Goose Christmas Party @ The Nordic Yulefest

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The Goose gang celebrated Christmas this year at The Nordic Yulefest London.  The festive pop up curated by Meredith Collective has set up camp in Old Street for the month of December transforming Shoreditch into an enchanted Winter Wonderland.  There you can enjoy an in-themed cocktail like their Fingerbread Mule or opt for their 6 course Feasting Menu featuring barbecued Reindeer.  One of the cool things that the Yulefest boasts is their alcoholic snow that guests are encouraged to catch in their mouths.  We personally enjoyed the big bear photobooth and took our fair share of snaps with the big guy.

The Nordic Yulefest runs until the 18th December at 347 Old Street, London.

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Photos by The Nordic Yulefest



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Goose day out: Brand Licensing Europe 2016

Currently on at Olympia, London is the Brand Licensing Europe 2016 show and yesterday we went to have a look around the stands and meet with an array of great brands and licensing companies.  The show is one of the most fun in the calendar, where else can you grab a chat with legendary Paul Frank and even David Hasselhoff himself.

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Visiting the show we sat through interesting keynote talks from Sports brands such as the NBA, FIFA and RFU, we also got to try new products launching including some VR games.

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The Brand Licensing Europe 2016 is on until the 13th October, for more information visit their website here.



14 Years of Goose.

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From Jenni Arksey, MD Goose.

Thank you LinkedIn for reminding me this week it’s been 14 years since starting Goose. Where has that time gone? We have now worked with over 80 brands from start-ups to major fashion lifestyle and sportswear brands and from this we have been lucky enough to get the chance to mix it all up and innovate on all levels.

We have also survived 2 major recessions.

This year we won our first design award, in fact it was the first time we ever entered one.

We have worked with some talented teams across the world and made great friends throughout our journey as they have moved on and taken us with them.

We have seen the focus on the business shift from design towards strategy as our extensive knowledge becomes valuable to help brands refocus and redefine themselves in a highly competitive market. We can help brands evaluate their DNA into a product strategy to really establish their identity – it is so important now to have that clarity.

We have also been involved in more branding concepts because we understand how this works within apparel – on and off the product.

So this message is not about the next big trend or what’s going on in London, but it’s really to say thank you to anyone reading this who has worked with us, at some point, trusted our knowledge and skills and supported us throughout these years.

And it just happens to be National Champagne week.

So here’s to another 14!



London Design Biennale 2016

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September 2016 saw the first edition of the London Design Biennale set up home in the iconic Somerset House. From the 7th-25th of September 30 countries and territories participated in presenting commissioned works that explore the theme of Utopia by Design.

Curated by leading design organisations and museums the London Design Biennale explored ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy and social equality through the installations.

Fran, our own Goose Designer visited the exhibition taking a journey through country by country seeing how each portrayed their vision of Utopia. Some standouts were:

Israel – Human Touch

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Presented by ACT Shenkar were two projects showing innovation and a real meeting of need on a humanitarian and personal level. The first was a device designed to parachute supplies into disaster areas and the second name Louder was a special speaker designed for deaf people. Stimulating sight with a visual speaker that moved in relation to rhythm and beats, additionally stimulating touch through a floor surface allowing you to feel vibrations through the feet.

Russia – Discovering Utopia: Lost Archives of Soviet Design

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Moscow Design Museum gave a glimpse into the idealised world created by Soviet designers that never got to be seen before by the public. The Russian installation, presented as a rediscovered archive, tells the story of the forgotten daring projects inspired by ‘utopian’ visions of the future.

Spain – VRPolis, Diving into the Future

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One of the more tech inspired installations Dimelaomi Productions created this for the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, VRPolis, Diving into the Future asks what a smart city could be capable of 100 years from now. This 360-degree VR experience immersed visitors into the multitude of possibilities for towns of the future.

The whole show was a great insight to each territories commentary on their current government and social structure showing the different, and complexity of the world we live in and the differences in what we are all striving for a Utopia. For more about the event and to keep up to date for the next one visit http://www.londondesignbiennale.com/



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Majeda Clarke at the 2016 London Design Fair

Goose headed to the London Design Fair last night to catch up with client, Majeda Clarke, and see her showcase her award winning Jamdani cotton fabrics.

