I finished off the year writing about local companies, so why not (finally!) begin again on the same topic?
I first discovered Rebekah from Lines and Current on Instagram and hit that moment where you realise you are ‘liking’ a post from six months previous! The main thing that captured my attention was the simplicity of her photos, her jewellery and her style. In the midst of creating an envious world, wanting the designer, the next best thing, always wishing for ‘more’, Rebekah exuded calm, and in her own words her brand has been…
Born out of a love for clean lines with a boho twist, ‘Lines & Current’ is a brand for normal girls who ‘work hard to keep it simple’ so there’s enough time for play & things that matter. It’s about de-cluttering, finding clean lines & pursuing your version of minimalism or simplicity. When this happens it frees up some soul space, we can lean in the unpredictable current of life & follow the creative, generous spirit that prompts us.
I sort of want to steal this as my own ethos!
As the name suggests, her jewellery mixes the straight lines with movement. Having browsed her website on many an occasion I finally had an opportunity to buy. A treat for a friend and one for me.
Rebekah also chooses a charity (this month the Significado Foundation) and donates 10% from each sale to support it and if your sign up to the newsletter, you get to enjoy 10% off too – always giving:) So after dry January, go browse, and write your shopping list for February;)
I often talk about discovering and supporting local talent on silverbrogues, but the man in the spotlight today on the blog has had the highest of accolades, given at the British Fashion Awards this year. JW Anderson is Designer of the Year for both Men’s and Women’s Fashion – the first designer to win both awards in one year.
Photo Credit – London Fashion Week
Starting out in the town of Magherafelt, in a little village The Loup, Jonathan William Anderson had high hopes of becoming an actor, however focusing more on the costume department, he realised acting wasn’t the career for him. His journey moved him from America to Dublin, taking a job in Brown Thomas and working backstage at Belfast Fashion Week along the way, before moving to London to study Menswear at London College of Fashion. Meanwhile he was working as a window dresser at Prada under the direction of Prada stylist Manuela Pavesi. And from here it seems, is where Anderson took much of his inspiration.
Graduating from the London College of Fashion, JW Anderson was established as a label and his first menswear collection hit the catwalks just three years later. Womenswear followed two years after that. And with a following including my style icon Alexa Chung, his intermingling of men’s and women’s wear became Anderson’s statement on the catwalk.
After being nominated and winning a number of awards, launching a collection with Topshop, and more recently splitting himself between two jobs in two cities, he now works as the creative director for Loewe in Paris, as well as developing the Ready-to-Wear collection for his own label with his team in London.
Historical information sourced from Vogue, The Guardian, Business of Fashion, W Magazine – Thank-you!
Sharp lines, bold colours, quirky structures, setting trends – check out some of Anderson’s recent designs below.
Photo Credit – Vogue / j-w-anderson.com
Photo Credit – London Fashion Week / Fashion156 / Independent
Photo Credit – j-w-anderson.com
Photo Credit – Vogue
Photo Credit – Vogue
Photo Credit – Vogue
Photo Credit – Vogue
I was recently at an event in Malmaison Hotel, Belfast. The event was to showcase the A/W collection from local company, Story Horse. I love supporting local, and I love hearing about our creative little community, but I am often surprised how we miss so much of this talent! This was my first encounter with Story Horse.
The scene was perfectly set. The suite used for the launch couldn’t have fit the brief more perfectly in my opinion. Intimate, homely and full of warmth. With the name Story Horse coming from the old Dublin saying ‘What’s the story horse?’ meaning How’s life?, the backdrop enhanced the products.
The new collection “Chilly Days Out and Cosy Nights In’ offered a selection of multi-purpose bags, wellies, umbrellas, toiletries and an array of knits necessary both those days out and nights in!
And so the wishlist began…
Find Story Horse online and use the code LAUNCH15 for a discount!
One thing I have really enjoyed since beginning to write here at silverbrogues is the opportunity to find and support local companies. I wanted to give you a little sample of some of the designers, entrepreneurs, creative talents of Belfast and Northern Ireland – go check them out!
