Fashion’s Finest Interview

Fashions Finest is an off schedule Fashion Week event established in 2010, built to champion emerging and established designers from a variety of backgrounds around the world.  Extending its platform, the brand now presents FF Magazine – a print and digital publication, launched in 2017 and published twice a year.

The magazine covers a variety of Fashion and Beauty industry topics, and offers fresh editorials, interesting features and interviews with key individuals from the creative sphere. Click here to read Samata’s full interview from page 49.

British Vintage-Inspired Fashion

RIXO was founded by London College of Fashion alumni (and best friends) Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey. The two friends found their symbiosis in 2015, and have since been focused on vintage-inspired distinctly British womenswear.

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What to expect? Think contemporary pieces with signature details, including intricate hand painted original prints and devil-is-in-the-detail trim. Think anti-mass production and pro-timeless design. Find out more about the brand here.

New Style Files Live

Opificio V Milan’s vegan shoes are still a favourite…

Opificio V Milan design the coolest vegan shoes and slippers I have seen yet (whilst I do wear old leather – I haven’t bought any new leather for years), I love that the brands does not use leather, fur, silk, wool, shell, or pearls. They are committed to being a vegan brand.

Established in 2013 by a group of talented Italian artisans, Opificio V Milano is a footwear brand founded in a small Italian city between Milan and Lake Como. The artisans handcraft each shoe, using antique methods that are centuries old. The stunning result is a collection of fashion forward shoes made classic Italian craftsmanship. Opificio V Milano is  known as a ‘Totally Cruelty Free Brand’, in that no product contains skin, leather or derivatives, including glues with animal original. Instead, the company uses a vegan leather developed from BioPolyoils deriving from natural renewable sources rather than vegan leather made from petroleum – the materials are absolutely lush and the shoes are produced in Italy. Opificio V collections are the result of this heritage so they are shoes which are destined to last over the years and to accompany the wearer every day so quality is king!


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You can browse a nice, affordable selection here (with some styles currently on sale the price ranges from €60 up to €200. I actually interviewed the gorgeous brand founder Paola a few years ago, take a look here.

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

Sustainable and Ethical Fashion beautifully curated. Organic. Fairtrade. Heritage. Small scale production. Eco-friendly. What more could you want?

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. 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.

Wearing Gather & See’s Seek Collective Savista Pant (£150)

– 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

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.

Oh, and as summer approaches, it’s certainly worth taking a peek at their Holiday Edit. It features timeless swimwear brand Apricoss, fair trade/made in Ghana and India brand Osei Duro – think stunning traditional prints and lush fabrics of the best quality – and Conditions Apply, modelled by yours truly above, whose collections are made by garment workers paid a living wage, given flexible working hours and offered loan-support if need be to feed a cycle of sustained employment generation. Read more…