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. 

Gunda Hafner

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 and I

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. 

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Launch of Samanta Bullock’s clothing line – ‘SB’

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.

mobileWomen.org Article on How I Deal with the Tough Times.

mobileWomen.org Article on How I Deal with the Tough Times.

Hi guys

I have been featured in an article from mobilewomen.org called “Pushing for inclusion – Samanta Bullock’s mission”. Here’s a chance to know me and my story a little bit better.

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I have answered some questions where I talk about how I deal with the tough times with some advice for someone with a recent injury or disability, as well as sharing some exciting future projects. I opened up about my background as a tennis player and a model, my passions and motivations, and so much more!

My disability hasn’t stopped me from chasing my dreams and neither should yours. I am on a journey to make fashion more accessible to everyone, and to create a positive impact in the world. Disabled people have the right to be represented and treated as equal.

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It was lovely to share my story with mobilewomen.org. They are doing such a great work expanding horizons for women in wheelchairs. On the website you can find information on topics like health, sexuality, parenting, fashion and others. They are building an online community where people with disabilities can come together to share and learn from one another. There is even a forum where women across the world can share their ideas on different issues, a place to ask questions and get answers. 

To get to know more about my journey and mobilewomen.org visit http://www.mobilewomen.org/2019/01/pushing-for-inclusion-samanta-bullocks.html

Much love, Sam