Archives for Spitalfields

Fashion Scout to Announce its AW18 Designers

FASHION Scout London have been selecting designers to feature in their showcase for the AW18 season, who will be revealed on their website in the New Year. Last month 40 designers were shortlisted from over 300 that registered to show.

The chosen brands then presented their collections at Wringler and Mangle in Spitalfields Market at the end of last month. Their designs were judged by Fashion Scout Founder Martyn Roberts and a panel made up of industry experts Hattie Crisell, Acting Fashion Editor at The Times, Ida Petersson, Womenswear Buying Director at Browns, Emma Firth, Online Fashion Editor at Hunger Magazine, Fabio Piras, MA Course Leader at Central St Martins MA and Kendall Robbins, Fashion Programme Manager at The British Council.

Kendall Robbins, Emma Firth and Martyn Roberts at the AW18 judging process.
Photograph courtesy: Rory James

Emma Firth and Fabio Piras examining AW18 collections. Photograph courtesy: Rory James

Winners of the Merit and One to Watch Awards will present with Fashion Scout London in February 2018 at London Fashion Week, where Fashion Scout is the UK’s largest independent showcase for both established and emerging designers. They will also be included in the Fashion Scout London Exhibition.

Globelle SS18 show. Photograph courtesy: Qavi Reyez, Rory James and Bethan Fielding

nellllyGlobelle SS18 show. Photograph courtesy: Qavi Reyez, Rory James and Bethan Fielding

Last month Fashion Scout also released a short film of Nelly Rose’s Globelle presentation at Fashion Scout SS18. Previously named a One To Watch designer, Nelly launched Globelle last season as an international platform focused on fostering the exchange of ideas and collaboration between artists across the world.

by Rosie Byers

Philippe Pfeiffer Opens his Goldsmith Atelier In Spitalfields, London

THE Swiss goldsmith, Philippe Pfeiffer, who relocated his flourishing atelier from Zurich to trendy Spitalfields in London’s East End last year, has launched a new summer collection. Tucked away on a discreet corner of Artillery Lane, his new premises occupy an historic site where the artisans of the 18th century silk-weaving industry once resided. Pfeiffer is a bespoke jewellery designer of extraordinary talent who combines precious stones with untraditional materials to create dramatic one-off pieces and stunning collections.

Pfeiffer’s work, which is hand-crafted at his workshop on the same premises, attracts a predominantly German clientele but his designs also appeal to the French who are drawn to his distinctly bold and modish pieces. Pfeiffer also reinterprets vintage jewellery into sophisticated contemporary pieces but, as he explains,

“I want to be a witness of our time, and as much as I like antique and Victorian jewellery, I don’t want to copy it.”

Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery, Spitalfields, LondonFrom the Sea, Summer Collection 2017. Courtesy of Golden Squared Consulting and Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery

At street level, spectacular displays twinkle seductively from the cabinets but the origin of their intriguing journey begins downstairs. From every corner, surface and drawer of Pfeiffer’s workshop, a myriad of peculiarities abound. It is here that sharks’ teeth, fossilised dinosaur bones, trilobites, coral and other barnacled relics fuel the more experimental side of his work.

Fascinated by textures, the designer gleans much of his inspiration from nature, chance finds in French flea markets or on his travels to Africa and Brazil. His fabulous tarnished silver necklace of grey Fijian pearls clearly shows an intrigue in effects of corrosion too. Pfeiffer produces sketches for his commissioned designs but considers that prototypes are more useful to clients, “The nicest is being able to put something physical on your finger and you feel it and it is going to be exactly that,” he says.

Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery, Spitalfields, LondonRing in white gold with South Sea pearl, diamonds, rubies, sapphires and tsavorites.
From the Sea, Summer Collection 2017. Courtesy of Golden Squared Consulting and Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery

He firmly believes that a big personality is not prerequisite for wearing his  more flamboyant rings which he describes waggishly as “chunky”.  His wedding rings for men are also striking and equally substantial. Trimmed with brilliant cut diamonds, they are made with Aluflex, the very stuff of Ferraris and racing boats.

Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery, Spitalfields, LondonRing in white gold with lemon chrysoprase and moonstone.
From the Sea, Summer Collection 2017. Courtesy of Golden Squared Consulting and Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery

According to Pfeiffer, heirlooms are no longer popular as women simply do not want to wear their mothers’ jewellery. He explains that in the age of mass-production, preferences have changed and occasionally he is asked to copy costume jewellery, “People go, I’ve got this beautiful piece and it’s not real. I’d like it in the real thing, how much is that going to cost?”

A visit to this wonderful atelier will reveal all.

Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery, Spitalfields, LondonFrom the Sea, Summer Collection 2017. Courtesy of Golden Squared Consulting and Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery

by Miranda Charalambous

From the Sea, Summer Collection 2017 which is available from Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery, 52 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LS

Tel: +44 (0) 207 377 9722
Mobile: +44 (0) 734 155 6937

Email: info@philippepfeiffer.com

Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery is open during weekdays from 11am to 7pm, and at weekends by appointment.

Front page image: Philippe Pfeiffer outside his atelier in Spitalfields, London. Courtesy of Golden Squared Consulting and Philippe Pfeiffer Jewellery