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WOLF & BADGER MAYFAIR 32 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NE | 020 3627 3191 Monday - Wednesday 11:00am - 6:30pm, Thursday - Saturday 11:00am - 7:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm
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FOUNDERS’ LETTER It has now been five years since we decided to start Wolf & Badger as a serviced retail boutique. Back then all we had was the dream of making it easier for young, aspiring luxury brand designers to grow their businesses. People laughed at us and said it couldn’t be done when we said that we were going to change the way shops worked and give power back to the creative forces behind successful brands. Why did retailers take virtually all the profit from sales? Why was it so hard for young labels to stay in business? Why didn’t big stores take a chance on new labels? These were all questions we wanted to answer and try to solve in the way we operated the business. We created Wolf & Badger as a collective, where the designers share in the overheads of the business and receive the lion’s share of the sales proceeds from items sold. Our first store was an immediate success with customers and trade buyers all regularly visiting and buying from all the new brands we stocked. This success encouraged us to re-evaluate the difficulties designers face in other areas of their businesses. Subsequently, we added a raft of other services to our offer including PR, events, trunk shows, showrooms and an award winning e-commerce platform which was voted Retail Website of the Year in 2014. The industry started to take notice, and the business became a prestigious Walpole Brand of Tomorrow and has subsequently had a pop-up store in Selfridges Wonder Room and a summer store in Porto Montenegro. We now have a second London store on Dover Street in Mayfair and we are looking to roll out our concept globally. It has been a roller coaster journey and one that we have not found easy, but our deepest thanks go out to all the wonderful designers who have joined us on our journey and to the loyal and supportive team that has helped make it all possible. Here’s to the next 5 years! Henry (Wolf) & George (Badger)
Still Life Set Designer
Holly is a freelance fashion stylist whose clients include Solange Knowles and Ellie Goulding. She is a personal shopper to Florence Welch from Florence and the machine, has shot for Grazia UK and just recently worked on a BFI funded feature film as Head Costume Designer.
David Abrahams is a Londonbased photographer with six years of industry experience and has assisted photographers such as Nick Knight and Mel Bless. David has developed his own unique photographic style that continues to evolve in his work today. For the past two years David has been represented by the creative agency MBK London, where he’s been shooting commercial and editorial, fashion and still life commissions.
Gemma is a visual artist currently living in London. She has been working within the fashion industry for 5 years in various areas from styling, costume through to window display. As a practising installation artist Gemma likes to integrate elements of her own practice into her vision of fashion.
GEORGIE STUART Street Photographer
Georgie is a London based Fashion Styling & Photography student who works freelance as well as assisting styling for clients including Ashish, Kurt Geiger, Hunger Magazine and V magazine. Alongside this Georgie is a Street Photographer covering events such as London Fashion Week, London Collections: Men, Vogue Festival, Corona Sun Sets and is a regular contributor to Wolf & Badger.
REBECCA WORDINGHAM Make-up Artist Rebecca is a freelance makeup artist who has worked in the industry for six years on films, commercials, editorials, catwalk shows as well as teaching fashion at The London School of Media Make-up, where she is now a director.
a letter from the editor When putting together an issue of The Sett it’s always difficult to know where to start. Wolf & Badger is home to so many talented designers that I want to share the inspiring stories behind each and every brand.
“Summer is my favourite time of year! It’s tortuous for me to choose just 5
Bringing out our summer issue of The Sett in February certainly had its difficulties, especially when the day of shooting the main editorial story turned out to be the only day this winter that we have seen any snow; resulting in the entire shoot being relocated last minute to the stylist Holly Rebecca’s home.
pieces for the season,
In this issue we meet young knitwear designer Yakshi Malhotra, plus find out more about the innovative homeware brand creating products made of cork. We are excited to showcase the latest trends as we step into spring; fashion director Samantha Emson shows us her top picks for the season ahead.
but here’s a sneak peak of what’s on my wishlist.”
Emma Foreman Editor Samantha’s picks from left to right: Mariana Jungmann shorts £580; London Edit bag £269; Vara of London ring £1100; The Season Hats hat £295; Children of our Town top £180.
London based hair stylist Sven Bayerbach moved to London from Germany in 1997 when he became Style Director for Toni&Guy. Sven has been freelancing since 2010 and has worked with a huge range of clients including Hunger, Kristian Steinberg, Joseph Turvey, Domingo Rodriguez, Wonderland, i-D and John Smedley.
