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Posts tagged ‘Couverture’

Kent based ceramicist Michaela Gall is renowned for her hand painted domestic ware designs. Working from a converted stable she uses as a studio, Gall works in maiolica, a ceramic technique originating in Renaissance Italy where a tin glaze is applied over an earthenware base. With a background in illustration and painting having trained at Chelsea School of Art, Michaela progressed to working with pottery after taking classes for years and enjoying the freedom the medium brings.

“I like the moment of distortion where you can sort of pull it into any shape, make it crooked or off centre; I like that sort of elasticity and flux. I’m not aiming for perfection you can buy that in Ikea.

To mark our 15th anniversary, we have commissioned Gall to create a range of hand painted ceramics depicting fashion industry greats in her archetypal folk influenced style. Her humorous and playful portraits of Karl Lagerfeld, Donatella Versace, Vivienne Westwood and more, are fitting to coincide with London Fashion Week, 12th – 16th of September.

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There are only a few more days to go until our exclusive Penfield Kids launch party at Couverture & the Garbstore and we have been busy transforming the store. Join us 12 til 5pm on Sunday 7 September to see live displays from renowned children’s entertainer, AnimalMan who will be joined by some of his favourite furry (and scaly and prickly) friends including meerkats, tarantulas, and snakes!  Singer Rae Evens will be on hand to lead campfire songs with her ukulele and we need help decorating our giant tepee.

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Produced using all-natural, organic extracts, Fig+Yarrow is an artisan line of small-batch health and skincare products. With integrity and honesty being at the heart of the Colarado based brand, each item is handcrafted using botanical roots, leaves, flowers, minerals and oils selected by founder Brandy Monique.

“ I have a pretty extensive library of herbs, essential oils, salts, & extracts, so I can play and experiment and discover whenever I feel so inclined. “

All the ingredients and the apothecary-look glass packaging are selected for beauty, health and purity and are designed to evoke these qualities for the user.

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With a background in sculpture and a passion for conceptual art and crafts, Canadian designer Wing Yau unintentionally fell into jewellery design. Whilst experimenting and making small gestural sculptures, Wing realised they could be refined and naturally translated into jewellery. WWAKE was established in 2011.

Each WWAKE item is handmade and is a combination of unexpected shapes and stone settings which complement and relate to one another. The metal work often retains the artist’s fingerprints; a subtle detail which upholds the brand values of craftsmanship.

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Inspired by the mundane, the exotic and a mix of cultures, Safomasi create illustrative and modern hand printed quilts and cushions. Combining their mutual interest in travel and different working backgrounds, Sarah Fotheringham and Maninder Singh founded the New Delhi based homeware brand in 2010.  |

Safomasi embodies Sarah’s experience as an artist and illustrator and Maninder’s in fashion and production. With a focus on vivid colours and contemporary illustrative prints, each product is handmade and therefore unique. The couple work closely with their printers, dyers and manufacturers in India to produce high quality designs each season. |

 

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With colour being the backbone of Etnia Barcelona’s aesthetic, it is fitting that the brand has exclusively collaborated with French visionary artist Yves Klein on their latest limited edition sunglasses collection, the ‘International Klein Blue Collection’.  A pioneer of minimalism and leading member of the French artistic movement of Nouveau réalisme, Yves Klein’s unique and experimental approach to colour is synonymous with Etnia Barcelona’s chromatic design ethos.

Klein’s development and prevalent use of a pure pigment of ultramarine-blue in his monochrome artworks ‘Proposte Monochrome, Epoch Blu’, led to the distinct shade becoming patented as International Klein Blue (IKB).  To mark the opening of this critically acclaimed 1957 exhibition of work in Paris, blue postcards using IKB stamps that Klein had bribed the postal service to accept as legitimate were sent out and 1001 Klein Blue balloons released

Yves Klein suffered a heart attack at the Cannes Film Festival whilst watching one of his own films and it is reported that his autopsy revealed he was internally dyed blue from inhaling the pigment he had patented. A sample of International Klein blue pigment is included with each pair of sunglasses in the collection and they feature mirrored Klein Blue mineral lenses.

Royalties from this collection are going to The NGO Orphan Aid, a non-profit organisation that develops programmes to help vulnerable children and families in Ghana, West Africa.

 

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New to Couverture this season is German designer Svenja Specht’s elegantly androgynous label, Reality Studio. Not tied to seasonal trends or fast fashion, Reality Studio focuses on cleverly constructed pieces in luxurious fabrics and effortless shapes.

For S/S 14, the brand has collaborated with French scarf label Milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre; renowned for their digital printing and photo montage techniques. The result is a contemporary collection with an intriguing mix of surrealist designs and a vibrant colourful palette.

The collection is available online and in-store.

Suna Trousers | Okto Canvas Ballerina Shoes |  Loose T-shirt by Base Range

Tora dress in lobster | Maison scarf by Milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre

 

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With Spring signifying all things new, we have curated our favourite pieces for the new season inspired by green hues, cactus prints and understated florals.

Suturno cactus print scarf |

Steven Alan double collar multi flower t-shirt | Via K Studio succulent pen | Marion Fortat glass vase |

Clare V. faux crocodile clutch | Kure Bazaar nail varnish in Boyfriend | Odette Freya cuffs |

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Couverture recently showcased the new childrenswear collections in a summer inspired photo shoot. With an extensive range of key pieces, from delicate florals to bright, bold, signature tees, the rails were alive with colour whilst the stars of the show were our three young models, Alistair, Lancelot and Maddie.

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