Summer Style Guide

 

 

 

 

Whether you’re spending your summer by the coast, in the city, the wholesome countryside, or soaking up the sun in the comfort of your garden (as many of us will be with global travel restrictions), we’ve got the perfect summer style guide for you. 

 

 

 

 

 

Coastal Living

 

To be by the sea is something we've all been dreaming of for the past few months and it's finally a feasible feat for most. Whether you're venturing to your local beach or to a tropical coastline Mykke Hofmann's white Kiva Dress is a cool contemporary option, simple slip it over a bikini and sandals. Ruslan Baginskiy's Tasselled Boater Hat is the perfect option to shield you face from the basking sun, while KOVA Jewels half-moon rings and necklaces won't damage in the sun, sand and sea.  

 

 

 

 

 

In The City

 

Summer in the city often means rooftop drinks, sightseeing (even in your own city) and park picnics, which means an array of looks; from casual to formal. BEVZA's ivory Abla Dress and white Alla Dress will have heads turning for all the right reasons when fine dining, while their black Noodle Dress, Mykke Hofmann's red and white-striped Keely Dress and Masterpeace's Kimono Set are apt for more low-key situations. Finish your looks with Cornelia Webb's undeniably cool and modern gold-plated Folded Cuff and Earrings.

 

 

 

 

 

Country Escape

 

If crisp fresh air, fields of green grass and cottage living is your perfect summer escape then Masterpeace's white Puff-Sleeved Midi Dress and blue Puff-Sleeved Mini Dress will be just what you're looking for. With rural Russian cues, they're perfect for country living. Ruslan Baginskiy's tri-coloured Baker Boy Hat will lend  a cool finishing touch. 

 

 

 

Woman of the Week: Katherine Johnson

 

Our 'Woman of the Week' series celebrates the women of the past and present that epitomise The Unstated woman. Resilient, benevolent, progressive and inspirational, these women are pioneers of the modern age. 

 

 

This week we commemorate the life and momentous achievements of mathematician Katherine Johnson, who calculated the exact trajectories that would lead to Apollo 11's successful landing on the moon in 1969 and safe return to Earth. 

 

Though one of the most significant mathematicians of the last century, Johnson's achievements were overlooked for decades due to both her gender and her race. 

 

Born Creola Katherine Coleman on August 26, 1918, in West Virginia to middle-class African-American parents, Katherine Johnson was set with racial adversities from a young age; Greenbier County of which her family resided did not accept African-American children into public schools past the age of eight which lead Johnson's parents to enroll her in a school in the nearby unincorporated community of Institute. The school that she attended in Institute was the West Virginia State College Campus, where Johnson eventually attended and took every maths course that the college offered. As a predominantly and historically African American college, Katherine Johnson's natural flair for maths was nurture by her tutors and she had several inspirational mentors such as Angie King Turner. Graduating at the age of 18 with a degree in Mathematics and French it's evident that Johnson was a talented mathematician from a very young age. She went on to become the first African-American woman to graduate from West Virginia and was the only woman out of three African-American students to be selected to integrate the university. 

 

Following this Katherine Johnson decided to embark on a career as a research mathematican but struggled to find work as this was a very difficult field for both African Americans and women to break into. She worked as a teacher until finding work as a 'computer' – a term for people who computed mathematical calculations before the invention of the computer – excelling in this position, she then worked as an aerospace technologist at NASA. 

 

One of very few female and non-white employees at NASA, particularly mathematicians, Johnson faced several trials during her time at the institution; simple tasks such as going to the bathroom were arduous due to the segregated restrictions – the 'coloured' lavatories were a long distance from the office she was based in – and her employees enhanced the segregation with their personal ill-treatment towards her. However, none of this discouraged Katherine Johnson or stopped her from carrying out her tasks and to an exceptionally high standard. During her time at NASA Katherine Johnson calculated the trajectory for the Alan Shepard's (the first American in space) May 1961 space flight, his Mercury mission in the same year and the Apollo 11 flight to the moon in 1969. 

 

Johnson eventually gained respect from her colleagues and eventually recognition for her contribution to some of America's most noted scientific and aeronautics feats. 

 

In 1999, Katherine Johnson was named West Virginia State College Outstanding Alumnus of the Year and in 2015, Barack Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was also cited as someone "who have made outstanding contributions to flight safety and mission success" by NASA and was included in the BBC's list of '100 women of influence' in 2016. In the same year, a book titled 'Hidden Figures' by Margot Lee Shetterly was released. The book chronicled the lives and achievements of Johnson and two other African-America mathematicians who worked at NASA (Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan) and was followed by an award-winning film adaptation, which made Katherine Johnson's accomplishments become recognised to a vast audience. 

 

Katherine Johnson sadly passed away earlier this year in February at the age of 101 and was described by NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine as "an American hero", stating that "her pioneering legacy will never be forgotten" and it certainly will not be.

As Styled By | Ann-A-Porter

As part of our 'As Styled By' series, we spoke to Anna of the fashion and lifestyle blog, 'Ann-A-Porter' about her inspirations, motherhood and core values. 

 

Hello Anna! Tell us a bit about yourself. 


Hi! My name is Anna, I’m 32 years old and I live with my family in Berlin. I come from Kyiv, Ukraine, but we've been living abroad for a while. It all has started with Sweden; where I studied my second MA. Then we moved to northern Italy for a while, then I got a job in Munich and this is how our German story began. We've now been living in Germany for six years.

 

 

How did you get into fashion? Why did you start ‘Ann-A-Porter’? 


When we came back to Kyiv from Italy, I decided to try something I always had an interest in; how do fashion shows work, how do designers come up with collections, and what’s behind a fashion week. So I took a job as a project manager at Mercedes Benz Kiev Fashion Week and got to know many talented Ukrainian designers. This is when I decided to start my own blog to express my passion for style. When I worked in PR with influencers in Munich, I got a chance to see what the digital style world is about. As I was working full time and was a foreigner in a new city, unfortunately or luckily I had neither time nor energy to pursue my hobby. I became a mother in 2016 and shortly after we moved to Berlin. When my daughter started daycare, I finally got myself together and decided to bring my passion back to life – it was ‘now or never.” So here am I now, a young mum living in Berlin pursuing my passion in style and I couldn’t be any happier.


Many people think that ANN-A-PORTER comes from my personal name, Anna Porter. But it’s not! It actually comes from prêt-à-porter, which means ready-to-wear. Since I wanted to share my personal style journey, I thought this name might fit, so I took the “a-porter“ part and just added Anna in the beginning. My full name is Anna Zlobenko, so it definitely has nothing to do with it. 



 

What inspires you; both creatively and in life?


There are so many things that inspire me in life, but first and foremost it’s people. I love people, love hearing their stories, sharing energy and experiences. I love spotting stylish people on the streets of Berlin and everywhere I go – it inspires me. When I see a stylishly dressed person, it’s like they’re telling a story of who they are without saying a word, I love it!


