Posts tagged “Design

The Vintage Angel

Every fashionista out there should be well prepared with the latest accessory brand, and here at Tellusfashion, we make it our aim to tell the world of our new discoveries, the latest being Vintage Angel.

 

Vintage Angel is an online fashion brand which often features one-off designs and high quality replicates of impressive pieces. The website launched in December 2010 and has already seen instant success, thanks to its high quality products. The brand specialises in vintage fashion, jewellery and art, often picked up from auctions and antique fairs.

 

The founders have over twenty years experience in the world of antiques, and also a degree in the arts; they certainly know what they are talking about.

 

Jewellery styles are range from the grand, elegant period of 1800’s, to the retro pieces of the 1970’s. The collection uses many semi precious stones which cannot be found on the high-street. Prices are varied depending on the item, and there is no doubt some excellent bargains which are just waiting to be discovered here.

 

Vintage cocktail dresses adorned with sequin and gems, made from delicate fabrics make up the fashion part of the website. Again, all the items are one-offs and get snapped up pretty quickly.

 

What makes this brand so special is its ability to combine vintage and contemporary styles so effortlessly, in a way that fits. The whole site is filled with glitz and glamour, and definitely should be checked out.

 

Set your own individual style with thevintageangel.co.uk, and ensure no-one is able to steal your style.


Growing a Fashion Label…Learnings

Hello beautiful people!

It’s been a little while but I’m back!

So much has happened since my last post; finally got sample 1 of my collection completed! Huge Yeah!!!

It’s a dress – that’s all I’m saying at the moment :). I love it and I’ve had really good feedback from those who’ve seen it – so encouraging. Now we need to complete the collection and start some serious marketing and hopefully sales.

So you know this blog is about my journey from the idea to your wardrobe right? I’ll let you in on a couple of my learnings in the recent weeks.

Reality over dreams

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Creating the sample creation can be quite a tedious process and that’s just sourcing the fabric and trimmings. I learnt the hard way with sample 1, found a fabric I loved for the design but then realised there wasnt enough of it for the sample; a blessing in disguise as the fabric couldn’t be sourced quickly enough for spontaneous orders. So whilst I’d oomed and arrhed at this particular fabric, there was no point going ahead with it knowing “Department Store S” on Bond street could require 100 pieces with a 6 week turn round and half of that time spent would be just waiting for fabric to arrive; that was a no-no! So it was off to source a similar fabric, asked for 300 mtrs within a week – if the fabric store is confident enough to get you that quantity, then you’re on the right path to finding a fabric you can be confident to use. And that my dear friends is what I did to find the fabric that made the cut for our sample 1. It is possible that I probably would have known this as part of a 3 year fashion design course but as we’re learning on the go, I take this as part of my lot :). Lesson learnt, so we move on!

Keep your Business Plan dynamic

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In all my learnings whether in Marketing or as part of my degree, one thing I always heard was that the business plan is a moving document. I had not realised how true that statement was; I can definitely attest to it now.

I have a friend who’s launching her own business also and we serve as accountability partners to each other – the business we’re running now have developed compared to the ideas we started with. With more research comes more understanding of the product and the environment our businesses will operate in and it therefore makes absolute sense to be fluid enough to ensure that the business plan adjusts accordingly otherwise, our projects might never see the light of day or even last no longer than a season – no one wants that.

So any fashion entrepreneurs out there with similar experiences to mine or something I havent even mentioned that we could benefit from? Please share.

I’m off now and will come back before the end of the week with some fashion related (as opposed to business focused) post.

Be good and have a fruitful week ahead!

Much love

T


Jane

A busy Saturday afternoon on Princes Street delivers decadent Jane into my view. She is from New Zeland , trained in the field of Art History + Museum and Heritage. She moved to Edinbugh after having worked in the textile department of  The National Museum back home. She favours charity shops but every now and then she takes advantage of the fact that she works in Armstrongs, a vintage clothing shop in the heart of the Old Town of Edinburgh. Shoes, Dress and Cape are from various charity shops. She got the boots on the internet, brought the hat from NZ and the hansome bag is by Disaster Designs.


Kerrie

It’s a cold and crispy autumn day in Edinburgh. Karrie walks along the streets of Broughton area. Dreamy eyes and smooth skin, honey hair. “I am from Berlin” she goes. “And I am here to study”. She likes Edinburgh for its open spaces and architecture. Her voice is mellow and  warm just like the colours she is wearing and the low sun light breaching through withering leaves. “I bought this shawl in a the Continent. Same goes for the shoes and the hand bag. I like browsing in vintage shops, not only for a more unique style but also because items carry with them an aura full of stories that are left to my imagination”


Time to get our Ducks in a row…

Hello!!!

It feels like ages since I last updated the blog. I trust you’re well and week going good so far?

So what have I been up to? Last week felt like I was running against bricks and it wasnt very nice. I guess that’s business for you, infact, that’s life really. Nonetheless, I remained and continue to remain positive.

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Time seems to be running away!

Not sure if I’ve mentioned previously but we are looking to launch the label in Spring/Summer 2011 and that my friends is not far away at all. According to my industry veterans, I should have agreed orders by now and be working on deliveries to Stockists in time for Jan…If that’s the case, I was late even before the label was created :S.

