Panel Discussion with Bettina Vermillon founder

Aluminium heels are at the heart of the architectural design of Bettina Vermillion shoes who hosted a cocktail and Q&A with the label’s founder Lorraine Archambeaud. Developed over a period of four years by the brand’s founder, Lorraine Archhambeaud, together with a team of specialist engineers, the Bettina Vermillon heel is instantly recognisable, a unique signature that is as innovative as it is elegant.

The Devonshire Club welcomed Lorraine Archambeaud, founder of Parisian shoe brand Bettina Vermillon. The business of fashion, setting up a luxury label and designing an iconic and innovative 6-inch heel were some of the topics that were discussed in conversation between Lorraine and Samata, the British born Ghanian fashion entrepreneur, producer and presenter. The discussion was followed by a Champagne Reception and Trunk Show to present the Bettina Vermillon Summer 2017 collection.

An Interview With ‘Mindful Fashion’ Retailers Gather&See – Huffington Post

Sustainable and Ethical Fashion beautifully curated. Organic. Fairtrade. Heritage. Small scale production. Eco-friendly. Samata interviews Gather&See co-founder Alicia Taylor, one half of a power duo ticking all the boxes for mindful fashion lovers with online retail store Gather&See…

Introduce yourself and the Gather & See brand…

I’m Alicia Taylor and I am the co founder of Gather&See. Gather&See is an online store offering a curated collection of ethical and sustainable fashion brands to a fashion savvy customer who doesn’t want to compromise on either style or ethics.

– Tell us about the vision for the company?

My business partner Steph and I started Gather&See to make it easier for smart, design – conscious women to shop ethically. We wanted to bring together all of the incredible small ethical brands we had discovered in one place online where like-minded fashion conscious and ethically aware women could find a new, positive way to shop responsibly. Read more…

Finally, Design-Led Sustainable Fashion Has An Online Home – Huffington Post

Finding stylish-design led fashion just got a little easier! One of the main grumblings I’ve had since jumping onboard with Red Carpet Green Dress, is that a design-led curated selection of ethical fashion is simply not easy enough to find, and when you do stumble upon a store you like the majority of its offerings might not suit your taste. I’ve long since been on the hunt for sustainable fashion which enables you to make a style statement, and ticks all of the boxes – affordability, wearability and beautiful aesthetic. Now, I’m pleased to say, I need look no further. The ladies of Gather&See have done all the work for us…

Founded by Alicia Taylor and Stephanie Hogg in 2014, Gather&See‘s carefully pored over sustainable collections (currently over 40 designers strong) hits the sweet spot, bringing together designers with ethical motivations and shoppers looking for more that surface aesthetics. Fast becoming the go-to for eco-on-the-go and occasionwear, the retailer does what is so badly-needed with ease, offering easily digestible edits through The Gatherer online, with interesting focus on Organic, Heritage and an insightful share during Fashion Revolution Week, alongside insightful glimpses behind the scenes of the brands you are shopping, styling tips and thought pieces.

Read more…

Headwrap Guides…Coming Up!

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I have been asked about how I tie my headwraps a few times…so stay tuned. The one in this is a double fabric style which was fun create…take a look at headwraps I have worn in the past here or browse my #SamatasHeadwrap.

Stay tuned…

Women For Women International Car Boot Sale 2017


Photo credit: Cristina Rossi Photography.

Find behind the scenes here and see Women For Women’s official report here.

Women for Women Car Boot Sale Behind The Scenes


As part of @WomenforWomenUK International’s #SheInspiresMe Campaign, The Store and The Vinyl Factory’s Brewer Street Car Park hosted the second #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale! Proceeds raised go to the organisation which helps women survivors of war. I’m so honoured to have shared the day with some incredibly powerful women – thank you so much @BritaFS for leading such a fearless team and including us in it. So proud to be part of this organisation. Today in Brewer Street my car boot sold a range of one-off samples, sustainable, organic, vintage, second-hand, Made in Africa and Made in Britain! Ethical fashion, all in line with my role as Campaign Director of @RedCarpetGreenDress. Items from brands including Shaeha, We Are Thought, Gather And See, Umran, Deborah Lyons and more – for more information on these brands follow Red Carpet Green Dress.

(3/3) Last but not least thank you to my personal team and the people who drive this organisation forward every day – you are the reason we care so much! @Uneeq__ @VickyFifi (#TRIBEVIBES), Jono and @AfroChickOnTheRun for making our car boot so live, @JamesDHodge and @BeeGentle for coming all the way down and the friends and family who popped in @Mariama_A @LauraMvulaOfficial @S_Manchisi. Thank you to @BritaFS, @AlexEagleOfficial, @NicsCasey and really everyone at @WomenForWomenUK who cares so much about giving opportunities and encouragement to these women survivors of war around the world. Can’t tag everyone but the love is real. All the volunteers and wider team were amazing @EdmondsAnnie. 💕 _______________________________________________________ #WomenForWomen #SheInspiresMe #Fundraising #GiveBack #FashionForGood #Fashion

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