We take a look at this season’s hottest trends
YAKSHI MALHOTRA The young knitwear designer discusses all things knitted plus starting her own label
7 S P R IN G/ S UM M E R 2015
SPRING SUMMER 2015 TRENDS
5 SPRING TRENDS YOUR WARDROBE IS MISSING Key pieces to add to your wardrobe this season
There’s a sense of nostalgia in the air, dress for a summer of heat in the city
Robyn talks us through the new jewellery techniques taking over Wolf & Badger
PENMAYNE OF LONDON
ACCESSORIES GO A LONG WAY
We meet the designer and get a glimpse at the design process
BLUE SKY ACTION
Essential items to pack for a stylish holiday
Meet the designer who talks us through the steps when making a unisex collection
MENSWEAR WITH A TWIST
ESSENTIAL UPDATES FOR EVERY ROOM
Our guide to the season’s men’s accessories
A selection of menswear designers to get your pulse racing
Simple but effective ways of updating your space
It’s the finishing touches that really count
Cover: Rachelalex blouse £390;
MIND THE CORK
We meet the designer of the sustainable home accessories brand
Our guide to having a Pinterest worthy picnic
Amanda Marcucci earrings £78; Lulu Liu skirt £183. Photography: David Abrahams Special thanks to the wonderfully resourceful Holly Rebecca for surrendering her abode for the shoot.
Editor: Emma Foreman
Art Director: Natalie Solomon
Wolf & Badger, 32 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NE
Fashion Director: Samantha Emson
Wolf & Badger, 46 Ledbury Road, London, W11 2AB
on the street
Felder Felder SS15
PRINT PARTY Pump some energy into your outfits by clashing prints for a vibrant look
Matthew Williamson SS15
Photography by Georgie Stuart 1. Emily Carter scarf £150 | 2. Dahui Li sweater £365 | 3. Judy Wu jacket £420 | 4. Rachelalex dress £680 | 5. Dahui Li skirt £345 | 6. Liz Nehdi scarf £185 | 7. J.won jacket £460 | 8. Rachelalex skirt £330 | 9. My Pair of Jeans jeans £175 | 10. Duke & Dexter slipper £125
ALL WHITE 4 1 2 3
Emilia Wickstead SS15
1. Judy Wu jacket £440 | 2. J.won t-shirt £135 | 3. House of Ronald top £350 | 4. Efva Attling pendant £75 | 5. Taylor Morris sunglasses £150 | 6. Whistle & Bango bracelet £69 | 7. Yakshi Malhotra sweater £285 | 8. Mariana Jungmann dress £395 | 9. By Sun skirt £434 | 10. Judy Wu shorts £205 | 11. Dear Frances mules £440
Photographer Georgie Stuart shows us how to take
the trend from the catwalk to the street
Bora Aksu SS15
Float into spring with a sea of refreshing whites from head-to-toe
What made you create your own label?
Yak sh i
I always knew (like every other designer) that I would eventually want to have my own label, but that was it. I knew nothing about starting or running a business. Having been around a few brands during my placement year, seeing the inside of the industry really helped me gain a clear perspective about where I want to be, especially during my placement at Leutton Postle. Following my degree, I studied a Fashion business course and have an on-going programme with Nottingham Trent University (The Hive), which is helping me immensely with the business. What challenges did you face when starting your brand? I encountered the usual challenges that every start up faces, but the most significant challenge for me was adjusting to the ‘business’ itself (cash flows, phew!). As a start up, you do every single thing within the business – admin, design, production etc. You are in the business rather than on top of it. Staying on track with your goals, managing cash flows, and forecasting growth is quite challenging when you have little time planning and spend most of your time making and meeting deadlines. The main suggestion I would offer to anyone planning on starting a business in fashion is to find a mentor. I cannot possibly stress on how helpful it will be in the long run. What inspired the spring collection? We love the library so that is always where we begin our research – under a pile of books. We look through a lot of art books, paintings, textile work, and anything that catches our eye. Our spring collection is inspired by surrealism, naïve bird drawings and chaotic patterns. We love exploring new techniques, so you will see a combination of textures in our collections, including layered embroidery on our jackets. We played around with our drawings of birds and digitally printed them onto silk fabrics, which adds a lovely sheen and lightness to the collection. As we love textures, we introduced some lace and fringing set against see-through knits. The femininity of the brand is contrasted with a more boyish, comfortable look created through oversized pieces.
Yakshi Malhotra’s career so far has only really consisted of running her own business. She launched her eponymous brand shortly after finishing her degree in Fashion Knitwear. During her studies at Nottingham Trent University, she was placed with well-known brands such as McQ, Leutton Postle and DKNY, which inspired her to take the step into the industry on her own.
Your love of knitwear is evident in this collection – what is it about knitwear that you find inspiring? I used to dream of being an artist when I was younger. I owned books filled with pencil drawings and I feel that working with textiles, embroidery and knitting, is the same. We use a lot of textural handmanipulated techniques. I also love the variety of techniques that can be created and the countless ways of using them. I could stay in all day just swatching! As for embroidery, I love scribbling. This is surely evident in the embroidered jacket. What do you expect the biggest trend of SS15 to be? Seventies, although, an all white palette too. Classic! Who would you love to see wearing your creations?
