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Meet Rua Luja

In our quest for inclusive clothing, Samanta Bullock found an ally in dress-maker Nasim Rua Luja. Today, we are very honored to announce that together we designed an inclusive fashion line for Rua Luja.

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Rua Luja first started working as a lawyer in the UK after obtaining a law degree. However, her passion for making classy dresses finally changed her career path into the fashion field to finally pursue a fashion career of her dreams. Nasim is mostly inspired by her mother, who would sew dresses for her and her sisters when she was younger. The signature style of the garments she creates comes from her unique way of mixing the fabrics of the Eastern culture with the Western designs. Her ability to combine motherhood, work and travels makes her clothes perfectly adapted to a modern woman. 

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Feminine and elegant, her creations are the result of many years of experimenting with fabrics and designs. Made from high-quality fabrics which are locally sourced by her local fabric businesses. The pieces are sophisticated made with handcrafted details in their small studio in the UK. With close attention to fabric association, every piece is designed and created with the fabric in mind. Every item can be adapted to women of all shapes and sizes because everyone deserves to be able to dress elegantly and femininely. Their product selections include interesting jewellery pieces, in order for the customers to be able to create total looks.

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Rua Luja’s creations are extremely modern as they take into consideration the multi-cultured societies we live in and offer options that can be adapted to every woman’s lifestyle. Consequently, inclusivity was the next step to take for the brand and we are glad they are taking it with us. 

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Meet Contessina London

Samanta Bullock is glad to announce that we will be collaborating in the near future with London-based brand Contessina. After 2 years of friendship, fun photoshoots, we thought it was the right time to join forces and make a positive change in inclusive fashion. 

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Contessina London

The high-end brand creates products with a modern design while basing their process on traditional craftsmanship, achieving a special and elegant finish. Feminine and boho-chic, the items are easily statement pieces, ideal to dress up every outfit. Also art inspired, the brand collaborated with various independent artists on collections for the brand as well as for museum boutiques. They designed costumes for performance arts too.
In a quest for quality, they embrace traditional skills with handmade pieces, crafted by struggling independent artisans, mostly in Greek family-owned studios. Their production is one of big importance for the local communities.

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 Clara is a multi product fashion designer with 20 years of professional experience. She has studied Fashion Design & Marketing, Costume design, Human Centred Design, Art History, Interior design and French Literature. Her collections can be found online, in selective boutiques in the UK and abroad, Museum Art shops and Art galleries. She has also designed jewellery for Opera North.

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Contessina London

The brands’ values align perfectly with Samanta Bullock’s, focusing on issues like inclusivity and sustainability while keeping a high level of aesthetics. Contessina aims to create a positive impact with a meaningful shopping experience. They place social and environmental awareness at the core of the brand.

“Inclusion” for us is about consciousness, ethics, sustainability, integration, collaboration and Human Centred Design.

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Contessina London

Clara met Samanta at a popup event in London in 2016. There was instinctively a mutual fondness and connection with her.

Consequently, she modelled for Contessina London very first photoshoot in Hyde Park and has been a close friend to the brand ever since. 


Meet Gunda Hafner

Meet Gunda Hafner

I am happy to announce that I will be collaborating with the creative and stylish Gunda Hafner. I have been working closely with her for the past year and I am definitely looking forward to future projects by her side. 

Founded in 2016, Gunda Hafner creates individual and unique pieces of garments. The materials used in the products are mainly natural fibres like wool, silk, linen, cotton, yak, alpaca and cashmere. It is important to add that they avoid using plastic, in this way you will feel comfortable as well as good about yourself as you will be contributing to sustainability.

All materials come predominantly from the UK, Austria and Italy, guaranteeing a high quality. 

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The purpose is to produce eco-conscious garments by minimising synthetics. Along with this, the line aims to be accessible, simple and clean. 

The style is sporty, current, elegant sophisticated and urban, with the intention of embracing the lifestyle of a modern woman living up to her full potential. 

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Gunda Hafner

Born and raised in Austria, the designer Gunda Hafner graduated from Fashion College Herbstrasse in Vienna. Here she got a lot of knowledge of designing and sewing. She completed her further studies at Central St Martins and Royal College of Fashion in London, where she specialised in garments styling. Now, she works in conjunction with her small team in London.

When giving talks, I have appeared several times wearing her collection, for example at Fashions Finest. I felt it was perfect because myself and the clothes I was wearing were all about fashion and inclusion. 

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Personally, I believe she is amazing at what she does which is why I usually wear her clothes. She designs specially for people who are in a seating position for a long time and it is super suitable for me and for many other people out there. It is great that she worries about the needs of wheelchair users. Apart from being a professional woman, she has a kind heart. Hafner helps homeless people. These are few of the many reasons why I count on her.

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Meet Peter Twiss

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. 

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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. 

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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.

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Peter Twiss Jacket

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.