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Introducing ‘Michael Roberts Collection – Limited Editions’ Hairwear

  The vision was created from my experiences and technical knowledge in this industry over the years – combined with a passion to produce the best. Witnessing the products advancement’s from the top companies, I felt they weren’t fast enough for me and my clients. I knew more could be being done. That’s when I wanted a deeper involvement in the direction of the industry and the products available. Inspired by the positive changes in people – that I have personally been a part of – and teaming up with the leading manufacturer’s in the industry – I am excited to announce ‘Michael Roberts Collection – Limited Editions’ The very first in designer hairwear. The influences for this upcoming collection are the Silvers/Grey’s/Whites inspired by the latest collections of my favourite designers. I have created 5 designer styles in Limited Edition colours. Products/Aftercare The washing and conditioning of a hair system can be a daunting and lengthy process. Having used many products specific to this task, they were all too heavy and thick – meaning they were hard to disperse in water. We needed an effective lightweight solution that didn’t take a long time to rinse out. After researching the best methods for a lightweight mixture which offered a deep clean, we concluded that a more liquid based, foaming shampoo and conditioner would achieve much better results and minimal cleansing time. Our products have been developed to ensure less residue build up on the knots which can affect the natural shape of the hair systems/extensions. We have also created a nourishing daily fragrance spray, the first of its kind. We are extremely proud to have designed and...

The power of Visuals in the B2B fashion world made possible by Lys.Fashion!

Today, B2B sales represent, if not absolutely, a big percentage of the total revenue for most Premium & Niche Fashion Brands, making it necessary to have a strong B2B marketing strategy towards their retailers, distributors, and boutiques. Of course, there are traditional B2B marketing tools like fairs, which have been providing since years a space to showcase brand’s new collections to current and potential clients. But what happens out of the “fairs periods”? How do fashion brands connect and stay in touch with their retailers and newly acquired ones? The today premium brands and even their sales partners have realized that in the B2B segment “speed or rather the lack of speed” has become a major issue. In such a fast-changing industry, speed and adaptation have become unavoidable whilst today’s communication tools have become more time-consuming and are rather non-productive. We firmly believe that Lys.Fashion is the answer to the above-mentioned challenges for premium fashion brands and retailers. During the development of the Lys.Fashion Web App and its features, we’ve taken into account both, brands’ and retailers’ current pain points in combination with the best-case practices of today’s most successful visual solutions. As a result, we created a Visual B2B Channel where fashion retailers can stay up-to-date and interact (like, bookmark and swipe images) with their favourite brands’ products in a visual and fun way; and for brands to obtain insights regarding their products performance, manage private collections, position their brand visually among other selected brands, get feedback on prototypes, among many other things. In simple words, the perfect way to get the most out of the power of...

IS DOING YOUR OWN RECRUITMENT REALLY WORTH IT?

  Business is getting ever more competitive and the fashion business is no different. In fact, it’s one of the most competitive industries in the UK which means securing the right talent is crucial to any business that wants to grow and continually be successful. Whilst fashion remains one of the most popular industries to work in, with thousands of people trying to get into the industry every year, that doesn’t mean that quality candidates are easy to come by. In fact, many businesses are finding it harder and harder every year to secure the right staff with the key skills, qualifications and experience to drive their business forward. As well as a shortage of the very best talent, one of the key problems is that many businesses in the fashion industry are still doing recruitment in-house. Now of course, as recruiters, we’re going to think that using a specialist fashion recruitment agency is the best course of action. But the fact is, for most businesses, it simply doesn’t make sense to do their own recruitment. Imagine the time you’re wasting Have you ever actually calculated the amount of time that it takes for you to do your own recruitment? Here’s a typical example: Firstly, you have to write a job description. You might already have one, but is it fit for purpose? If not, you’ll have to update the one that you have. Next you need to write your recruitment advert. Your job really needs to stand out, so you need something that engages your target candidates. Simply using a job description as your advert isn’t going to...

GIVE AND MAKEUP

We’ve all splurged on a lipstick, perfume or shower gel only to find charity shops won’t accept opened products, but you can send hardly-used toiletries and cosmetics (apart from ‘wand’ products like mascara and lip gloss) to Give and Makeup (carolinehirons.com/page-give-and-makeup), a non-profit initiative to provide essentials for women and children in refuges. Give and Makeup is a non-profit initiative whose sole purpose is to get everyday essentials into the hands of women and children who need them the most. The standard rule is, ‘if you’d happily give it to a friend, we’ll take it’.  Send items in shoe boxes (you’ll need to pay for postage) to Give and Makeup, PO Box 855, London W4...

Amanda Alker-Newman at stART Designs

  As the granddaughter of a seamstress for Burtons and the daughter of an artistic mother, I guess you could say flare and creativity runs in the family. The birth of my daughter Elizabeth was when my inner me began to slowly take a hold.  Designing, creating and making my daughter’s clothing and adding sparkly glitter, sequins, ribbons and diamontes to her socks/skirts/tops/jeans/shorts/footwear and hair accessories. Years later I had to balance having a second child which put my own needs on the backburner as my son, whom we adopted, had many known and unknown needs at the time. Slowly, as my children grew, they always wanted their face painted.  This restarted my creative flair leading me to complete a face painting course. As my daughter got a little older, I began to look into adult cosmetics and started my own work on my nails.  I took a college course in Gel and Acrylic Nails. I then went back to college to train in Hair and Media Make-Up.  As well as qualifying on the course, I was awarded first prize in a National Competition for make-up and headdress design.  This course is what finally fulfilled my learning desire to design, create and make head wear pieces.  I love to create and design avant-garde for catwalk shows, to delicate wedding style head wear designs. I start by drawing my designs; this process is how I also currently work with customers.  Creating a finished piece for a customer, and seeing their reaction, makes all the time and process into making the piece worthwhile. My website is currently being designed.  I am...