Yakshi Malhotra, Spring Summer 2015 Collection
The simple idea of passing someone by in the street wearing your creation would be beautiful, just knowing that people love the clothes and appreciate the work and craftsmanship that have gone into each piece.
Yakshi Malhotra top £315, skirt £330
“The spring collection is inspired by naïve bird drawings and chaotic patterns, as seen in the 4 bird jacquard jumper.” Yakshi Malhotra jacket £462 Yakshi Malhotra dress £474
Yakshi loves exploring new techniques including layered embroidery as seen on this jacket.
Yakshi Malhotra jumper £462
How important to you is sustainable fashion? I think there will be a point in the future where sustainability will not be an option. As a start up we produce limited quantities and know our supply chain. This is no longer possible with bigger companies, where there is the cost of the factories, transport and other factors to be considered. It would be a difficult industry to change but there are little steps that we can take to contribute. With materials, we found that organic yarns were quite difficult to find and very expensive. So instead of jumping into buying expensive organic fibres, we are trying to take small measures to contribute in any way possible. We use only natural fibres such as cotton, wool and silk, which feel and look equally beautiful. We also shape most of our garments to prevent a lot of waste. They are little factors but it feels good to know we contribute in some manner. Hopefully, we can look a lot more into it when we grow.
5 SPRING TRENDS
YOUR WARDROBE IS MISSING The first signs of spring are on their way; evenings are getting lighter, layers are no longer necessary and prosecco fuelled evenings in the sun are just a stone’s throw away. It’s time to give your wardrobe a reboot after a long winter spent covered up in oversized clothes and all black ensembles.
With nothing but sand and salt in your hair and not a care in the world, the only thing that can make the moment any better is a Mr Naiman necklace. Hand-painted on wood for an aged effect, Mr Naiman’s arms will move as you do while you dance on the beach until the sun rises. Tulum has more fashion industry insiders than fashion week itself, so dress as though you are one of the gang with a happy Mr Naiman around your neck.
What is the best part of your job? Being able to build everything I want exactly the way I want.
Dina Khalife necklace £110
What does the future hold for Yakshi Malhotra? We have achieved everything we set out to for our first season, which has given us the motivation to keep going. We have a lot of mini goals planned up until we have grown into a big company, which is our ultimate goal. For 2015, we are looking to gain more stockists and to send in an application for NewGen when we feel the time is right. Yakshi Malhotra is available online and in our Mayfair store. If Coachella had an official uniform guide book, the fedora hat would definitely be on it. It’s the epitome of festival fashion and once you’ve got one you won’t be able to leave your tent (or hotel) without it. When it comes to good hats, nobody does it quite like Penmayne of London; made in Britain and finished in London the feathered willow fedora will leave you looking like a festival queen, rather than a cliché.
We’ve all got at least one freelance friend who, come August, ups and leaves to spend the month in a far more enjoyable climate than the UK. Well this year we’ve decided not to let it bother us by purchasing this scorpio swimsuit. Whether you rock it to Hampstead Heath swimming ponds or with a skirt to a day festival in London, you’ll no longer feel left out of the action with this vibrant swimsuit. Gyunel swimsuit £215
Penmayne of London hat £299
Constanza Di Gennaro
The words ‘sensible’ and ‘shoe’ are two words that should never go together. The moment someone mutters the phrase “but those shoes just aren’t practical” is the moment we should snap said shoes up immediately. There’s plenty of time in the future to wallow away in frumpy footwear, but for now we must turn all of our attention to this colourful geometric shoe, because no one will look back and remember the girl wearing ugg boots.
Operations Manager “I started drinking green juices when I tried a raw food diet about a year ago. It’s fair to say, I didn’t last long with the diet, but cold pressed juice was my favourite part of it, and I carried on having them ever since. I find they give me the same kick I get from coffee but with countless other benefits. I’m not a morning person, but a green juice early in the morning can change that around pretty quickly!”
Abcense sandals £336
Graphic Designer “I have said this before, but with Raw Press downstairs I have no excuse; 2015 is my year to be healthy! As much as I love my green juice to kick-start the day, saying no to chocolate buttons and cookies mid-afternoon has always been my problem, but now I find turning to the Chocolate Mylk is a great healthy substitute.” Raw Press is located at Wolf & Badger, Dover Street. Open Monday - Friday | www.rawpress.co
What does one wear to dine at the infamous Chiltern Firehouse, where you are likely to bump into Keira Knightley in the bathrooms or catch a glimpse of Kate Moss sneaking out of the back door? This dress is just the thing to wear to the hotspot; its digital print adds a touch of playfulness to an otherwise classic shaped dress. Throw it on and make sure you fit in with the A-list scene. Judy Wu dress £480
Yakshi Malhotra top £315; Lulu Liu skirt £183; Aranaz bag £370.
