Introducing Kanzaku

London Organic PR would like to welcome Patrica Mahuta – another talented designer we have just recently started to showcase within our summer boutique!

Patrica came by to our second Press and Bloggers Day event, where she was kind enough to answer a few questions regarding her brand Kanzahu.

 

Interview as follows…

1.) Hi Patrica, thank you so much for coming by today! Can I start off this interview by asking you to tell me the story behind your brand/ collection?

Yes, well I like anything about design and sewing. I have previously made clothing for children. I have always loved denim! I had a lot of denim around  me and I didn’t know what to do with it, so I decided to make bags out of the denim! I am from Africa- Kongo to be specific and I wanted to integrate my African roots onto my designs and make them modern to fit society today. With the name Kanzahu, it actually translates to ‘loose top’ which is a traditional form of clothing in the African culture. I actually have a bag with a drawing of a  ‘Kanzahu’ printed on it! Once again I wanted to combine African and Modern print onto my designs. I also wanted to make them universal, and so they are original in the fact that anyone can use them: men and women and they can be used for anything like weekend trips for instance. There is no cultural identity attached to the bags in terms of who they are for and how to use them!

 

2.)  Amazing! So how ethical are your denim bags?

So before I started my collection , I did a lot of research and found out that denim bags were only produced in unethical ways, for example they are made from leather, zips etc… I wanted to create something original. I sew them myself and dye the fabric, pull the fabric to get a manipulated effect, paint them etc… They are ethical in this case as I know how they are made as I do it myself, and they are not manufactured in a factory somewhere. 

 

3.) So considering we are at our second Press and Bloggers Day event- a time for influencers to come by and promote everything we have in store on blogs and other forms of social media, can I just ask what social media means to you and your brand?

Yes, its very important. Its good to gain critics in order to improve and to make more designs! Its also great as people will get to know me and my brand. Plus, social media is where people will know they can find me and my products here- within your summer boutique! 

 

 

4.) Perfect! So to finish off can I ask you how it feels to be apart of our summer boutique with all the other ethical designers we have in store?

I like to be with other designers! I can get lots of inspiration from them… in fashion you can’t walk alone!!! 

For me if I am happy with what I am doing, if I am getting somewhere then that is the most important thing!

 

 

 

We at London Organic love Patrica’s story and how she has manged to ethically combine her African heritage to her designs! If you are just as intrigued by Kanzahu as we are,  then be sure to come by London Organic Fashion and Beauty Boutique on 7 Thayer Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 3JH!

 

 

 

Introducing The Cosmic Bunny

London Organic PR are proud to introduce The Cosmic Bunny– the latest collection we are exhibiting within our summer boutique!

We had a talk with designer Veronica Marasek and asked her more about The Cosmic Bunny as well as the collection we are showcasing at our boutique.

Interview as follows…

1.) Hi Veronica, thank you for taking the time out to talk with me about your brand. Would you mind starting off by telling me the story behind your collection? 

I wanted to present a collection encapsulating the latest fashion trends from London, being at the same time chic, elegant and feminine. All items available in my shop are manufactured entirely in the EU and are made from the finest fabrics and materials. The collection is a combination of luxurious elegance, timeless chic and most importantly does not include any animal skins.

 

2.) Amazing! So how do you feel about being a part of our summer boutique as well as being in the midst with other designers? 

I think being part of the summer boutique is a fantastic opportunity to showcase my eco collection and build brand awareness through social media exposure. It is also a great chance to meet other designers and learn their stories and find out what they think about the UK’s fashion scene.

 

3.) Considering that we are a PR agency who host a lot of events and are big on social media, would you mind telling me about what social media means to you and your brand?

I use three major social media platforms twitter: @TheCosmicBunny1, Facebook @cosmicbunnyfashionhub and instagram @the_cosmic_bunny to reach out to a larger fashion orientated audience. With our life being now predominantly transferred online whether it comes to buying groceries, electronic appliances or clothing, establishing a solid presence in social media channels is essential for any business to prosper, in particular when it comes to fashion.

 

4.) We are hosting many events in order to promote all the brands we have in store, what do you think about the whole interactive element of our events where bloggers/ models will be coming in and trying/ posting about your collection?

