Barefoot Chic Pop-up: Meet the Designers
Ancient Greek Sandals
Inspired by ancient Greek mythology, sculpture and jewellery, this footwear label – founded by Christina Martini and Nikolas Minoglou in Greece – combines traditional craftsmanship with a fresh, modern aesthetic. The collection features natural leather sandals with metallic finishes, intricate braiding, and delicate embellishment.
A former recipient of the Kildare Village Fashion Scholarship to study a Masters in Fashion at the prestigious Royal College of Arts, Andrew Bell takes a considered approach to his craft: “I’m really looking at ‘fast fashion’, where we’re headed as an industry and how technology has interrupted those systems that we’ve held for millennia for how we attribute value to material objects.”
Creativity, modern craftsmanship and personalisation are at the heart of everything accessories designer Anya Hindmarch does. Giving customers the opportunity to create their own artwork, her vast range of bags, travel accessories, organisers, wallets and phone accessories has garnered a cult following from those who value British design at its most contemporary and quirky.
After perfecting his craft at Valentino, Tod’s and Jimmy Choo, Álvaro González launched his eponymous leather accessories line in 2013. Featuring men’s and women’s sandals, bags and small leather essentials, each piece is exquisitely crafted in Florentine artisanal workshops and made from vegetable tanned calf, suede or exotics, all developed by specialist Italian tanneries.
Clean lines, impeccable fit and sport luxe details define British brand Amanda Wakeley’s ready-to-wear collections, which include a range of beautifully cut kaftans. Inspired by the eclecticism and craftsmanship of the cultures encountered by the world traveller, each piece features rich textures and stylish draping, designed to take women though every aspect of life with effortless chic.
Anna Mason trained under Karl Lagerfeld in Paris and worked at Max Mara and Valentino before launching her own fashion brand, simply entitled AM, in 2012. Delicate florals and feminine silhouettes are the mainstay of her collection, which pairs period-style puff blouses with high-waisted fit-and-flare trousers for a contemporary twist.
As jewellery designer to the style-savvy globetrotter set, it was only natural that Catherine Prevost should turn her well-honed eye to fashion. Placing a high premium on English craftsmanship and sustainable fashion, the result is a collection of dresses featuring beautiful prints, flowing sleeves and a midi skirt length, right on trend for the new modesty.
In 2000 Maria Busquets set out on a journey to create a luxury child and baby clothing line made from the world’s finest fabrics. Using 100% natural fibres, such as cashmere, Pima cotton, silk and linen, Cashmirino champions traditional craftmanship, working with skilled artisans across the globe who practice hand-embroidery, crocheting and appliqué techniques to create truly unique collections.
Cire Trudon | Anya Hindmarch
English accessories designer Anya Hindmarch’s foray into candles offers a hedonistically happy journey of olfactory memory-making. Infused with Anya’s playful, modern signature style, this hand-poured collection is the perfect complement to the finely nuanced candles created according to an age-old artisanal recipe by 370 year-old Parisian candle company, Cire Trudon.
Modern spectacle and sunglasses maker, Cubitts was founded in King’s Cross, London, in 2013. The company’s handcrafted frames are constructed with custom pins designed by Lewis Cubitt, one of the three brothers who inspired the brand name. Each frame goes through 50 stages of production including four separate stages of polishing which accounts for their signature lustre.
Synonymous with versatile yet powerful femininity, Erdem Moralioglu’s womenswear label is defined by its creator’s use of experimental textiles, vibrant prints and detailed craftsmanship. The label has assembled an impressive array of awards since its 2005 launch, including the British Fashion Council’s Womenswear Designer of the Year Award, and is sold in over 170 of the world’s most exclusive retailers.
The epitome of British luxury for those with an adventurous spirit, Globe-Trotter’s range of handcrafted luggage and leather travel accessories is produced in Hertfordshire by artisans using manufacturing methods that date back to the Victorian era. Modern heirlooms, these iconic suitcases combine lightweight functionality with a unique character that will only improve with age.
The original iconic flip flop. The first pair of Havaianas was produced in 1962 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Since then, Havaianas have been bringing Brazilian spirit to the world through their legendary rubber soles and bright designs. Havaianas represent comfort, happiness and freedom in the most simple and stylish form for everyone’s feet – from travellers to celebrities. You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy Havaianas...and that’s kind of the same thing!
Havaianas – Let’s Summer
Launched in 2002, Heidi Klein is a swimwear success story in part due to the brand’s figure-flattering silhouettes and in part to its fashion-forward designs. Offering perfect-fit bikinis and one-pieces – designed for both comfort and confidence – is part of the Heidi Klein promise. A collection of resortwear essentials, from boho-chic cover-ups to stylish espadrilles, completes the luxury offering.
A contemporary spin on the keepsake locket of old, every Loquet is a bespoke talisman – a miniature memoir – designed to be personalised with a selection of handmade charms and birthstones. This innovative fine-jewellery concept – the creative brainchild of London-based Sheherazade Goldsmith and Laura Bailey – is complemented by whimsical rings, bracelets and earrings.
