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F&F Kids Accessories Spring Summer 2017

29th April

Following on from a successful AW season, we designed, developed and produced several styles in the F&F kids Accessories Spring Summer 2017 season. Liaising with the buying team at the head office and China supplier with the hub, we took from buy brief to finished product 2 pack caps, straw trilby, bags, 2 pack bucket hats and more.

The 2 pack caps feature one cap in a red twill with in house designed Authentic Apparel slogan contrast satin stitched in navy and white, with streetwear screen printed behind. Keeping on trend the next slogan cap is all chambray with 3D satin stitched Brooklyn in white, with flat satin stitching below. Our straw trilby for girls has been well received. The bright over sized flowers really stand out in bright warm colours. Within the basket weave is a silver phleck interwoven with … Read More »



Pantone colour of 2017 – Greenery 15-0343 TPG

5th January

Pantone select a colour every year since 2000 which influences trends across many industries, from fashion to travel. This year that colour is greenery, 15-0343TPG. It reflects new beginnings, a general trend towards healthier, greener solutions to diet, social life and environmental issues. A positive and feel good colour.

Browse the site for ready made colour palettes at Pantone. Great tool for looking at whats on trend now and helping to predict the following colour trends. This light green shade is an easy move on from the autumnal transitional khakis and  greener browns that have so dominated fashion the past year or two.

 

Using the Greenery colour all over really gives a fresh feel to the colour block trend going on in footwear and accessories right now. Adding a tan highlight for spring summer and brown or black for autumn winter keep … Read More »



An Original Penguin AW15/16

28th September

Continuing the success from the previous Spring Summer season we designed and developed the styles hand in hand with the footwear head office. This season has an outdoors theme, getting back to nature, making the most of the Autumnal colours. Working from the brief we created a trendy, stylish and quality range of shoes for Autumn Winter 15/16.

Well received by the bloggers and the customers it was an awesome range to have input on. Creasy, a long wingtip boot featured heavily in the range, supple grained leather with zig zag edges, burnished and brogued on the toe with a crepe outsole. Described on the website as “of the utmost quality as you would expect with anything that bears the Original Penguin name”

The crepe outsole really made this group stand out, on trend and gives a real premium look alongside the … Read More »



Ladies F&F Active AW14/15, inaugural launch

25th September

Autumn Winter 2015 F&F launch their first true sports line. A comprehensive range of sports and gym gear plus apparel, footwear and accessories. Working alongside the buying team and the Far East factories, we designed, developed and produced some great looking trainers and bags. Have a look at one of the EU videos and check out all the lovely footwear being worn!

The sports shoes had super light weight uppers, made fully in mesh and soft textiles, featuring trendy leopard prints with bold and punchy highlights of coral, neon yellow, purples and sky blues. Making the most of the brights against with a laser cut mesh overlay and eye catching internals. The bags were made fully with the gym and track in mind, yoga mat holders on the underneath with internal wet pockets.

The launch was received positively by bloggers and … Read More »



SS14 Footwear trend – Espadrille It

11th April

The classic A-line construction espadrille has been going strong for a good few years, a staple in any fashion conscious individuals wardrobe or just an easy going item for the beach and house lounging. SS14 is no exception with the espadrille being seen in more variations than ever before in mens, womens and childrens footwear. It is not the most exciting bit of footwear but it is never the less a big trend for the season, following through no doubt to 2015. Make the most of its cheap price point and consider pushing it up a little with some additional features.

Updating it for Spring Summer 2014 with hybrid versions of the espadrille is an interesting way to ride the trend and push it forward. If you have a successfully selling lightweight (canvas or textile based upper), simple construction style (plimsoll or … Read More »



The Cuba Project – 2013 colour & materials forecast

30th December

If you would like to purchase this 2013 colour and materials package, any other package or wish to discuss commissioning a specific package, please feel free to contact me.

In mid 2012 I travelled to the carribean island of Cuba to gain inspiration on colour and material forecasting for 2013. Why Cuba you say? Why not? Right now this island is going through a huge transition from a dedicated Communist state to a slightly more open Communist state (sort of like China…kind of…). If you go now you can see what Cuba is like before it is really opened up to the rest of the world, in it’s raw state. Which leads me onto the main reason for my visit. The US trade embargo was put on Cuba in 1960. Up until this point it had benefited from huge investment from … Read More »



Heirloom Collection from Fleming & Howland

22nd September

Hardly anyone knows about a long established, highly reputable and luxurious British company called Fleming & Howland, but everyone will know about the furniture company that incorporated them into their brand, Chesterfield. Chesterfield has the reputation of being the best classic furniture for a long time and rightly so. You may not love the Chesterfield furniture as a sofa to sit on in your front room, or even as a stool in your bedroom, but none the less, you will recognise the sheer quality and craftsmanship that this product is ingrained with. And just for the record, I would love a Chesterfield sofa/chair/stool and anything else available!

Fleming & Howland began in 1780. Using high-grade skins and golden rivets that have long been their recognizable trade mark. A shoemaker and attendee at Cordwainer’s, Solomon Howland left the footwear business behind and … Read More »



Kinetic Rain – Changi Airport Singapore

12th July

At Changi Singapore Airport departure-check-in hall of Terminal 1, sits a beautiful piece of moving art. During refurbishment at the airport, ART+COM was commissioned to create a signature installation. The result of this is Kinetic Rain.

“The sculpture aims to be a source of identity for its location, and provides a moment for passengers to contemplate and reflect despite the busy travelling atmosphere.”

Composed of 2 parts, each consists of 608 rain droplets made of lightweight aluminium covered with copper. Dangling from thin, almost invisible steel wires above the 2 opposing escalators creates a sense of organised chaos. Watch each drop move, precisely and deliberately by a computerised motor hidden in the ceiling. The sequence of “droplets” movement covers a 15 minute choreography “here the two parts move together in unison, sometimes mirroring, sometimes complementing, … Read More »



Camo @ The Fore: SS12

25th January

With the military boot having a strong presence last Winter, the military theme is doing equally as well, utilised last season and going forward to the next in various forms . This SS12 it is taking its shape as lightweight but durable materials and directly borrowing the trusty old military camouflage.

As with most things in fashion (if not all), it’s all about interpretation. Personally I prefer the more subtle take of a camo with a twist than the outright raw traditional blur of colours it used to offer. Take a look at my light hearted and not so literal version of a 21st century camouflage.

A good example of this is the Huf Choice & Hupper “Rain Camouflage” from AW11. Start stop lines criss crossing the upper pattern to create a modern fresh camouflage which represent “what is being called … Read More »




A Little taster from one of my blogs!

Simple tutorial on how to make a baby padder, all leather, hand stitched, raw edge and unlined. On this post I am going to show from start to finish, how to make your own baby shoes, bear in mind, you will need some tools and the pattern is cut from leather and there is no glue. Start with suede as it is more flexible and easier to work with than other treated leathers. It is still good quality suede, soft touch on the skin, inside and out of the shoe...

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