MIAMI DREAMS There’s a sense of nostalgia in the air, dress for a summer of heat in the city. Styling by Holly Rebecca. Photography by David Abrahams.
Abury sweater £192; Judy Wu shorts £205; Fera necklace £290 and ring £225. Opposite page. Gudrun & Gudrun jumper £275.
Orange Culture netted top £155; Mark Thomas Taylor grey top £23; Tom Cridland trousers £89. Opposite page. Lennon Courtney top £180; Merci Me trousers £575; Lukas Gschwandtner bag £490; Yael Joaillerie bracelet £1431. Photography: David Abrahams Stylist: Holly Rebecca Stylist Assistant: Gemma Butterworth Hair: Sven Bayerbach at Factory using Bumble & Bumble Makeup Artist: Rebecca Wordingham Casting Director: Kiaan Orange Models: Emmanuel O’Brien and Emma Laird at Models 1 Photography assistants: Tom Ortiz and Kitty Wheeler Shaw.
J EWE LL E RY junkie By Robyn Aubrey We are used to seeing jewellery in the traditional sense; gold, silver and classic, but more and more designers are abandoning these in favour of new alternative materials. Classic handcrafting techniques are evolving into something truly special and unique, using materials that evoke stories and a connection with the wearer, something that should always be treasured.
Born out of her fascination with birds and love of her hometown, London, Tessa finds beauty where others miss it. Her evocative pieces are cast from pigeon’s feet and handmade in London’s iconic Hatton Garden. It’s hard not to fall in love with each piece, every detail is considered, even the pigeons are wearing their own rings!
Fera creates beautiful jewellery with an ethical edge, the pieces are made using fair-trade gold, recycled silver and the unexpectedly unique hand carved cow bone. Wear the temple neckpiece with pride and pile on the spike stacking rings, these unique pieces will last a lifetime. Fera neckpiece £555
Tessa Metcalfe ring £280
KRISTJAN EYJOLFSSON Icelandic
SHAGREEN & TORTOISE designer
From her Paris Studio, Marie-Hélène Loubrielle of
Eyjolfsson creates elegant and ethical treasures inspired by the ancient art of goldsmithing. Kristjan sources different metals and precious stones and diamonds that are sustainable, ethical and conflict free, and the craftsmanship of each handmade piece is designed to last through generations.
Shagreen & Tortoise brings us truly unique Art Deco inspired rings using natural shells from the ocean with rose cut stone sand 18k gold vermeil. Giving life back to something once part of the ocean and connecting you with nature, each ring is a real show piece to treasure and adore.
Kristjan Eyjolfsson rings from £605
Shagreen & Tortoise rings from £750
Clockwise from top left: the design process at the Penmayne of London studios; Claire hard at work making the hats; a glance at Claire’s work top; embossing the hats; the hat stand in the studio (one of each please). Photography: Emily Cuthbert.
PENMAYNE OF LONDON
Penmayne of London has set up camp in the Old Gasworks in Fulham. Having evolved from just Claire Howeson and her willing mother hand-making every hat, to a small team of creatives putting love and passion into each and every one, it’s easy to see why a Penmayne of London hat is sitting at the top of every woman’s wish list. With true British heritage and quality craftsmanship we are extremely proud to have these hats on our shelves. We took a trip to the Penmayne studio to find out what makes these hats so special. Penmayne is available online and in our Notting Hill store.
A note from Claire Howeson... I feel really passionate about making our products in Britain. We do most of the manufacturing process ourselves in the studio, which allows us to maintain the integrity and quality of the product to the level that we do. That is something that I am determined to maintain as we grow. I think I sit at a slightly unusual juncture between science and art – I have a lot of creativity in my family; my grandmother was a costume designer and my mother’s side of the family are all very artistic, but I was always a bit of a geeky scientist; I did a degree in Cell Biology and then trained as a solicitor. I quickly realised that I longed to do something that balanced the two and I love that I get to do both now! I have always been completely fascinated with the science behind creativity; from naturally occurring colours and shapes to the chemical make-up of fabrics and dyes, it is all so inextricably linked. A significant part of my design process is very scientific and technical; it’s about understanding the science behind the colours, textures and materials I am using in order to develop the product from a practical point of view, and taking technical inspiration from nature to create designs that are innately appealing to the human eye.
