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In conversation with Andriana Chunis

Andriana Chunis is a designer and freelance illustrator currently based in her home city of Lviv, Ukraine. Her illustrators are colourful, quirky and 'peculiar' - as Andriana comments herself. Taking inspiration from the people around her, Andriana is authentic in capturing individuality and personal style as reflected through fashion choices.  We talked to the engaging and insightful designer who shared with us her creative journey.

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Say it with a card

While some are traditional and others more quirky, all are vibrant with beautiful typography. The messages on Katie Leamon's Valentines cards made me smile with amusement as I opened the delicately wrapped selection and flicked past charming and playful messages, equally matched with overtly flattering adjectives for both him and her.

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A top to transcend the seasons

Do we need something new for every occasion? Probably not. But I can sympathise with those who want to change up their wardrobes for different events and work a fresh new look. Although, this shouldn’t necessarily mean having to buy something new each season. Why not invest in items that allow you to get creative and lend themselves to being accessorised and styled?

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How will travel inspire you?

We are a generation who love to travel. Gap year travelling through India? Why not. Erasmus study abroad? Ok. Why do we browse flights every few months? To discover new places, to have wild adventures, to visit friends, to lose yourself, to find yourself, to inspire...

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An interview with Paula Blanche

Paula Blanche is a designer and freelance illustrator based in Iquique, Chili where she studied Integral Design. Her illustrations are infused with her love of fashion and often feature her favourite style icons. Paula talks to Olive Road Journal and tells us about her work:

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An interview with Amy Pearson

Amy Pearson is a fashion designer, print designer and illustrator based in London. She believes illustration is about telling a story and capturing the emotion of a subject. Her images celebrate style; drawing inspiration from fashion and nature, she dresses her subjects in striking garments and couture-styled outfits. Using a captivating colour palette, Amy’s subjects take on a dramatic and distinctive character, drawing in the viewer.

Amy is currently working as a full time designer at Concepts Paris, a lingerie trend consultancy in London, where she designs prints, garments and illustrations for trend books. She is soon to begin a new venture as a freelance designer and illustrator. Here, Amy talks to Olive Road Journal and tells us about her work:

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Kate Sheridan

What's in a bag? Everything.

The handbag. Its contents is a collage of you and your life; your daily necessities, monthly treats and year on year memories.  In those pockets we forget exist are month old cinema tickets, a crumpled easy jet boarding pass, a go-to lipstick, notebook with illegible scribbles, some flyer you grabbed exiting the tube, the list goes on. Of course larger, more accessible pockets have everything you need to function; keys, wallet, phone, flask, book. My point being, we girls love our handbags because they’re a little piece of us; a first aid kit, a daily ‘helping hand’ and let’s not forget, often the curiosity of our male friends.

And so, a handbag is many things because we’re constantly on the move; agreeing to last minute nights outs, and spontaneously buying. Our handbag needs to be both functional and stylish if it’s going to secure its place as our everyday accessory. I’ve recently discovered a brand which offers both these things.

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HERE TODAY HERE TOMORROW

Here Today-Here Tomorrow is more than a name, it’s a statement. Punchy and powerful, this timely named boutique is defying the disposable, trend-driven nature of the fashion industry, instead, uniting values for quality, sustainability and fair trade clothing. Proudly conveying the brand’s ideologies, ‘Here Today-Here Tomorrow’ offers items made to last and to be cherished.

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Made by Mrs M

I first discovered Kate Marsden’s work a few months ago at Spitalfields Market, Shoreditch when I came across her wonderfully colourful stall. Her vibrant and unique designs immediately caught my eye.

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Nylon Sky

Nylon Sky - The name conjures up an image of a crafted and colourful, synthetic world. A chic synergy between 'Man-made' and 'Natural', befitting of this inventive jewellery brand. 

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