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DESIGNER NAMES: Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker

BACKGROUND: Amy was born in South Africa and brought up in Cheshire, England. Percy is from the Isle of Wight.

SIGNATURES: “The PPQ Gabriel bag, original print designs and PPQ skinny jeans.”

IDEAL CLIENT: “Sophia Lauren in a rush with Peter Sellers in tow.”

THE COLLECTION: “The collection looks to the surrealist world to create hand crafted textures for a world of evening wear. A hierarchal level of colour pigments sets the scene for bold shoulders and statement chiffons adding a new aura to powerful dressing.”

CULTURAL INFLUENCES: “PPQ is part art and music, our brand grew from a collective of disciplines and we still look to them for inspiration and never ending lifestyle influences.”

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Mr. Start

Mr. Start

DESIGN BACKGROUND: In 2002, Philip Start established Start with his wife Brix Smith Start. Based in Shoreditch, Start originally comprised of one store housing mens and womens wear with an emphasis on jeans, by 2004 womenswear had gained it’s own premises across the street.
The latest addition to the Start family came about in 2008 when Philip set up his own men’s formalwear label, Mr Start. Specialising in tailored suiting both off the peg and made to measure, Mr Start occupies it’s own store neighbouring the womenswear Start store and has a representation of shirts and ties in Selfridges.

DESIGN SIGNATURES: “Modern and architectural. Mr Start is the definition of Shoreditch Luxury.”

IDEAL CLIENT: “Someone who’s interesting and not too into themselves.”Mr StartIMG 62764

Margaret Howell

DESIGNER NAME: Margaret Howell

BACKGROUND: Surrey, England.

SIGNATURES: “Enduring quality, contemporary clothes for men and women.”

TRADEMARK PIECE: “White cotton shirt, gabardine raincoat, unstructured tweed jacket and flat leather lace-up shoe.”

IDEAL CLIENT: “Independent and discerning.”

THE COLLECTION: “Inspired by the cool classicism of the white shirt, we’ve used cottons and linens in pale shirting shades of blue, grey and white for loose cut shirts and parkas, worn over narrow-legged trousers – simple shapes with a strong silhouette.”

LONDON TIPS: “Coffee in the Hertzog & De Meuron installation at the Serpentine Gallery. Then looking east through Hyde Park, take in the view of the perfectly placed Shard building. Visit the National Portrait Gallery exhibition ‘Road to 2012: Aiming High’; it features the story behind the athletes and others who have contributed to the London 2012 Olympics.”

FUTURE PLANS: “A new collaboration with British furniture maker Ercol. The 2012 reissue of the butterfly and stacking chair sees these two classic designs produced in elm with black painted beech legs and uprights. To be launched at The London Design Festival in September, the chairs will be available exclusively at Margaret Howell London, Tokyo and Paris flagships.”

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DESIGNER NAME: Jean Pierre Braganza

BACKGROUND: Born in Canada. Having graduated from Central Saint Martins, Jean-Pierre worked with Roland Mouret before setting up his own label.

SIGNATURES: “Constructed tailoring.”

IDEAL CLIENT: “Strong and confident with good taste. She’s not afraid to embrace the dark side of life.”

TRADEMARK PIECE: “The structured, tailored blazer.”

THE COLLECTION: “Sacred geometry, samurai and Frank Herbert’s Dune. The boy in me couldn’t resist the pull of Game of Thrones either.”

CULTURAL INFLUENCES: “I was a drummer in an industrial rock band. This sonic harshness has always influenced my aesthetic and imbued my design. The influence of modern art is also undeniable, and science fiction and fantasy are always there tainting my imagination. In essence, it’s modern ideas that I’m attracted to.”

Felder & Felder

Felder & Felder

DESIGNER NAMES: Annette Felder and Daniela Felder

BACKGROUND: The Felder sisters are from Germany “but London is our home”. The twin sisters studied at Central St Martins and then started their own label in 2006.

SIGNATURES: “Modern, sexy, cool.”

TRADEMARK PIECE: “A cool leather jacket with rock’n’roll edge worn over one of our signature printed skater dresses.”

IDEAL CLIENT: “A charismatic woman who is at ease with herself and the world. Age doesn’t matter. A Felder Felder woman is young at heart and she is a little wild too.”

THE COLLECTION: “For AW13, Felder Felder merges the cool effortless attitude of the original Z-Boys with an unexpected sexy elegance.”

CULTURAL INFLUENCES: “Felder Felder takes great inspiration from the world of music and we have collaborated with lots of our favourite acts on the soundtrack for our shows.”


Agi & Sam

DESIGNER NAMES: Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton

ORIGIN: Agi is from Yorkshire and Sam is from Stratford-Upon-Avon.

BACKGROUND: Agi studied Fashion Design at Manchester School of Art and Sam studied Illustration at University of Lincoln. While producing print for Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld, J.W. Anderson, Armand Basi and Carolyn Massey, he learnt the theory of production, colour and fabric. Agi trained at a Soho based tailors, before spending a year with Alexander McQueen working alongside the menswear team. At McQueen, he learned primarily the importance of research, and the extent at which creativity can be explored. He then went on to work for himself briefly before setting up Agi & Sam.

SIGNATURES: “With a strong emphasis on entirely bespoke print and humour, we believe that fashion should never been taken too seriously. We also endeavour to sit firmly in the middle of brands that fear creating something different and those which push collections too far.”

IDEAL CLIENT: “Ace Ventura Pet Detective.”

TRADEMARK PIECE: “Uncompromising colour.”

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