First up, Gráinne Maher: Fashion Vault, designer of one of my favourite pieces of jewellery, a pink perspex Butterfly necklace (see photo below). Gráinne opened the doors to the Fashion Vault in Spires Mall, a little spot that has always held treasures unique to Northern Ireland, and more recently held the much loved Fashion Souk, a place where I have found many bargains over the years!
As you step through the glass doors, the minimalist, industrial interior sets the perfect backdrop to focus on fashion and accessories. Gráinne will be stocking a range of independent local designers, both up and coming and well established, and designers from further afield, as well as her own designs of course!
There is never a time when we don’t want to get treats in the post, is there? So when The Foxy Boxy offered to send over one of their boxes, I couldn’t say no! Described as ‘a monthly box for lovers of fashion, fun and frills!’, The Foxy Boxy was set up by two local girls, Jill and Laura. With a different theme each month (June box was entitled ‘Ooh La Laa’), the letterbox friendly box contained a mix of little handbag treats, and at 9am on the first day of each month the next theme will be announced! The website is easy to use, there is no subscription making it easy to sign up as and when you wish to get it delivered to your door, or send as a little treat to a friend! I love how the girls add a little personal touch with a video about the contents!
A lace collar adapted to make my dressing table look pretty! Also check out my Butterfly necklace by Gráinne Maher.
A lover of a bargain, and again, the appeal of finding a unique piece of fashion, Colour Pursuit has been set up by local girl Amanda Rankin as a ‘celebration of second chances’. Check out her online store and see if you can find a piece you can give another chance!
And a post to follow on Lines and Current – until then, check out all that local designer Rebekah has to offer!
And now to some food. Enjoying some healthy treats at Raw Food Rebellion on the Lisburn Road wearing my favourite summer dress by local designer Zoe Boomer (thanks to my photographer Ruth from Willow Lane).
The tasting plates presented on the opening night of Raw Food Rebellion were swiftly devoured – not only because each flavour that entered your mouth was delicious, but the vegan, dairy free and gluten free food is sold as ‘clean eating’. I would happily eat the hummus for the rest of my life;)
And last up, I recently became a Brand Rep for local company Itty Bitty Book Co – a company that, through cards, wall banners, framed pictures and the most adorable little books, basically just want to promote positivity! Great for your handbag, your desk drawer or your mantlepiece and a perfect gift for a friend!
Any locals you love? Send over the links and we can check them out!
Last week I had the opportunity to go to two shopping ‘markets’, filled with local creatives and entrepreneurs.
First up, the launch of Studio Souk. For any regular readers, you will know that I have spent many a Saturday afternoon browsing the second hand and local designer stalls and bought a lot of bargains and one off pieces. This concept recently developed to a Studio in Spires Mall where designers came together to work and sell their creations, and then to a store in the centre of Belfast where most of my Christmas shopping was done! Now, the new Studio Souk comprises both – shopping and design, and not just fashion but the perfect space for anyone interested in interiors, art and jewellery. A creative and inspiring space! And to top it off, you can grab yourself a snack as you shop at Cafe Souk.
Studio Souk, Castle Lane, Belfast
Next up, Kloth and Ko put together an event at Sixty6 bringing together local fashion designers, retailers and shoppers. The day event allowed time to shop the collections, while the evening, curated by stylists Orla Eastwood and Lewis Cameron, gave fashion lovers the opportunity to interact with models at a live fashion installation.
Kloth & Co
Fashion Installation by stylists Orla Eastwood and Lewis Cameron
And finally, this one is for you! A COMPETITION!! *competition now closed*
A local company got in touch to offer readers of silverbrogues the chance to win a handbag to celebrate Mother’s Day, well actually, anyone can enter to celebrate the need for a treat! Northern Totes is an online handbag store offering unique, stylish, affordable handbags for every occasion. If you live in the Belfast area, they offer same day delivery or Click and Collect – great for any last minute handbag dilemmas! Here are a few of my favourites…
Trouble in Paradise / Daytime Glam / Patterned Tote / Black Beauty / Joseph’s Coat. Main image – Classy Bird