Great British Roots, the new collection by Belstaff for their Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, is presented in the heart of their Belstaff home in Mayfair. The most ideal setting to remind us all of the remarkable story the brand carries.
The collection is the first by Creative Director Sean Lehnhardt-Moore who showcases incredible British designs, evolved and entirely driven by the spirit of adventure.
The staple pieces were displayed in a space of four packing crates, each area with its own focus compass points in reference to Belstaff’s past. Simultaneously a different vibe was in each corner to signify the contemporary growth of the brand.
The first compass point was “Outward Bound” a setting from the 1920s, where Belstaff made protective outdoor gear mainly for traveling and exploring. The second compass was “Dockland” that was inspired by the military/navy, which incorporated a more extreme protective kit, in scenes with ropes, pulleys, and chains. “The Machine Age” being the third compass was encouraged by motorcyclists and equipped drivers, a scene more adventurous and associated with a love for machines. And lastly “Northern Grit” was the final compass point, the setting with the most down to earth functionality with areas in reference to potteries and coal mining.
Garments included a black leather biking cape, thick woolen jumpers, the best quality brown suede coats, cotton and cashmere as well as shearling pieces, knits and hand waxed leather to support Belstaff’s solid brand identity, great materials that capture the modern day Belstaff trademark. The tones supported the industrial influence with blacks, browns, greys, and shades of navy blue, in addition, clothing details in reference to the military uniforms.
The interior and aesthetic of the room also supported that same vibe with a space of autumn leaves, logs, a vintage British motorcycle, and mechanical accents. An environment for the guests invited to really take in and captivate the story of “Great British Roots”. Guests that were present included, Richard Biedel, Stefan Pierre, Craig McGinley, David Gandy, and Oliver Proudlock. All of which who also honoured the Belstaff presentation with incredible style and flair.
This debut for Sean Lehnhardt-Moore spoke volumes in celebrating the brand's British heritage and we believe it’ll be the first of many outstanding collections to exhibit technical innovation, forthcoming development, and beautifully crafted British design.
This year Barbour celebrated its 125th year anniversary, the family-run brand which is based in North England was founded by John Barbour in 1894. Recently showcasing the latest AW19 looks at the Lanchester House during London Fashion Week Men's.
To celebrate the special mile Stone reached by the business, Barbour collaborated with Sir Ridley Scott designing a unique directors jacket. Hand drawn illustrations are featured on the back labels of the garments personally drawn by Ridley himself, a collectable 125-anniversary pin and a short film which was also apart of the collaboration produced by Sir Ridley Scott with the film being privately displayed to guest during the presentation at Lancaster House.
The limited edition range was inspired by the Iconic Barbour archive, designed for both men and women. The collection includes quilted shapes, waxed fabrics, and detachable linings. An earthy colour pallet was merged with a variety of textures including functional garments such as military collars and draw away hoods. The distinctive Barbour style was carried through the collection with British heritage producing looks perfect for both city and countryside.
The brand continues to stand strong having built a reputation on quality designed garments that are made to last. Originally created for mariners and sailors Barbour has adapted to fashion trends over time whilst still keeping a recognisably modern British look and country heritage.
Joubi was founded in 2010 in London by Joanna Bourne, Joubi taking its name from a re-working of the French word ‘bijou’ which actually means jewellery.
After graduating from the Gemological Institute of America, Joanna has since devoted her time and efforts to designing and realising her first collection. Her vision was to create a wearable and versatile jewellery collection that was modern but, would appeal to all age groups. Joanna takes the inspiration for her work from her years of travel in Africa and in Asia, her love of animals and from her fascination with natural materials such as metals and gem stones, with all this in mind Joanna has created a diverse yet charming collection.
Joanna’s jewellery is decadent but quirky, luxury jewellery to lust over. Joanna has managed to accomplish taking you from elegant daywear, to cool rock chick in the evening, she achieves this from a slight change in the gold plating from yellow gold to black rhodium plating. Fortunately jewellery has the freedom to not be constricted to a particular season. Joubi is not concerned about the seasons but rather the individual Joubi customer, rather than conforming to a season, trend or theme.
JB by Joubi is a more playful take on the already established Joubi collection, offering a duality of inspiration; the tangible and the abstract. Striking rings, bracelets and necklaces inspired by the natural beauty found in nature as well as beauty in the ethereal, with hand-picked diamonds, amethyst, gold, and onyx, used to create unique stunning pieces. Visually it’s evident that Joanna took inspiration from the celestial phenomenon of the Aurora lights and the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle with these aerial and astral influences, and the colour palette chosen, both compliment and contrast her work which is drawn from the beauty of nature.
Joanna said that her aim with this collection was to create something modern and fun, they are all statement pieces, and are of the moment, you are able to mix and match, wear them on their own, or layer them up. The JB collection is made out of solid silver with yellow, rose, white and blackened gold plating, and features her usual wide range of semi-precious stones and enamel lacquer detailing. JB showcases a collection of rings, ear cuffs, body chains, knuckle rings, headpieces and necklaces.
With the Kosey cat ear rings being a staple, recognisable piece within the Joubi line they can be found in the JB collection, they are lacquered in a mix of colours from vibrant yellow and oranges to dark and deep red and greens.
A great extension of the JB line also is the Spectrum collection which continues and clings to the combination of simplicity and colour through a vast range of rings designed in the same colour palette and style as the cat ear stackers. This line enables you to take the stacking trend to another level as they can be worn over or under other JB designs to create even more versatility. These midi rings are available in yellow, white and rose gold plating with colours ranging from black and white, to green, purple and blue. Various different materials and processes are employed to complete the range. Sterling silver with 18-karat gold micro-plating in a variety of different colours is used for certain items. Solid 18-karat rose, yellow, white and blackened gold for others. Feature stones in the ring collections include black onyx, smoky quartz, amethysts, moonstones and coloured tourmalines. Also utilised to surround feature stones and to create a feature of themselves are brilliant pave diamonds and sapphires in various colours. Everything is said to be designed to compliment the human form. As a finishing touch, each piece is engraved with the Joubi logo featuring a fancy yellow diamond to top the J. This gives each piece a final seal of quality.
Joanna offers an affordable diverse luxury line of jewellery, she works alone in order to allow herself to be as creative as she wishes when creating her pieces, which are adored by A-list celebs and everyday people alike, the vastness of her collection, the ability to be able to mix and match her pieces, the vibrant colour, form and geometic patterns of the exotic plants and animals which inspire her, is what really sets her apart from other jewellery designers.