It’s January and I am ready to breathe new life and colour into my wardrobe. Step forward – Samantha Warren. This unique brand specialises in luxury printed accessories which have been lovingly crafted in the UK. The brand has been steadily growing since 2013 and now includes bags, phone cases and greeting cards.
Undoubtedly, it’s the breath-taking use of colour and design that makes this brand distinctly unique. And it’s that uniqueness which incites the ‘covetability’ factor. I’m clearly not alone in this thought as the ‘Geometric Collection‘ has practically sold-out. But fear not, the stunning ‘Orka Collection‘ (amongst others) is still available. Don’t take my word for it – check out some of the designs from this collection below.
If, like me – you are intrigued by the brand, surely you would like to hear from the creative force behind the label?
TA-DAH! Here is my interview with Samantha Warren who tells it like it is…
BRAND NAME Samantha Warren London
WHEN DID YOU ESTABLISH YOUR BRAND? Beginning of 2013
DESCRIBE YOUR BRAND IN 3 WORDS Modern, unique, considered
WHERE DID YOU STUDY? Camberwell – Foundation Art & Design Middlesex University – Printed Textiles Degree
WHERE ARE YOUR DESIGNS MADE? They are designed and made in Tooting, South London. Some sewing is outsourced to Woolwich, London.
WHO DO YOU DESIGN FOR? I design for the modern woman with an appreciation for design and a lover of unique products. Someone who’s interested in researched design and supporting a brand confident in its collections.
WHO / WHAT INFLUENCES YOUR DESIGNS? My travels mainly. My Olhão collection is inspired by the ornate tiled surfaces in the Portuguese coastal town of Olhão, and my Orka collection (which translates to energy in Icelandic) is inspired by the energetic and magical landscapes in Iceland.
WHO WOULD YOU LOVE TO SEE WEARING YOUR BRAND? Really I love seeing anyone wearing my brand!! But if I wanted a pinch myself moment – Olivia Palermo, Goldie Hawn, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lawrence, any of the Kardashian’s as that’s major coverage, same goes for Anna Wintour.
YOUR FAVOURITE FASHION DECADE? Can I have two? 30’s for it’s elegance and 80’s for its trashy confidence.
YOUR FAVOURITE BRANDS? High Street: Whistles, Cos, &otherstories, Warehouse, Zara and High End: Isabel Marant, Erdem, Chloe, Victoria Beckham, Suno to name a few.
YOUR FAVOURITE SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNEL? Instagram
ANY ADVICE FOR NEW DESIGNERS? Keep experimenting and learning. Involve yourself in classes/workshops/groups and keep researching and going to exhibitions. Be determined in your practice but keep up to date and inspired by new things happening around you.
FAVOURITE PIECE FROM YOUR CURRENT COLLECTION? The Clara Clutch
STOCKISTS London: Omnis, Turpentine, Diverse, Chelsea Harbour: the Bookshop at, Stag and Bow US: Anthropologie and Cap-a-pie Rose.