Why fashion manufacturing locally can open a world of possibility for new brands

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Fashion manufacturing locally is not a new concept. It has been done by brands large and small for as long as manufacturing has existed. But with advances in technology that helped make the world more reachable, many have tried their fortunes far afield hoping to improve prices, leadtimes or quality.

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The Collective retreat – tech free paradise for creatives

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There is a new wave of networking and community building events taking place all around us. Events that focus on the overall experience and longer lasting benefits on our life. The latest one to emerge is The Collective conference retreat – an all-inclusive, tech-free, retreat-style conference, where communities are forged and experiences created.

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Anique Coffee: Believe in community over competition

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The Collective is the first all-inclusive, tech-free, retreat-style conference in Europe, that aims to forge communities and create experiences.

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The CHANGING DYNAMICS of GARMENT MANUFACTURING IN INDIA, WITH MEENAL MALHOTRA

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India based Meenal Malhotra caught the fashion bug post her MBA stint in Finance and Marketing. After gaining some insights into the fashion industry whilst working with Masaba, the well-known fashion designer from India, she decided to set up a factory of her own – R and M Enterprises.

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Edward Enninful is ushering the dawn of a new era for British Fashion

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Out with the old guard and in with the new. The appointment of Edward Enninful as the next Editor of British Vogue is a bold move for the British fashion industry.

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The Questionable Future of Fashion Wholesale?

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Over the last couple of decades, as the online shopping has steadily increased at a fast and furious pace, countless boutiques closed their doors and larger department stores sales suffered – many wonder what is the future of fashion wholesale?

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5 REASONS WHY FASHION FACTORIES IGNORE DESIGNERS

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Approaching fashion factories for the first time can be a nerve wracking experience, especially if you’re new to the fashion business

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“Made in Britain” – to be or not to be?

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With Brexit looming over us and the louder voiced opinions and encouragements to keep as much as possible “Made in Britain”, we look at what that means.

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10 minutes with creative pattern cutter Monisola Omotoso

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Within the industry, the roles of designer and pattern cutter are mutually exclusive. This is really strange, as without the Pattern Cutter, the designer’s vision can’t be realised.

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10 minutes manufacturer chat with Hawthorn Int

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Howthorn work with a mixture of start-up and established brands, helping those who are new to the industry understand how best to progress on their journey

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Daring to be different: Kartik Kraft Vision Studio

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At a recent Utelier trip to India, we pay a visit to Kartik Kraft Vision design studio. A handbag manufacturing studio located in the charming Pitampura district of the Indian capital.

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The impossible choice: fast fashion vs slow fashion

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Making a choice between fast fashion vs slow fashion may seem like an obvious choice, yet it is not an easy choice for many to make. One has moral implications while the other is more practical and economical. So what is it to be?

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The Power of Fashion Collaborations

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The landscape of fashion has become increasingly democratized, and the formula of offering limited edition pieces designed in collaboration with another brand or person has proven to be extraordinarily lucrative.

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Fashion Business Notes from India

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Team Utelier swaps continents and goes to India for a week packed with exploring a new market, forging new contacts, connections and absorbing new experiences and lessons.

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The Changing Face of of the Fashion Industry

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Years ago, the seasonal selling formula for a designer was pretty simple and straight forward. Fast forward to 2017 and this no longer is the case.

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5 reasons why it is still a good idea to attend fashion trade fairs

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The reasons why one should attend an industry trade fair have changed over the last few years. But their importance has not diminished, as long as you know what to expect and ma

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Changing Factor – The Launch of a Modern Brand

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Magda Daniloaia’s recently launched a brand that stands out with its truly unique design aesthetic. She takes classic shapes and reinvents them by drawing inspiration from art, architecture and punk.

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Lunch with Utelier: Victor Rosenberg – the best kept secret of fashion manufacturing

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Victor Rosenberg has industry experience spanning four decades. With a knack for storytelling, meeting with him is always enjoyable and inspiring.

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Heart to heart with Simone Meentzen of FIBER&HEART

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Simone Meentzen is a German artist, whos passion for art and painting and her love for fashion culminated in launching a limited edition fashion label.

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Renee Lacroix – pattern cutter extraordinaire

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Renée Lacroix is Canadian born, London based pattern cutter extraordinaire. Having originally studied back in Canada for over 6 years, focusing on womenswear design and technical/pattern cutting skills, she came to London and set up London Pattern Bureau in 2015.

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Finding joy in the finer details with Isla Simpson

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Leathergoods designer Isla Simpson was fortunate enough to find out very early on in life what she was passionate about and make it a career choice.

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Carving your way in fashion with Magda Daniloaia

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Magda Daniloaia learnt 100 times more since she started her company than she would have learned in 10 years working for others, whilst having huge levels of satisfaction!