It’s a little (very little) worrying but when did ‘customary’ ever put me off anything? Never! Every Drapers (trade magazine) edition I have read since my Subscription started in Summer has mentioned the increasing flexibility of buyers to purchase outside of the normal buying periods. However, I am fully aware that as we (Toni Bonoj) get bigger, volume of production will require that we work close with industry time tables to ensure we can meet order requests and ensure customer satisfaction which I am thoroughly passionate about.

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Headache Moment

So that said, where am I in the production cycle? Point zero; creating samples. Fun (NOT) of a new starter is searching for a production team to work with. It makes absolute sense that the team that creates the samples get the work for production also as you will have established a working relationship and ironed out any possible issues with production. Number one problem arises as not all clothing manufacturers work on samples because it’s often more work than they can charge for; many see it as loss leading activity. So even if a manufacturer’s price sounds good, without them creating samples initially, one has to take the risk and go ahead with production and keep fingers crossed. The other thing I have found is manufacturers are often unable to give an exact quote on production cost. I understand why this might be, but how does that help with my planning? So, as its difficult to pen costs down to an exact amount, best thing to do is to allow yourself a range to work with.

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Business Accounts – Snooze button

Today, I went about trying to set up a business account. No kidding, some women could have had babies in the time it took me to b e interviewed by a certain High Street bank and no, I still dont have a business account yet. It was a painful experience but as I try to learn from everything, here are my tips for anyone trying to set a business account up:

  • Your time is important, set a time limit for the meeting and let the Business account manager know this
  • Know what you want from the bank account
  • Dont be persuaded by any additional fancy products, you will find that many of these are available on the internet for free or at a lower price
  • Dont make any decision under duress, take away literature so you can read and make a decision later
  • I know it wasn’t their intention, but I felt they wore me out so I could just say yes to everything 🙂
  • Finally, do compare offers from different banks. You’ll be surprised at how many different offerings and propositions there are out there!

On that note, I’m signing out.

Have a fantastic week ahead!

T


Who is Toni Bonoj?

First things first, I cannot believe this is happening to me! The last few months have been nothing less than amazing, a rollercoaster ride and begging God daily – we cannot stop this ride now, please.

Lets get to a better introduction, my name is Tosin (toes-in), I am youngish years old, and a budding International fashion designer and label owner. I guess the fact I have a business makes me a business woman too? Nothing sounds sexier than that; Entrepreneur, nice.

I don’t have the same background as most fashion designers because I spent a long time using the left side of my brain doing non creative stuff like completing A’ levels in Physics, Maths and Computing Studies, followed by a degree in Information Engineering and Technology Management then 10 years working with blue chip companies gaining experience in IT, Management Information and Marketing as well as accumulating several certificates to help me perform my job better. So you see what I mean when I say ‘I’m not your usual fashion designer’? So how did I end up where I am today?

Well, earlier this year I lost my job in the city, I was very ill and for the first time since I was 17 years old, I had time to think of what I would really LOVE to do next. When you’ve had a job since you were legally allowed to, and suddenly lose your job (which I later found out was very central to me), there is an initial feeling of shock and despair (well there was for me), add denial too. I wanted to go find a new role immediately but I couldn’t. Whilst I got myself better, I had a light bulb moment of styling my own work wear, usually these thoughts come and disappear as soon as they arrive because my busy life wouldn’t have allowed it; I was always rushing from one thing to the other. In my previous job, commuting to London meant very long days, so having time to think outside of my job, role as a wife and Sunday school teacher was a luxury!

Back to my light bulb moment, well I had more time on my hands so I began to enquire about tailors I could work with to design my outfits. Soon enough I wondered to myself why I couldn’t make these clothes and sell them. I had a niche idea (which I will tell you more about later) and was certain there would be many people who would want to buy these outfits. That was it, I started drawing and loved my drawings even as amateurish as they looked. I prayed about it and trusted God to make things work alright.

I slept on the idea for a few more months but was lucky to speak to a fashion designer friend of a friend – that was fantastic! She suggested I attend a short course at one of London’s art colleges and contact my local college re: Sewing or garment construction. This was the best advice ever and if you’re like me, coming into the Fashion Industry with little knowledge of it and would like to pursue a fashion designing career, I would really advocate this route. Sewing courses can be really cheap or even free at your local college so unless you want to major as a seamstress, the most important knowledge worth paying for is how the industry works; releasing collections, understanding the customer, trend research, the fashion calendar and important people who make the industry tick just to mention a few.

If you are young or not in a hurry to run your business as I was, then go ahead and get a degree from a University; find one that is very respected worldwide and whose students have gone on to successful careers. In London, I can suggest London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins College of arts; they are both renowned colleges worldwide. Do your research, competition will be high for entry places – good luck!

So there we go, a little introduction about me. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment, it would be nice to know your thoughts, did you find any of the information useful? Or maybe you have questions, let me know.

I will be back in a few days, until then I will leave you with this thought:

You only have one life, live it to its fullest. It sounds corny but it is true. Follow your passion and when you do, you’ll never have to work again because everyday will be like enjoying your hobby!

Catch you later!

Much love

T

xxx


Lanvin <3 H&M

All the fashionistas in the world where probably jumping up and down of joy this morning when Swedish budget clothing chain H&M announced that their next designer collaboration will be with none other than the classic French brand Lanvin.

Previous designers which have done collections for the swedish store includes ; Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld and Sonia Rykiel among others.

The collection will be released in November this year.