We are very happy to announce the upcoming collaboration between Peter Twiss and Samanta Bullock. Their collaboration started back in 2018 with a fashion show at Fashions Finest. A great admirer of Peter Twiss’ work, Samanta is thrilled to announce that she is creating an inclusive clothing line with the designer.
Peter Twiss is a London based women’s wear designer who started his brand back in 2009. A Central Saint Martins and Surrey Institute of Art and Design alumni, Peter gained work experience with Betty Jackson and Sarah Arnett. He also worked as a freelance designer for various London Boutiques before launching his own label.
Twiss designs contemporary and sophisticated clothing for elegant women made of luxury silk. The designer is mainly known for his unique bombers and jackets adapted to modern urban life.
Having spent most of his childhood in Assam, North East India, he was inspired by Indian tailors to pursue a fashion pathway. Consequently, his signature style is deeply linked to his childhood roots with an important focus on luxury silks.
Sustainability lays at the heart of the company with a careful development process around the salvaging of luxurious silk fabrics. The brand experiments with various techniques established over time, which led to the invention of many unique textures and several bespoke fabrics including his very own silk fur and silk boucle. It also promotes slow fashion and encourages its customers to invest in quality pieces.
Finally, the designer has helped raise funds to improve education and medical facilities along with bringing water and electricity supplied to a small rural village in Akuman, Nagaland. Twice a year, he returns to Nagaland where he has a studio and manufacturing base.
Having been a wheelchair model from an early age, Samanta has always felt frustrated by the lack of luxurious clothing available for disabled people. Working as an advocate for inclusion within the fashion industry, Samanta has decided to join forces with some of the most innovative emerging designers to develop her brand, ‘SB’ – a unique line of clothing based on the principle that “its not about being disabled, but about feeling beautiful and comfortable whilst in the siting position”.
Born in Brazil, Samanta moved to London 10 years ago and has since dedicated her life to improving the lives of people living with disabilities. She hopes that her collection will open people’s minds and hearts.
“We must be seen to exist” – Samanta Bullock
Meet the team – 8 different designers come together to work in an inclusive way, in partnership with Samanta Bullock.
Contessina is a family fashion brand established in 1958 in Athens, Greece. Today, the brand is also based in London. Clara Poulantza is the designer of the collections and founder of Contessina Inclusive, whereas her sister Agi Poulantza-Pamoukoglu is running the head company in Athens. Contessina London and Contessina Inclusive, apart from being a quality fashion brand, it contributes positively to our society, through its socially and environmentally concerned practices.
Amaella was founded in 2016 by two friends Julie Kervadec and Lara Miller, who shared the vision of creating a fashion company with ethical and sustainable values. Amaella produces lingerie classics that are kinder to the skin and the environment, being also better for farmers and their communities.
Peter Twiss is a London based women’s wear designer who spent much of his childhood in Assam, North East India. Peter draws on inspirations from his childhood roots which are reflected in his collections and provides him with his unique signature style.
Peter has helped raise funds to improve education and medical facilities along with bringing water and electricity supplied to a small rural village in Akuman, Nagaland. He returns to Nagaland twice a year where he has a studio and manufacturing base.
RUA LUJA design their own signature look designs using high quality fabrics that are carefully considered from local businesses. Each garment is made with exquisite fabrics and hand-crafted details of skill and sophistication. All garments are made in their small studio in the UK.
Nasim Rua Luja from a young age, had a dream of sharing this love of turning beautiful fabrics into elegant dresses to show off to the world.
The London Organic Beauty shop sells a range of natural organic skincare products that have been developed only by using the purest ingredients. They don’t contain any parabens, sulfates, preservatives or artificial chemical carcinogens that have been shown to lead to cancer and long-term health issues. The organic lotions and treatments that they sell nourish the skin to a healthy, beautiful you.
BeKoffee is a project that aims to take advantage of spent coffee grounds to produce composites that are used as raw material to manufacture decorative and personal pieces. The Bekoffee pieces are handmade, have a slight coffee aroma and have a unique design, inspired both by nature and human activity.