Sometimes in order to get inspired, I would simply get a coffee and croissant, sit on a terrace and observe the life around. Just to be present in the moment. Inspiration is like a synergy of what you’ve seen, where you’ve been, what you’ve eaten, who you’ve talked to if that makes sense. 


Book stores, fashion photography, interior design, vintage shops and time on my own - all of these are my sources of inspiration.



 

What advice would you give anyone interested in starting a fashion blog or looking to create content?


First and foremost to answer the question ‘why you’re doing it? What’s your inspiration? Why? Is it to share outfit ideas, to promote sustainable fashion, to tell what minimalistic style is? Knowing what’s your 'why' is very important and brings the most value, particularly as the market is so over-saturated now. It took me around 2 years to figure out what’s my 'why', it might not be as easy as it seems, but it is essential to accelerate your growth. I’m a great believer that content is key; so I’d highly recommend training & educating yourself in content creation. Quality is what wins long-term. Focus on what you value personally, try to reach the best quality level and be persistent - that’s it...Ah, and be kind!

 

 

How do you juggle motherhood with your career?


Oh I still haven’t figured it out yet. It’s definitely not easy and it’s a lot about going with the flow. At first, when I figured out my working routines, I tried to stick to it as much as I could, but it all crushed if something went wrong. Therefore I learned that there is no such thing as balance. There are periods when work is in top priority, there are periods when motherhood is in a bigger priority. For example, it's the summer holidays currently and I’m spending all the time with my daughter and having no time to work at alll. But it will change in August and it’s fine, it’s life, you go with the flow.

 

 

Are there any core values that you apply to your work and life?


Oh absolutely! I am always trying to stay honest with myself in everything I do. 

I’m quite a straightforward and transparent person and I try to apply this in my work too. I will never advertise a brand I personally never tried or don’t like. My goal is to create value with my work and I genuinely believe and hope I inspire my community to dress up better, to be kinder and to live a more sustainable lifestyle. So yes, my personal values are my work values too.

 

 

What does womanhood mean to you?


Good question. Womanhood to me is like sisterhood to me - I genuinely believe that when women support each other, greater things can happen. There is nothing more powerful than when women support and inspire each other, I’ve experienced it myself. Women are truly incredible and I’d love to see the world appreciating it more in every aspect of our lives.

 

 

What are your go-to pieces this season and what are staples in your wardrobe?


Oh, this summer it’s all about puff sleeves or puff dresses – I adore them! I love combining feminine with masculine, therefore my staples haven’t changed over the past several years; my summer style is about sporty sandals, denim or black Bermuda shorts, white men’s-like shirts, flowy pleated skirts, straw bag, and puff sleeves and cropped tops. 



Playlist 0.3

It's the season for iced coffees, long evening strolls, sandy feet, alfresco dining, Aperol spritz and sunkissed skin, so we've put together the perfect playlist to accompany you through summer days and nights. 

 

TRACK LISTING

  

 0.1. Billy - DRAMA

 

0.2. Canopée - Polo & Pan

 

0.3. Zonnestraal (MÖWE Remix) - De Hofnar

 

0.4. Klanga (De Hofnar Remix) - Gostan

 

0.5. Woods - Mac Miller

 

0.6. Embrace (Black Coffee & Aquatone) - Agoria, Phoebe Killdeer

 

0.7. He Don't Love Me - Winona Oak 

 

0.8. tonight - LIE NING

 

0.9. I Fold You - Elder Island

 

10. Imprint - NBSPLV

 

11. Right Wrong - Ivan Dorn, Victor Solf

 

12. If I Ever Feel Better - Phoenix

 

13. Music Sounds Better With You - NEIL FRANCES

 

14. What's The Use - Mac Miller

 

15. Ananas - Bleu Toucan 

 

16. Come To Me - zalagasper

 

17. Sonate Pacifique - L'Impératrice, Isaac Delusion

 

18. Holding on - Julio Bashmore, Sam Dew

 

19. Flash - Lewis OfMan 

 

20. Hanoï Café - Bleu Toucan 

 

 

Woman of the Week: Joan Mitchell

Our 'Woman of the Week' series celebrates the women of the past and present that epitomise The Unstated woman. Resilient, benevolent, progressive and inspirational, these women are pioneers of the modern age. 

 

 

This week we commemorate esteemed American artist Joan Mitchell. One of the few female artists in the "second generation" American Abstract Expressionist movement, Mitchell wasn't confined to the expectations of women in the era that she lived and worked, or intimidated by the male-dominated art establishment, this may be due to her unorthodox upbringing. Born in Chicago, Illinois to a dermatologist James Herbert Mitchell and poet Marion Strobel Mitchell was encouraged to nurture her creative disposition, frequently attending Saturday art classes at the Art Institute and summer schools at the Chicago Art Institute run art community, Ox-Bow. Joan Mitchell went onto study at the university and Smith College earning a BFA and MFA in 1947 and 1950. 

 

 

Shortly after graduating from her MFA, Mitchell started to make a name for herself in the New York art scene. Inspired by the works and ideologies of artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Franz Kline, William de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Hans Hofmann, Joan Mitchell was producing expressive, expansive works with bold gestural brushstrokes and a warm nature-influenced or monochrome palette. Grandes Carrières (1961-62) and Plate (folio 16) from The Poems (1960) exemplify Mitchell's aptness for convey emotion and state-of-mind through the stoke of a brush.  Speaking on her work she once said, "I try to eliminate clichés, extraneous material," and on another occasion,

 

 "I paint from remembered landscapes that I carry with me—and remembered feelings of them, which of course become transformed."

 

The earnest and uncontrived nature of Joan Mitchell's works attribute to their ability to resonate with a vast plethora of people. 

 

Mitchell's work was exhibited in the eminent “Ninth Street Show,” curated by art dealer revered Leo Castelli at the Artists’ Club in Greenwich Village. Following this Joan Mitchell's work was featured in many exhibitions in the USA and internationally, bringing her name to a wider audience.

 

In the present day Joan Mitchell's works are featured in the collections of the Paris' Centre Georges Pompidou, New York's The Museum of Modern Art and London's Tate Modern, and in 2018 her her painting Blueberry (1969), sold at Christie’s for $16.6 million, setting a record for Mitchell, and the value of her works and Joan Mitchell herself continues to grow with time. 

 

Joan Mitchell was self-assertive against the adversities of being a female artist, and this is evident in the fact that she is held in equal regard many of her male contemporaries and still remains a significant figure in the second generation American Abstract Expressionist movement and modern art in large. 

 

Joan Mitchell Quotes

 

“I think women are inclined more than men to be self-destructive, and I really think I had the masochistic medal there for a while.”