HOUSE OF DAGMAR Understated, minimalist style is something the Scandinavians have been doing excruciatingly well for some time now. No fashion editor is seen without an Acne leather jacket or classic knitwear by Filippa K, so we’re pretty excited about Scandi brand House of Dagmar joining Wolf & Badger this season. Run by three sisters, the SS15 collection is filled with clean lines, minimal designs and feminine finishing touches; we can’t wait to get a taste of that Nordic style. House of Dagmar is available online and in our Mayfair store.
Efva Attling ring £310
J E WE L L E RY U P DAT E
Momocreatura necklace £185 Jas MB bag £368
London Edit bag £269 Olive Cooper bag £420
Fera Jewellery double ring £305
ACCESSORIES go a long way No matter how much thought has gone into an outfit, it’s the finishing touches that really count. Whether it’s a show stopping pair of shoes or a tough piece of jewellery that adds some punch to your palette, it’s time to replace your battered old boots and sad handbag with accessories that will take your outfit to the next level.
Yael Joaillerie bracelet £536
Chupi bangle £129 Catherine Zoraida pendant £130
A + EM London boots £220
Kristina George bag £975
Abel Muñoz sandals £350
Kausar bag £225
Carmelinas sandals £105
The Transience bag £320
Dear Frances mules £470
BLUE SKY ACTION You can’t beat the feeling of a freshly booked holiday, the promise of adventure and the feeling of excitement at the prospect of exploring somewhere new. The weeks or even months of planning only heighten the anticipation, knowing that after a simple plane journey the clouds will all have melted away. Whether you’re jetting off to the Caribbean or to a festival on the beach, what you pack in your suitcase can have a major impact on your experience. If you tend to over pack, under pack or last-minute frantically pack, the contents of your suitcase are something to invest some serious thought in. With some stylish items and a bit of planning it needn’t be the difficult slog you think it is. Make sure you’ve got airport chic ticked off your checklist too by sliding your feet into a pair of metallic espadrilles; they’ll keep you comfortable yet stylish at all times. When you arrive at your destination they are a perfect match for the beach, for the bar or anywhere your curiosity takes you to. Keep your sunglasses at arm’s length and your accessories big and bold, and make this a stylish holiday to remember. Clockwise from left: Kiyoni scarf £120; My Name is Lolo espadrilles £90 and £95; Dina Khalife cards; Tohum Design rings £275 and £265; Hilton London sunglasses £180 and Aranaz clutch £190. Styling and set design by Gemma Butterworth. Photography by David Abrahams.
Describe a typical day in the world of One Wolf? Currently, the One Wolf team consists of five people who work towards achieving the goals set by One Wolf. Sarmite, my sister, is the director of the business and manages the business’s direction and the realization of plans. Gundega takes care of communications and is currently working on One Wolf’s new website and internet store. Konstantin focuses on the brand’s graphic style and identity and on the prints and visual appearance of the products in collections, and Rudolf is responsible for getting One Wolf clothing into stores. One Wolf does not have strict working days or hours, it is more like daily life for each of us. We know our job, deadlines, and do everything honestly and to the best of our abilities. I personally do not have a typical workday, each day is different. One day I spend more time on construction, modelling, and general work towards designing the next collection, while another day is completely dedicated to the actual manufacturing of the collection. At other times, several days are spent on collaboration projects that directly relate to design development. And in parallel to all of this, there is always planning work for participation in displays, showrooms and fashion shows. To adequately prepare for these, we need to do photo sessions, select models, prepare marketing material, and many other things. Which city in the world do you consider to be the most stylish? That’s a hard question because there are very many that I haven’t been to. The city that currently most fascinates and inspires me in its sense of style is Tokyo.
One Wolf Spring Summer 2015 Collection
ONE WOLF Agnese Narnicka studied fashion design at the Art Academy of Latvia, and as a student participated in international shows and competitions. In 2010 she won ‘Best Men’s Collection’ at the Baltic Fashion Awards, and in 2011 was the two-time winner of the Grand Prix ‘Who’s Next Blog’ in Paris. In 2014 Agnese was one of 10 finalists of the 29th International Festival of Fashion and Photography in France judged by the creative directors of Kenzo, as well as film director Spike Jonze, Carol Song and others. One Wolf as a brand is now five years old, just like Wolf & Badger, and we spoke to Agnese to find out more about how the brand evolved from a concept into production...
principle “create that which you feel is missing, is interesting, and is also needed by others”. It didn’t happen by commercial calculations, but rather intuitively, like sensing what is in the air with an antenna. Have you always wanted to work in fashion? Around the age of 16, I had only two options for myself - fashion design or architecture, which is probably why I am currently very interested in the construction of clothing. I think that it’s possible to continually grow and develop in this aspect. What do you find the most challenging about running a fashion brand?