Majeda won the Cockpit Arts award – a business developing enterprise that supports craft practitioners to successfully expand domestically and internationally.

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Championing the Jamdani weavers of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Majeda created luxurious fabrics by merging traditional methods with modern aesthetics that support local and diminishing industries.

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The Fair is part of the London Design Festival, an event that brings together an international spectrum of design exhibits annually.

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http://www.londondesignfair.co.uk/features/cockpit-arts



The London Textile Fair

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The Goose Design team recently visited the London Textile Fair held at The Business Design Centre in Islington. Twice a year the fair showcases Textile and Trimmings suppliers presenting their collections that will inform the trends we see from fabric suppliers in the following seasons.

Meandering through the stalls we could see trends of opulence with jacquards and texture. Suffolk based silk weavers – Vanners presented some wonderful scarves samples that were a real highlight. Showcasing the talent still present in the UK for premium fabrications and techniques.

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With increasing approval of ‘fur’ as seen on the catwalks and high street we saw some exciting new developments in the domain of faux furs, from the advancements in their manufacturing to the finishes.

The presence of some great British and Irish suppliers was also a high point. Regions historically known for their weaving industry showed they are still going strong with Marton Mills from West Yorkshire having a great catalogue of tweeds, and Irish supplier Emblem Weavers who promoted their Irish Linens.

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The fair returns to London in January 2017, for information about visiting the fair or even exhibiting you can do so through their website: http://thelondontextilefair.co.uk/



Winner at The Professional Clothing Awards 2016

Goose UK triumphed at the prestigious Professional Clothing Awards ceremony 2016 held this summer in London’s ExCel, by winning the category for Best Managed Major Contract for the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank ( CYB ) uniform. The judges awarded Goose UK 100% full marks, which is the first time ever at this event.

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Hayley Sommerscales, Editor of The Professional Clothing Awards, who was involved in the judging day remarked: The Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank Uniform stood out to the judges and made a lasting impression, (I can still picture the product now) it was very impressive showing intensive research, design, development wear testing and production. The contract succeeded in its intention to re-evaluate and modernize the current uniform to work in harmony with their new brand direction.” We learned that the other judges unanimously voted for Goose, as the outright winner for the first time in the Award’s history.

Goose UK were brought into the project by The Partners, who were involved in the major rebrand for CYB. The role of Goose was to research, conceptualise and design the uniform and then to develop it with Corprotex, who were selected because of their willingness and ability to take on the new direction.

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Taking on board the heritage and values of the bank and their major strapline ‘We care about here’, it was at this point that Goose suggested working with a Yorkshire mill and a graduate from the Glasgow school of Art so their corporate values stood firm and they supported their local industry rather than getting another ‘named’ designer. At Goose they believed they could deliver the balance of functionality and trend from their experience of fashion and sportswear combined, but also give the brand a genuine and interesting story to talk about. A new direction and focus for CYB.

Laura Davidson, Advertising Marketing Manager for CYBG, shared the excitement of the win “Working with Goose on our new Uniform has been a fantastic experience. From the creation of the fabrics themselves to the individual garment designs and practicalities, their experience and knowledge has been invaluable. We are so proud that they won the Best Managed Major Contract at the Professional Clothing Awards – extremely well deserved.”

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Every year the Professional Clothing Awards receives entries from around the globe with applicants hoping to be awarded a prize at the industry’s biggest night of the year. The event was attended by over 400 guests and hosted by Olympic medallist Sharon Davies, MBE. This year Goose Design entered for the first time submitting their work designing the new Uniform for The Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank; and won the Award for The Best Managed Major Contract. The award recognises the best in showcasing high profile contracts that are managed seamlessly from start to finish.

Jenni Arksey, Managing Director & Owner of Goose UK stated that

“ Professional workwear is something that Goose is moving into more and more. We are approached by companies requiring a more dynamic uniform, that is on brand, wearable for all shapes and sizes and commercially viable. At Goose, we have a unique experience of working with over 70 global brands from fashion through to performance sportswear such as Sand, Levi’s, Converse, Nike, The North Face and even Paris Hilton. When we combine this we can create functional workwear/ corporatewear that has a fashion feel, is realistic, at commercial price points and worn with pride.”

 



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