 

“Sometimes I don’t know exactly what I want [with a painting]. I check it out, recheck it for days or weeks. Sometimes there is more to do on it. Sometimes I am afraid of ruining what I have. Sometimes I am lazy, I don’t finish it or I don’t push it far enough. Sometimes I think it’s a painting.”

 

"Abstract is not a style. I simply want to make a surface work. This is just a use of space and form: it's an ambivalence of forms and space." 

 

“Don’t be worried about rejection. I say that now. It’s terrible, I asked one of my dealers years ago ‘If I don’t sell are you going to dump me?’ And he said, ‘Sure.’ But sales don’t make a show.”

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

As Styled By: Tina | Style Appetite

As part of our 'As Styled By' series we spoke to Tina of the fashion and lifestyle blog, 'Style Appetite' about her approach to fashion, creativity and womanhood. 

 

Hello Tina! Tell us a bit about yourself. 

 

Hi there! I’m Tina and based in Berlin, Germany. Actually I was born in the north of Germany in a small village next to the Baltic Sea – a lovely space for holidays by the way. I’ve moved to Berlin around 10 years ago to study Business Administration, since then I have worked in different jobs such as a marketing manager, and lately as a business analyst.

 

 

How did you get into fashion and why did you start ‘Style Appetite’? 

 

My aim behind 'Style Appetite' was mainly to have a personal space and outlet for my creativity. 

After finishing my studies and working in different areas of marketing and economics, I realised that my love for fashion was not fulfilled with my office job. I have always been interested in fashion and design, as well as travelling and discovering my own beautiful city of Berlin.

 

 

What inspires you; both creatively and in life?

 

I'm inspired on a daily basis, I’m of course getting inspired by Instagram and Pinterest. There are so many inspiring women and profiles out there! Also, I’m a big fan of coffee table books as well as visiting museums and art galleries – there are plenty of spaces in and around Berlin to discover. In life generally, I’m definitely a family person so they always come first. I want to be known as a postive-minded person that is kind and supportive. 

 

 

What advice would you give anyone interested in starting a fashion blog or looking to create creative content?

 

Get an idea of what your concept should be about and then start immediately! It doesn’t have to be perfect right away, you’ll figure out which way to go and what the details will look like. Also, don't be afraid to ask for help. There are lovely people out there who can help you and build your network as you go along. 

Creating content is easy when you have a clear visual strategy. Decide which style and images you are going for and feel free to try new things, especially on Instagram there tends to be certain trends on how a feed should look. Don’t get confused by this – you do you! 

 

 

How have you been coping with social distancing? Have you had to adapt the way you work?

 

For my business analyst job, it definitely changed a lot. We've all been working from home since March and I haven’t been to our Berlin offices ever since, I guess it won’t go back to normal that soon. Regarding my social media and blog, I’ve mostly adapted to do my photoshoots at home or around our apartment. Unfortunately, fashion weeks and blogger events won’t happen that soon again, so I‘m definitely missing the networking part of my job. 

 

 

Are there any core values that you apply to your work and life?

 

Always treat others with the same respect that you would expect from them. This might sound lame but, good manners are never out of fashion! Being on time and replying to mails etc, are such small and easy things but will always show that you care and that you’re respectful. 

 

 

What does womanhood mean to you?

 

I think our image of women has changed a lot during the past years; finally women are free to shape their own way of living and how they want to present themselves. For me, it’s not about how a woman looks or dresses but the way she carries herself and if she’s comfortable in her own skin. But I also have to say that your favourite dress or pair of shoes will always make you more self confident and this will show to the outside world, too.   

 

 

What are you looking forward to wear next season?

 

I’m definitely a fan of flowy, airy dresses. In summer, I’ll pair them with flats or heels for a night out and in winter I’ll wear them with over-knee boots. You can never go wrong with this combo. 

Apart from that, a good suit will always make me feel powerful and fierce. I’m looking forward to statement shoulders, asymmetric drapes or volume – these small details that make a difference. 

Summer Reading: Books For Reading Under The Sun

 

 

The summer heat is here and as we take to you sunloungers and reach for sunscreen, we find ourselves in want of a good book to delve into as we soak up sun rays. So we've curated a list of books that we think are perfect for reading under the sun. 

 

 

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Achiman

Andre Aciman's acclaimed coming-of-age novel 'Call Me By Your Name' tells the story of the unexpected, spirited love that blossoms between Elio, an adolescent boy and Oliver, an American student that's a family guest for the summer. Adding to its allure is the picturesque backdrop of the Italian Riviera.

 

 

South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion

A collection of dialogue, observations, musings, interviews, essays and articles that chronicle her travels through Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi in 1970, Joan Didion's 'South and West: From a Notebook' will transport you into places and time that she speaks of, and into the mind of one of literature greatest minds.  

 

 

Bonjour Tristesse and A Certain Smile by Françoise Sagan

The hot summer in the French Riveria serves a backdrop to Françoise Sagan's timeless novel 'Bonjour Tristesse' which tells the story of 17-year old Cecile whose life is altered when her bohemian father unexpectedly decides to remarry. A modern masterpiece, the novella is a stylised, yet raw account of youth and betrayal. 

 

 

 

You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh 

Author, monk and meditation expert, Thich Nhat Hanh's 'You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment' delves into Buddist ethic and practice. It serves as a guide to mindfulness and the positive impact it can have on our lives, as well as, the importance of being present and serene. 

 

 

 

A Month in Siena by Hisham Matar

In 'A Month in Siena', Hisham Matar reflects from afar the city that he once admired from within as a nineteen-year-old student studying at the Sienese School of painting. During the period of his life spent in the Italian city, Matar had faced a series of adversities, such as the disappearance of his father, and Siena is presented as a city that offered both hope and poignant growth. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woman of the Week: Maya Angelou

Our new 'Woman of the Week' series celebrates the women of the past and present that epitomise The Unstated woman. Resilient, benevolent, progressive and inspirational, these women are pioneers of the modern age. 

The first in our series is the late revered poet, writer and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou.

 

Most know for her landmark book, "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings", a lyrical autobiography that chronicles Angelou's childhood experiences in the Jim-Crow era St Louis, Missouri. The novel is an astute and vulnerable exploration into trauma, racism and the resilience and fortitude that Maya Angelou developed through it all due to a love of literature. 

In the words of Angelou, 

"You can only become truly accomplished at something you love."

And this sentiment is perhaps how she became of the most acclaimed writers of a generation. "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings", was followed by a series of sequels that do not only recount Angelou's life experience but unveil a woman of wisdom, altruism and principle, which was discernible in many aspects of her life. These are, “Gather Together in My Name” (1974), “Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas” (1976), “The Heart of a Woman” (1981), “All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes” (1986) and “A Song Flung Up to Heaven” (2002).

