Having London Fashion Week withdrawal symptoms? The fun needn’t be over just yet! Swing by our Notting Hill store tomorrow (Thursday 20th February) for the Armour Amor party, in celebration of the launch of their Autumn/Winter 2014 collection ‘The Siren’.
Jessica Schuhle-Lewis is the creative mind behind Orwell & Austen, a hand printed scarf (and now jumper) brand named after two of the designer’s favourite authors – George Orwell and Jane Austen. Coincidentally, George Orwell was born in an Indian village very close to Nepal, where Orwell & Austen pieces are made. We asked Schuhle-Lewis a series of quick fire questions in order to learn a little bit more about what makes her tick. Orwell & Austen is available online and in our Notting Hill store.
- What qualifies you for your job?
I’ve been drawing, painting and designing since I could hold a pencil and I live for fashion, which I hope makes up for my lack of formal design qualifications.
- What has been your biggest mistake?
Training to be a lawyer instead of going to art school is up there, but then I’m an ‘everything happens for a reason’ type of person and working in the City had its benefits (money) and gave me a thick skin and more determination to succeed.
- Describe your happy place
In the mountains in Switzerland with lots of fresh snow, empty slopes and lots of amazing friends to go skiing with.
- What do you wish you knew 10 years ago?
The winning numbers for the lottery from January 2004 – January 2014.
- What are you most jealous of in others?
The ability to wake up early in the morning bright eyed and bushy tailed. I’m a real night owl and have to hit snooze 10 times before I can even contemplate getting out of bed in the morning.
- What book changed your life?
‘Who moved my cheese’ – it’s a non self help style self help book. It’s not my favourite book (impossible to choose a favourite book but ’1984′ ‘Americanah’ or ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’ would be up there) but it is a book that changed my perspective on life and how you approach obstacles. It’s also the book that was a catalyst to me leaving law and the City and doing something I am passionate about.
- What last made you laugh?
A joke involving a pizza delivery company, a strong northern accent and a liver and pineapple pizza. I’d write it out but it all rests on the pronunciation by northerner of ‘deliver’ so probably wouldn’t translate on page!
- What’s your least favourite word?
Nice as it’s what people use when they have no strong feeling about something.
- What’s your most treasured possession?
There’s nothing I couldn’t live without, but I would be really sad if anything ever happened to the photo albums from my childhood, especially the one my mum made the year I was born.
- What’s next?
For the brand sweaters, for me hopefully more of the same and then who knows!
On Saturday, Wolf & Badger hosted a London Fashion Week event at the world famous Savoy hotel. With catwalk presentations from: A-Line, DB Berdan, Narciss, Paola Balzona and Vielma, and stands from: Funlayo Déri, Judy Wu, Gudrun & Gudrun, Emmie McCourts, Maria Lamanna, Lennon Courtney, Evi Grintela, Cleo B, Rosemary Goodenough, Grace Atelier De Luxe, Akapello, Jock Fairweather, Liliyang, Zashadu, Nazanin Rose Matin, Florian, Ona Chan, Elyona, Dear Frances, Wagner Arte, MyriamSOS, Armour Amor, Oona, Lani Vincoli, SheBee, Tessa Metcalfe, La Corza by Sabo Designs and Lesite Lee, it was a unique event, unrivaled in its exposure of emerging design talent.
Stoli bespoke cocktails:
Balsamic vinegar, Stoli Premium, mint leaves, topped with lemonade
Wolf & Badger Stolijito
Stoli Premium, lemon juice, ginger and lemongrass cordial, mint leaves. Churned with crushed ice in a tall glass mojito style
The cast and crew from Channel 4′s Made in Chelsea popped by to check out our new design talent and guests were packed off with generously loaded goodie bags including offerings from: Goo:ey, CHI Coconut Water, Propercorn, We Are Tea and InSipral Kale Chips.
The event was held in the grand Abraham Lincoln Room of The Savoy and was filled with noble blooms from Johnny’s Little Sister florist.
The event also saw the launch of the new Wolf & Badger magazine The Sett, to read The Sett online please click here.
Paola Balzano presentation
DB Berdan presentation
#1 – Wolf & Badger London Fashion week showroom
What: Wolf & Badger Autumn/Winter 2014 London Fashion Week showroom at The Savoy & Launch of ‘The Sett’
Where: The Savoy, Abraham Lincoln Room, Riverside Entrance, Strand, London WC2R 0EU
When: Saturday 15th February, 1-7pm
Why: As part of London Fashion Week, Wolf & Badger will be showcasing some of the most exciting emerging design talent of the season, in a world famous London location. Welcoming international press, buyers and members of the fashion trade, we will be displaying collections that will be gracing the shelves of our two London stores, plus our online shop, come Autumn. The event will also act as the launchpad for our new in-house magazine ‘The Sett’, which will be available, for free, at the event and in both stores for the duration of the season.
