Letter from Berlin Fashion Week - Super-Cool Premium Items16 Jan 2014
We have been flying the flag as a UK Brand following a 100% Made in the UK ethos and feel proud that we were able to show a tight capsule line of items that screamed quality, desirability and sustainability at the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin.
Feedback has been fantastic with our capsule tweed line called 'New Directions in Tweed' being described as 'super-cool-premium' and 'special items' and we are very excited that our neigbours in Germany, Holland and S Korea may well be able to get their hands on some Cock & Bull Menswear items!
We began the preparation for our first capsule collection for wholesale in earnest in October which was somewhat late in the fashion calendar. This was indeed a tall order having spent the previous intense months launching our shop, Cock & Bull & Co. but we obviously like a challenge. We felt ready to share the Cock & Bull vision for men on a wider scale and we feel very blessed to have now built a talented team around us that includes pattern cutters, graders and sample makers (including a Saville Row trained tailor) and product photographers who assisted in making it all a reality so quickly.
While sourcing sustainable fabrics is always a daunting task it has been made much more do-able with the sourcing tools such as the Ethical Fashion Forum. We are constantly on the look out for fabrics that meet our tight criteria of being sustainable, durable and interesting and we now rely on a handful of mills and producers that we trust to deliver the goods. The whole process is, indeed, a partnership which oscelates around the true stars of brand which are the producers and artisans.
We are looking forward to visiting Berlin again later this year but until then we will be developing our SS15 line.
Wise Creative Pop-up Boutique West End Debut24 Nov 2013
Congratulations are in order for The Wise Creative Collective who organised an outstanding Pop Up Boutique in the heart of the West End over the weekend.
Nesstled on the top floor of Kettners Restaurant and far from the madding crowds of Picaddilly Circus and Regent Street, we thoroughly enjoyed being amongst some outstanding British Designer-Producers as we sipped champagne and nibbled on canapes but even more satisfying than tantalising our palattes was meeting people who came out of their way to seek out goods that have been made in Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England to very high standards. We can rest assured that there are are select group of people whose gifts will be gratefully received this festive season.
Some of our favourite designer-producers included:
It is rare that I come across an item that absolutly blows me away, but coming across Rachel Whittingham's Horny Things stopped me in my tracks to admire the fine juxtapositioning of a bleached animal skull and shiny Swarovski crystals! Rachel's pieces drew me back to them time and time again and its obvious that a purchase is imminent from her extrordinary collection.
It was a pleasure to meet Neliana and Paula, the forward-thinking design duo behind the stunning ÆTHER womenswear label. Based between London and Stockholm the brand is providing beautiful limited edition pieces and are operating as a transparent company shariing information on all aspects of their production process which makes them a brand after our own hearts!
Katherine established Magpie in 2008 after being awarded an Arts Council grant and Princes Trust Loan and it was fascinating to hear her story of trials and triumphs building her brand and the production process in Sheffield. It was clear that Kathering is very passionate about sharing transparency in the way her company is run, how she has built up her team of artisans and proving long-term opportunities for apprentices.
Parris Wakefield Additions
A real visual treat for the home in this exciting range of contemporary interiors products by U.K. design-duo Howard Wakefield and Sarah Parris which is no surprise as the couple specialise in colourful, painterly, graphic patterns which are crafted by digitally layering, mixing and merging colours sampled from a variety of inspirations. The tones and palettes are very much in keeping with our own tastes at Cock & Bull Menswear (not a patch of black or beige in sight!)
Again, gorgeous bold patterns colours and prints on deliciously soft fabrics and all made in England. An easy win-win on the Xmas shopping list!
Pop-up shops and boutiques are an amazing place to find unique and unusual items but more importantly they are a very easy way to support growth in the local economy and the work of local designer makers and producers.