 

From her warm, soulful, melodic manner of speaking and earnest accounts of anguish to her civil rights activism, Maya Angelou was an eloquent voice for people (particularly women) who had similar life experiences but were unable to express themselves, and spoke to the hearts of those who hadn't. 

Before writing Maya Angelou explored her other love; dance, working as a professional dancer in the clubs of San Francisco, including the celebrated cellar club 'The Purple Onion' (said to be an influential establishment during the Beat era of the 1950s and 60s), where she sang and danced to calypso music. Her affinity with calypso music followed her throughout her life and career; in 1957 Angelou recorded a calypso album titled "Miss Calypso", which was re-released as a CD in 1996, and appeared in a Broadway play that inspired the 1957 film "Calypso Heat Wave". A Tony-award winning stage actress Angelou acted in other stage produces, such as "Porgy and Bess" on Broadway. 

The duality of joyful calypso and the heavy hardships of Maya Angelou's life nurtures the notion of optimism and buoyancy that makes Angelou an immutable figure of inspiration. 

One of her most-quoted poems "Still I Rise" (extract below), taken from her 1978 anthology of the same name, overtly explores the theme of resilience, as well as the poem " On the Pulse of the Morning", which Angelou first read at the auguration of Bill Clinton in 1993 and won a Grammy for 'Best Spoken Word' in 1994. 

Maya Angelou garnered many awards and prestigious nominations throughout her life and career, however, it isn't kudos that makes Angelou one of the most honoured women of our times, but spirit and soul. 

 

Still I Rise (Extract)

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Playlist 0.2

 

 

Upbeat and high energy, our second playlist is one to workout to. From squats to burpees, to one hundreds and leg lifts, you'll stay focused and motivated listening to Playlist 0.2. Team it with one of the workout plans or trainers recommended in our last post (read below).

 

Track Listing

 

0.1. Light It Up - ZHU, TOKiMONSTA

 

0.2. Audio - Sia, Diplo, Labrinth, LSD

 

0.3. Crave You - Flight Facilities, Giselle

 

0.4. January - Disclosure, Jamie Woon

 

0.5. Inevitable Ending - Armen Miran, Hraach

 

0.6. Work It (Soulwax Remix) - Marie Davidson, Soulwax

 

0.7. Psychic City (Classixx Remix) - YACHT

 

0.8. Real Life - Duke Dumont, Gorgon City

 

0.9. Do It Right - Martin Solveig, Tkay Maidza

 

10. On & On - Alok Dynoro

 

11. Aldebaran - Armen Miran, Hraach

 

12. Tarlabasi (Be Svendsen Remix) - Oceanvs Orientalis, Be Svendsen

 

13. The Gates of Babylon - DAVI

 

14. Take A Chance (Satin Jackets Remix) - Moullinex, Satin Jackets

 

 

 

How We're Working Out At Home

With gyms closed and most of us social distancing, our workouts are taking place in the comfort of our homes. For some, motivation and enthusiasm for at-home workouts are plain-sailing, but for many of us, it's challenging – perhaps you're struggling to find a good routine, you're without access to equipment and machines, you're unable to push yourself in the same way an instructor would. We understand that exercising at home can be challenging, so we've put together a list of workout plans, apps and trainers that we would recommend.

 

Apps

 

Alo Moves 

 

If you're looking for a wide collection of online workout classes; from HIIT to yoga, pilates and meditation, Alo Moves is perfect for you. There's a subscription fee of $20 a month, however, the free trial allows you to test it out before committing, and the lessons are so thorough you feel like the instructors are right there with you.

 

 

Sweat by Kayla Itsines

 

Kayla Itsines has been transforming the body of women and men across the globe since 2008, and her Sweat app allows you to use her methods at home. A variety of 28-minute workouts that sculpt, tone and get your heart pumping are perfect for those who don't have time for one-hour routines. There's a monthly fee of $19.99. 

 

 

Nike Training Club 

 

With a broad selection of targeted workouts, Nike's Training Club app is perfect for those who like to mix up their routine and isolate areas of the body. Alternatively, there is the option of personal plans that guide you, whilst adjust to your progress and schedule. One of the best things about this app is that it's free!

 

Instagram

 

Bodyism 

 

Notting Hill members-only fitness club, Bodyism has made their acclaimed workouts available to all with daily live workouts. The routines are easy to follow and the instructors teach in a way that caters to every ability level. 

 

 

Digme Fitness 

 

From dance cardio and bum-sculpting workouts to morning yoga, Digme Fitness offers a wide range of daily workouts via Instagram live. There's more than one workout a day, and they're saved in case you missed your favourite. 

 

Youtube

 

MadFit 

 

Ballet-dancer come fitness enthusiast, Maddie Lymburner of MadFit's three to four-minute song workouts are perfect for those who enjoy moving to music, while her longer more targeted videos are perfect for building strength and muscle while remaining long and lean. 

 

 

Yoga With Adriene

  

The internet's most-loved yoga teacher, Adriene Mishler has encouraged many to stretch, breathe, and mindfully create healthy bodies and minds. Her daily yoga videos are easy to follow and varied. There are routines that will help you sleep and others that will tone and increase flexibility, so you'll learn how extensive yoga can be. 

 

 

#TheUnstatedWoman

As Worn By You

 

There isn't just one way to style our pieces and we love to see and showcase the many manners that you are wearing them with #TheUnstatedWoman. Here's an edit of some of our favourite looks from The Unstated community. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hedvig Sagfjord Opshaug

 

The "Norwegian in London" styles Bessarion's 'The Ultimate Tailored Trousers' perfectly for a refined, yet relaxed off-duty look. While the bold blouse complements the tailored silhouette of the trousers, the woven basket tote, slip-on sandals and sunglasses provide a cool juxtaposition. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gizem Gundem

 

Fashion and interior stylist, Gizem Gundem showcases the modern and unorthodox nature of Ingorokva's 'White Cassiel Denim Waistcoat' by pairing it with the corresponding 'White Ivette Jeans' and minimal jewellery (a single necklace). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Renia Jaz

 

Also known as 'Vens Wife Style', Renia Jaz wears Litkovskaya's 'George Trench Coat' with contemporary workwear look. Layering a simple black rollneck jumper and tailored trousers with an orthodox white shirt and the modern-classic trench coat makes an outfit that's a unique play on traditional looks. The oversized brooch adds a personal finishing touch that we love. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denise Buschküehle

 

If you're looking to add colour to your wardrobe a jacket is a great way to do it, as Denise Buschküehle showcases with this ensemble. Ingorokva's 'Blue Wool Tabea Jacket' elevates a pair of blue jeans, while heeled boots and large sunglasses and a slick black bag furthers the sophisticated sensibility of the look. 