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Building a slow fashion business with Caroline Bruce

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Caroline is growing her business slowly and organically, strategically orchestrating and ensuring professional longevity. “I want to create local employment and keep the business in the UK, building good relationships with the people I work with. I want to create something to be proud of and have as little impact on the environment as possible.”

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The art of modern day bespoke eyewear manufacturing – 1955 Srl

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Eyewear Designer and Utelier Specialist Sandra Battis.tel met with Raffaele Ricciuti, the owner of 1955, a small, yet highly artisanal eyewear factory in the South of Italy, near Potenza

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“Love what you do!” by garment manufacturer Plus Samples

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Utelier’s visit to a NW London factory specialising in high end (ready to wear) ladieswear soft separates garment pattern development, grading, sampling and small run production.

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Ten Minutes with Textile Designer Rise Gluck

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We love talking to the designers and manufacturers on our platform, we recently caught up with Textile Designer, Rise Gluck to learn about her journey in fashion. She works on a freelance basis designing products like bedding, table linen and curtains. We learned how her career progressed from lacy lingerie to colourful homeware, among other things.

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Making Memories: Jewellery Designer Lorna Gilbey

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Talking to designers about their journey and their businesses is one of our favourite things. Everyone has a story and when they are willing to share that, it can inspire great things.

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The Whale Company: Ethical Fashion in Practice

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The Whale Company is an ethical brand making sustainable products for a mindful lifestyle. They make organic cotton bags and recycled tyre flip flops, and they pledge that 5% of their profits will go to support marine conservation. The founder of The Whale company, Carolyn Newton explained to Utelier what it is like to run an ethical fashion brand.

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11 Questions with Footwear Designer Silvia Fado

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Silvia Fado is an innovative Footwear Designer from Barcelona. She has recently worked on exciting projects that pushed the boundaries of fashion and led to her featuring in Dezeen – the magazine that architects love.

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5 Questions with Costume Designer Connie Watson

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There are so many exciting roles that you can pursue in fashion, and there are countless types of fashion designers that you’ll encounter. One of which is a theatre and costume designer.

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Built for Good and Kick Started: Dereks Backpacks

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Katy Parkes, 27, is the founder of the functional and fashionable London-based fashion brand Dereks Backpacks. She started her fashion business after moving back to her family home in summer 2013, to plan her future. She made a list of all of the things that she could do, and all the things that she loved doing in order to find her dream job.

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What a Fashion Leathergoods Manufacturer Wants You to Know

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BeTangible is a leather goods and sample-making manufacturer, based in Ubrique, Spain, co-founded by ex-colleagues Pepe Montiel and Manuel Millan. They met during their careers at a larger fashion manufacturer, and both had grown tired of certain practices. Pepe and Manuel saw that there was a different way of working in fashion production; a more personable way, built on transparency and good communication with clients.

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I Can Make Shoes: the Business of Handmade Footwear

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Amanda Overs, 29, is the founder of the innovative fashion business, I Can Make Shoes. Over the past five years, people from any background have been able to join a class to make a pair of shoes from scratch that they can keep.

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Joanne Edwards Millinery: Getting Ahead

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Joanne Edwards is a Womenswear Designer and Milliner based in Clapham, southwest London. She has more than 10 years of experience in the fashion industry and runs Joanne Edwards Millinery as well as working on other design projects. She ‘dresses the head’ using specialist skills developed from her chosen studies and from working with experts such as Edwina Ibbotson, to create ready-to-wear collections, bridal designs and bespoke headpieces. She spoke to Utelier about her journey in fashion.

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Ten Minutes with Charlotte Purvis

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Charlotte Purvis is based in London and has been a Printed Textile Designer for 13 years. She is always using her creative business mind to find new inspiration, new opportunities and a new way to share her creativity with the world. She spoke to Utelier about how she operates for success, how a Pomeranian puppy influenced a new business idea, and what inspires her as a designer.

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Nagma Giri: Weaving a Web of Success

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Nagma Giri is a Woven Textile Designer who develops fabrics for interiors and fashion garments. Originally from Nepal, she is now based in the Nottinghamshire town, Newark-on-Trent, where she has recently set up her own clothing boutique too. We caught up with the busy and talented Nagma, to find out more about her passions, triumphs and goals.

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One Woman’s Journey With Wearable Technology

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Wearable Technology has created quite a buzz as big products by big brands – like the Apple Watch – hit the market. But it’s not all watches and Twitter dresses there are a multitude of functional yet fashion-based products that are in development. We caught up with entrepreneur and founder of Made With Glove, Michelle Hua, to find out about her journey with Wearable Technology so far.

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What Happens During an IP Battle?