Describe One Wolf in 3 words? Tameless (boldness to live by our own rules; like a wolf - even while living in a pack, he maintains his independence and character), independent (courageous, creative, free, and outof-the-box thinker), open-minded.
To be able to be seen and noticed among the many thousands of other talented young brands is quite the challenge, as well as having the ability to interweave creativity with commercial aspects. It’s the most exciting challenge for me to be a fashion designer and a businesswoman at the same time.
Has street style influenced your designs?
How do you stay motivated?
Very much so! You could call it a direct influence. My largest inspiration comes from seeing unique individuals in the streets of the city, those who stand apart from the crowd. I enjoy discovering the inconsistencies and surprises with their clothing.
Who would you most like to see wearing your designs? Rather than one super popular person, I would rather see many young-at-heart and open-minded individuals all over the world wearing them. But if I had to choose then it would be Thom Yorke, the lead singer of Radiohead. In my opinion his image and music are a very good reflection of the identity of One Wolf. Is there a particular designer that you look up to the most? There isn’t a designer who I specifically try to follow, but I am excited by the creations of Yohji Yamamoto, Craig Green, and Walter van Beirendonck. Is there anyone you dream of collaborating with? It would be interesting to collaborate with a large denim wear brand like Diesel or G Star. That would be a fantastic experience, seeing that denim jeans are One Wolf’s main product. Where do you hope to see One Wolf in 5 years’ time? I want for One Wolf to open its own store in one of Europe’s capital cities within the next five years. In general, I would like to make the One Wolf brand more available to customers both in stores and on the internet. I also want to proceed with the ideas and trends of the current collections and to develop them in future as lines of the existing collections. Interview by Emma Foreman. One Wolf is available online and in our Mayfair store.
What inspired the SS15 collection?
One Wolf t-shirt £81
It is the story of human life within the modern walls of the city, where a universal approach to clothing is of great importance. This is One Wolf’s first attempt at a so-called survival kit, which is influenced by the basic principles of uniforms and work clothing. This is clothing that has proven to be enduring and has survived. Was it easy creating a unisex fashion brand?
One Wolf shorts £106
Yes it was, because it happened quite naturally. According to the
One Wolf hoodie £106
MINIMALIST MAN It’s time to start prepping your wardrobe for the new season ahead. Introduce a plethora of new designers into your wardrobe, experiment with a host of different textures and get adventurous with accessories, this summer is all about taking sartorial risks. We are big believers in setting the trends rather than following them, our focus is on introducing new brands that will have everyone asking “where did you get that?” Keep your colour palette cool and icy with a sea of blues and opposing dark industrial tones. Black accessories are a perfect juxtaposition to the powder blue and chalky aqua of the woven ties or perhaps a denim jacket or shirt, to set them off against each other. A sleek watch by Under The Sun is a dream for all the minimalist guys that like to accessorise without too much fuss, the black face is simple and elegant, yet a small flash of the wrist is enough to spark interest and curiosity. Lee Renee shows us that a tiny bit of gold embellishment goes a long way on a simple black ring, and Hilton London sunglasses stand elegant with their subtle gold detailing which will always be in style. Clockwise from left: Rosemary Goodenough Man ties £180; Hilton London sunglasses £180; Under The Sun watch £160; Lee Renee ring £95. Styling and set design by Gemma Butterworth. Photography by David Abrahams.
Galet Most of us can only dream of possessing that ultra cool style that French people have, with their ability to look appropriately dressed for any situation due to their love of a Breton stripe and an irresistible accent. French footwear brand Galet gives us the chance to have a little slice of Parisian heaven with these pony skin loafers. Galet loafers £295
Made-4 Robinson & Dapper
A long-sleeve shirt is hardly a groundbreaking menswear item,
Bow ties are making a comeback with their effortless way
that you will wear time and time again. The level of care that has
of transforming an outfit. Robinson & Dapper are leading the
gone into finishing every single detail is exceptional, and you are
revival with their bowties made using Scottish wool fabrics.
guaranteed to want every shirt in the collection.
These bowties take the trend from being a little bit old school,
Made-4 shirt £92
but the classic styles by Made-4 are a quality staple investment
making them current once again; perfect for adding a dash of English gent to your look. Robinson & Dapper bow tie £50
MENSWEAR WITH A TWIST Menswear is getting a much-needed lift. Gone are the days of black socks and a classic watch being the only accessory a man should be seen with, guys now have just as much choice as women when it comes to style, so there is no excuse for an outfit to be bland and uninspiring.