 

 

 

What We're Wearing At Home

 

As most have been confined to the comfort of our homes whilst social distancing, we've lost the need to dress well, resorting to cosy, easy-to-wear pieces instead of aesthetically pleasing looks, but style and comfort aren't mutually exclusive. 

 

Here's our selection of nonchalant, yet stylish pieces that we're wearing while social distancing. 

 

 

 

Bessarion Script Sweatshirt

 

One of the brand's most-loved pieces, Bessarion's Script Sweatshirt decorates a stalwart wardrobe with Georgian script - a nod to the brand's heritage. Crafted from 100% cotton it's comfortable and cool, perfect for lounging around the house in. Liven up your day with the red version

 

 

 

 

LL by Litkovskaya High Waist Runaway Jeans

 

High-waisted, wide-legged and deconstructed abstractly, LL by Litkovskaya's Runway Jeans are the perfect off-duty pair. The cut and fit allow for a comfortable fit so you can wear them during your next Netflix binge on the sofa, or on a grocery run in style. 

 

 

 

Lalo Cardigans Ocean Tassel Cardigan

 

Anything from Lalo Cardigans is fitting for restful days at home, but we're in love with the Ocean Tassel edition. Handcrafted from pure wool in playful shades of blue, white, coral and yellow that evoke the colours of the ocean, and finished with feathers, the Ocean Tassel cardigan is a playful piece that will enliven any off-duty look. 

 

 

 

 

Litkovskaya Mondrian Wide Dress

 

Litkovskaya's Mondrian Wide Dress is a contemporary piece that's ideal for days packed with Zoom calls, as you'll look refined while feeling snug and leisurely. The oversized piece is distinguished with a modern Mondrian-inspired print and finished with contrast silk detailing at the cuffs. 

 

 

 

Bessarion The Unstated Collaboration T-Shirt

 

If you're looking to update your T-shirt and sweatpants combination (the stay-at-home outfit go-to for most) Bessarion's T-shirt's are a perfect pick. They're cut from soft-touch cotton to a boyish silhouette and finished with the iconic Georgian script – Londoners will surely relate to the quotes our the pieces from our exclusive collaboration with the Georgian brand.

 

 

 

Litkovskaya Lumiere Dress

 

If staying in doesn't mean not dressing up to you Litkovskaya's Lumiere Dress will be what you're looking for. Modern and feminine, it's expertly crafted from pure white cotton to a contemporary, silhouette that's sculpted to flatter the body without hugging it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playlist 0.1

 

 

 

A playlist that will provide the perfect soundtrack to days and nights at home. Uptempo, upbeat and uplifting, yet chilled, Playlist 0.1. can be listened to while working from home, reading, cooking, or simply doing nothing at all.

 

 

 

 

Track Listing

 

0.1 Can't Do Without You (Tale Of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix) - Caribou, Tale of Us  

 

0.2 Supernova  - Hybrid Minds

 

0.3. In Your Eyes -  The Weeknd

 

0.4. On Our Knees (Nexeri & Edmofo Remix) -  Nexeri Konoba

 

0.5. Along The Coast - Y.V.E. 48

 

0.6.  It’s Alright -  Nimino

 

0.7.  Pretty Lady - Tash Sultana

 

0.8.  Fire -  Mavica

 

0.9.  When U Go -  Girls of the Internet

 

10.  Entity - Tora

 

11. Haze - breathe.

 

12. Sex for Breakfast - Lo'Fi Boy

 

13. Midas - Maribou State

 

14. Money - LEISURE

 

15. Tadow - Masego, FKJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Behind The Brand: A Conversation with Ruslan Baginskiy

We spoke to the founder of the namesake brand Ruslan Baginskiy about his inspirations and ethos, and the much-loved 'Baker Boy Hat'. 

 

Tell us a bit about the initial concept behind the brand. 

 

The brand’s story begins in 2015 when I opened a small millinery in Lviv, Ukraine. In 2016 the company moved to Kyiv and I started to create four collections per year.

The brand’s iconic design is both classic and innovative, it's also rich in memorable details: handmade embroidery in naïve styles, pearls, chains, removable pins and RB monogram.

It was also important to me to combine fashion and art in the brand’s DNA, that is why last summer I presented our first-ever haute couture collection in Paris. 

 

What is the ethos and values of Ruslan Baginskiy?

 

I want every member of my team to feel that we’re family. I will never hire a person with values different from mine, no matter what position it is. I want to surround myself with people that understand how important is to be kind, respectful, responsible, fair and loyal. Our business is not about making money; we want everyone to be happy doing their job. Did you know that all my family is in the production team? My mum, my dad, my younger brother all work alongside me, and I want them to enjoy their time at work.

 

Ruslan Baginskiy is a worldwide brand, but I always want to send a clear message that I’m from Ukraine. That is why my first collection was inspired by traditional Ukrainian handmade techniques. I also collaborated with two Ukrainian artists: Nikolay Tolmachev designed provocative invitations; and Maria Kulikovska, the founder of a feminist organisation Body and Borders and sculptor, created the full-height statue and six busts to serve as mannequins. 

 

Your designs are modern reinventions of classic pieces, how are the designs developed? 

 

I love vintage magazines, pictures of my grandparents when they were young, black and white movies. They remind me of the time when a hat wasn’t just an accessory, it was an essential part of the men’s and women’s wardrobe. I like to bring a new life to classic shapes. For example, I remember a picture of my mother wearing a baker boy cap in the 1990s, it was the inspiration behind our most popular style to date and a style that’s never out of fashion. 

 

 

Tell us a bit about your current collection and what is to come for Ruslan Baginskiy.

 

For the SS20 collection, I designed a range of styles that meet your needs for headwear completely. Night out? Satin Baker Boy Cap embroidered with crystals and the chain embellished Canotier Hat in felt. The tasseled Straw Hat and Gambler Hat with leather details are perfect for a vacation in Africa, Southern Italy, or the Greek islands. And of course, don’t forget about the new colour options of our Baker Boy Cap. We never focus on one style; we

want our customers always have a choice.

 

How would describe the modern/unstated woman?

 

I think modern women are never the same, but at the same time, she never loses herself. She can mix brands with totally different style, she can listen to pop and rap, she can read Russian classic literature and watch stupid videos on Youtube. She knows what is sustainability and doing her best to live in a better and cleaner world. She cares about politics and knows how to avoid fake news. She likes healthy food, but will not blame herself for McDonald's late-night delivery. She can be a president if she wants, or a housewife for own choice. Women and their strength are my eternal source of inspiration. 

 

What kind of woman is Ruslan Baginskiy made for?

 

It is complicated to create a portrait of only one woman when considering who our hats are made for. Ruslan Baginskiy girls live all over the world, they dress different from one another, they look different from one another. She could be very minimalistic or dressed up to the nines. My mission is to make headwear as important to a women’s wardrobe as shoes or handbags, that is why I don't know what makes me happier; seeing Madonna wearing our hats or meeting an unknown girl in Paris in my Baker Boy Cap, their both fulfilling!