 I absolutely love this idea. Having an online fashion boutique I know how important it is to win trust when it comes to quality of the items sold online. That’s why a pop up boutique works just perfectly for such businesses like mine, especially when people who work in fashion, like bloggers and models have a chance to try the clothes on and spread the word. 

 

 

Be sure to come by to London Organic Fashion and Beauty Boutique,  7 Thayer Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 3JH to see The Cosmic Bunny collection for yourself!

 

 

Introducing Shefali Couture

London Organic are proud to introduce Shefali Couture– the latest collection we are exhibiting within our summer boutique!

We were fortunate enough to ask Shefali some questions regarding her collection.

Interview as follows…

1.)  Hi Shefali, can I start off by asking you about the story behind your collection?

Yes, well Shefali Couture “A house of fashion” is my brainchild- where as in 2011 I decided to share my vision and design ideas with the world. Our mantra is comfort, conformity and ease-of-wear.

This collection is called Cosmic and is inspired by the futuristic universe- where the colours and the milky way are used with raised textured fabrics and stretched net. Even the silhouettes are conforming- yet structured in form and fit. Vision for me is an intuition!

2.) That sounds amazing! So with that being said, how do you feel about being apart of our summer boutique as well as being amongst other designers?

London Organic has fabulous connections amongst their clients and great PR and fashion events! I feel this would be great exposure for my brand as I am a regular at Pure London  and I  am also planning on showcasing at London Fashion Week in 2018/19.

3.) Would you mind telling me about what social media means to you and your brand? 

Social media to me today is the language of exposure and globally connecting  today’s fashion forward society- where I have noticed a staple uniformity of fashion and FIT.

4.) Lastly, what do you think about the whole interactive element of today’s Press and Bloggers Day where bloggers/ models are coming in and trying on parts of your collection?

Bloggers and the media to me are the tools for setting brand awareness. Models give the customers a clear vision as they have the physiques to make the dresses look great!

 

If you are intrigued by Shefali Couture’s futuristic inspiration just as much as we are then be sure to visit London Organic Fashion and Beauty Boutique on 7 Thayer Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 3JH!

 

Introducing Kausheya

 

Kausheya is an ethical brand of handmade silk accessories with its roots placed firmly within the authentic and timeless traditions of silk weaving. With a dedicated eye for detail, a conscientious mind for the environment, a fervent feel for fabric, and a deep desire to supporting the talented craftsmen involved, Kausheya honours one of the purest and most beautiful art forms that has ever existed.

We were very fortunate to have a talk with the founders of Kausheya- Kavita Rao and Sarang Rao on our Press and Bloggers Day event.

Interview as follows…

1.) Hello! Thank you so much for coming to our event this afternoon and also for talking to me about the collection you are showcasing within our summer boutique. First off, can you describe to me the story behind your brand?

Yes, well the word Kausheya is actually the Sanskrit word for silk derived from the cocoon.  Me and my wife have a deep interest in sustainability and ethical wear. We get our silks from South East Asia. They are called wild silks, so they are not known outside of South East Asia. We use a different species of moth to produce the silk, so the entire process takes about 2-3 months.

2.) That’s great! So, how is the process behind creating your scarfs sustainable?

We know where they are produced- in the wild in Asia. The silks grow in the forest on these wild trees. This is sustainable as the trees are not chopped down in the process. We also know exactly who is involved in making our scarfs. They are all hand woven by skilled craftsmen in India. We really want to preserve the heritage for  people in India and give them stable livelihoods rather than relying on machines and factories in China for example. All our scarfs are also block printed by hand and the colour we use for them is organic e.g coming from an indigo plant. Retaining the natural colour allows the fabric to last long and weather beautifully, only becoming more resplendent with time. 

We believe in being respectful to Nature and not taking her for granted. We promote the use of ‘Ahimsa’ silk, which is borne from a non-violent process, ensuring that the silkworms are left unharmed.

3.) Lastly, what is the goal you would like to achieve for your brand in general and also within our boutique? 

 

 

We really want to bring our brand out of anonymity in order for more people to buy our products.  We want people to recognise these contemporary products which have been created using timeless methods, and we hope to  bring this ancient and glorious art form to the 21st century!

