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Meet the Designer Jean-Pierre Braganza

London born, Canadian raised, Jean-Pierre Braganza began his creative career studying Fine Arts at York University, Toronto. Whilst studying fine arts he specialized in Painting, however upon being selected for a solo show in the university he began to realize on the night of the opening that his heart lay in fashion, not painting. Realising...
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Meet Designer David Longshaw and His Fictional Side-kick

As part of the alumni of both Central St Martins and The Royal College of Art, it doesn’t take me by surprise that founder of self-titled brand David Longshaw and curator of Maude – the fictional character David created as a part of his final collection at St Martin- has an exquisite imagination. From Manchester,...
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Jewellery designer of the moment| Meet Nicole Akong

Walking around the exhibitions at London Fashion Week, I couldn’t just pass by the Akong London stand without stopping – colourful, hand-made jewellery caught my eye immediately. Nicole Akong is the jewellery designer behind the label. Born and raised in the West Indies, she graduated with a degree in Fine Art and moved to London...
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Inspired by the streets | Meet the designer Phannatiq

  The disposition of London’s streets is a controversial subject.  Scarred with graffiti and the marks of industrialisation, many would regard it to be an ugly scene, tainted by the development of our modern society.  However, if we were to observe the same picture through the eyes of Anna Skodbo, then our perception would differ...
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Meet Jewellery Designer Imogen Belfield

I ask Imogen Belfield what she thinks she will be remembered for. Her answer is simple, straight-forward “Big, bold and sculptural jewellery“. I remember the first time I came across one of her designs. It was a beautiful, chunky looking, golden ring gracing the hand of singer, Lily Allen, on the cover of ‘STYLE’ magazine....
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Meet the fresh & ambitious talent Viking Wong

With such a striking name, Viking Wong was always destined to stand out from the crowd and, after being listed by Vogue as one of the Top Twelve Designers to watch in 2011,  it would seem as though Viking is successfully attracting a lot of positive attention.  Despite only graduating from the London College of...
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The Designer behind L.2. Mae|Meet Debbie Huntley

Think Kate Middleton and an elegant,floor length chiffon dress springs to mind; classic, simple and beautifully crafted. Now take a peek at freshly graduated designer Debbie Huntley’s new label, L.2.Mae… and I think the Duchess may have found a new favourite designer. Just a year after finishing her Fashion Design course at University of Huddersfield,...
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Up and Coming| Meet Claudia Catzeflis

After completing her BA and MA in Fashion Womenswear at the prestigious Central Saint Martins, Claudia Catzeflis ran a shop on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch, selling clothes, books and accessories by new designers. Fast forward to now, and all seems to be changing for the better; she was recently named as one of the winners...
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Meet Ethical Designer Ada Zanditon

If you thought ethical fashion was all slogan T-shirts, beige canvas bags and stone block shoes then take a quick look at the exquisite, sculptural designs of Ada Zanditon. Her sheer panelled skirts, folded futuristic capes, maroon quilted sleeves, asymmetric knitwear and distressed leather torsos are beautifully delicate, yet with a bold, sexy undertone that...
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Meet New Footwear Designer| Joanne Stoker

With footwear so accessible and affordable on the high street, it needs a talented designer to break out of the mould and actually design a shoe with flair, originality and a distinct look. Please step forward Joanne Stoker and take a bow in those truly awe-inspiring heels. Using architecture and details that others overlook, Joanne’s designs are...
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