Alysia Thomas The pocket square is an important element of a man’s wardrobe, and if done correctly they have a wave of nonchalant appeal about them. Whilst you could play it safe with a quality white one that will go with everything you own, the real style lies within these pocket squares by Alysia Thomas, made using images from her vintage photography collection. Alysia Thomas pocket square £40
Kowloon Tiger The casual bomber jacket is an absolute style staple. Give a nod to urban street wear with the Kowloon Tiger jacket, inspired by Kung Fu street gangs of Hong Kong. Kowloon Tiger jacket £395
Bohemia Design You may not think of yourself as a slipper-wearing kinda guy, but these pointed babouche slippers by Bohemia Design are sure to change your mind. Handmade in Morocco by a family of leather artisans, these will have you dreaming of warm sun and bustling souks. Bohemia Design slippers £28
Finlay & Co Wooden accessories seem to be taking on a theme of their own this season, and Finlay & Co are leading the way with their iconic sunglasses. The versatility of the wooden frames means they will coordinate with any outfit in your repertoire. Finlay & Co sunglasses £160
E SSE N T IA L UP DAT E S F OR E V ERY R O O M When we take the time to really stop and look at our homes, there are often many things we would change. But rather than a complete overhaul, which results in you having to move out for half a year while your house is knocked down and rebuilt, there are small, simple yet effective ways of refreshing your space without incurring too much stress or expense.
THE CHINO Every man needs a pair of chinos in his life, their classic shape and slim fit means they are almost as versatile as jeans. Dress them up with a shirt and blazer or down with a battered leather jacket. Tom Cridland has created a colourful collection using luxurious fabrics, so whether you want to go bold in sea green and chilli red, or keep it classic in camel, we predict that you will end up owning the whole collection.
JUNGLE FEVER This summer is all about exotic prints and animalistic patterns as the catwalks got a little bit wild for spring summer 15. Cover yourself in florals, palm prints, cactus print or blooms, take it oversized and over the top to really stand out. Mark Thomas Taylor is king of the menswear with his classic tees and staple short-sleeved shirts; finished off with a bright foliage print they add an undeniable playfulness for summer.
Whether you decide to tackle every room in one go, or take things slow and steady one room at a time, here are our top picks for reviving every room in your house. What good is having a stylish bedroom if your living room still looks unfinished? Prepare to have a home filled with unique pieces from talented independent designers.
1. Bedroom update – book of ideas You never know when you might be struck with a bout of inspiration or an idea in the middle of the night, but keeping a notepad next to your bed is the best way of ensuring that you are prepared should an epiphany occur. These colourful notepads from Fanciful Pages all have playful phrases on the cover, so your ideas can be kept in a charming place.
Fanciful Pages journal £35
2. Bathroom update – pastel hues Pastels are an obvious update for spring, but introducing a Nordic hand towel by Bohemia Design into your room is a fresh and easy way to breathe new life into your bathroom. Produced in Turkey on traditional wooden looms, it will entice a sense of wanderlust as you make your way through your morning routine. Bohemia Design towel £34
3. Living room – mixing prints
It is simply not possible to go overboard when mixing and matching cushions. Consider it a safe way to experiment with new colours and textures in your home, without making any majorly drastic changes. Florals, stripes and graphic prints are capable of working together if you stick to a common colour theme, so grab a couple and get experimenting. Cushions really are worth spending that little bit more on too, because there is nothing better than returning home to your designated spot on the sofa surrounded by luxurious cushions. Nitin Goyal cushion £45
4. Home office update – industrial accessories
A game of Cluedo is incomplete without everyone’s favourite weapon: the candlestick, and so is your home. A copper pipework candlestick by Nick Fraser is a unique and stylish choice for your home. It even has a little handle, an absolute necessity should your home be plummeted into darkness during a power cut and you still need to find your way around, or indeed find yourself in a real life game of Cluedo and need to make a quick escape. Either way, it’s a great addition to your home. Nick Fraser candlestick £32
5. Kitchen update – floral accessories
Have you ever wanted a versatile hoodie that you can wear with almost anything? That is smart enough so that you can wear it to work or out to dinner, but casual enough that you still feel comfortable? L’Estrange have got you covered with their expertly crafted hoodies. Add a splash of Liberty print or a subtle Paisley pattern to brighten up your look, all the while maintaining an element of class with detailed tailoring and classic colours.
A tea towel may not be the immediate thing that springs to mind when thinking of ways to transform a space, but the rose trellis tea towel by Emily Humphrey boasts such a beautiful colour palate, with the burnt out orange and fuchsia rose petals, that it can add a major splash of colour into your kitchen. Emily Humphrey tea towel £14
Left: The design process. Above left: In the garden coasters. Above: A selection of their products at Home London 2015. Right: Robots are people too placemats.
