Design

Things to do: Fashion Revolution Week Open Studios



Phoebe English Fashion revolution Week Open Studios

Last week, I went to a Fash & Mash Pioneers talk with Dan Widmaier, CEO and co-founder of Bolt Threads, the textile start-up that’s been working with Stella McCartney to create sustainable high-performance fabrics, such as lab-grown ‘spider silk’. It was well timed to add to the conversation around Earth Day and this week’s Fashion Revolution Week, in which we take a good look at our consumption habits and how they affect the world around us. The main takeaway from Widmaier’s talk was the realisation that our current consumption levels are truly out of control. So this year’s Fashion Revolution Week seems to be more important than ever. (more…)



Francesca Amfitheatrof is the new jewellery hire for Louis Vuitton



Francesca Amfitheatrof - Interview Magazine

News just in: Francesca Amfitheatrof is the new artistic director of watches and jewellery at Louis Vuitton. I’m glad to see her back in the loop since she left Tiffany & Co. I loved her Tiffany T collection, which according to WWD is still one of the brand’s bestsellers.

Hard luxury has been a big focus at LVMH lately (more…)



Blue Mountain School – not your average corner shop



floating staircase by Valentin Loellmann at Blue Mountain School London by Alastair Strong for NYT

If you’re planning a trip to London and want to see some retail newness, you’d be mad to miss Blue Mountain School.The name alone is artily seductive with its Rauschenburg-esque ‘Black Mountain College’ connotations, and the building… well you’ll have to see – and feel – for yourself.

The NYT has all the spoilers, but suffice to say a lot of time, money and thought has gone into this unique six-level Shoreditch corner store. (more…)



Positive fashion: Bite



Bite AW18

Two new positive fashion names on my radar: one is a fashion label and the other is an editorial site.

Make it Last, is a Swedish site that focuses on sustainable style of the non-crunchy kind. Everything is so calm and lagom and mostly vicuna-hued. And it has opened my eyes to so many lovely brands – including perfumers Stora Skuggan, auctioneers Bukowskis and … Bite. (more…)