INDUSTRY OPINION: How the accessories sector can maintain momentum in 2015 and beyond. Q&A: Lesa Bennett & Jemma Fennings, Olivia Burton. Interview with Olivia Burton founders, Lesa Bennett and Jemma Fennings. Succeeding in creating a women’s watch collection that is distinctive, creative and fun – we wanted to know a little more about the women behind the Olivia Burton watch brand, that brings us such delectable and affordable British styled wristwear.
How did you decide that making wristwatches was what you wanted to do? We’re both very passionate about watches and have talked about starting our own business for a while. Jointly we had both been working in fashion buying and production for 15 years and felt that we were ready to take the plunge. You met each other on your first day at London College of Fashion, would you say your friendship is paramount to the success of Olivia Burton? It certainly contributes to the success! What are your plans for future collections? We will continue to take our inspiration from vintage, catwalk and nature. What watch/accessories are you wearing right now? We have an absolute weakness for accessories. Which jewellery / watch brands do you lust after? Olivia Burton watches launch in Mococo stores. Mococo, an award-winning chain of branded jewellery and watch stores in the North West of England, is launching Olivia Burton watches at its stores in Chester, Liverpool and Wrexham.
Olivia Burton has a growing reputation for creating stylish and contemporary watches with a vintage twist that are becoming darlings of the fashion press. The brand was created by London College of Fashion students, Lesa Bennett and Jemma Fennings when they couldn't find a watch that appealed to their fashionable eyes. Story continues below Its 2015 collection is inspired by classic British gardens with models featuring multicoloured floral patterns, woodland wildlife and butterfly designs.
“Olivia Burton watches are very desirable with fashionable yet feminine designs atop large faces and classic lines. Jemma Fennings, co-founder of Olivia Burton London, added: “We are absolutely delighted to be stocked at Mococo and fans of Olivia Burton will love visiting their beautiful stores to view the collection. Export angel makes Olivia Burton global success. Olivia Burton co-founders Lesa Bennett and Jemma Fennings.
Olivia Burton has seen overseas sale jump by £440,000 since it began working with UK Trade & Industry (UKTI) on developing export markets. Brand co-founder Lesa Bennett contacted UKTI in 2012 following a recommendation from a colleague and began working with the government organisation’s trade advisor Martin Senior. She explained: “Our products have universal appeal but only a very small percentage of our sales were coming from overseas. Neither of us had any export experience and we realised we needed some help if we were to grow our business internationally.” Story continues below Senior recommended that the company sign up to Passport to Export, a twelve-month programme which provides new or inexperienced exporters with support to grow their business overseas. “The Passport to Export programme was really useful for them as it gave them the nuts and bolts that they needed to know in order to get started in international trade. London Fashion Week - Home. Noose self-portraits question how equal black Americans really are - BBC News.
Image copyright Stefan Trotman (@mrcheyl) / Moise Morancy The pictures were designed to get a reaction - and they certainly did.
New York-based artist, actor and musician Moise Morancy posted five nearly identical portraits online. In each he's dressed as a different character - a graduate, a professional, a prisoner, and two gang members. In each he looks distraught. And in each, he's got a noose and an American flag wound around his neck. Not only were the pictures liked thousands of times on Instagram, but they started a wave of tweets. "Oooo I love this #ItDoesntMatter campaign. Morancy didn't say much about the photographs on his social media accounts. "He forbid them from wearing dressing sneakers, hoodies or anything that could be seen as 'hood' or 'ghetto'," Morancy says. New human-like species discovered in S Africa - BBC News. Image copyright John Hawks Scientists have discovered a new human-like species in a burial chamber deep in a cave system in South Africa.
The discovery of 15 partial skeletons is the largest single discovery of its type in Africa. The researchers claim that the discovery will change ideas about our human ancestors. The studies which have been published in the journal Elife also indicate that these individuals were capable of ritual behaviour. Image copyright NAtional Geographic The species, which has been named naledi, has been classified in the grouping, or genus, Homo, to which modern humans belong. How pop art influenced fashion.
Creative industries typically need each other to survive - art feeds on music, music feeds on art, fashion feeds on both and advertising eats everything it can get its mouth around.
The bond between fashion and art is currently as strong as ever as evidenced everywhere from Prada's Spring/Summer 2014 commission of six graffiti artists, Bottega Veneta's work with Ryan McGinley and the modern-art-museum-worth of Louis Vuitton collaborations with artists like Yayoi Kusama to Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince. This commercially fruitful partnership goes back to the first half of the 20th Century, when Salvador Dali placed a giant-sized lobster on a white Elsa Schiapparelli dinner dress. Speaking to Wayne Tunnicliffe, the charismatic curator of Sydney's Pop to Popism exhibition, he explains that the relationship has been intensifying ever since.
Pop artists didn't only use fashion in their work they also used fashion designers. Yves Saint Laurent by Andy Warhol, 1974. Original. Art in Fashion. 36 Brilliant Paintings That Describe Everything Wrong With The World Today. Bemusement Park.