 

 

 

We are London Organic PR have fallen in love with Kausheya’s incredible story and genuine passion for what they do! If you want to see the final product behind Kausheya then be sure to stop by London Organic Fashion and Beauty Boutique on 7 Thayer Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 3JH and see all their stunning designs for yourself!!!

Introducing Kara Khuma

 

London Organic PR are proud to introduce Naomi Olivia– a self-taught jewellery designer and founder of the brand Kara Khuma. Naomi believes that jewellery is so much more than body decoration; it is a reflection of the wearer’s inner desires and beliefs. She gained inspiration for her jewellery collection after delving into the world of mythology, magic and mystery. It is this incredible mythical collection which Naomi is showcasing within our summer boutique!

We got the chance to interview Naomi about her jewellery on our Press and Bloggers Day event, where she discussed its origins and formation.

Interview as follows…

1.) Hi Naomi, thank you for speaking with me today regarding your collection within our summer boutique! Can I start off this interview by asking you the story behind your brand?

Yes of course! I have always been interested in jewellery and jewellery making. I started off by making jewellery whilst at uni but I fully committed to it after  finishing university.

For this collection I gained inspiration from Ancient Egyptian Mythology. Gold, gemstones and amulets were actually used as materials to infuse peace and prosperity into the lives of Egyptians and emulate the deities they idolised. Also, within Egyptian times people use to worship goddesses and I thought being a woman is similar to being an Egyptian goddess- we are feminine and strong like goddesses!  Being a goddess was actually at the core of their (the Egyptians’) purpose. It was regarded as the highest form of Feminine Energy. l create my jewellery within my London studio, with the hope to inspire the modern woman to connect to her own femininity through these ancient, mythological roots. 

 

2.)That sounds so amazing! And considering we are at our Press and Bloggers Day event, can I just ask you how the realm of social media influences you and your brand?

Social media for me is very important. I see it as a form of story telling. You can also gain a lot of inspiration from social media as well. I am currently trying to get global with my brand and so social media is the way for me to enable that! Its all about having a connection! 

3.)Definitely! So how ethical is your jewellery?

Well I use gold field metal within my designs. This is sustainable as it lasts for a long time! I buy this metal from Spain. My jewellery is not what you see in most shops- it is not a product of ‘fast fashion’. 

 

We at London Organic love the delicacy and thoughtful conception behind Naomi’s collection! If you want to embrace your inner goddess then be sure to come by and check out Naomi’s mythical designs here at London Organic Fashion and Beauty Boutique, 7 Thayer Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 3JH!

 

 

 

Introducing Lallaxrr

Lalla started her career as a menswear designer where her collections have been stocked in Boutiques around the UK, US, Japan and Italy. Her collection was housed by Topman (in the UK and New York).

Lalla has now switched from Menswear to Womenswear and launched an Eco-Friendly label called “LallaxRecycledRevolution“. Lalla herself instates that “Helping the environment and reducing energy consumption – Recycling and Upcycling is the Future“.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had the pleasure to hear all about Lalla’s amazing collection at our Press and Bloggers Day event !

Interview as follows…

1.) Hi Lalla, its great to see you! Thank you for coming today and for speaking to me about your incredible collection. Would you start off by telling me the story behind your brand?

Yes! They are actually all one off pieces. I shop at vintage places and rework all the items of clothing I find. I give clothing new life. My flat is covered with all the pieces I am working on!!!

I gain inspiration from many places, such as magazines and people walking down the street! You never know how the designs are going to turn out. I hand them over to my seamstress to put together… its exciting!

2.) Great! So how does it feel to be apart of our summer boutique with other ethical designers?

Its great! I am an eco- friendly brand as in I recycle old stuff so its good to be apart of something which shares the same ethical principles as I do.

3.)Lastly, considering that we are at our Press and Bloggers Day event- a social event were people are coming in and trying/ posting about your collection, would you mind telling me about what social media means to you and your brand?

Its nice to see people wear my clothes. They are like my children!! It takes a lot of effort so its great to see! Also social media helps for me to get my brand out there to lots of people and places, like New York and Paris. If I promote all by myself I would never be able to get my brand across to that many people.