How To Pass The Time Whilst Social Distancing: Films

As many of us are social distancing and homebound due to the coronavirus pandemic, we might find ourselves struggling for ways to spend our time, so weve started a series of free-time recommendations. The second in the series is films. Films are a great form of escapism, they allow you to live in another world, in another person's shoes or another period for a duration of the day, and these are the films that were loving for just that.

 

 

WATCHING LIST

 

The Truman Show

 

Inspired by an episode of the eerie long-running television series 'The Twilight Zone', 'The Truman Show' is a 20th-century sci-fi classic with a harmonised combination of realism and surrealism. It follows the life of an insurance salesman (played by Jim Carrey) who discovers that his mundane life is not as it appears. 

 

Mystic River

 

American neo-noir mystery drama, written and directed by Clint Eastwood, 'Mystic River' centres around three friends whose lives are changed by the domestic tragedy of one of them. Dark, mysterious, menacing and beautifully executed, 'Mystic River' is a must-see. 

 

Parasite 

 

South Korean dark-comedy drama, 'Parasite' received unanimous critical acclaim and won several awards last year, and it's no surprise. Gripping, thought-provoking and memorable, 'Parasite' tells the story of a poor family that scheme to become employed by a wealthy family. 

 

Marriage Story 

 

A simple tale of love, marriage and it's demise, 'Marriage Story' is an award-nominated easy watch, with warm and inviting protagonists, played by Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. 

 

Dark Waters 

 

A gripping and tense legal thriller about a growing number of unexplained deaths and their connection to a large global corporation, 'Dark Waters' is perfect for those interested in complex plotlines and realism. Anne Hathaway and Mark Ruffalo's performances are honest and riveting.

 

The Apartment

 

A romantic comedy full of heart and soul, Billy Wilder's 'The Apartment' is a playful and faultless foray into the genre. It stars Jack Lemmon as a clerk at an insurance company who lends out his apartment to his colleagues to carry out extramarital affairs, and Shirley MacLaine as the woman he falls in love with. 

 

Bringing Up Baby

 

Another old-school romantic comedy, which set the blueprint for many modern films, 'Bringing Up Baby' tells the story of eccentric heiress Susan Vance (played by Katherine Hepburn), straightlaced scientist Dr. David Huxley (played by Cary Grant) and a leopard named Baby. 

The Unstated Woman: Nino Babukhadia

In ‘The Unstated Woman’ series we talk to women who embody the notion of unstated femininity. Women who are curious, individualist, progressive, compassionate and yet, undefined. 


To start the series we spoke to the founder of eponymous womenswear brand, Nino Babukhadia about the inspiration behind her designs and what femininity means to her.

 

Nino Babukhadia established BABUKHADIA in 2012 under the name ‘NB Atelier’, she explains, “creating my own line was always my intention. I founded BABUKHADIA at the beginning of my career and, like today, I was not afraid of obstacles; I am always ready for new challenges.” And this fervour and fortitude that is not only evident in the growing success of the brand but also its identity.

 

BABUKHADIA’s collections have a continuous play with masculine and feminine design traits, juxtaposing them to create pieces that are unorthodox and embody modern femininity. Nino states,

 

“Our creations are very different. They are made from a masculine template, turned into a female piece. BABUKHADIA’s clothes are variables; with the help of buttons and pocket you can change the whole design.”

 

This can be observed best with the current collection of which Babukhadia explains is “reintroducing the brand’s signature masculine touches to its strong pieces.” Continuing to explain that, “Using the oversized forms and shapes that became the brand’s trademark over the past years, the main focus of the collection is being wearable in the most comfortable way, while the handmade vegan leather, embroidery signature leather details and jewellery created to match the collection pieces, give them originality and individuality.

 

The primary goal of the collection is to create strong figures that are transformed in the look that once again defines today’s powerful female.”

 

A stand out piece from this collection is the multifunctional trench coat, which can be worn in a multitude of manners; from a simple a-line jacket to a waistcoat suitable for a man’s three-piece suit. The piece is interchangeable between the several styles, but also reflects the interchangeable nature of a BABUKHADIA woman, who Nino Babukhadia explains is, “steamy, however not flirty, feminine but not flowery, this harsh, smart, tough and dashing woman is self-confident with a strong sense of self-identity.”

 

This sense of self-identity is what makes the BABUKHADIA woman and Nino Babukhadia herself, an unstated woman.

How to Pass The Time While Social Distancing: Books

As many of us are social distancing and homebound due to the coronavirus pandemic, we might find ourselves struggling for ways to spend our time, so weve started a series of free-time recommendations. The first in the series are books that we love and think youll enjoy too. Some are uplifting and inspiring, others will captivate and draw you into the lives of their characters, and some will enlighten and educate. 

 

 

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

 

An orthodox approach to travel literature, Italian writer Italo Calvino explores the excursions of Marco Polo through a series of prose poems, framed within a conversation between Mongol Emporer, Kubai Khan and Polo himself. 

 

 

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

 

One of Kundera's most acclaimed novels, 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being' tells the story of four lovers and a dog, whilst exploring Friedrich Nietzche's notion of eternal recurrence amongst other life philosophies.

 

 

The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts

 

A holistic guide to living in the present, Alan Watts looks to Eastern religion and philosophy to build a strong argument for living in the present as a means to live a fulfilling life.  

 

 

Normal People by Sally Rooney

 

Longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize and 2019 Women's Prize For Fiction, Sally Rooney's best-selling novel is a simple yet, compelling story that revolves around the relationship between Irish teens Connell and Marianne.

 

 

That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea by Marc Randolph

 

The founder of Netflix, Marc Randolph tells the story of one of the 21st century's most successful business ventures in digestible prose. Inspiring and motivational, the book teaches you how to face adversary and grow from it. 

 

 

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

 

Penned by Colombian Nobel prize-winning author Gabrial García Márquez, 'Love in the Time of Cholera' is a celebration of love in all it's manifestations. Beautifully written you'll be sure to be enraptured in the lives of its protagonists. 

 

 

A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind by Siri Hustvedt

 

Composed by prize-winning writer, Siri Hustvedt, 'A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women' is a compelling collection of essays and musings on art, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy with a feminist undertone. 

 

 

Outline: A Novel by Rachel Cusk

 

A novel framed by ten earnest and candid conversations with its protagonist, 'Outline' is a beautiful escape with philosophical enrichment at every turn.

 

As Styled By: Elizaveta

 

As part of our new series 'As Styled By', fashion stylist Elizaveta put together some looks from our current and upcoming collections, before sitting down with us to talk about her inspirations, most-loved wardrobe pieces and the essence of womanhood.  

