Fashion First: Leicester’s Hottest Designers Right Now
Not finding what you are looking for on the high street? Then why not check out our top five fashion designers in the region below:
Giulia Mio is an Italian designer that creates unique hats and headpieces. She prides herself on using the best quality materials to construct one off headpieces. She studied Costume Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice and Milan and is now based in Makers Yard in Leicester.
Her designs incorporate a mix of art, theatre and nature and she uses innovative and technical practices to achieve her visions. All of her designs are made by hand by Mio and tailored to each individual. Prices start from £100.
Mio recently received 2nd prize for the Feltmakers Design Award 2016 by the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers of London.
Lovebullets is a fashion brand that is based on the idea of transforming goods that would have been destroyed into interesting pieces of art, jewellery and accessories. Interestingly, the concept was initially dreamed up as a fantasy tale by Creative Director Martin Jegede. The tale alleged that five ‘Love Creatures’ froze the destructive weapons of an evil dictator and transformed them into something of positive power and beauty. It is this concept that Lovebullets bases their entire business upon.
Since launching at Glastonbury in 2008, the company has received attention from high profile figures including: Lily Allen, Kelly Osborne and Pixie Geldof. So, their quirky yet imaginative concept has clearly hit the high note with some stars.
Lilac Pearl Textiles
Run from Makers Yard by Leigh Burrows, Lilac Pearl Textiles creates small batches of products or one-offs using ethical fabrics. Leigh has always been a collector of textiles, travelling far and wide to find various garments, like a kimono, to be used for her work. She loves using colourful and unusual fabrics to create beautiful bespoke designs.
Her collection ranges from scarves to tweed jackets to light shades to cushions. Vintage fabric is restyled to create an original design and new fabric is chosen based on its ethical background and uniqueness. Clients can also work with Leigh to make their own creations and ideas come to life!
SM Walker is a tribute to Leicester since she graduated from De Montfort University and has gone on to develop her own brand. The brand creates enormous sculptural accessories from various materials including leather and wool. The huge pieces can be worn as an addition to an outfit or stand-alone pieces.
With such unique designs it is no wonder that one product will be featured in a prestigious festival in India, the ‘New Designer’s Exhibition’ and ‘The Candid Arts Gallery.’
SM Walker is now a lead designer at Watch This Space and is inspired both by nature’s beauty and minimalism.
Rebecca Winder Fine Jewellery
Rebecca Winder established Rebecca Winder Fine Jewellery after 20 years in the industry designing, teaching and making her own jewellery. With so much experience behind her she decided to take the plunge and go it alone. Since graduating, Rebecca has freelanced for a range of high profile jewellers in the UK as well as teaching new designers the tricks of her trade.
The focal point of the company is to make jewellery that is both socially and economically responsible and that can be afforded by many. To do this, she uses fair trade, fair mined gold or silver which ensures that all of her material comes from an ethical source. This way, the conditions of the workers who mine the jewellery are considered and the risk of exploitation is completely diminished.