The designer showrooms at London Fashion Week present a wealth of designers and brands creating jewellery, footwear, bags, clothing and more. Here are our favourite five British brands of the season
Mashu creates luxury vegan, sustainable and ethical bags that are designed in London and made in Greece. Inspired by art deco and Ancient Greek architecture, Mashu’s bags are defined by a minimal look, clean lines and signature handles that nod to Greek columns. For spring/summer 2019 look out for the new Penelope style and the introduction of Piñatex, a material which is a by-product of agriculture and is made of pineapple leaves.
Launched in 2016 as a joint enterprise by designer Yair Neuman and model Lily Cole, Wires is a London-based eyewear brand which has rapidly become a favourite. Wires uses a modular concept, whereby a wire frame fits seven different 3D-printed lens rim designs. This is one aspect of the brand’s sustainable approach; Wires is keen to work against disposable fashion by enabling people to change the shape and colour glasses rather than buy a new pair. The brand unveils one collection a year, and all the designs are handmade in Italy.
Ellis Mhairi Cameron
Working from her London studio, fine jewellery designer Ellis Mhairi Cameron draws on her Scottish heritage, as exemplified by the latest collection called Origins. Crafted from 14-carat yellow gold and set with diamonds, the pieces explore notions of history, timelessness and erosion; rings, earrings and necklaces are based on timeworn coins and jewels. Despite seeking inspiration from the past, Ellis Mhairi Cameron’s designs display a profoundly modern aesthetic.
Launched in 2017 by Maxine Wille, who previously worked for Marc Jacobs, Maxine Shoes is a footwear brand for strong, independent women. Sometimes playful, always making a statement, the brand’s shoes are designed in London and made in Italy. From block-coloured heels such as the Iris in red suede to pop art styles, including a popcorn-adorned model, there’s something for everyone.
When Dominique Verner founded Hopeful she set out to create bags that combine a simple aesthetic with functionality. The latest collection stands out for its slouchy shapes, chevron and sparkling thread details and a colour palette of blue, beige and silver. The brand’s soft leather, suede and denim designs are handmade in the United Kingdom using sustainable materials.