I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Bracher Emden show room earlier in the year, but then the Olympics happened and well I only got round to visiting a couple of weeks ago.
Bracher Emden is an accessories label that launched in Spring/Summer 2002 with handmade leather bags created in their Covent Garden store. After a successful 10 years, they are now stocked on Boticca.com, in Harrods as well as on their website.
Bracher Emden bags have been on the arms of many A-Listers such as Dita Von Teese, Rihanna, Eva Longoria and Beyonce, and we have seen collaborations between the Bracher Emden and brands such as Swarovski, Jean-Pierre Braganza, and Bora Aksu.
With bags that range from colourful and intricate to embellished, monochromatic and elegant, the brand has something for everyone.
It was great to meet the team. I was talked through the different collections, collaborations, and the history of the brand and I was also given tips for my own label which was very much welcomed and I am so grateful for. I also have my eye on several bags and I will definitely keep them in mind when I'm shooting the next 'Samuella Palmer' collection.
Here's your chance to get your hands on a piece from my A/W 2012. In fact, it's your chance to own a unique piece as everything that will be on sale at the College Shop is slightly different to the pieces in the main collection.
Head on over to the COLLEGE SHOP between the 18th October - 1st November 2012:
I didn't look at any typography when I first saw this editorial but it instantly gave me Aaliyah vibes, and it so happens that it actually was an Aaliyah-inspired shoot. There's a thin line between cheesy and genius, and this spread certainly falls in the latter. Well done Andreas Kokkino.
I've been putting off visiting the American Apparel Factory outlet for days, but with the final day (Sunday 14th October) looming, I decided to pay the store a visit to see what I could find.
As you may already know, I'm obsessed with the high waist jeans, and AA is the only place I can find them in an array of colours, so I picked up burgundy, bottle green, mint and pink, and hopefully they'll take me through this season and beyond.
If you follow me on twitter, you would have seen my tips, but I'll post them again just in case (even though you really should be following me tut, tut, tut):
-There aren't any changing rooms, so unless you're down with getting naked behind the rails, wear a dress or a skirt and a fitted top.
-If you're not sure of your size, pop down to one of the regular American Apparel stores and find out, then you can go to the outlet (which is on Brick Lane) and just pick up what you need. The nearest store to the outlet is on Curtain road which is about 15-20mins walk away.
-Check the garments before you purchase. Check the zips work, the buttons are still on, there aren't any holes etc... they're discounted for a reason and all sales are final-NO RETURNS.
I initially went to pick up some easy jeans (and already knew my size, but when I got there, they didn't have my size in any of the colours I was after so I went for the above instead. I didn't know my size so I said a prayer and hoped for the best and thankfully they fit.
I know it's late but I hope that helps anyone that was planning on heading down there