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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hi guys, last week was a pretty exciting one! I went to New York for the Voge Fashion Runway show during NY Fashion Week which was such a dream come true for me. I also decided to stay a few extra days to enjoy the city and work in other projects about inclusion, empowerment, etc, in the place that never sleeps. I wanted to share with you my experience, the amazing collaborationss I did, the places I went to, the Fashion Show and accessibility in the city.
I stayed at Wyndham Garden Chinatown Hotel in Soho, it was very nice and pretty accessible! They have lift to the lobby and wheelchair friendly rooms.
Mariana travelled from Brazil to there to meet me so we could film for the new youtube channel is coming soon called: gowomenplay. She is an entrepreneur with a dream of empowering women and also a great friend of mine. We explored some cute coffee shops and talked about the change we want to bring into the world. I can’t wait for you guys to see it! I also had the pleasure to work again with Kyle and Liam (from the Share Your Stroke of Genius project). I filmed for my Youtube channel and we got some pictures around the city and decided on a few new steps, so there is much exciting content coming up and I know you guys are going to love it!
I travelled all around New York. I went to Times Square where you feel like everything is possible and I also visited the Statue of Liberty. It was great; the boat that takes you there has a big space for wheelchairs. It is super accessible and I really recommend it! And you cannot go to NYC without going for a roll in Central Park. I must say a big thank you to Junior for being the guide/photographer and friend on this trip.
I went to Central Station to take photos and ended up having a great unexpected collaboration with W Magazine!! How crazy is that?! I can’t wait to see the pictures from this one too.
I crossed the bridge to Brooklyn for a collaboration with GV @gv_bkent and met his producer James @atruthmusik for a podcast with them, it was my first experience in a studio and it was a pleasure to meet him and share experiences. This type of experience are very constructive.
Let’s talk accessibility! In general the level of accessibility in New York is similar to London, you have some stations that are accessible but others in between that are not. One thing that I can’t go without saying is that the signage inside the stations is just not great. You may easily get lost in there which is not acceptable. Street crossing is not perfect, one side is accessible but on the other side has a step which makes it very dangerous as also does London.
About the Fashion Show!! I was modelling for Vinnette Grant, I absolutely loved the dress and all the pieces she designed. This fashion show was a part of an event held by Voge Fashion Runway. Thanks to everyone involved. Special thanks to Mariana and Kyle for their friendship and positive thinking in making great changes in the world, Liam Alexander and Junior for the many amazing photos, and to Gunda Hafner, Rua Luja and Caroline London for the amazing outfits I wore on this trip that kept me comfortable and fashionable.
Now I am moving towards the nexts goals and I hope you are doing the same, nothing can stop you from doing something you love. Work hard and you can accomplish anything! I am putting a vlog on on my youtube channel very soon. Keep tuned. Any questions you might have about accessibility feel free to ask in the comments or on my social media.