Created by an Italian Designer Carola Del Celo and produced in the UK, Caroline London is the newest revolutionary concept brand designed to give you greater freedom to express yourself and to dress in a distinctive and ever-changing way.
It’s all about two-part garments, using a multitude of styles and fabrics that can be mixed and matched with colourful designer zips by YKK to create your own unique look.
Gunda Hafner was founded in 2016. Their personal experience with intolerances made them aware of the importance of products used in everyday life, particularly garments. In order to create individual and unique pieces, they work with natural fibres like wool, silk, linen, cotton, yak, alpaca and cashmere depending on the season. It avoids the use of plastic. The style is sporty, current, elegant, sophisticated and urban. The line aims to be accessible, refreshing and uncomplicated, yet clean and versatile.
A fashion brand designing comfortable and stylish garments adapted to wheelchair users
A year ago, Samanta Bullock, found herself wondering what was the point of having more disabled models if there are no designers making clothes for them to wear? The wheelchair model took the matter in her own hands and started the project of a high-end, sustainable and inclusive clothing brand.
The main purpose of the line is to dress people for the seating position, the items are
designed to be comfortable and useful as well as nice looking for both seating and standing positions. According to Samanta: “It’s not about being disabled or wheelchair user, it’s about to be beautiful and comfortable while you are in the seating position”.
Samanta decided on collaborating with different designers around the world to create a variety of collections for her customers. The brands she partnered up with are Rua Luja, London Organic, Bekoffee, Caroline, Gunda Hafner, Peter Twiss, Contessina London and Amaella.
Sustainability was equally important for her, so each garment is sustainable in its own way depending on the designer in order to embrace each one’s creativity. The whole creation process also let a central spot for inclusivity, which is, in fact, part of the social side of the sustainable process. The goal here is to be part of the slow fashion movement and to teach consumers that they need to invest in quality pieces that last for a while instead of quantity.
Launching two collections a year, the fashion line is only womenswear for now but the plan is to move on to menswear next year.
The London-based clothing line will be available worldwide from the 15th of June on the online shop at: https://samantabullock.com. A few of the pieces will also be in physical stores.
Join the conversation on Samanta’s social media channels to learn more about her projects and to enjoy some fashion tips. Feel free to share with us any ideas, opinions, needs, and wants you have for the clothing line.
Everyone desires natural 20/20 vision, but millions of people around the world require glasses or contact lenses to see clearly. Glasses are probably the most common, though. Now, if you’re a part of the unfortunate percentage that need them, you probably have concerns over your appearance.
You see, people often assume that wearing glasses dents your fashion and beauty, especially the younger generation. But, believe me, glasses can really complement your look and obviously aid your vision, which is the most important thing. If you’re prescribed them, make sure you search around for a pair that truly matches your unique style and feel comfortable.
I’m someone that has needed glasses for many, many years. As I’ve got older, the frequency of my checks has increased to ensure that my eyes are healthy and I have the correct glasses. So, on the latest occasion, I chose to book an appointment with Eye Works – an independent optician based in London.
One of the factors that attracted me to them was that they utilise fully modern equipment to guarantee your eyes and vision are well looked after. Of course, as with any eye check, it includes thorough testing to assess absolutely everything. Once my examinations were finished, I was informed that everything was perfectly fine. Phew!
Then I was led to the glasses and sunglasses section of the store, which is my favourite part. Why? Because I get to upgrade my glasses and choose a brand-new style. But, the most exciting thing about the Eye Works glasses is that they manufacture their glass using the latest Transitions lenses.
I selected a pair that suited me best and was amazed when I noticed the colour of the lenses change depending on the lighting. The Transitions lenses are actually available in a variety of different colours to begin with though, which is brilliant. On top of that, the lenses are adaptable to work effectively with both near and far vision.
Not only was I super-impressed with how phenomenal they look, but I also appreciate how beneficial they are when it comes to my vision. It’s fair to say I’m making the most out of them.
In terms of my overall experience with Eye Works, it was a great one. All of the staff – including the optician – were extremely friendly, positive and dealt with me wonderfully. So, if you’re looking to enhance your glasses with Transitions lenses or you’re in need of a quality opticians in London, check out Eye Works.
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