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 home can be challenging, so we've put together a list of workout plans, apps and trainers that we would recommend, and a playlist to keep you going. 

 

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, working out, 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. 

 

Reading List:

 

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. 

 

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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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