9 February 2014

Luna Mae London couture lingerie launch SPRING14

Luna Mae London’s couture lingerie collection will be launching in the Spring of this year. We are incredibly excited to view the pieces which are all handcrafted by seamstresses in England.
Surpassing all traditional expectations of “luxury lingerie” brands, Luna Mae London offers a unique service of pure decadence. You cannot simply buy their pieces online; clients are invited to make appointments (which take place either in the comfort of their own home or hotel room) where they will be exclusively introduced to the collection and then fitted, offering a very personal and private intimate experience.
If this isn't special enough, their Bridal Couture collection features solid eighteen-carat yellow gold fittings and hand-beaded lace appliqué, offering the most luxurious lingerie across the globe.
Since every single piece is made-to-order, this is definitely an extra special lingerie indulgence worth waiting for.

18 June 2013

Four Sigma Foods

As it is self-evident - Pipes & Sneakers care a lot about aesthetical things: fashion, art, branding, visuals, and current topics that enrich our busy lifestyles, but last and certainly not least – we care about health. Zoe being the “health freak” of the two of us has had the honour to review the inspiring, beautiful and super healthy products created by Four Sigma Foods. It is one of the only companies we have come across that manages to combine all our values – resulting in a healthy and desirable brand.

What is clearly missing on the market is a health food brand that not only attracts “the stereotypical old hippie” but also manages to attract a younger clientele. Four Sigma Foods is perfect for successful people leading a hectic lifestyle from sportsmen, DJ’s, businessmen, doctors, socialites, parents– to basically anyone leading a busy and demanding lifestyle like most of us do nowadays – often neglecting the importance of looking after our mental and physical health.

I don’t want to exaggerate too much, but when I discovered FSF I was somewhat ecstatic. Not only did the product jump out at me with its aesthetically pleasing branding (both packaging and the website) – but generally all its values and its philosophy are harmonious with mine.

Now to the actual products – I tried 2 specific instant mushrooms (Chaga & Reishi) and 2 blends (Drive and Eazy). My absolute favourite is the Instant Reishi. It allows me to use my body’s strength to its fullest potential on a daily basis, combining long hours of work, sports and socialising. I am caffeine intolerant in the sense that I only have a caffeine buzz for 10 minutes and then have the heaviest ‘comedowns’ that never make it  worth having a coffee in the first place. Instant Reishi however, which doesn’t contain caffeine or any other harsh stimulant ingredient –gently lifts your energy, and also lasts for a longer time.

Four Sigma Foods is an awesome brand, consisting of a great team of passionate innovators sharing their knowledge and happiness with the rest of the world. Basically, anyone caring about health; natural, stylish, ethical and cool products and wanting to be the best versions of themselves should give Four Sigma Foods a go.


Photography - ZoeLVH

28 April 2013

Designer Profile: Jemima

Here is yet another favourite upcoming designer, who we are featuring for the Pipes & Sneakers next big thing. Jemima -
born out of london, 90's child, jemima invites you into her fashion house; presenting to you today, her autumn/winter jacket collection. jemima believes that fashion should never be taken too seriously.and that clothes were made to have fun in; conquer the world in, and be taken off...
Jemima took the brave decision to leave medical school to pursue her career in fashion. Since then she has designed for prestigious fashion houses including Rag & Bone and Topshop and most recently designing for the new Kenneth Brannagh film "Maryland" which comes out at the end of this year.

What is your inspiration?
"Everything. Apart from fashion magazines which I try and avoid because they are out-dated. Everything was designed a year ago and is the wrong season so they are too backdated to draw inspirations from. Literally everything around me inspires me: I got a colour-way from a fence and a shape from a pattern in the floorboards the other day! What people are wearing on the street is also the biggest inspiration."

What advice would you give other up-and-coming designers?
It is incredibly difficult and takes so much longer than you'd think. I've had years of running about and working for free, picking up needles, fabrics, and having bags of clothes break in the middle of the street. But you have to remember that everything you do, however seemingly unimportant it feels, you're constantly learning. The two pieces of advice I'd give is to not concern yourselves too much with other people's opinions on your work. The other would be to just make clothes and wear them. The great thing about being a designer is that you can wear your creations all the time!"

To find out more visit Jemima Studios
RRP: £370

Photography ZoeLVH

27 April 2013

Designer Profile: LUNA MAE LONDON

As you know, Pipes & Sneakers loves featuring those brands; designers; artists; photographers: and musicians we believe will become the next big thing. Well, we had the pleasure of meeting up and interviewing the ambitious and beautiful Claudia Lambeth - founder and owner of the lingerie brand Luna Mae London.

