Clariscia was delighted to accept the post of head judge at the annual FDC Young Designer Awards and fashion collections showcase held at the Pullman London Hotel in St Pancras. The judges, took up the mantle to sift through the … Continue reading
The Kente Cloth is an ever popular pattern that has been admired by many people across the globe. When looking at Clariscia Gill’s modern adaptation of the cloth, it inspired me to research into it’s history.
It was first conceived in a village called Bonwire by the Ashanti people of Ghana, and has become a huge part of their history.
It is said that two farmers, who were brothers, from the village, came across a spider spinning a web and were completely fascinated by the beauty of the pattern. They then decided they would try to recreate what they had seen using black and white Raffia fibres (from a Raffia Tree).
Although they created the first Kente Cloth using this material, after they presented what they had made to their King (Nana Osei TuTu), the cloth started to be made using the costly fabric of imported silk, therefore becoming associated with Ashanti royalty. The cloth was then used in global trade for many things such as ivory, gold and even slaves.
It is also said that men became the sole manufacturers of the cloth as women’s menstrual cycles were thought to interfere with the production of the Kente Cloth …
As time went on, the materials of the cloth evolved and cotton and rayon became the more popular choice, making it more affordable for a wider range of people. To this day, the patterned cloth is just as popular as it was, if not more! Being styled by celebrities such as Solange Knowles, hip hop group Salt N’ Pepa and designer Clariscia Gill! Check out her online store where Kente Cloth Belts and other items using this fabric are available for purchase.
BY Kessie White
Men have finally caught up with women and realised that we have been right all along! Carrying your belongings in a bag is a lot easier then stuffing your pockets full, especially in this day and age. With our ever-growing reliance on technology, men now have a lot more things to haul around. iPhones, iPads, iPods and laptops have become a necessity in day to day life, which is probably the main reason why men have adopted our habits in carrying bags; for all of that ‘i-stuff’.
According to the market intelligence firm Euromonitor, bags intended for men make up nearly a fifth of the luxury handbag market, and are continuing to climb.
Of course style is an important factor when choosing your ‘man bag’, but let’s face it, not all men are brave enough to rock a leopard print Burberry Tote bag.
When talking to a client, Ken Musprat, who commissioned a bag from Clariscia Gill’s Couture Accessories service, we asked Ken what it was he was looking for alongside practicality and functionality. Here is what he told us:
1.What were your needs for the bag?
To keep all my i-stuff together as I constantly misplaced them.
2. Had you tried to find a bag to suit your needs?
Looked online and also on high streets to no availability.
3. Has the bag met the needs?
The bag is great, now I know where everything is and with their relevant cables and plugs.
4. Please add any other comments you may have
So much easier to work with you direct to explain how I wanted everything Laid out for ease of access.
BY Kessie White
A busy week in the Atelier was nicely interrupted with the delivery to CGHQ of this beautiful glass award. Clariscia was surprised and honoured to hear of her nomination but sadly, due to prior client commitments, she was unable to receive it in person at the Star Award ceremony held back in May.
”To be nominated and to receive an award for doing something I enjoy so much, sharing my experience with those coming into the trade behind me, makes it extra special. I am most grateful and send my thanks to those who kindly nominated me with a very special thank you to Medina Williamson.”…. says Clariscia.
We send a big warm thank you to Sandra Nelson, the founder of this inspirational Awards ceremony. You can read a full review of the ceremony on the below link.
The Lift Effects forthcoming event themed, ‘Youths have dreams’ takes place on 22nd of August. More details are available in the above flyer with a link for booking below.
The sun shone gloriously for us on this day; 27th May 2015. An afternoon and evening dedicated to guiding brides through the process of the many assorted preparations they will need for their big day.
On hand were a specialist group of professionals to answer queries and give displays of their respective skills. it was such a wonderful event with spa treatments on hand from the Caudalie professionals.
Clariscia Gill Bridal would like to thank;
Caudalie Spa UK, Katherine Elizabeth Hats, Allan Henry, Mike Bryant, Rudy Atwell, Gracia-Denise Coleman and Nataila Redeka for their participation and professionalism.
We look forward to repeating it soon. Watch this space!
Clariscia met these gorgeous looking ladies on her journey into work this morning. Mary-Lisa and friends brought a colourful touch of summer splendour to Brixton with their lovely attire and hats on their way to the Royal Ascot Horse Race.
We are loving their sensible footwear plan with co-ordinating flip flops with a change of shoes neatly nearby. We all at CGHQ wish them a lucky successful wager.
On Sunday 25th October, the Mahogany Bridal Show took place. Mahogany Brides is the largest African Caribbean bridal show, and this is their 18th year of running. The bridal show explored many different wedding cultures and featured their performances. One … Continue reading
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