Saturday, November 14, 2009

E S T E T H I C A . I

So I managed to catch the last hour of the Estethica press day on Tuesday. There were some really interesting new things happening and quite a lot so here is pt.1

By Stamo was definitely one of my favourites from Estethica last week. Although this is only their second collection you can tell that the designer, originally from Greece, has years of experience in the industry.

By Stamo aims to produce garments in the same region as they are sold. Currently based only in London means that is the only place where By Stamo is available, however they are hoping to expand this to America and Italy next year.

The pleating technique is done by hand using steam and is created using one piece of fabric. As much as I love the light silks I am enamoured with By Stamo's AW09 collection which is right up my street. For full images of both collections click here.

This is also Henrietta Ludgate's second solo collection since working for Osman Yousefzada for fours year after graduating from Central Saint Martins. Her label is now based in Scotland and sources all fabrics from British mills preserving British craftsmanship. All manufacturing takes place just outside of Inverness in one of the few remaining crofting villages in Scotland. Crofting villages are usually made up of small rented agricultural units to keep crofts, livestock etc. Her work there contributes towards helping safe guard the rights, livelihoods and culture of crofters and their communities.

As well as using fleece from local villages and organic tweeds from Ardalanish Isle of Mull Weavers, which helps preserve the skills and tradition from the crofting villages, she also sources cotton and silk from surplus wastage and end of run from mills in the UK.

Henrietta Ludgate is stocked by our mates at Che Camille in Glasgow.

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