Proudly hand-crafted in the UK, Luna Mae London uses only the finest silks in its creation, ensuring the most luxurious feel whilst offering undeniable comfort and functionality. Enticing the senses with unique cutting-edge designs, Luna Mae London lingerie is designed to be seen not only in the boudoir but also admired in public. 

Why did you decide to create a luxury lingerie brand like Luna Mae London?
"For as long as I can remember, I have always had an incredible obsession with lingerie. I used to dream of creating beautiful lingerie which was made of the softest silks and all handcrafted in England. I believe that lingerie is a very powerful tool since it can automatically transform a woman's confidence if she knows she is wearing a very special set underneath her clothes. I always feel that since it is the most intimate thing a woman can possibly wear, every woman deserves to celebrate her body and wear beautiful fabrics which feel great against her skin. My vision was create incredibly sexy pieces by interpreting new ideas and shapes on the female form which are both striking and eye-catching. My designs enhance and embrace a woman's curves by sculpting the figure, drawing attention to her most special assets. I want every woman who wears Luna Mae London lingerie to feel empowered and confident."

What is your inspiration for your designs?
"My designs are heavily influenced by structural symmetry so I am always looking for new and interesting ways to architecturally frame the body. As a designer, I am naturally inspired by everything surrounding me; be it a façade of a building or the back of a dress I see on a woman walking down the street. Photography by Helmut Newton and Ellen Von Unwerth are big inspirations for me; I find the erotic undertones in their work fascinating. The celebration of intimacy also plays an important role since I want to make a woman feel daring and desirable in the bedroom so I try to create pieces which will enhance this experience."
What have been your hardest struggles since you founded your company, and how did you overcome them?
"As a young designer it can sometimes be frustrating not to be taken seriously and you run the risk of being overlooked simply because of your age. It then becomes a challenge to convince people that you are truly passionate about what you are doing and you try your best to make them realise this. It is easy to feel intimidated by bigger and more established brands but you have to remember that they all started out in just the same way as you. Competition can make a designer feel uneasy but it is healthy because it spurs you on to create exciting pieces yourself. I studied Law at university and took a big leap to start my own brand last year even though I was aware that there are so many risks involved but as long as your are passionate about something, you shouldn't be prevented you from achieving what you want."

What have been your highlights? 
"The best thing has to be when I am feeling particularly inspired in the designing process and being able to translate the image in my head onto my sketch book. When a set of lingerie comes together and you can understand the construction of it, it is such a great feeling. It can be difficult working with lots of different fabrics and learning that some designs may not work as well as you originally planned and you have to go back to the drawing board and adapt them in order to have a finished product. It is easy to get carried away and design pieces which are striking and unique (and usually quite complex!) but you have to be realistic and decide whether these designs can actually be worn as lingerie. Receiving all my silks in the post was also a great feeling because it made the whole process much more real and easier to envisage my designs as finished pieces. Our first collection is in production now so I cannot wait to hold the garments in my hands for the first time!"

Confidence can be an issue for some women that would otherwise love to wear lingerie, both for themselves and their man. What is your advice to these women for gaining confidence about their bodies? 
"Wearing great lingerie underneath a woman's clothing should give them confidence even if it is only they themselves who will see it. I believe a woman should wear lingerie for herself, just as much as for her man. I wanted to make the most luxurious lingerie possible for a woman which is why Luna Mae London pieces are all silk lined so they feel just as good on the inside as they do on the outside. I wanted this to translate into a woman's opinion of herself; it is so important that every woman, no matter who she is, deserves to feel beautiful inside and out. "

Luna Mae London's first collection will be launching in July 2014. To find out more please visit the Luna Mae London website.

Photography by Anais Rachel

4 March 2013

Copper Trend: Bart van Heesch Design

In the past year we have observed both within the fashion and design world that there was an attraction to applying copper and brass. We are especially attracted to the innovative design by Bart van Heesch. Bart van Heesch set the pace in using luxurious materials, and designed beautiful bikes made out of copper and brass. They are that stylish that they formed part of Amsterdam Fashion Week's decor. 

As Bart himself states: ‘I used the archetypal Dutch bike. This model hasn’t changed for 100 years and for me its still the best city bike in Holland. It’s sturdy design means that nothing will be broken and if it is then it’s easy to repair. All the parts are fully copper plated which means the bike becomes more beautiful as the years pass.’

For more information visit his website here

18 February 2013

Charlie May LFW A/W13

Today we saw the show by well known blogger Charlie May with her Girl a la Mode blog, London based graduate Charlie May has recently launched her own label as a young British designer and we were impressed to see her beautiful collection. We look forward to seeing more!

Photography ZoeLVH