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There are so many things that you prepare yourself for when launching your fashion business, but no matter how ‘ready’ you are, receiving a letter that could threaten your business, and an intellectual property (IP) battle with a big brand would shock anyone. So what happens when a fashion start-up is told that the unique name created for their brand, is an infringement on a big brand’s trademark? It happened to Michaela Anderson last year, and she shared her journey with us to inform others.

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Eyewear, Cork Oak & Nylon Dust

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Sandra Battistel is an eyewear designer with more than 20 years of experience. She is also the editor of eyewear blog, EyeSpectacle where she shares her ideas and thoughts on eyewear, and celebrates independent brands. Here, she shares her excitement about an innovative solution for getting glasses to have the ‘perfect fit’.

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ACID: Anti Copying In Design

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Anti Copying In Design (ACID) is a trade organisation set up by designers for designers & manufacturers, to help them protect their intellectual property.

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A Positive Spin for ‘Made in China’

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The quality of garments made in China seems to be improving. This is largely due to investments that the Chinese garment manufacturing industry has put into technology and training.

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Innovation in eCommerce Paves The Way for Fashion Start-Ups and Retailers

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For those of you who sell online or are planning on doing so, we spoke to the people behind easy-to-implement eCommerce system, ShopRocket to find out more about what they do, and how they can help fashion start-ups.

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Rebecca Hafenrichter

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Rebecca Hafenrichter, founder of minimalist handbag label, Becca Haf London, is currently working on her first collection of handbags and small leather goods. All the manufacturing for the collection is completed in Ubrique, Spain, a small town famous for its 400-year-old leather industry. She recently went to visit her manufacturer for the first time.

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Should You Gift a Celebrity?

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Imagine making one of your products: designing it, sourcing materials, manufacturing it and then putting it through vigorous quality control measures, and then giving it to someone for free.

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Garment Factory Workers Under Threat in England

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It’s important to remember on this Fashion Revolution Day and two-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster that unethical treatment of factory workers lives on, and not just in Asian countries.

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Pattern Cutting: An Inside Story with Laura Alice

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Pattern Cutter Laura Alice MacKay, spoke to Utelier about what her role means to the fashion industry and how she helps young fashion designers.

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What We Didn’t Know About Leather…

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Hannah Stewart, a Product Account Manager at a London-based fashion company woke up at 5.30am recently, to travel two and a half hours from her London home to Northampton. She was attending the BLC Leather Technology Centre’s ‘Understanding Leather Course’, led by Barry Wood – a leather technician who has worked in the fashion industry for over 25 years.

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Sandra Battistel, Eyewear Designer: In the Eye of the Beholder

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Sandra Battistel, Eyewear Designer, hails from north-east Italy and has worked in the fashion industry for more than 20 years. She met us for a cup of tea to talk about her design experience and plans for the future, and offer advice for others wanting to join the industry.

Read her top tips on adding eyewear to your line

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The Leather Duo: Max and Otis of OTZI London

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Otis Ingrams, 25, (above left) and Max Hayter, 24, (above right) are university educated in literature and business respectively, and have known each other their whole lives. They make up the leather goods brand, OTZI London and operate from a shared workspace next to the bustling Ridley Road Market in Dalston, London.

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Naima F – Freelance Accessories Designer

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Naima F is a freelance Accessories Designer based in London, UK. She made time in her busy schedule to catch up with Utelier and share the journey of her career success, and top tips for survival in the fashion industry.

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Natasha Hulse – The Beauty of Print Textiles

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Natasha Hulse is the owner of Natasha LG Hulse Design and a graduate of Chelsea College of Art and Design. She specialises in print design, and her womenswear collections feature bold colours and flowing, yet well-structured garments.

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The Rana Plaza Aftermath: 20 Months Later

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The Rana Plaza disaster of 2013 resulted in strategic efforts to improve the working conditions for millions of people and make the garment industry in Bangladesh more resilient.

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Why I Chose to Keep my Manufacturing in the UK

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Choosing where to manufacture your designs is a decision that can be challenging when considering cost and quality, but for some designers there are additional factors that affect their choice.

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The Evolution of JW Anderson: A Video Exclusive

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Anyone building a business in fashion would be well served to hear Jonathan ‘JW’ Anderson’s recent interview with Business of Fashion’s founder Imran Amed. It has been a phenomenal eight months since LVMH invested into JW Anderson’s brand. Now with a new headquarters, newly appointed CEO, and a brand new ecommerce site underway, Anderson discusses the major milestones his business has achieved in such a short space of time.

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Tasha Markham – The Surface Pattern Illustrator

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Tasha Markham is an imaginative print designer who graduated from Leeds College of Art with a degree in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design. Her unique and quirky style of printed kitchen utensils and vegetables with smiley faces is a niche within the childrenswear market. Here at Utelier we got the chance to find out about her current projects and what she has got planned for the near future.