To read ‘The Sett’ online please click here.
Don’t forget to RSVP: email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you there!
International fashion designer Ping He, launched her ready-to-wear label PINGHE, in the UK in April 2011. Ping’s signature style stems from her love of architecture and structured silhouettes, which form the aesthetic of the Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Employing contradictory concepts, her collection sees soft and strong, elegant and powerful elements expertly blended in subtle, neutral hues. Ping designs for women and ensures that her clothing empowers and flatters. PINGHE makes tailored luxury garments that pay careful attention to the smallest details, in order to create the perfect fit and silhouette.
- What have been the highest and lowest points on your journey so far?
Controlling the fine tune between creativity and business tasks has been challenging and enjoyable at the same time. Every season, seeing the completed collection after all the months of hard work has always been my favorite part. It is real team effort, it is very fulfilling.
- What is your greatest fear?
I believe that fear is not an option.
- How would you describe your customer base?
She is whoever enjoys PINGHE, I design clothes to complete her.
- What are the morals you run your brand by?
In whatever you do, you have to love it, a lot of PINGHE is in-house, in-house design, marketing, and manufacturing; the key to this is loving what we do.
- Who is your mentor?
Harvey Nichols CEO Joseph Wan, he has always been straight to the point and super smart, I learnt a lot from him.
- What inspires you?
People, art and society, it is during these everyday moments that true beauty can be found, finding the true beauty/elegance and bringing it to the surface is fundamentally what PINGHE represents.
- What motto do you live your life by?
- How do you keep your body and mind healthy?
I run often. London is so beautiful, running allows me to clear my mind while taking in the scenery.
- Where do you see the brand in five years?
Our business target for the next five years is to be the best new international designer label. With all design, marketing and production in-house, and to continue to grow successfully, as we have been so far.
- What drew you to Wolf & Badger?
Wolf and Badger is a revolutionary retail concept, they allow fashion designers to promote themselves creatively, something that no other store does. Their location is also ideal for the PINGHE woman, so together we make the perfect match.
- What one thing would make your life better?
More hours in the day.
Announcing the Wolf & Badger Autumn/Winter 2014 London Fashion Week showroom at The Savoy. To RSVP please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 14th February.
T-shirt: Piano Necktie
Trousers: Hentsch Man
Hat: Anthony Peto
#1 – Kasun
What: Kasun Trunk Show
Where: Wolf & Badger Notting Hill, 46 Ledbury Road
When: Saturday 8th February, 12-7pm
Why: Up to 40% off Kasun pieces for one day only!
We spoke to the creative force behind Delada, Lada Komarova, about modern art, workwear and running a business.
My inspiration mainly comes from art…
“Besides of course the desire to help women to feel confident and look elegant. I used to run the contemporary art gallery [art]iculate, a non-profit organisation. We collect art and support young artists, mainly emerging artists, by buying and exhibiting their art.”
It’s very tough for young designers to get exposed to the market…
“Wolf & Badger give us an amazing opportunity to display our product and it’s the same for what we do. The young artists need the support, not only financially but commercially.”
The Delada woman is in her early 30s/40s…
“But age is just a number. What is important is style. I would say she is feminine but also cool and edgy. She successfully combines her family, professional and social life. I focus mainly designing from office to evening. If the Delada woman is going to the theatre or an event, instead of having to change, she can just dress up her outfit with accessories. She is the epitome of a professional, strong, timeless and sophisticated woman.”
I studied business administration in America but it was accidentally…
“I have always had a passion for fashion and art, but when I moved to America my family encouraged me to get a business degree as they thought that even if you want to be an artist, it’s always important to know your numbers.”
I try to be sensible and always look at the financial side of the business…
“When I choose fabrics I try to be sensible and not go too crazy. I always have in mind how much the garments would cost to produce, and therefore what the wholesale price of the piece would be. It is essential for the garments to be at an attainable price, especially when you are unknown. In this economical situation it helps to have competitive prices.”
I think women in general prefer the fitted silhouette…
“It is incredibly hard to be elegant and contemporary. You want to have something fitted and tailored, which is the DNA in Delada, but at the same time you want to be comfortable. That is what I’m trying to create.”
Delada is available online and in our Mayfair store