MIND T HE CORK After completing an interior design degree, Jenny Espirito Santo began her career interning at an interior design studio in London, which led to a full time position working on the design team. After a stint of travelling and working various design projects, she decided to start her own brand - Mind The Cork. Tell us about cork – what are the benefits of using it as a material? Cork is a brilliant material. Its harvest doesn’t require the trees to be cut down so it helps maintain wildlife diversity and promotes reforestation. It is also biodegradable, renewable and recyclable – I think that’s pretty fantastic!
have a positive impact on day-to-day life. How important to you is using sustainable materials? We use a lot of resources to create the things we need and want; I think it’s important to use a material that takes very little from nature. Using cork actually helps protect not only the trees it comes from but also the wildlife in these forests. What aspects of the design process do you find most challenging? Cork has lots of innovative potential, but its versatility isn’t necessarily well known in the UK. So it’s sometimes hard to find craftspeople to collaborate with.
How easy is it to work with? Cork can be a challenging material. It tends to have a mind of its own! It was an experimental journey, but I’ve been very lucky to be able to work with harvesters, manufacturers and craftspeople who share my passion for the material and have helped me to develop my very first products.
Also, this is the first time I am not working as part of a managed design team. It is easy to get carried away and spend the day designing a million things because it’s fun. The challenge is to create a focussed brief and restrict the ideas to fit within it. To consider budgets and marketing and selling… that’s the hard bit.
geometrical designs and I was trying something outside my comfort zone to create a floral pattern; in the end I was really happy with them. I have had lots great feedback and they have become one of my bestsellers. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? “Just start, you don’t need to be an expert to have a go at most things” I had been thinking of starting a project of my own for a while now, but I can be a little detail-obsessed so I kept finding things that weren’t quite there yet. I’m glad I just went for it, even though I often have clueless moments. That’s part of the fun now. If you weren’t making sustainable home accessories what would you be doing? In an ideal scenario – Travelling! I love backpacking, strange hostel experiences, making friends around the world and most importantly trying (all) the food, of course. Where do you see the brand in 5 years’ time?
Have you always wanted to work with interiors? Growing up I was interested in lots of things like design, science, politics… I ended up studying interior design shortly after moving to London. I have always loved being surrounded by beautiful things. I think well-designed spaces and objects can
What is your favourite product that you have designed for Mind The Cork? That’s a tricky question; it’s like asking who’s your favourite child – in front of them… Joking aside, I really enjoyed designing the In The Garden placemats and coasters. I tend to create quite
I think I just have a solid range of beautiful high-quality homeware that people love and are excited about. I’d like Mind The Cork to be synonymous with cork and sustainable luxury. Mind The Cork is available online.
ALL THAT GLITTERS In an East-London studio, luxury homeware brand Bitten London is stirring up a storm with pineapple glitter cushions, with an aim to inject statement pieces into homes that will stand the test of time. Everyone loves a pineapple, whether in your living room or bedroom, and these cushions will bring a smile to your face.
CHISEL & MOUSE Chisel & Mouse are on a mission to bring great architecture into the living room. Their sculptures are of iconic buildings from around the world, made from durable plaster and finished with metal-etched detail. Add a piece from your favourite city, hang it off the wall or place in on a bookshelf, and these pieces will be the focal point of your room.
BLANKET ba n qu et You can’t beat a good picnic in the sun. The second the sun actually shines it’s amusing to watch how many of us uproot from our desks inside to dine alfresco, clinging on to every last ray of sunshine. The relationship we Brits have with the sun is much like a long distance relationship, intense, fun and passionate, but with fear hanging over us as we never know when we might see it again. A day spent dining in one of London’s parks is a bit of a rarity with our ever fleeting sunshine, so when it is finally warm enough to sit outside until the sun sets with all your friends for a feast, make sure you do it with style. A classic throw by Zuzunaga is the most perfect accessory for a picnic in the park; set up your banquet on its square pixel print, sip Pimms out of a berry tree cup and saucer by Louise Wilkinson, and nibble on tasty treats off an Eleanor Stuart lobster plate. If you do one thing this summer, make it a Pinterest-worthy picnic in the park.
Top image clockwise from left: Zuzunaga throw £210; Cha Com Letras tray £22; Cha Com Letras mugs £13. Products clockwise from right: Eleanor Stuart flamingo plate £45; Eleanor Stuart lobster plate £45; Jimbob Art plate £25; Zuzunaga throw £220; Jimbob Art cups £45; Louise Wilkinson jug £28; Louise Wilkinson cup & saucer £20; Charlie Noble bat & ball £85; Anjali Hood cushion £149.
GINGKO ELECTRONICS This is no ordinary clock. Not only does the LED lettering appear to simply float across the wooden block, it can also light up at the click of your fingers, a clap of the hands or a gentle tap on the block. The click clock will change the way you approach your morning routine; no longer will you wake up with dread when your alarm goes off, but instead look forward to the charms of your Gingko clock.
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