“So Daisy Knights made the leap from classroom at St Martins to the pages of Vogue within a year…”

“WOW. It’s taken us longer than that to finish a novel.”

“Yep she’s pretty damn hot news and all of Daisy’s pieces, down to the pouches, are made in the UK. Want to sit down with her to find out a bit more about how British design has shaped the Daisy Knights brand, now that wearing Daisy’s pieces is giving Alexa Chung and Daisy Lowe a chance to fly the flag for British luxury fashion?”

“Yes please. Coincidentally we also have girl crushes on both Alexa and Daisy.”

“Which Daisy?”

“That would be telling.”

Q. Let’s start at the beginning! When you were training at Central Saint Martins who were the alumni you most looked up to? 

A. Matthew Williamson has always been my favourite designer and fellow Saint Martins graduate.

Q. Kazakhstan is hosting its first ever fashion exhibition – looking to explore the traditions and cultures which inspire the UK’s top design names, from Peter Jensen to Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith. If you were curating an exhibition to show off the best of British fashion who would you include?

A. I would definitely include Paul Smith, he is awesome and has so many lines within his brand. I also think that Alice Temperley has created a really interesting fashion brand with some beautiful dresses. Julian Macdonald and of course McQueen!

Q. You live in the gorgeous Cotswolds countryside – how do you find the design process is helped by your surroundings?

A. I love being able to work late into the night hammering metal and things and not have to worry about my neighbours hearing! Going for a walk with my dog Ace whilst sketching and collecting feathers and leaves in the fields around my house is one of my favourite things to do.

Daisy with Ace in her Cotswolds Studio

Q. We love the fact all of your designs are made in the UK – is that something that has always been the case?

A. Yes, I want to help our economy and also make sure my product is of the highest standard so all the people in my workshop are very talented craftsmen and women. Even my pouches are made in the UK.

Q. Which British star would you most like to see wearing Daisy Knights?

A. I’m very lucky to have some very stylish people wearing my jewellery – Daisy Lowe, Alexa Chung, Kate Moss and Fearne Cotton.

   

In Daisy Knights, Christian Dior and Versace

Q. You name your collections after your friends and family and they are obviously a huge influence – who is the latest person to inspire one of your pieces?

A. My father, he has recently retired and tinkers on his boat all day. The new collection is anchors and the collection includes some big statement necklaces and lots of colour!

Q. Finally we are very excited about your latest collection, Tallulah; can you give us an idea of what to expect?

A. The Tallulah collection is inspired by my friend Tallulah Harlech and features rubies and olive green gems. The motif is kind of the shape of a moon…

 

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Article 22 founder Elizabeth Suda talks to LUX FIX about Project peaceBOMB, a jewellery collection upcycled from Vietnam War-era bombs that supports economic development and clearance of unexploded ordnance.

peaceBOMB.

Buy Back the Bombs on LUX FIX, exclusively available in the UK to LUX FIX members.

  

    1969, John & Yoko’s 10-city War is Over Billboard Campaign

In the world’s version of history, the Vietnam War ended in 1975.  In the Laotian version, it continues, but even more hidden than before, as farmers farm and kids play on contaminated ground.

This is a story about the US’s Secret War against the rise of communism in Laos, which left it the most heavily bombed country per capita in history.

Thirty percent of the 260 million sub-munitions dropped from cluster bombs did not explode.  At the current rate of removal, it would take 800 years to clear Laos of its unexploded bombs.

Laos, 2010

This is a story about resourceful and enterprising Laotian farmer-artisans who, since the 1970s, have sought to rebuild using the remnants of war, transforming bombs to spoons.

Laos, 2010

This is a story about collaboration.

Today, ARTICLE 22 works with villagers, through the Swiss NGO Helvetas, to make bracelets that carry the legacy of our shared past and potential of our shared future.

                                        

                                                    Son of first spoon maker.  Laos, 2010

This is a story about us. And… if we want it… what we can do:

Buy back the bombs.

           Support artisans.

                 Raise awareness.

                        Share the story.

John & Yoko.

A little bit about us you wonder?

We grew up listening to the Beatles’ Revolution and Dad’s drinking anthem Give Peace a Chance.

This is my version of air guitar….

And this…this is just…my sister Wallis…

Love,

Liz x

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In anticipation of this week’s Flash Event on LUX FIX – Twenty8Twelve’s heavenly silk scarf welcoming A/W 2011 into our lives and wardrobes – Savannah and Sienna Miller’s team gave us their mood boards for Autumn/Winter.

Blackwell Scarf Flash Event on LUX FIX.com at 12pm (London) on Thursday.

You can see the monochromatic and graphic references to the cinematography of the period reflected in Josh Blackwell’s amazing piece of wearable art…



 

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“Summer loving… happened so fast.”

“Did it?! When? I want some.”

“Well I can’t vouch for you wearing that, but what about a postcard from Bali from sibling jewellery team Zoe & Morgan (featuring on LUX FIX this week).” 

“Zoe & Morgan? I fell in love with Christina Hendricks in their amazing Cube bracelet just recently. I’d really love to take her to Bali.”

“I bet you would. Though I worry you might just steal the bracelet.”

Zoe & Morgan family snap – with sister Ruth, who manages the business

Q. What’s your earliest Bali memory?

A. We have travelled through Bali throughout our lives, as we grew up between the English countryside and the seashores of New Zealand, Bali has always been a perfect place to visit & relax en-route. We have seen drastic changes in Bali over the years as whole villages have now become one long shopping strip and massive luxury hotels have appeared on coast lines, however the traditions and rich culture have maintained their dignity.

My earliest memories of Bali are a combination of fascination & fear for a magic in the everyday lives of the Balinese. I have loads of memories attached to Bali as I have been there twice a year since the business started 5 years ago, and my first son Ace was born there in 2008.

Zoe and Morgan’s father was a jewellery designer too – known as The Silver Fox – is this the next generation?!

Q. Where did you stay the last time you were in Bali?

A. In Morgan’s house! I call it my house and my room! But it’s actually Morgan’s house and his spare bedroom is rather busy with visiting friends and family! Morgan lives just outside of Seminyak – on a lovely street alive at night with the sing-song of frogs from the surrounding rice paddies! 

Q. Where’s the first place you go on arriving back in Bali?

A. For a swim at Sentosa, followed by a massage at Jari Menari.

Q. Which Zoe & Morgan pieces do you rely on to take you through the night?

A. My double stacker of the poison ring and antique star ring made from 18-carat yellow gold and white sapphires.

I have an untraditional approach to jewellery and like to wear my favourite pieces ALL the time – they don’t just get pulled out of the jewellery box for special occasions.

Q. You’re at a beach club the next day. What are you wearing?

A. My cocktail rings, my cat flats and my silk jumpsuit.

Q. Finally, what advice do you have for Bali first timers?

A. Go to a Balinese temple, check out some of the traditional foods like ikan lilit – and try to mix up your visit with quiet beach time, and exploration of the restaurants and shopping. I don’t rate the nightlife in Bali, dinner parties and group breakfasts are a better way to socialize. 

Bali Sunset from Zoe’s Camera!

Lots of love,
Zoe.

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