Believer : ‘With power, passion and purpose, we believe we can’

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 Believer creates unique, handmade products with a purpose, sourcing all their materials as ethically and sustainably as possible.

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Believer,  together with the power and belief of their fans,  raise awareness and funding for charities across the globe, with the hope of building a better tomorrow.

Slide1Believer’s  motto : With power, passion and purpose, we believe we can’

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… for Pea’ s sake!

btlogoBAILEYTOMLIN    is   a well  known  firm  for their  exquisite  sculptural  millinery and  jewllery pieces.  

Slide1BAILEYTOMLIN ‘s  designs,  always  amaze,bringing Natue into our  lives  with   originality, technique and quality. Roses, sun rays, strawbberies and dew drops, although classic  decorative  themes,  are  given  a unique  interpretation.

 BAILEYTOMLIN  collections  have  also  a  funky  side,   inspired  by  unexpexted   motives , for  example   …peas!

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As  far as   BAILEYTOMLIN   is  concerned,  none of  the  peas  in   the  pod  are  alike . In  fact each  one   has  its  own  story  as  those  in  the  peapod broatch shown below:

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Zoom in and the layers and textures glow like jewels in this piece of BAILEY TOMLIN  micro millinery.

  But  would  you  like  to  know  the  secret  behind the  charm  of  this  broach, as  ‘confessed’   by Bridget  the  designer  of BAILEY TOMLIN  ?

A tiny turquoise feather found blowing in the wind at London Zoo !

                         That’s so iridescent it’s irresistible !!!

Danica Cosic Design

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Driven by wanderlust and a desire to create with purpose, Danica Cosic Design was launched in 2009. Danica Cosic, marries traditional craft and culture to fashionable, but classic designs, while incorporating a socially aware approach. Slide3

The goal for each Danica Cosic  handcrafted item is for it to be seen for its value, cultural and traditional richness and unique beauty. Slide4

With a strong belief in the artisan’s potential to thrive beyond their current marketplace and a passion for Moroccan design and culture, Danica Cosic’s mission has been to take the concepts of craft and artisanal goods in a new direction. 

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All Danica Cosic products are handcrafted with thoughtfulness, dedication and attention to detail.  Not only is the goal to provide a beautiful and unique fashion item, but also to support the local artisan businesses and provide a new platform for artisans to display their talents.

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Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 promotes and nurtures UK talent

By Stamo

Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 showroom. Pic by Polydor@PolPic.com

Leading the way in Ethical Fashion is British Talent, Innovation and Ecoluxe London.
In our September ‘ 12 exhibition, we had no less than thirteen UK based companies with Ethical credentials, dedication and support for British manufacturing.

Dresses made of celluloid film and recycled surgical masks by Tytti Thusberg: Ecoluxe London Sep ’12. Pic by Polydor@PolPic.com

With the motto ‘love is everything’, Tracey Ellis founded Shanti Sundays in 2010. Colourful leisure and yoga wear manufactured in the UK with its accessories manufactured in India, where the company also supports various charities.
Shanti Sundays in the Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 showroom. Pic by Polydor@PolPic.com

Supported by Rain: Using broken umbrellas and end of roll fabrics to create unique rainwear made in the UK.
Supported By Rain in the Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 showroom. Pic by Polydor@PolPic.com.

By Stamo: Luxury classics with a twist. Manufactured in the UK.
By Stamo in the Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 showroom. Pic by Polydor@PolPic.com

British designer Romero Bryan, chose to showcase his new collection in Ecoluxe London instead of NY Couture Fashion Week. His first attempt to create luxury with a conscious produced layered jackets and skirts with transparent details in cream and black.
Romero Bryan backless dress

Romero Bryan and Yva from Yvian in Ecoluxe London Sep ’12

Yvian, showcased with us their first collection. Dedicated to fair trade and fair working conditions. Yvian is committed to change lives and promote development through fashion.
Yvian in the Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 showroom

Anna P: leather handbags and cool headbands. This season Anna, besides her leather accessories also showcased her collection made of recycled denim trousers. Everything is UK made.
Headband by Anna P in the Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 showroom. Pic by Polydor@PolPic.com

Rebecca-Jane: Leather handbags and accessories made of recycled and reworked leather jackets. Manufactured in the UK
Rebecca- Jane in Ecoluxe London Sep ’12

Selina Cheong: Leather handbags and accessories manufactured in the UK and made according to the highest quality standards.
Selina Cheong in the Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 showroom

Talented Totes: UK made totes and a range of canvas and fabric bags made in the UK. Menswear fabrics and off cuts are also used to create a range of totes with cool prints on them.
Talented Totes in Ecoluxe London Sep ’12. Pic by Polydor@PolPic.com

Bailey Tomlin: exquisite hair bands, head pieces, jewellery and handbags- designed and created in the UK
Bailey Tomlin in Ecoluxe London Sep ’12. Pic by Polydor@PolPic.com

Hatastic!: reworked and reblocked vintage hats with added ‘bits and bobs’. Chloe works wonders.

