We popped along to the opening night of Designersblock to see our friend Saskia Buchannan yesterday. Inspired by two rusty cigar tins full of nuts and bolts that she inherited from her granddad, Saskia’s work explores the interplay between collecting and hoarding.
Open until Sunday at the Southbank Centre, Designersblock is definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for something to do over the weekend. The show brings together more than 60 designers -from students and graduates to those working in established design companies- and showcases their new furniture, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and much more. Stay posted for more info on some of our favourite exhibits.
We’re finalising our shoot plans. We’ve a concept planned and looking for interesting backdrops. This has involved me snapping photos on my phone while cycling around. Fun but dangerous.
We’ve a great photographer and stylist working on the project so looking forward to what we come up with (Rachel Manns andRussell Philp Peek ). If you know an interesting background, we’re taking suggestions over on Facebook and Twitter.
New logo. Huge shout out to the guys who’ve been working on this. Stoked to roll this out.
The cold is coming. I don’t want it to and I am fully expecting to enjoy at least some sort of an Indian Summer first. But alas, Winter’s inevitable creep will reach us at some point. Partly for this reason we are very glad to have Lily and Albert signed up for our October launch. The other reason being that their jumpers are flippin’ beautiful.
The jumpers are hand knitted by small family based groups in Northern Portugal. It is a tradition rooted in the local culture and many of the cable patterns were originally developed to remember fishermen lost at sea.
Bring your worst Winter, we’ll be ready.
I am so happy to tell you that we have Nurmi on board. Their commitment to ethical production is truly admirable. Founder, Anniina Nurmi, has left no stone unturned in her vision to create a truly responsible fashion label. The brand can tell you where every component of their garments comes from and the stories are impressive.
For example, Nurmi’s tote bags are made from hemp cultivated without using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. The hemp is spun and woven on the border of Hungary and Romania where it is dyed with low impact dyes. The bags themselves are then cut & sewn by inmates at Vanaja prison, Hämeenlinna, Finland. The factory employs around 15 female prisoners who are trained by experienced professionals to do a wide range of clothing and textile production. Hi-ho for Scandinavia’s restorative justice system!
Founded in 2010 Nurmi create great looking clothing which is crafted to last. The label is clearly a labour of love and it is amazing what Anniina has achieved in such a short time. This is the kind of brand we want to bring you - labels that are the fruit of passion and commitment.
One of Ray Eames’ plywood sculptures, which reveals organic shapes, key to his later plywood furniture.
Captured by Herbert Matter around 1943.
Here at Brothers We Stand we’re very excited to have Parisians, L’Herbe Rouge signed-up and on-board for our launch in October. Here’s a little guy I spotted on the streets of la ville lumière recently.
The French are cool, Parisians are cooler. It is with great pleasure that I introduce our new partner, L’Herbe Rouge. Their gently toned A/W collection provides some lovely pieces.
The brand was formed in 2008 when three experienced professionals decided to come together to form a business that would show that ‘une autre mode est possible’ or ‘another way is possible’.
With a strong commitment to ethical practice the brand use only more sustainable materials such as organic yarns and tencel, a biodegradable material made from wood pulp (sustainably harvested).
Products are made in factories audited to high standards. L’Herbe Rouge’s partner in Madagascar pay above the minimum wage and have a retirement scheme. The factory have also invested in a water reprocessing system, which filters and purifies waste water.
I would end on a classy bit of French, but I’m English innit and my language skills are poor.