 

 

Tell us a bit about yourself. 

 

I was born in Moscow but moved to the UK ten years ago for my studies.  I have been based in London for five years now and I am working as a fashion stylist, doing both personal and editorial styling. 

 

 

What inspired you and how did you become a stylist?

 

Initially studying Mathematics and then switching my degree to Business at university, I wasnt planning to choose styling as my job. I always had an interest in fashion but never really considered building my career in the industry.

 

While studying, I started doing internships and working part-time in various fashion companies to get a deeper insight into the industry and get an idea of what kind of job attracts me within the sector. I was really enjoying assisting stylists at Tatler and BURO and loved the busy and, sometimes, even stressful environment, in which the stylists worked.

 

After working in fashion PR, I realised that I would like to come back to styling and I started taking some projects as a freelancer. Already having a lot of connections in the industry, I immediately got a good client base, which allowed me to leave my current job and concentrate on styling.

 

 

How did you develop your sense of style?

 

Its still in process, I guess. Ive never been following any trends, as I believe everyone should wear what they want and feel instead of following what the crowd wears. This is one of the reasons why I love styling and fashion in general. You can express yourself by the way you choose and combine garments and accessories. Your style is a part of your personality and your character.

 

 

Who and what do you look to for inspiration?

 

Although, Ive been living in London for the last five years and I think that it was the period when I developed my style, I cannot say that I was influenced a lot by this city. My inspiration was always 60s French style. I love Paris and the effortless and chic looks of Parisian girls.

 

Collaborating with many creatives also inspires me a lot. I love combining different visions and ideas and putting them together into one concept.

 

 

What are your most-loved pieces in your wardrobe at present?

 

Im obsessed with vintage clothing; I find every garment very unique. My favourite piece at the moment is probably a vintage Thierry Mugler blazer that I found on Vestiaire Collective. Its not very practical and I only wore it twice but I really love it. Also, will never have enough oversized biker leather jackets!

 

 

What is your must-have piece this summer?

 

I dont think I have any must-have pieces for this summer. When it comes to choosing and buying clothes, I am very instinctual and see how I feel, so dont really plan in advance what Ill wear. Recently, I bought a really cool vintage maxi kimono that Im going to wear belted as a dress. This is the only piece so far I cannot wait to wear this summer.

 

 

What are your next ventures?

 

Working on several projects now that Im really excited about. My goals for the next few months are to increase my client base and grow my portfolio further. Im also launching a vintage shop very soon. I have so many ideas and plans for the future but prefer to keep them to myself.

 

 

What does womanhood mean to you?

 

For me, womanhood is something that comes more from the inside. A woman is more than just her look and what makes her physically attractive. Every woman should take care of herself and pay a lot of attention to how she looks, but she should also be inspiring and independent, have her own life goals and motivations.

 

 

 

The Unstated Guide to Work From Home

With the current state of affairs, many of us find ourselves working from the comfort of our own home, which is a circumstance that some will relish in and others will find troublesome, so weve put together a guide to make work from home a more natural experience. 

 

Develop a Routine

 

The most difficult aspect of working from home can be working without the set routine of wake up, shower, dress, commute and commence, so its important to develop a routine that you can uphold. For some this may mean waking up the same time that one would for a normal working day when working in the office and taking more time on usual on the work-day morning routine. For others, this may mean waking up later, spending the usual amount of time on the work-day morning routine, and for others your routine may be altered altogether, adding in a workout a brisk jog or vinyasa yoga flow are our picks. 

Whatever routine is the best fit for you, its integral to make sure its achievable and sustainable. 

 

Designate a Workspace

 

Its fair to say that not all professional workspaces are tranquil, but all workspaces are designed for work productivity and homes simply arent. Of course, many people have home offices (and if you have one, we recommend that work from it) however,  some dont and if this is the case we recommend finding a private, quiet spot in your home and designate this as your workspace.  This place will undoubtedly be different for everyone; perhaps you work more productively from your bed, or the living room sofa, or the dining table. Whatever space, claim it and work from it. 

 

Take a Lunch Break

 

This is something that many of us forget to do, even when working in the office, but studies have shown that taking a break for lunch is a must to productivity. When working at home youre presented with the opportunity to make this lunch a bit more special than a soggy sandwich or wilted salad, so even if the break away from your computer is taken whilst making a lunch thats a little more exciting and you still eat lunch at your desk,’ just be sure to step away from your monitor to give your brain a breather before proceeding with work for the latter half of the day. 

 

Find Your Working Soundtrack

 

Studies have suggested that background noise may improve focus on a task by aiding endurance, motivating and improving ones mood, and so its a good idea to find your working soundtrack. Whether its an eclectic playlist, rap music, classic, a movie soundtrack, the radio or podcasts, finding a good source of intentional background noise, that isnt distracting but helps you power through is discretionary but, immensely helpful. 

 

Keep Family and Flatmates Away Whilst Working

 

This only applies to people living with flatmates, friends, and family; keep your distance whilst working. Though imperative, this is one of the most difficult rules to follow particularly for those with young children as other members of ones household is often the biggest distraction. Though this relates to the first tip (designating a space), the best way to do this is find a space that isnt communal to work in and setting clear boundaries with the other members of your household, perhaps using your lunch break to socialise if theres a burning desire to. 

 

Dont Fret

 

Its natural to fret about your workload, more than you would at the office; communication with employees is restricted to video and audio calls, text messaging and email, you might feel as though youre productivity levels are lower, management may check in on you more than usual. The best thing to remember in these circumstances is that you can only do your best in the given circumstances. Stay motivated, manage your workload as usual and discuss any obstacles with your employer/employees. 

 

The Unstated Woman: Marre Muijs

Founder and Creative Director of sustainable footwear brand ESSĒN, Marre Muijs epitomises the unstated woman. Her innovative perspective on the fashion industry and femininity, are definitely accountable for the success of ESSĒN. 

We spoke to her about how the label, quality and craftsmanship, and her tips for dressing well. 

 

Tell us a bit about yourself and how ESSĒN came to be?


I have always loved shoes - even from an early age. 

Even though they are regarded as accessories, shoes are the foundation pieces of a well-curated wardrobe and a great outfit. Shoes carry us, add to our height, alter our posture and affect our confidence. I’ve always thought you can learn a lot about a person just by looking at their shoes; they hold character and allow you to play with aspects of your identity and the image we want to broadcast to the world. Many women are willing to play with their shoes in a way they don’t play with the other parts of their wardrobe. If you are wearing good shoes you can get away with just about anything. 

I founded ESSĒN as a response to a fashion cycle that overproduces more than it carefully crafts, chases trends more than it determines classics, and wastes more than it sustains. With ESSĒN, I strive to slow down that cycle so that we can focus on making every piece essential.  