If you have a vintage style and want something no one else will be able to have or wear then be sure to come by London Organic Fashion and Beauty Boutique on 7 Thayer Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 3JH and see Lalla’s designs for yourself!

 

 

 

Introducing Julie Nicaisse

Jewellery designer and maker based in London, Julie Nicaisse discovered her passion for jewellery-making in 2006 after enrolling at Lambeth College in London for a two-year NCFE jewellery course. Although she attended various jewellery courses, she is mainly self – taught gaining her skills, through books, experiment and practice.

Julie gained further experience working for a busy renowned Jewellery manufacturing workshop in London’s jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden.  After this, Julie was employed by a fast growing international jewellery manufacture company and eventually became the head jeweller.

Ever since she finished college, she has been designing and making her own jewellery, running her own jewellery business in her spare time.

We were fortunate enough to find out more about Julie and the collection she is showcasing within our summer boutique on our Press and Bloggers Day event.

Interview as follows…

1.) Hi Julie. Its great to have you here today! Would you mind starting off by taking me through the story behind your collection?

Yes! Well, with the collection I have at your boutique, I had the idea of it in my mind to begin with. I found a piece of jewellery ten years ago and saw it again one day and decided to make a collection inspired by it. The collection is basically revolved around that same piece of jewellery (a stud pattern). I felt like I found that broken piece at the exact time! It was as if it had fallen from the sky! To me, a found object can have more value and beauty than an expensive gemstone.

The collection I am showcasing within your boutique is called the “Celestial Fall” collection. It is inspired by the mystery of natural phenomenon that bond Earth and Sky.

2.) That amazing! So, how does it feel to be apart of our summer boutique with other similar ethical designers? 

Its great to be apart of this with other designers. Its good to see people you know. It s a good jewellery designer community! 

3.) And how is your brand ethical/ sustainable?

My entire brand is very ethical.  I use traditional techniques to craft my jewellery. I also use recycled silver and fair trade gold within my designs. My packaging is also recycled as well. I have always had an interest in sustainability and I feel like its become trendy to be sustainable and to recycle nowadays.

 

Come and see Julie’s innovative collection for yourself here at London Organic Fashion and Beauty Boutique, 7 Thayer Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 3JH!

Introducing Laura Zabo

ZABO is a sustainable fashion accessory brand that creates handmade, cruelty-free and eco-friendly goods – from reclaimed bicycles, car tyres and inner tubes. These upcycled products provide high-quality accessories to the eco-conscious market whilst providing a positive impact on the planet.

We had the privilege speaking with Laura Zabo  herself on our Press and Bloggers Day event where she shared some more information about her brand and the collection she is showcasing within our summer boutique.

Interview as follows…

1.)Good Afternoon Laura. Thank you so much for attending our event today and for allowing me to ask you some questions. Can I start off by asking you to tell me the story behind your brand?

Yes, of course! Firstly, my brand is eco- conscious.  I got the inspiration from my life-changing trip in Tanzania where I saw people making sandals out of rubber tyres in a Maasai market. I found out that Africans recycle everything as they don’t have enough money to keep buying materials. I thought this concept of recycling was amazing and so I decided to make a collection of belts, sandals etc made from recycled materials. With this being said, I really want to spread seeds and make an impact with regards to the idea of eco-conscious fashion and recycling material!  

2.)  That’s an incredible story! How does it feel to have your collection of recycled belts being apart of our summer boutique? Also, how do you feel about being involved with our boutique with many other ethical designers?

Its inspirational! There is so much creativity in fashion and it is so interesting to be apart of something where you can see all that creativity in one space! It also helps to make a bigger impact with regards to ethical fashion. 

3.) Lastly, considering we are at our Press and Bloggers Day event, can you tell me about your thoughts on the whole interactive element behind today- with regards to bloggers and models coming in and trying/ posting about your collection on social media sites? 

Yes, it makes me so happy to see someone wearing my designs and also when they get surprised after they find out everything is recycled!  

If the concept of recycled/ sustainable fashion excites you then be sure to check out Laura’s incredible collection at London Organic Fashion and Beauty Boutique on 7 Thayer Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 3JH!