Sew Last Season, Elena Garcia, presented her collection of upcycled men’s jackets and shirts.
Sew Last Season in the Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 showroom

The shoe fleur collection from Po-Zu.
Po-Zu in Ecoluxe London Sep ’12. Pic by Polydor@PolPic.com

A picture is a thousand words so please feel free to talk about them.

No2: Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 adds an international flavour to London

By Stamo

Today we will continue our journey through Europe discovering more ethical brands that showcased their work in our Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 showroom.

Europe and its ethical fashion were well represented in our Sep ’12 Showroom with exhibitors coming from Spain, Italy, France, The Netherlands, Sweden and Greece.

MuMu Organic filled the room with sea breeze and colours inspired by the Aegean sea. Athena Bentila and Roland Wakker founded the label in 2009 and are committed to using organic and eco friendly natural fibres, supporting Fair Trade producers and creating employment for people in Greece.

Cardou, based in Athens uses end-of-rolls of high end fabrics to create limited edition casual wear. It is committed to Fair Trade principles and ethics.

Tu&Tu, all the way from Italy creates double sided rainwear, bags and dresses using organic cotton and fabric made of recycled plastic bottles which has a luxurious ‘velvet’ feel. For the Tu&Tu prduction, Roberta, its founder and designer is collaborating with Lister Social Cooperative , located within the Department of Mental Health of Trieste.

French label Myrtle Accessories recycles wellies by deconstructing them and using the different components to create multi coloured bags decorated with strings and knots.

Inez Osvald, from Sweden uses leather by products as well as Scottish tweeds to create luxurious handbags that compliment every wardrobe.

B-made and Bernadette, from Netherlands create beautiful jewellery in collaboration with Nepalese artisans. Pictures speak for themselves.

Enjoy!

Ecoluxe London Sep ’12 adds an international flavour to London

By Stamo

This September, in Ecoluxe London,  besides the ‘Spanish invasion’ full of colour, shapes and sun we had brands from various parts of the world indicating that London is still an International fashion destination.

Our truly unique concept allows companies from all over the world that offer ecoluxury products to showcase their work and access the UK market.

Chile was present with three brands:

Carmen Eva, making felted garments using the ancient Nuno technique and yarns from alpaca and llama amongst others.

Carmen Eva: llama felted shawl
Carmen Eva: Felt necklace

Made By Voz, a new luxury knitwear brand that empowers women and their communities by encouraging collaborations between artisans and designers. Every design in the VOZ collections gives artisans name credit and royalties for every garment sold.

Made By VOZ: Vilu Dress
Made by VOZ: Anu Dress

Casa Kiro, exquisite craftsmanship and detailed silver jewellery. Vania, the designer has a passion for using domestic raw materials in a completely new context. Raisin enfolds seaweed, goat horn, alpaca wool creating an array of colours and jewellery that have a wow factor.

Casa Kiro: Jewellery display during Ecoluxe London Sep ’12
Casa Kiro: Rings

All the way from India, Indigreen filled our exhibition with inspiring art and an amazing story behind the brand. All artwork decorating their products is hand painted by Bollywood artists who were replaced by digital technology! Furthermore, Indigreen encourages the people that purchase their products to recycle, donate and frame its art.

Indigreen: Khayali Top
Indigreen: Hand painted purse

Arli from Kazakhstan is the brainchild of Ardagul Dusegalieva and Liliya Karimova. Two designers who use traditional felting techniques. Mixing wool and silk their products create a luxurious feel around your shoulders.

Arli: Dina wearing an Arli shawl during Ecoluxe London Sep ’12. Pic taken by Poly@polpic.com
Arli: Silk and wool scarf

Ecoluxe London was also proud to support and present Craftworks Cambodia, a project that turns people’s lives around by providing them with training, work and food on the table. Silk and cotton hand loomed scarves, bags, wallets and pencil cases made out of recycled cement and fish bags and fantastic jewellery made out of recycled bullet cases.

Craftworks Cambodia: Product display during Ecoluxe London Sep’ 12/ Pic taken by Poly@polpic.com

It is widely acknowledged that this September London Fashion Week was the quietest of all times with NY and Milan closing even more on the London dates. We would be interested to know how this has affected your brand’s sales and business strategy.

To be continued…

Craftworks Cambodia

‘’Craftworks Cambodia is an organization working to provide vocational training and marketing skills to home based producers through the sale of contemporary arts and crafts items (…….)  made  from recycled   and  sustainable  materials (……..)  based on the finest aesthetic and artistic traditional workmanship of Cambodia ’’

We all have read   similar  descriptions many times. However  the  more  you  browse   in  Craftworks Cambodia site,   the  more   you  realize    the  underestimated  truth   behind  the  words :

First, you  are bewildered  by the materials – but  we’ll  refer   to  them  further on.

Then    you  are  amazed with  the  artists’   creativity good  taste  and  special  abilities  ( no,  the   artists    cannot  fly  but  being   able  to  knit a fashionable  backpack  when  you  have  lost  your  sight  needs more than  talent … ).