ESSĒN encourages people to purchase less and choose better. I aspire to simplify women’s wardrobes, by helping them consider what they really need - nothing more, nothing less. That’s where the name comes from – essentials.

 

What inspired you to create your own brand?

 

I truly believe less is more. I encourage people to buy less, by buying better. The fashion industry has been oversaturated with disposable and poorly constructed products for far too long; ESSĒN was founded as a response. I aspired to create a brand that would uphold a more conscious pace and process, where things are made with genuine care and detail. 

Despite working in the footwear industry, I found myself searching to find sophisticated, timeless and comfortable shoes that were ethically made, without the designer price tag. A search that quickly proved that these were very difficult to find. 

After having this conversation with friends one too many times, I decided I was going to try and create the perfect collection of quality wardrobe staples myself. I’ve always thought great shoes are an investment – so for ESSĒN I combined the classic with the contemporary in the hope of creating timeless shoes you’ll want to wear for years to come.

With a conscious release of limited edition styles, the idea is to curate a range of purposely trans-seasonal pieces. This allows our customers to gradually assemble their ideal range of year-round footwear. With time, they will have the perfect pair to wear on the weekend, to work or out in the evening. 

 

What is the brand ethos?

 

ESSĒN offers timeless essentials that are aesthetically beautiful, supremely comfortable and ethically made.

 

Why are quality and craftsmanship important to you?

 

The best shoes in the world are made by craftsmen in ItalyPortugal and Spain, so that’s where I went to create the shoes. I was careful about how I sourced suppliers, and am fortunate now to work with the best shoe factories in the world – the same ones that produce much of the footwear for luxury brands. 

Because I wanted to do it right, I started small. All styles are handmade by local, family-run factories in Italy, Portugal and Spain by expert artisans who have been making shoes for generations. They are responsible for the construction of every pair we make. From the leather selection, the engineering of the lasts and the hand finishing of the shoes; the entire range is handmade by people who care about every single pair produced. It’s why I love doing this, tapping into the pleasure of knowing you are making something of real quality. In the process, I’ve become good friends with everyone involved; we’ve sat at the kitchen tables of our suppliers, shared wine and listened to their advice. 

 

The pieces are very refined yet, contemporary. They could be said to embody modern femininity, what does ‘modern femininity’ mean to you? 

 

For me, modern femininity is about knowing yourself and being true to your own individual style. My shoes & understated designs are the building blocks that complement this type of woman and allowing her to move seamlessly throughout her day. As we get older we get more comfortable in our own skin. There is nothing more stylish than a wardrobe that truly reflects who you are! 

 

What kind of woman do you design for?


I’m not designing for one type of woman, I’m inspired by modern women all over the world. My aim is to make women feel like their best selves. I believe that what you wear has a direct impact on the way you feel, which can have a profound impact on every aspect of your life. 

My designs are inspired by the modern woman’s day-to-day realities. My shoes are hardworking classics that are aesthetically beautiful, supremely comfortable and ethically made. They allow you to move seamlessly and confidently through your day, without compromising on style, comfort, and craftsmanship. They’re the type of shoes I believe a woman will not only feel great in but do great in day after day.

My designs are worn by women who embrace their femininity whilst pursuing their goals. It’s about giving her autonomy and allowing her to fulfill whichever role she wants to fulfill, whether that’s being a stay-at-home mum or being a creative director or lawyer. 

 

What are your tips for dressing well?

 

I’m always looking for simplicity and confidence in what I wear: classic pieces, with a twist; an outfit that gives me confidence for the day. 

By tapping into my own needs while designing the shoes, I can not only curate a more conscious collection, but also a more authentic one. One thing I never compromise on is quality. For ESSĒN,  every shoe and every decision is made with this in mind.

London Guide: Brunch

London is a big city with an abundance of places to dine, dance, soak up culture or simply relax, and so we’ve started a series of guides that will help you find some of the spots that (in our humble opinion) surpass their competitors. 

For our first guide, we’ve looked at one the city’s inhabitants most-loved activities, brunching. And in order to brunch well, one must find a restaurant with a great menu, ambience and location, and so we’ve composed a list of places that rate highly in every criteria. 

 

CARAVAN

 (Various Locations)

With an extensive menu the caters to everyone – be they vegetarian, plant-based, gluten-free or dairy-free – and a cool industrial, yet refined interior, Caravan is the perfect spot for brunch with large groups of friends or slightly more intimate affairs. They don’t take bookings, so be prepared to wait for a table.*

*Insider tip; the Fitzrovia location is quieter, so it’s the best bet for a table on weekends. 

 

GLORIA 

(Shoreditch)

The first London location for the much-loved Parisian restaurant group, Big Mamma, Gloria has fast become a must-go for foodies in the city. The Italian-inspired brunch menu ranges from classics such as pancakes and avocado toast but extends to burrata, salads, pasta and pasta. The dishes have a homeliness that brings to mind a meal cooked lovingly by a mother (Italian in this instance) and the conscious clash of textiles and patterns in the eclectic decor only heightens the cosy, homespun dining experience. 

Expect a queue, as most of the tables are for walk-ins, however bookings can be made, just make sure you do so well in advance as slots go quickly. 

 

GRANGER & CO

 (Various Locations)

Created by Australian restaurateur Bill Granger, the namesake restaurant chain is another spot the people will queue to dine it. The healthy dishes are full of with flavour, the coffees are first-rate and the atmosphere lends itself to pre/post-gym catch-ups. 

We’d recommend the ‘granger greens’ smoothie, which is packed with more nutrition than your typical green smoothie and a lot tastier too. 


26 GRAINS 

(Covent Garden)

Apt for those health and ethic conscious, 26 Grains sources the highest quality produce and ingredients for its dishes. Refined dishes with a touch of hygge, served in a space that could be described correspondingly, 26 Grains is a no-fuss or frills place for a quiet Sunday morning. 

 

FARMACY

(Westbourne Grove)

With a menu entirely plant-based menu that offers many gluten and nut-free options, there’s no wonder that Pharmacy fast became a London staple. The menu takes brunch classics and alters them for people with diets that are often neglected at restaurants. Though all the dishes are delicious, we’d recommend the ‘earth bowls’ and house pancakes. 

 

The Unstated Woman

Unstated (adj.)

Not stated or declared.

‘a series of unstated assumptions’

 

It’s somewhat futile to try to define an entity that is ‘not stated or declared’, yet we will try to describe the unstated woman.

 

She is a curious woman; a woman inspired by creative souls, a woman who delights in the new and unknown. 

 

She is an individual; she is driven to design a character of authenticity, she walks a path paved by her own inclination.

 

She is a progressive woman; a woman unafraid of the uncharted and undisclosed possibilities of the future. 

 

She is compassionate; a humanitarian with benevolence and empathy, to inspire and nurture. 

 

 

 

She is undefined. 

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