainable and immutable brand is made for every modern woman, the combination of elegant pieces with classic style creates the perfect balance.

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Eden Diodati’s recognises the need to address human fragility on a global scale and does this through its commitment to donate 10 per cent of dividends to humanitarian organisation Médecins sans Frontières.

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African Torque earrings

by Alice Fiancet

The collection is available here

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Swiss Watchmakers Jaeger-LeCoultre collaborate with Christian Louboutin

LUXURY watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre have teamed up with Christian Louboutin for an exclusive collaboration. The range celebrating the 85th anniversary of the creation of one of their most iconic designs – The Revero is being exclusively showcased at Harrod’s Fine Watch Room.

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The pieces combine the expertise of Jaeger-LeCoultre craftsmen who have created a traditionally elegant timers, with Louboutin’s flair for understated luxury which is evident in the matched straps. Aptly named ‘The Loopi – Loop and Officer Straps’ due to their circularly – inspired features, they accentuate the ultra – feminine Reverso with their rich colours and intricate detail.

 

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by Magda Pirowska

The full collection is in-store now and orders can be made from now up until end of October exclusively in Harrods Fine Watch Room. The two featured styles are exclusive to Harrods however there are many more styles in the range.