To champion these brands, their products and the people behind the success, we'd like to introduce you to four of them, all of whom have either created awe inspiring products, a story worth sharing or lastly, one to watch for the future... I hope you enjoy our selection and keep checking back in as this journal series will once again become a regular feature for us.
Working as a photographer and styling assistant in the fashion industry, Solveig Knutsen soon realised the impact of fashion on the environment and decided to embark on a journey to create ethically made garments and accessories under the brand name 'Aoi Project'. Since launching the brand in 2018, Solveig has managed to design and craft a wonderful collection of sustainably made pieces (Love the Patti Shirt in Terracotta). Successfully working with materials sourced from certified organic farms such as hemp, linen and tweed, Aoi have managed to design pieces which are desirable, whilst keeping a close eye on both the present and future of manufacturing methods.
My top five picks include - Linen Twill Workshop Coat, Harbour Jacket, Ombo Beanie, Iggy Skirt and Patti Shirt in Terracotta. I love this brand and will be keeping a close eye on their future collections and projects beyond the product. For more on Aoi Project and their current collections, please see below links.
On my studio desk, in my house and always in my travel bag is the latest copy of Kinfolk Magazine. Four years have passed since I first came across Kinfolk and being an extremely visual person the magazine has gone on to become the backbone of any R&R in my life. Currently on issue 34, Kinfolk examine in their own extraordinary and unique way every facet of life including interiors, fashion, food and music.
The Kinfolk team of expert artists, creative directors and culturally-clued-up writers have together masterfully created a magazine for the times and beyond. Check Kinfolk out for yourself by following the links below...
Turning the pages of an old family photo album is an emotional past time we can all relate too, however whilst looking through a photo album pre-dating her birth, Maya Njie took this one step further, by way of scent, to create a niche perfume brand. Let's rewind a few years... Born in Västerås Sweden Maya Njie moved to London in her late teens where she would later go on to study photography and surface design at UAL. Through experimenting with scents whilst working at The Laundry and feeling inspired and curious by the aforementioned photo album, Maya launched her own perfume brand with the idea of capturing moments in time with a strong focus on high quality artisanal blends.
I love the brand because... Story. Also, add beautiful bespoke packaging, apt product names and real artistry to the list too. To know more about Maya follow the links below. If you'd like to get involved first hand, you can now sign up to one of their bespoke perfume workshops online. Head to the 'events' page for more information.
My memory is a little prickly on when my husband and I first stepped into Prick London (2016?), but certainly I can recall being hugely impressed by the store and the vast selection of cacti and succulents. I'm a huge fan of cacti (you need to pull many shapes to get through my house safely) and equally a huge of fan of Prick. Before Prick, Gynelle (brainchild) gave up her old life to follow her passion by seeking out the rare and unusual to create a space for us all to enjoy.
Why I love Prick...Passion and unrivalled dedication. Firstly, Gynelle is a member of the British Cactus and Succulent Society. Gynelle gave up her old life to bring Londoner's and tourists alike something unique. Real dedicated care and attention is put into every plant before being sold. Finally, each plant is carefully stored in Gynelle's personal greenhouse...Passion and unrivalled dedication. For more information on Prick, or to visit the store (highly advise), follow the below links...
Part 3 of Meet the Makers & Curators coming soon. Stay tuned...