London-based shoe brand Malone Souliers is adored for its bold and unapologetically feminine footwear. Since its 2014 conception, Founder and Creative Director Mary Alice Malone has garnered a global reputation for meticulously crafted collections using the finest materials and vivid colour palettes. From stilettos and pumps to everyday flats, the designs are instantly recognisable by their flawless fit, signature strap detailing and wave-like curves that appear throughout every collection.
Born in Athens, Mary Katrantzou graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2008. Her graduation show, which featured trompe l’oeil prints of oversized jewellery on jersey-bonded dresses, took the industry by storm, immediately securing a number of prestigious stockists. Since then her brand has evolved to include innovative fabric, beadwork and embroidery in structured yet feminine silhouettes.
Born in Lebanon, raised in Paris and based in London, Mira Mikati realised her brand as a return to fun fashion, rooting her designs in a melange of smile-inducing detailing and classic tailoring. A gleeful celebration of colour and cartoon graphics, her carefree-meets-cool aesthetic has garnered a cult following among fashion-forward celebs and street-style trendsetters alike.
Unable to find the perfect set of earrings to go with a designer dress, Patricia Cobiella simply made them herself – and the rest is history. Living between London, Madrid, Stockholm and New York, the designer travels to Asia and India to source both inspiration and materials. The result is a collection of the prettiest ear candy, redolent of far-flung places and coveted by the global style elite.
In 2016 British stylist Pippa Holt turned her love of indigenous textiles, far-flung lands and stylish holidaywear into a beautiful line of handcrafted kaftans. Collaborating with artisans in remote Mexico, her vibrant collection – as suited to city dwellers as it is to beachcombers – is woven from naturally dyed cotton thread using ancient weaving techniques.
Inspired by the work of artisans in her beloved India, Fiona Hodges created her own easy-to-wear modern clothing brand, a favourite of those who value slow fashion and enduring style. Crafted in India from luxurious linens, cottons and silks, each Seraphina collection for women is complemented by a children’s collection in delightful match-and-clash fabrics and styles.
“I made what I wanted to wear,” says Serena Bute, who has been designing clothes for nearly 30 years. It was only recently, however, that the London-based designer put her own name on the label. Her coveted collection of beautiful silk and velvet loungewear is built around ease, comfort and versatility, and distinguished by a stripe of grosgrain running down each leg.
The culmination of 25 years of Soho House interior design expertise, Soho Home is inspired by the brand’s city, country and coastal Houses around the world. Handcrafted, unique furniture pieces sit alongside textiles, lighting and tableware. Traditional shapes are reinvented for modern living, designed to help curate living spaces that are comfortable, relaxed and welcoming. From the cup you use for your first coffee of the day, to the bed you slip into at night, experience the Soho House way of living.
Internationally renowned footwear and accessories designer Sophia Webster counts Michelle Obama and Emily Blunt as devoted fans. Her collections, which include her signature butterfly winged Chiaras and Rosalind Sandals, have evolved to encompass bridal and children’s footwear, trainers and handbags. Expect kaleidoscopic colourways, hyper-real detailing and playful embellishment.
What began on a family holiday back in 2007 has turned into a global fashion brand for children thanks to Sunuva’s commitment to providing UV protective swimwear that doesn’t compromise on design. As coveted by cool kids as it is by style-conscious parents, the range has expanded to include everything from dresses, kaftans and playsuits for girls to cool linens and T-shirts for boys.
The delicate, tactile aesthetic of Finnish-born designer Teija Eilola’s womenswear label merges experimental cutting with modern tailoring and couture-inspired techniques. Launched in 2012, the London-based brand favours clean silhouettes made from premium European and Japanese fabrics. The designer embraces the Nordic spirit of functionality and minimalism, emphasising craftsmanship over embellishment.
The Magnum Company
Sir Winston Churchill famously quipped that “a magnum is the perfect size for two gentlemen to share over lunch… especially if one of them isn’t drinking.” Certainly, for the two London friends who started The Magnum Company, the classic wine bottle falls miserably short when it comes to making a dinner-party statement. Not so with the double-the-size, double-the-fun magnum!
British designer Wiggy Hindmarch’s line of perfectly cut dresses and separates will take you from the local market to the beach, then carry you effortlessly through lunch and on to dinner. Understated and Scandinavian-inflected, these designs – in fresh cotton and crêpe – are key for a stylish summer.
Inspired by founder Olga Vilshenko’s Russian heritage, Vilshenko blends modernity and femininity in a collection of delicate floral prints, quality fabrics and classic cuts. As unique as the women who wear them – think Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway and Florence Welch – each garment is crafted from only the best natural, often organic, and always sustainably-sourced fabric.
Votary began at the kitchen table of British make-up artist Arabella Preston, who started blending pure plant oils to cleanse her own skin and that of her high-profile clients. Thrilled by the transformative power of these oils, she teamed up with friend and entrepreneur Charlotte Semler to create a luxurious skincare range that harnesses the natural power of plant oils.
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