Monday, 20 December 2010

Charlie Boots’ ethical fashion

The label “Charlie Boots” is the brainchild of Charlie Boots, a Bristol based designer who creates original, stylish womenswear and bags from ethically sourced materials which are then fabricated to a very high standard by a small team of talented seamstresses.


The ethics of the fashion industry have been thrust under the spotlight in recent years as exposes uncovered the true cost of high street fashion in relation to the environment and the human cost of the workforce needed to produce the high volume/low quality garments it demands.

Charlie Boots’s vision is clear: “I want to show the fashion world that you do not have to compromise when it comes to style and quality when the ethical history of your clothes is important to you. I believe that people will love my ethical clothing for it’s innovative designs and for the care and attention to detail with which they are made. The fact that they are produced from ethically sourced materials and made by people being paid properly for their expertise is simply the way modern fashion should be. As consumers, we shouldn’t expect anything less.”

Charlie Boots offers its customers an exciting range of day and evening wear that utilises fair trade, sustainable , organic, reclaimed and vintage fabrics such as 1930’s ‘feedsacks’ and kimonos from the 50’s onwards. Each design is limited to only ten items and due to the rarity of many of the fabrics, some are complete one-offs. 
 

The Charlie Boots website also sells organic knitwear from Lowie and Eka and handmade jewellery.


Charlie Boots is currently offering 10% off (until the 25th of December) to readers of this blog. To claim your unique Voucher code please email hello@charlieboots.com and give the name of the blog you are reading. We will then email or text you the code. This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

To find out more information about how some of our high street fashion is produced, take a look at this report by Labour Behind the Label.  http://www.labourbehindthelabel.org/  The report looks into the problems behind poverty wages in the garment industry, and the systems of exploitation that keep workers trapped in the cycle of poverty.



Thursday, 2 December 2010

Stylish Christmas gifts

It’s the first week of December...time to start thinking about what you’re going to buy your loved ones for Christmas. It’s hard to find a unique gift year after year, but if you’re looking for a unique, stylish and memorable gift for that special someone this Christmas then look no further. I have a fabulous range of services all available as gift vouchers.
Treat your wife to a morning of shopping, pampering and fun with her very own personal stylist, or your daughter to a couple of hours shopping with an expert in tow to show her how to work the latest trends and dress to suit her shape. Does your Mum have a wardrobe full of clothes, yet always say she's got nothing to wear? A Wardrobe Consultation is just the ticket! Whether they hate shopping or love it but don’t have any free time to indulge themselves, a personal stylist makes a fabulous gift for Christmas.

To take the hassle out of your Christmas shopping, each gift is tailored to suit, delivered free of charge, and beautifully gift wrapped with your special message inside – what could be easier?!

With their very own personal stylist your loved one will unlock the secrets to dressing for their body shape, gain the confidence & knowledge to build stylish outfits by themselves, and discover the best places to shop to suit them. They’ll look fantastic & feeling amazing!

If you're looking for something to compliment a personal styling gift then I know just the thing...a bespoke perfume creation by essentially me makes a perfect gift either on its own, or in conjunction with a personal style session.


Book a consultation with Alec Lawless in order for him to create a bespoke perfume specially tailored to your aromatic preferences. Consultations are held at their lovely showroom in Griffin Mill near Stroud in the Cotswolds.

Get in touch with me via my website http://www.nikiwhittle.com/services/detail/stylish-christmas-gift/ to discuss your gift idea.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Bath's newest gems

There has been a raft of new shops opening in Bath over the last few months.  I keep meaning to put a post up about them but have spent so much of my time taking clients shopping that I’ve not had any spare time to devote to my blog.  Well, enough is enough, so here are some of the fab new boutiques that have emerged on our streets recently...aren’t we lucky!!

British designers at Fashion Capital,
From Bicester to Bath; hot on the heels of the highly successful ‘British Designers Collective’ concept in Bicester Village comes a follow-on initiative at Milsom Place in the World Heritage City of Bath. The ‘British Designers Boutique’ showcases the very best in British fashion direct from the catwalk with a mix of London Fashion week designers and emerging talent. You’ll find Emma Cook, PPQ, Gwendolyn Carrie to mention just a few. Bath Spa Graduate Natalie S Ellis is one of the new talents to watch, and if you liked the sparkly dresses by Liquorice featured on The Apprentice not long ago, then head here to see them close up.