Introducing Paul Magen

 

 

Paul Magen has been in the jewellery business for over 30 years. In his words, he is the happiest when interacting with his customers and bringing his “ideas to life” with regards to his jewellery making.  Paul designs handmade and bespoke jewellery using uniquely textured silver and gold, set with precious and semi-precious stones. He also does a lot  of  commission based work where he uses his experience and knowledge to design and make pieces of jewellery that you have always desired, including  engagement rings, wedding rings and eternity rings. Paul uses an array of metals from silver, white, gold, yellow and platinum set with many semi-precious stones including Blue Topaz Amethyst through precious Sapphires Rubies Emerald and then onto Diamonds in various cuts and colours clarity’s. With this being said, Paul’s signature designs are a combination of organic and handmade textures which are crafted using a variety of metals from silver and gold to platinum.  He also sources diamonds and unusual semi-precious stones which are then incorporated into the designs of each customer’s specification.

 

 

We had the pleasure to talk to Paul and ask him a little bit more about his jewellery and designs at our Press and Bloggers Day event on Saturday 2nd June.

Interview as follows…

1.)Good Afternoon Paul. Thank you for attending our event today and also taking the time to talk to me about  your collection here at our summer boutique! Firstly, can I ask you to talk me through your designs?

Yes, of course! My collection is music inspired, I have always loved music so I decided to incorporate that love into my designs. For example, I have a collection called Green Day, which is inspired by the band of course! Also the stones I use are organic and some of them are recycled.

I take specifications from  my customers as well, where my aim is to design a piece that is not solely an expression of my creativity but also an interpretation of your unique and personal style.

2.) That’s great! So, how do you feel about exhibiting your collection within our summer boutique with other similar ethical designers?

Its great to be apart of everything! Its good to be within the industry where there is a nice mix of people. Its also different, as I am usually linked to the high street.

3.)Lastly, considering we are at our Press and Bloggers Day event- which we have organised to promote our boutique and your designs on all social media sites, can I just ask what social media means to you and your brand?

Yes, its good to get content and to get in on people! Its makes the whole experience more personable.

 

Why not come by and see Paul’s amazing handmade designs for yourself here at 7 Thayer Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 3JH.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

 

Introducing Contessina

In 1958, Clara Michalopoulou opened the first Contessina store in Greece. The emporium imported exclusively in Greece the clothes and accessories of famous foreign fashion houses, such as Emilio Pucci, Moschino, Thierry Mugler, Christian Dior, Pierre Balmain, Givenchy, Guy Laroche, Ginocchetti, and others.

As the Contessina stores grew in popularity, Clara’s daughter Elka, her grand daughters Agi and Clara and her sister Nasoula joined the business.

In the early 1980s, having the experience and know-how acquired during their collaboration with Dior and wishing to serve the needs of the Greek market better, they began creating their collections which include Womens clothing and accessories, knitwear as well as home accessories.

We had the pleasure to talk with Clara Poulantza, who is the founder of Contessina Inclusive and the designer of the collections.

Interview as follows….

1.) Hi Clara. Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today about your brand. Firstly would you mind telling me the story behind your collection you are showcasing within our summer boutique?

Yes of course. My brand is within its third generation. We are a Greek brand. So my Grandma started it back in Greece. Right now we have a sister brand which is in London. I have brought with me My Precious Lace Collection for you to sell in your shop. I have always loved lace, its really feminine and delicate. I couldn’t find any lace jewellery in any shop so I decided to make this collection because of that.  Its all made by hand, and the silk used is from Greece. As this is a Greek brand, I wanted to combine it with London to help promote it as it is difficult to promote in Greece.

2.) How do you feel about being apart of our summer boutique with other emerging ethical designers?

Yes, its really nice to be apart of a group effort!

3.) Lastly, keeping in mind that this is a social event where press and bloggers are coming in to view/ post about your collection online, can I just ask what social media means to you and your brand? 

Its really important. As I said before, it is hard to promote my brand in Greece so I have two Instagrams: one for Greece and one for London in the hope of creating more awareness for my brand. 

 

Want to see the Contessina collection for yourself? If thats a yes then feel free to come by to our boutique on 7 Thayer Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 3JH!