Eliana Dimitrakopoulou is a Greek designer specialising in fur. I’m not usually a big fan of the use of genuine fur in fashion, however, sponsored by Kopenhagen Fur and the British Fur Trade Association, Eliana’s sourcing of fur is entirely ethical and her designs are, without doubt, beautiful. With a unique specialism, using traditional methods and innovative patterns, Eliana’s work is contemporary and forward-thinking.
The use of genuine fur in luxury fashion is often looked down on, however I think if there were more designers out there who were using fur in an entirely ethical and responsible way, just like Eliana, we’d have a better understanding of the craft and be able to appreciate innovative design, just like we do with any other talented designer or brand.
You can view more of Eliana’s work through Not Just A Label.
Photography by Akio
Images courtesy of Eliana Dimitrakopoulou
Founded by Justyna Pacewicz in 2011, ALOTRO is a Polish accessories brand creating beautiful handmade accessories with a unique edge. Ribbon is weaved to create sublime shapes which are then worn as necklaces, bracelets and rings. Justyna has kept to a monochromatic palette of black, and each piece is crafted with an astounding attention to detail.
You can view and purchase selected pieces from the collection through Not Just A Label.
Photography by Igor Drozdowski
Images courtesy of ALOTRO
Mariella Pilato is a Bali-based artist who creates jewellery using semi-precious metals and precious stones. According to Mariella, her work “tells the story of her cultural heritage, reflecting good taste and innovation while her vision recalls traditions with a sensitive trend toward a joyful fashion and modernity”. Born and raised in Sorrento, Mariella has an Italian heritage which has influenced her work considerably. Myths, mythic creatures, history and ancient arts all influence Mariella’s work, and each piece is beautifully crafted by hand.
Bali isn’t somewhere I thought I’d find such a talented artist, but Mariella’s work is, without doubt, exquisite and most definitely something people should be talking about.
You can view and purchase Mariella’s work through Not Just A Label.
Images courtesy of Mariella Pilato
KOMMENT is a Berlin-based sustainable womenswear brand that was founded by designer Kim Berit in 2011. This bomber jacket is made from organic cotton and bamboo drape (similar to bamboo silk), and features slit pockets and front zip fastening. I tend to think of the bomber jacket as a very urban and, consequently, casual garment. However, Kim has managed to add a dash of luxury to a fairly standard design through her use of premium quality materials, giving the piece an elegant edge. Plus, I can’t help but admire the waffle texture!
The bomber jacket is undeniably versatile, whether paired with a clean-cut dress or a simple skirt and top, or even a pair of pleated trousers. It’s definitely a staple worth investing in!
Jacket, £299, from KOMMENT
You can view the full collection through the KOMMENT website.
Images courtesy of KOMMENT
White Tent is a brand known for its functional, versatile designs, as well as its devotion to eco-luxe. This admirable trait continues with this fantastic unisex top, made from Japanese linen and cotton. The design is simple and clean, featuring just a small breast pocket and a boat neck-line with triangular insets at the shoulders, which gives it a structured finished.
If you want to own a piece of White Tent, I think this top’s the perfect investment piece. The colour allows for all-year-round wear and the top can be paired with pretty much anything, from a simple pair of black shorts to a pleated skirt, or even some tailored trousers. White Tent certainly hit the term “unisex” right on the head with this piece!
Top, £80.00, from White Tent
You can view and purchase more from White Tent through Not Just A Label.
Images courtesy of White Tent
Following the brand’s signature aesthetic, Ukrainian womenswear brand DZHUS‘ Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, “Overground”, celebrates clean-cut lines and impeccably tailored silhouettes. A palette of red, grey and white adorns armour-like dresses, and the entire collection exudes uniqueness through its contrasting mix of silk and cotton alongside a slightly more industrial grey mesh. Irina’s inspiration from architecture, industrial objects and utilitarian constructions is, without doubt, evident throughout the entire collection.
You can view the full collection through Not Just A Label.
Photography by Olga Nepravda
Images courtesy of DZHUS
London based designer James Kearns is a favourite of mine and I’ve fallen for these kooky black leather trainers, made from pig leather. Quality is definitely at the forefront of James’ work as he has “focussed on an artisan approach to design and manufacturing, taking the time to make each pair of shoes by hand”. Available in a variety of colour variations, these are definitely going on my wish list!
Trainers, £400.00, from James Kearns
You can view and purchase some of James’ other cool designs through Not Just A Label.
Images courtesy of James Kearns
Tel Aviv-based design duo Tesler + Mendelovitch create “totally original, never-before-seen materials, transforming them into high quality custom-made products for industry, art and fashion”. Their latest work is their “Wearable Wood” series which consists of “architectural looking wood clutches” that are constructed from 100% birch wood and finished with a leather lining. According to Tesler + Mendelovitch, “the wood texture is soft to the touch”, and each clutch features a magnetic clasp and a “soft underbelly for a comfortable grip”. Hand selecting all of the wood they use and hand crafting each and every clutch, I think that this duo is nothing less than superb. With quality and innovation at their heart, I definitely think we’ll be hearing more from Tesler + Mendelovitch in the not so distant future.
You can view the duos entire “Wearable Wood” series and purchase selected pieces through Not Just A Label.
Images courtesy of Tesler + Mendelovitch via Not Just A Label