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/



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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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New Health and fitness trends coming soon.

2016 heralds a new awaking. Moving past and forward into a conscious generation. A feeling of self preservation and well being that integrates into daily life. We have a lot to look forward to in 2016, keep posted for Goose’s thinking on this and Trend forecasting for AW2017.



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Goose’s Top 5 Things to Do for Winter

Drinking – Merchant House

 

Merchant House is a bar and tasting house that holds the largest collection of gin and rum in the city. It is tucked away down Dickinson’s lane behind the historic Bow Lane and is a stone’s throw away from the One New Change and St Paul’s.

The nearest tube is Mansion House and then it’s a short walk to the exterior of the building with an unassuming front double door that leads through to an empty desk in the hallway. Don’t be fooled – simply walk down the stairs to the right and immerse yourself into the soft lighting and extremely cosy, eclectic interiors. They have a beautifully researched and illustrated cocktail menu influenced by the travels of the British Empire. The staff that hold the tasting masterclasses are down to earth and amazing, letting you go off menu or tailoring the listed drinks to your tastes.

Goose can’t recommend this place enough for pre-dinner shenanigans or a work do leading to a messy night out.

http://www.merchanthouselondon.com/

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Shopping – Clippings/DesignJunction & The Design Museum

 

For those looking for something more leftfield and unique to give as gifts for Christmas, hours on the web need to be spent searching for something with a design edge. However, Clippings.com have joined forces with the Design Junction to open a pop up store in Seven Dials, Covent Garden, to provide a selection of festive stocking fillers, homewares and stationary by established and new brands such as Kaymet, Vitamin, Lovely Pigeon and BEDesign. Opens 5th of December 2015.

http://thedesignjunction.co.uk/pop-shop-opens-5-december/

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For design led accessories, ornaments, jewellery and gadgets visit the Design Museum next to Tower Bridge. Each purchase supports the museum which aims to inspire and enable people to understand the value of design as well as showcase the best creations in architecture, fashion, products and graphics.

http://designmuseumshop.com/collections/christmas/

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Eating  – Pedler, Peckham

 

Although good all year round, Pedler’s interior has a warm welcoming feel, created by low lighting and intimate (not cramped, mind) table seating arrangements that compliments the tasty comfort food on offer. It’s mainly modern European but has taken inspiration from multiple cultures, blending and balancing delicate flavours perfectly. Dishes include ‘Frizzle chicken with gravy mash, parmesan and attitude sauce’ and ‘Griddled squid, beetroot, salsify, pomegranate and lemon’. The cocktails are ace too with speciality gin versions made from the locally produced Little Bird brand.

http://www.pedlerpeckhamrye.com/

 

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Entertainment – Barrel and Forks Supper Club

 

Barrel and Forks is an immersive dining experience where the recent offering ‘One Night in Rovaniemi’, has been tailored to the Christmas party set and will offer, art performance, music, entertainment and food installations held in roomscapes built to tell a narrative.

It’s where we’ll be going for our work Christmas party!

Previous projects include a 19th Century grand ball with food tailored to the era and served by staff in costumes of the time and the ‘Unconventional Dinner’ where food is served in various tools like a shovel and wheelbarrow.

http://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/food-drink/one-night-in-rovaniemi

 

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More Entertainment – Flight Club

 

First it was bowling. Then it was ping-pong – followed by mini golf for a bit. But now, now my friends, is the time of the dart.

Flight Club, on Worship Street, is the latest venue to elevate a good old traditional pub past time into an uber cool night out. Following the successful tried and tested formula of tasty sharing fodder, cocktails and rustic-yet-modern members club interiors, the club offers you and up to 11 other mates a chance to battle it out for bullseye glory in cool surroundings ingesting crab mac croquettes and drinks called ‘Bus fare home’. Sessions are via bookings only, and are a popular Christmas work party choice, but hold in there – it’s worth the wait.

http://flightclubdarts.com/

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Meame – Bikewear Brand

Head down to the East London Design store on Wednesday 09th December for some festive celebrations and view the exciting new range from Meame.

Meame is a brand for the city cyclist. Classic styles with bespoke fabrications are integrated with reflective pinstripe detailing to offer safety and functionality for cyclists and a professional feel for the office.

Drinks and discounts will be on offer. Meame is one to watch…get involved.

http://eastlondondesignstore.com/

http://www.meame.co.uk/

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Festive Fashion Inspiration Boards – Moody Christmas

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The World Goes Pop – Tate Modern

Currently showing at the Tate Modern is ‘The EY Exhibition: THE WORLD GOES POP’. With over 200 works by artists from the 60’s & 70’s from Asia to Latin America, it celebrates the many faces of Pop Art – with the strong political messages and mass produced kitsch imagery from popular culture. The exhibition expands the notion of pop art much further than the typical North American and British phenomenon. Touching on the Vietnam war, consumerism, women rights, political propaganda & voyeurism, among others, Pop Art proves to be a truly universal language and one which has spawned many of our most popular rebel artists of today. It’s running till 24th January and is a must see for all pop art fans!

Click here for the Tate Modern Site

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