Meet the team! The SB Shop is coming soon.

Meet the team! The SB Shop is coming soon.

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.

shop designer Samanta Bullock wheelchair model
Pict by Natasza Siedlarska

“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. 

Clara Poulantza

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. 

Saumen Kar

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.

Fernando Duarte

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. 

Carola Del Celo

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

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.

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.

samanta bullock interview blog mobile woman wheelchair model inclusion
mobile women.org

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.

samanta bullock interview blog mobile woman wheelchair model inclusion
mobile women.org

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

ADAPTDEFY Samanta Bullock Pic by Ange Harper

ADAPTDEFY! People who have not only adapted, but have gone beyond

WHEELCHAIR USER MIKE BROWN- THE FOUNDR OF ADAPTDEFY
MIKE BROWN- THE FOUNDR OF ADAPTDEFY

I hope 2019 has started well.  I am sure it will be the year of awareness about inclusion and more and more people will join our cause or start something good. Surprises are on the way. 

I mainly came here to talk about a project that was launched last week and I am so happy to be involved with.  It is called Adaptdefy. It is a podcast talking about disabled people and how they are living full lives.

This idea came from Mike Brown who lives in New Zealand and became a wheelchair user a few years ago. He spent many years as an alpinist and yachtsman. He is also an entrepreneur driven to do good in the world.

MIKE BROWN- THE FOUNDR OF ADAPTDEFY WHEELCHAIR USER
MIKE BROWN- THE FOUNDR OF ADAPTDEFY

He has  two current startup companies, adaptdefy and urigo and is the father of a 9 month old boy. Luckily for him he had inspirational disabled people to learn from and understand and develop different ways to do things. Social media is amazing in giving us the information we need and the motivation to live a more complete life. Mike is a husband, a father and an active guy that does not want to stop doing things. He is is willing to learn adaptive ways to to enable him to do activities and he will also share with us.

WHEELCHAIR USER KID PUSHING MIKE BROWN - FOUNDER OF ADPTDEFY
MIKE BROWN – FOUNDER OF ADPTDEFY

We recorded a pod cast at the end of last year while I was on holiday in Brazil. I was overwhelmed to see the website and all the interviews he has put together showing so many fantastic experiences from many different  people.

The definition of Adaptdefiers is People who have not only adapted, but have gone beyond and defied what they & others thought was possible

They included Joe Stone, Jezza Williams, Fillipe Kizu Lima, Darrul Tait, Tanelle Bolt and Ira Edwards.  You will have a taste of many activities such as fishing and skiing. 

MIKE BROWN SKIING WHEELCHAIR USER
MIKE BROWN SKIING

I would love for you to hear my interview with an open heart and to listen to the podcasts of all these amazing people that are sharing their stories to give you information and change lives, and also to know more about Mike and his vision.

We hope we can help you and if you know someone that would benefit from this podcast don’t hesitate to share it. We are a strong community and as I always say “together we can”.

SAMANTA BULLOCK ADAPTDEFIR WHEELCHAIR MODEL
ARE YOU AN ADAPTDEFIER? PICT BY MICHAEL ATKINSON

Website: https://adaptdefy.com

Ig: ADAPTDEFY

Illustration. samanta bullock wheelchair model serena sis johnston

An Illustration to Improve SCI Awareness- by Serena Siu Johnston

Illustration. samanta bullock wheelchair model serena sis johnston
Samanta Bullock – Wheelchair Model by Serena Siu Johnston

Hi Guys

I don’t know if you saw my open letter, but I say: “There are people like me all over the world growing up without any reference to their part or place in society, without seeing others, like themselves, living a full and fulfilled life. Still, it is as though have a disability is to be invisible- to have the full spectrum of who you are and who could potentially became, ignored.” Because of that Serena and I have been working together this last month to improve SCI awareness.

She is an illustrator and painted me so we could spread the word about inclusion. It talks deep to her heart as she lives with this on a daily basis through her husband that likewise uses a wheelchair. It was an honour for me as I am a big admirer of her work. If you see it on Instagram you will be mesmerised with the quality and diversity of her drawings. Her handle is the_miss-s that a more personal one there she also shares her experience on inclusion with her husband.

Illustration. samanta bullock wheelchair model serena sis johnston
Serena Siu Johnston

They travel around the world showing accessibility and spreading awareness of inclusion. Her other account is serenasartto that is mainly her professional work. We connected over our mutual belief in inclusivity and fashion.

What can I say? I had the honour to be portrayed by her to make people aware about disability and how we can live our lives to the full.  Her passion and talent came from the inspiration of music, interesting people and people with a great message. I couldn’t wait to share with you the picture. Let me know if you like the illustration and what you like most about it. All comments are welcome.

I strongly suggest for you to follow her on Instagram or to order your custom illustration on www.serenasart.com 

Wouldn’t be great if in all aspects of life you were portrayed some how?

Love Sam x

 

Illustration. samanta bullock wheelchair model serena sis johnston

Illustration. samanta bullock wheelchair model serena sis johnston