Having celebrated her Sapphire Jubilee in February 2017 marking 65 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s longest serving monarch.
If you can dream it you can do it, that is exactly the go-getter attitude that pushed Mary Ajayi to pursue her passion for fashion.
Deciding to become a designer and build a online fashion brand was a easy one for this go-getter Dublin based #bossbabe originally from Nigeria. With a ever growing collection ranging from Maxi Dresses, to Co-ords , home decor and fashion accessories. She is constantly pushing herself to expand her collection and to build a brand filled with timeless pieces for both men and women.
Her African heritage plays a big part of her design,“as a child, I’ve always opted for African fabric when creating, there’s just something about African prints that I’m fascinated by, it is so unique and I think that’s what makes me stand out from other designers.”
With the beautiful and vibrant aesthetic of the Ankara fabric forming the bases for all her pieces making it both versatile and fashionable. And a true expression of her African heritage and culture bringing to life the eye popping colors and diversity of the ever changing African landscape.
“I want those wearing my pieces to feel connected to their roots, empowered and proud of where they are from”
If you share Mary’s Love for Africa and African design then pop into her online home and support proudly #blackownedbusiness and bring a touch of Africa to your home and wardrobe.
Ashiq Studio was founded by Belgian designer Sabah in 2016, now based in London. Having achieved a successful career as an Architect, Sabah looks to bring the beauty she sees in the built world into people’s everyday lives. Her leather pieces are characterised by minimalist designs where curves and straight lines come together seamlessly. Sabah tests designs and hand-makes each item herself first using traditional cutting and stitching methods on leather in combination with advances in technology such as laser cutting to explore geometrically challenging shapes. Ashiq Studio believe in exposing the beauty of the raw materials rather than hiding them. Vegetable tanning is used which shows the leather characteristics such as natural skin marks and wrinkles and allows the leather to wear beautifully with time. Each piece is therefore unique. Inside lining is not used so as to expose the quality of the leather used and edges are polished at a high standard which do not need paint to hide any imperfections. Craftsmanship is valued and celebrated. These pieces are specifically designed for strong women and men who appreciate richness and luxury at its purest form translated in clean cut designs.
Summer is the perfect time to embrace colour and mix things up from your usual navy and black winter wardrobe.
Caivo is a luxury new brand, specialising in handmade hair jewellery for special occasions like weddings, proms and even a day at the races. We use a variety of materials including fine crystals like Swarovski.
Caivo’s first piece started with the wedding of a Polish designer Katarzyna Rychter, who recently graduated from an Art University in Kalisz. She could not find the right jewellery for her hair. So Katarzyna together with Iwona Rychter designed and created the perfect piece for her special day. Later on the uniqueness and high quality of Caivo’s designs brought a lot of interest from brides to be in Poland and abroad.
Caivo’s products are designed and made in Poland. Although the company was set up in Nottingham, England by Timothy Novak who is a family member and now the managing director of the company.
The team in Poland is made up of Katarzyna Rychter the designer, and her mother in-law Iwona Rychter who has many years of experience with jewellery production and quality assessing. In England Iwona’s brother Timothy worked closely with the Creative Manager Kat Puchowska and Marie McLaughlin the Operation Manager to launch the website, social media and promote the brand. Kat Puchowska is a graduate in Fashion Photography at Nottingham Trent University, and has been able to draw on her own experience from being involved in the fashion industry and photography projects.
Along with the new jewellery collection of luxury tiaras and combs, Caivo offers bespoke designs at the “Just for you” section online for the customers who require something with that extra individuality to complement their special occasions.
Vienna born designer, Claudia Fürst, currently lives and works in the UK. Her designs reflect London’s multicultural society, the cooperate style she knew, merged with what she enjoys; - the edgy and chic aspects to create designs which reflect style and versatility. A scarf or handbag that suits many occasions, any time.
Claud Fürst was created to merge a contemporary style with the demands of commuting to and from work in the city of London and international travel. Claud (as nicknamed by friends) was looking for a stylish, quality-made and functional bag; versatile for travel, day and evening.
‘I couldn’t find that bag I wanted, so I made my own’.
All collections are ‘Made @ UK’. Claud’s trademark logo, an abstract rose, was designed with input from her son.
Her designs appeal to style conscious professionals, jet setters and fashionistas.
The secret to a stylish and affordable summer wardrobe, is knowing how to wear that one piece you love over and over again. And a shirt is one of those key wardrobe pieces that can take you through a hot sunny summer season.
My Top Pick
The eye catching Spot Print shirt with short rolled sleeves and cute boxy crop fit.
It is one of those pieces that you can dress up or down and will look equally good with a pair of worn jeans or a smart work trousers.
The flattering V neckline gives the shirt a subtle sensual feel making it the right choice for a pair of Black Denim lace shorts, paired with your favourite bikini, a cute mini basket and sandals for a day of fun on the beach.
Summer holidays are for sleeping in and only waking up in time for brunch. The loose fit and boxy crop fit make this shirt super easy to wear and great to pair with just about anything, like the khaki midi skirt and slider sandals for a simple and easy brunch look.
The rust color makes it a perfect piece for a neutral monochrome look. Pair it with a chic pair of tapered trouser in a neutral color like the Stone trousers, brown leather handbag and crochet gold slingbacks for a easy-to-wear Monday or Friday #ootd.
If there is anything that is going to make your life easy on a hot summer's day, whether for work or play then it is a good shirt that is easy to wear, time and time again.
Nasra Mamoun is a jewellery designer who has been creating hand-made jewellery for over twenty years. After graduating with a BSc in Geology from Yarmouk University, Jordan, she moved to the UK and her career path took her away from Geology but she has retained a link with designing and making jewellery made primarily from stirling silver and semi-precious stones. She is married to Sudanese artist and photographer Issam Abdelhafiez.
Born in the Sudan to an artistic family, her father, the late Hussein Shariffe was an artist and film director and both he and her mother, Shama Al Siddig have hugely influenced her love and appreciation of colour and design. Her fascination with gem stones began during her student years and she started stringing beads together and gradually progressed to silversmithing. Her creations are unique jewellery pieces that are a pleasure to wear “.
It is not new to the society that people only see women as beautiful if they have skinny or shapely bodies.