You  might  also  spare  a thought about  their fortitude  and stamina when  reading  their  personal stories  or  even  catch yourself smiling   from  the  philosophical   irony   of  turning  empty bullets shells  –  that  have killed  your  family –   into  pendants  bearing   the  tree  of  life….

But  enough  said, enjoy some  pictures of   the  Craftworks Cambodia    products   that  you  can  find  on their  site.

Oh, and as for the  materials  mentioned  above,  try  to  spot  the recycled  cement, rice  or  fish  bags, bomb cells, inner  tubes  etc.   

Ecoluxe London Sept’ 12 – Opening Routes to Market for New International Brands

By Elena Garcia,

Francisco Lomora

Our September 2012 edition of the Showroom was our most international to date. We showcased the work of 33 brands from the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, The Netherlands, Russia, Cambodia, India, Chile and Greece. So far we have given the opportunity to show collections during London Fashion Week to more than 100 brands since we started in September 2010. What makes the Ecoluxe London concept truly unique is that we have now consolidated the showroom as a space that not only offers a window to UK based brands, but we also help new businesses everywhere to access a market that is normally closed to them due to excessive fees and lack of business support.

Iconic Barcelona

We are incredibly proud to be able to say that orders have been signed at Ecoluxe London, commercial awards have been given, introductions have been made to press and buyers, contacts have been passed on to the brands, marketing and Intellectual Property support have been provided to our exhibitors and the products have been allowed to shine in an environment suitable to their market.

Le Konsphin

In particular, this season we have welcomed a group of Spanish brands into our exhibition hall for the first time. We have had Spanish brands before, but we have been actively involved in the burgeoning Spanish eco scene and have been selecting, with the help of Slow Fashion Spain, and Gloria Bendita, a small group of brands that have their production sorted and sustainability credentials checked.

Yono Taola

Brands like Cristina Cardenas (accessories), Yono Taola (womenswear), Iconic Barcelona (womenswear), MissSotoka (womenswear), Francisco Lomora (womenswear), Gloria Bendita (womenswear), Tytti Thusberg (recycled womenswear and accessories), and Le Konsphin (accessories) have all been able to exhibit their products abroad and open new routes to market at very affordable prices. This is only the beginning, there are more brands in development and we hope we will be able to provide a launchpad to many more labels that weren’t quite ready to exhibit yet.

Cristina Cardenas

This venture was kick-started by an invitation that Elena Garcia received from Slow Fashion Spain to speak at a summit in the Museum of Costume in Madrid back in April this year.

Tytti Thusberg

Initial contacts were made and soon we realised that the ecoluxury sector in Spain is growing fast, but as usual, new brands need nurturing and support. The Ecoluxe London team has been promoting these brands and has given them a taste of London. We hope that they continue to grow.
As we said before, incredibly proud. Watch our for our Feb’ 13 edition.

MissSotoka
Gloria Bendita

Rebecca Jane

Spring/Summer 2013 sees inspiration being taken from Russia, and more specifically Russian dolls. The idea of bags that have a multi-functional purpose, bags inside bags that can detached and used separately or designs that silhouettes that can be changed to be worn in an alternative way.

Softly structured bags are complimented by the interesting use of experimental fabric manipulation by combining textures, patterns and different types of materials into the designs. The signature style of recycling is evident throughout, giving materials a second life making these more attractive than their original form through careful consideration of placement and attention to detailing and finishes.

The shapes are simple and classic but the key aspect of the range is the combining of textures & patterns into designs with functionality. Textile techniques such as leather edge piping, smocking and rouching are teamed with clean-cut silhouettes. The styles are angular in design, looks with geometric cuts and bold statement patterns. Leather is worked with incisions and perforations, combining polka dots and strips and different textures all in one style. Hues of black, white, grey and navy are to the forefront but are subtly accompanied by touches of small accent colour in detailing and contrast straps.

A game of 20 questions with Rebecca

1)    Your passion beyond fashion

Music

2)    Your life in three words

Fun, ambitious, spontaneous.

3)    Your life in colours

Black, grey, gold,

4)    Your Hero

Vivienne Westwood

5)    What is your song/music

Northern soul

6)    What do you wear to bed

Nothing

7)    Your favourite Flower

Black Iris

8)    Your favourite food recipe

Parmigianino

9)    Your rescue cooking trick

Pizza

10)Live to eat or eat to live

Live to Eat for SURE!!!

11)Wine: Red or White

White

12)Selfridges or Spitalfeilds Market

If budget lets Selfridges

13)Peace of Mind or Scattered mind

Peace of Mind

14)Fantasy or Reality

Fantasy

15)Moonlight or Sunlight

Moonlight

16)Journey or Destination

Journey

17)What is your walk

Fast

18)Who will you be reincarnated as

The Queen

19)What’s important to you?

Friends, Family, Love, Laughter, & Life

20)Food for Fashion

Food