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

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

16 February 2013

London Fashion Week: Belle Sauvage A/W13

The Belle Sauvage show was definitely one of those shows that attracted a lot of attention. The queue was long and the air was full of excitement when the minimal techno beats started and the beautiful Japanese inspired themed models came down the catwalk. The combination of Chanel inspired jackets, boy-ish sports beanies, all driven by an obvious baroque theme - still managed to create a wearable look radiating originality.

Photography: ZoeLVH