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Anya Hindmarch – A Hub of Creativity & Craftsmanship

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Anya Hindmarch’s love affair with handbags started after her mother handed her her old Gucci handbag at the age of 16. Now with over 56 stores across nine countries, 20 stores in Japan as well as in North America and Singapore, Hindmarch is a British global success story that started here in the UK.

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Caterina Belluardo – The Footwear Mastermind

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Caterina Belluardo is a contemporary shoe designer with the ability to bring her inspiring vision to life in the form of her bright, flamboyant, shoe designs. Here at Utelier we got given the chance to speak to her about her plans for the future, as well as how she managed to launch her own footwear brand.

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Juicy Couture: The Loungewear Tycoons Built Their Empire With $200

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The best decision Gela Nash-Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy ever made was to go into business together. Even though they ‘thought big’ they started small with $200 to their name.

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Insley&Nash – The Printing Maestros

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Nestled in south-east London, in an arch underneath rail tracks, is the creative home of Insley & Nash. Inside, the fashion duo specialise in printing techniques that many printers will not even consider undertaking.

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Bespoke Shoemaker John Lobb Set to Grow

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One of the most respected welted shoemakers John Lobb, has been producing shoes since the mid-19th Century. Now, this Northampton-based £25m business is set to grow.

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Ekceli – Exploring Embroidery At Its Finest

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We delved into the embroidery world of Marie Berthouloux, founder of Ekceli, who specialises in designing embroidery on textiles, leather and furs for luxury and high-end sectors of footwear, handbags, hats, and wedding gowns within the fashion industry.

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Carréducker – Bespoke Shoemakers for Men

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Bespoke shoemakers James Ducker and Deborah Carré, who make up the duo known as Carréducker create custom shoes for men, traditionally made and designed with a contemporary aesthetic to suit each client’s individual style.

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Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional

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Last week, luxury and craft aficionados were given a chance to step inside the hidden world of Britain’s most talented craftsmen at the Walpole British Luxury Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional showcase at The Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens, London.

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The Elie Tahari Story

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The inspirational designer Elie Tahari spoke at Manhattan’s Fashion Institute of Technology last night, providing motivational advice for students with similar career goals and answering questions about how he made his way in the fashion industry.

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Bundy & Webster – Dynamic Casual Wear

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Bundy & Webster are two friends who initially bonded over ambition and talent, when they spotted a gap in the fashion market to design a variety of t-shirts and sweatshirts for both men and women. They may be young, but these girls took the fashion world by storm with the launch of their spring/summer collection in 2014.

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MYB Textiles – The Modern Lace Makers

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Lace has long been a treasured decorative element for fashion, interiors and hosiery. Yet when we talk about lace and the manufacture and making of it, we don’t usually think of lace and British manufacture in the same sentence. But surprisingly, we should! MYB Textiles based in Scotland is a lace manufacturer success story worth sharing and we find out exactly why from Wendy Murray from MYB Textiles.

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Lucie Beauvert – Life of a Weaving Wonder

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An interview with Lucie Beauvert a veteran within the world of textiles, she is the blood of new talent and a true weaving connoisseur.

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No Comment or the Art of Being Hermes

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As anyone who knows or follows the luxury goods industry will tell you – there are luxury goods companies and then – there is Hermes. The family owned leather goods maker is a true champion of “the art of craft”. They continuously find new ways to educate and showcase what true craftsmanship means be it through pop up exhibitions, store demonstrations or videos. The latest new initiative paying respect to the true unsung heros behind the brand are a series of videos simple titled “No Comment”.

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ASOS – As Seen on Success

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Nick Robertson the CEO of ASOS, the world-renowned online fashion retailer for twenty-somethings, describes his journey of becoming the second largest online retailer on the planet as being ‘luck at every junction’.

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Shop Til’ You Pop

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Pop-up shops are taking over the retail world but what exactly is a shop that pops up? Pop-up shops are temporary stores at a designated venue, the purpose of which is to attract the consumer with something exclusive and exciting. Layla Webster delves to find out more.

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Is the Digital Imaging Trend Causing Chaos in Fashion?

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Is the digital imaging and re-blogging trend causing chaos in the fashion industry? In today’s digital and technology-driven world, using social media sites has become the norm where people can socialise and connect with one another.

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Heidi Mottram, British Accessories Designer

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British accessories designer, Heidi Mottram, has established a reputation for creating beautifully designed bags and purses made from eco sustainable leathers. In the accessories fashion business it is not often that we hear of designers making an effort to find and use alternative materials with the goodness of the planet in mind. Mostly we hear of the bigger brands like Stella McCartney or Edun, but hardly ever of the smaller emerging designers.

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