Monday, 31 October 2011

Le Comptoir General, Paris, Part 2

This is an illustration I did of my new Parisian friends, Thomas and Sheryne in Le Comptoir General! It earned me a glass of wine. Because of my extremely low repertoire in foreign language, I've always found drawing a great way to meet people when I've traveled, this is an example of one of those occasions.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Anne Valérie Hash x Vic Riches Design Project

I'm writing this 45 minutes before my deadline for this project... I haven't been to sleep yet (it's 08:46am) but I've drunk so many forms of caffeine I don't think it's going to happen any time soon!

This is the end result of my Self-Initiated at Kingston University. As I mentioned, I got in touch with Théodora Blumkine, a designer at Anne Valérie Hash and went to visit the Fashion House in Paris last weekend! It was so inspiring, and really helped get my designs together.

As well as these boards, I also did fabric samples exploring different textures  and the idea of a Trompe L'oeil 'wet look'.

I'll add more to this later, but I'm too wired/delirious to concentrate. Adobe Illustrator is the best way to fry your brain over night.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Le Comptoir General, Paris, Part 1

In the short time I was in Paris, I tried to squeeze in as many things as possible; mostly thanks to my host Emile Roux! (pictured, left) on Saturday we spent most of the day in this place to dine/drink/generally hang out called Le Comptoir General, hidden off a main street but absolutely worth finding. (I did actually get lost on the way, but thankfully got rescued by Benoît on a motorbike)

After finally arriving, I was like a kid in a theme park! Between taking copious amounts photos and drawing my surroundings, I also made friends with a few my subjects, Thomas Dromer (Middle, with a shock of red hair) and Tom Miranda and his girlfriend, Sheryne (Tom, pictured far right, Sheryne in an illustration to come) now I have plenty of people to visit next time I'm in the city! This series of illustrations are tribute to all those who made my stay so enjoyable. Thank-You!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Anne Valérie Hash in Paris

As part of my Self-Initiated work at Kingston University, we are required to design a collection for a Fashion Designer we are strongly influenced by in our own work!

I got in touch with Théodora, a designer from Anne Valérie Hash who agreed for me to continue with the project, and as a thank-you for her participation I did a series of illustrations inspired by the label, which are now sitting on Anne Valérie Hash's desk!

I have just come back from Paris this weekend, and had an amazing time visiting the Fashion House and meeting the design team at A-V-H. It was great to have them review my sketches and to be shown the extensive and beautiful archive of the house's collections!

To see how a Parisian Fashion House operates was an invaluable experience, and I'm so grateful to the people who made my trip possible.

As well as the rest of the A-V-H illustrations, look out for more Paris sketches and the collection I'm working on for the label... posted up soon!

Thursday, 6 October 2011


I didn't know Steve Jobs personally, but I'm pretty tight with my computer!

Thanks for making so many things possible, life quite simply wouldn't have been the same without you.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Ally Capellino Bag Competition

I'm so excited to announce that I was one of three winners of the Ally Capellino Bag Design Competition! Look out for my design on her shop bags next year (pictured above) and my brand new Ally Capellino bag I'm gonna nab with the help of the £200 voucher prize! To view the other winners, check out C.J Belson and Chantal Mayhew's websites!

Monday, 3 October 2011

GustavoLins Education Video

This is the third and final video I made this week about my three favourite designers. GustavoLins has been a pleasure to discover more about, and I'm looking forward to finding even more inspiration in his work! A special thanks to Giovanni Bolandrini of Vertice, London Men's Luxury Clothing Boutique in who agreed to be interviewed for the making of this video!
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