British Designers@FashionCapital, 14-15 Milsom Place, Bath BA1 1BZ, Tel: 01225 489009 


Fashionbloodhound.com
Fashion Bloodhound, the brainchild of 22 year old, Bath based Grazziella Pinto, is a dynamic new web-based fashion business, launching in January after months of social media interest and cult following.

Fashion Bloodhound operates in three unique ways. Firstly selling, the site sells carefully selected recycled designer pieces from people who have registered interest in the site and can’t face the hassle of EBay. Secondly, Fashion Bloodhound will source new and vintage pieces from wish lists sent in by clients who lack the time to track them down themselves. Finally Fashion Bloodhound is the only place to go for on the pulse styling and fashion advice.

www.fashionbloodhound.com












Hannah Dulcie
Hannah Dulcie, an exclusive lingerie boutique offering own brand as well as leading designer collections is opening at Milsom Place. The new store showcases top lingerie brands such as Stella McCartney Lingerie, La Perla Studio, Bordelle, Mimi Holliday, Fleur of England, Lascivious, Myla, Aloe and Nichole de Carle, brands that are generally available in top London department stores, such as Selfridge’s, Harrods and Liberty. Whether it’s sophisticated, sexy, silky or simple, lingerie can be a very personal decision and the professional advice from their skilled consultants can ensure that you get the perfect fit for you.

http://www.hannahdulcie.co.uk/

 
Mimi Noor
This is the place to go for all your denim needs, The boutique specialises in designer jeans, providing over 40 styles of jeans from size 6-16. Jeans are a staple in everyone’s wardrobe, but are the hardest item of clothing to find. Mimi Noor offer not only the right brands and styles, but also consultative sales to ensure they don’t pigeon hole customers into only wearing jeans for their body shape, but also ones that compliment their personal style and personality. Along with a great selection of flattering jeans, they also stock high fashion denim such as J Brand Houlihan and Current/Elliott captain trousers.

25 Milsom Street, Bath, BA1 1DG, Tel: 01225 571518, http://www.miminoor.com/


 
Black and White
I spotted this shop tucked away on Broad Street in Bath. A proper Aladins cave, it’s full to the brim with vintage jewellery, clothing, furniture and the odd designer bargin. It’s well worth a visit but make sure you’ve got plenty in time to while away to make the most of it.
21, Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LN, Tel: 01225 789158


Anna Lizzo
Textile designer Anna Lizzio brings her unique styling to Bath with a Pop-Up lifestyle store in Milsom Place. The collection consists of unique prints on unusual fabrics. It combines classic shapes with a colourful contemporary twist, paying great attention to detail and finishing and selling at a very good price point.

Alongside her own brand, Anna Lizzio is showcasing Scandinavian brands HunkyDory, Naja Lauf and Erfurt scarves. From France, she has Bella Jones knits, Joe’s Jeans and jewellery from Dominique Montagut, as well as Italian labels such as Carlo Zanuso’s Pomandere, and Penelope Chilvers winter-warm shearling clog boots. Keep the autumn chill at bay with a quirky reversible wool scarf from Electronic Sheep.
Tel: +44(0)1666 502297, http://www.annalizzio.co.uk/

 

Marc Wallace
Marc has now opened his second menswear shop in the south/west, in the City of Bath. The shop follows his signature style, design in an easy going and relaxed way, emulating the vibe of the London shop, with vintage furniture and our signature red suede curtains.  Marc Wallace Bath offers the same service as the London shop, with a full tailoring service, off the peg collection and accessory’s. If an item is not in store, it can be delivered to the shop the next day.
No8 Edgar Buildings, George Street, Bath, BA1 2EE, Tel: 01225 466 155, http://www.marcwallace.com/



Sunday, 17 October 2010

A morning of dressing up

I’d wanted to get some new photos of me for my website for a while now, but to be honest I’d been putting it off. I hate having my photo taken, I’d much rather be behind the camera than in front of it.

It took me a while to find someone who I thought would capture the kind of images I had in mind but eventually I found the brilliant Sean Maylon. I instantly loved his photography style and use of light.
The morning of shooting I cleared out my lounge (completely) and set the scene using my clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery....everything. It took me the entire afternoon to put it all back! As soon as Sean started shooting, my nerves melted away and I started to enjoy myself, even my Springer Spaniel Hendrix got involved.
Sean got some great shots; I just need to get them on my site!






Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Beautiful illustrations

About a month ago I promised to write a post about local illustrator Naomi Hocking.  I’ve been so busy the last few weeks shopping the new collections with clients that I’ve been bit rubbish at updating my blog.  Today is the first day I’ve had in a while to tend to my blog and sort out general business stuff (newsletter – done, accounts – done!) So here you are, a little later than promised but worth the wait I hope.

I’ve known Naomi for about five years now, we both worked for John Lewis and have a love of mountain biking (although, strictly I can’t say that anymore as my poor bike has been rather neglected of late).  I’ve always loved Nay’s illustrations, so when it came to choosing an illustrator for my new website who better to ask?!
Thanks to Naomi, my new site is now brimming with beautiful illustrations.  I gave her a vague brief and she ran with it, I’m over the moon with what she’s done, for those of you who’ve not seen the site yet here are a few of my favourites.
Naomi studied illustration at Loughborough University, and then worked for various card companies before working for John Lewis.
“I paint and draw because I love it. I find the various forms of architecture around the world fascinating and I also enjoy the intense colours and textures of foods. Although I use the computer for my more intricate work, I like to do larger works on canvas as they allow more freedom of movement and a looser style.”

She already has a stockist for her cards and is currently designing a website to showcase all her work so watch this space!

Naomi’s work is for sale - both as originals and prints - and commissions are always welcome, so if you like what you see get in touch:

t: 0117 9020900
m: 07855 365543
e: naomi.hocking@googlemail.com




Thanks Nay x

Friday, 24 September 2010

Bristol fashion

I love this time of year, the fabulous new collections are firmly underway, and everything looks fresh and exciting. Now is the perfect time to source those all important items to bring your wardrobe shimmying into this season.


Bristol’s fashion is just getting stronger and stronger, in the words of Gok Wan: “Since the opening of Cabot Circus Bristol now boasts the best shopping in the South West with an amazing mix of high-street and designer brands. Bristol has a very unique style – it’s urban, edgy and cool.
There’s an abundance of mini trends this year like fur, maxi-skirts and my absolute favourite leopard print and Bristol has them all covered.
Many of my clients tell me that they find shopping overwhelming...they can’t find what they’re looking as there’s so much choice and so many trends. Events like the Fashion Weekender at Cabot Circus are the perfect way to discover what to wear this season, how to wear it and where to find it. This year the fabulous Gok Wan is hosting so don’t miss out!

To coincide with this I’ve picked some fab pieces from the stores in Cabot to help you to work the trends whether like a fashionista or find a simple way to update your look.

Gothic Chic
Textures are the thing here - leather, lace, sequins and velvet. Unleash your inner bad girl and embrace black.

Jacket form A/Wear, Skirt from French Connection, Lace bolero from Monsoon, Jacket form French Connection,Studded cuff from House of Fraser, top from Miss Selfridge.



Animal print
My favourite! Go full on with a print coat or tread more carefully in a pair of leopard shoes. Avoid too much though as you’ll end up looking like Bette Lynch!

Coat from French Connection, jacket from CC, watch from Accessorise, shoes from Next, full length coat from Biba

Millitary fashion
Strong lines, military detailing, utilityesqu accessories and lotsssssssssss of Khaki.

Bag from Miss Selfridge, Coat from H&M, House of fraser lifestyle shot, gloves from Next, shoes from Next,


Romantic bohemian.
Think floaty dresses and chunky knits – a real contrast in textures.

Fur gillet from Jane Norman, House of fraser lifestyle shots, dress from Monsoon fusion.




Classic camel,
This is a great year to invest in one of the wardrobe staples – a classic camel coat. Beware though, camel isn’t an easy colour to wear so make sure you find the right tone for your skin. If you’re not sure then consider camel trousers or a skirt and keep the colour away from your face.

Dress from Wallis, Belt from H&M, Coat from Wallis, trousers from Next, jacket from Next.





Grunge glamour look,
This is a combination of trends; mix the military and boho trends to create a more quirky, land girlesq style.
Boots from Office, Next lifestyle shot, Denim shirt from H&M, Chunky knit from Phase Eight, J Brand Houlians from Harvey Nichols.



All images courtesly of PR Shots