Journal

LAUREN FOWLER

Lauren is the heart and soul behind Lauren Fowler Design. We are happy to be partnering with Lauren for this Makers Beside feature.  

Moments captured by Rebecca of Love Made Visible.

Lauren wears the Tate Shirt, Apron Dress, Gail Dress, Layah Dress, Flow Culottes Pants and the Modern Loafers

What does slow fashion mean to you?
To me, slow fashion is a concept of taking time to appreciate and respect every part of the process. To take note of how many times a garment has passed through human hands. From the fabric being sourced right through to the sales assistant placing it on the hanger in the shop and finally onto your body.

How do you engage in this movement?
In my own business, I do everything myself. My drawings are all finished by me. I choose and buy the perfect paper stock, I collect from my printer, I package them all and I transport them to the shops where they'll finally end up in your home. All the businesses I use are local. I try to keep as much business in Cape Town as possible.

How would you describe your relationship with clothing / style?
I used to wear a lot of black. I've found myself wearing more colour lately and how its opened up new clothing options to me. Clothing is three things to me, functional, comfortable and reflective of my feelings that day. I often like to wear very plain clothing and then brighten it all up with colourful lipstick.

Has your attitude towards fashion changed over the years?
Yes. I used to be very fashion conscious. I didn't want to wear the same outfit twice. Ever. These days, I sometimes wear the same thing two days in a row. My body, like most people's bodies, has changed a lot through my 20s. I used to be the skinny girl but I'm not that shape anymore. I've been "blessed" with a large bust so, finding clothes to fit the top part of my body that aren't low cut is a challenge. I choose clothes more carefully and find clothes that fit me and reflect who I am, now. However, I did buy a gold sequinned mini skirt earlier this year. I plan to whip that one out at some point. I'm a sucker for full sequins. So shiny.

What is your personal uniform?
In winter, you'll find me in black boots, black jeans, white shirt and blue blazer.  Always. In summer, loose shirts, loose trousers and Birkenstocks or white sneakers.

Do you have a favourite JS piece? and why?
The culottes are just amazing. Not a lot of designers make them. They're so classy and sophisticated.

Is there a garment that has had a special place in your life or is linked to a treasured moment?
I have a pair of black leather lace-up boots that I bought from a thrift shop in New York in 2011. I remember thinking that they were a bit expensive for me especially since I had only just arrived in the States and they were also second hand. My friend said that if I didn't get them, she would and then I bought them immediately. I'm so glad I did because they are now my everyday boots in winter and people always ask me where I bought them. I was once trying on some other shoes in a shop and someone picked them up and asked how much they were. Ha!

 

 

NINA

Nina is the jewelry and porcelain connoisseur behind Nina Bosch Porcelain Jewelry. I have admired her work ever since I spotted her work some time ago so I was thrilled when she agreed to partner with us for this makers beside feature. 

Moments captured by Kim of Kim Tracey Photography

Nina wears the Wide Brim Boater, Beth Crop, Ali Top, Flow Culottes Pants, Nola Pants and the Modern Loafer (launching soon).



What is your design philosophy?
I grew up in a creative family of ceramic artists, where daily circumstances drove me to pursue where I am today. White River is my home, a small town in The Lowveld. Natural surroundings and loving parents, whom I work side by side, it's my constant inspiration.

I approach every element in my range as a hand-crafted statement piece. With a focus on detail, I try to find a unique middle ground between simplicity and aesthetic value, while honoring the inherent qualities of the materials I use. Bold shapes, organic elements, and eccentric finishes are the base of my design philosophy of creating atypical, one-of-a-kind, speciality porcelain jewellery and ceramics.

What does slow fashion mean to you and how do you engage in this movement?
I believe that fashion is an extension of a lifestyle choice. The design philosophy I've adopted speaks of timelessness and quality, rather than trendiness and quantity. Slow fashion, to me, means wearability over the course of one decade as opposed to one season. I handle each of my pieces with care and equally respect the environment in my working process. There is an understated elegance in simplicity, which I feel directly derives from the principles of slow fashion.

How would you describe your relationship with clothing/style
Clothes are more than just a cover-up - they allow me to express my attitude towards life. What I wear directly influences my mood. As long as I feel comfortable and confident in the clothes I wear, no task is too big or too small. Quite bluntly put, I wear what makes me feel good and I look for items that are timeless.

Has your attitude towards fashion changed over the years?
I think everyone's attitude towards fashion evolves in some way as the years progress. I've always experimented with different styles and now I've finally found my voice in fashion.

What is your personal uniform?
I work with clay every day, so I prefer wearing lighter clothes to avoid looking like I am in the construction business. I like soft, breezy items made from quality fabrics - linen, cotton, and leather are absolute must-haves. Chunky knits, oversized scarves and anything high waisted also form part of my staple fashion artillery. I've found that my mood mostly dominates what I choose to put on for the day.

Do you have a favourite JS piece? and why?
The flow culottes - its gentle fit and comfort allow my bum to feel like it's on holiday.