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“Blink” New Designers: Humphries & Begg & Laurence & Wilderness

Here is a short story of fashion serendipity for you…

Humphries and Begg, Wilderness festival 2014

Humphries and Begg, Wilderness festival 2014

Picture your self in festival field surrounded by the joys of Wilderness. A smily faced, dapper young man wanders past. He looks just the type we like to feature in our streetstyle shots so we stopped him and asked for a photo. “Hello” he said “My name’s Laurence. Shall I make some shapes for you?” And so Laurence made some shapes and we fell in love with his crazy grin and his boundless energy. His final shape was a pointing one “Come with me and meet a wonderfully creative lady. She made my outfit.” How could we refuse?

Humphries and Begg, Wilderness festival 2014

Laurence of and in Humphries and Begg, Wilderness festival 2014

Humphries and Begg, Wilderness festival 2014

Laurence of and in Humphries and Begg, Wilderness festival 2014

Laurence took us to meet Alice, one half of Humphries & Begg, although there is no longer a Begg as she just married Humphries. Alice designs all of the print and pattern that is applied to the collection of jumpsuits, bodysuits, playsuits, shirts and ties. These patterns are block or screen printed on to their products using some traditional techniques along with modern ingenuity and everything is made in Jaipur, India by a small family run business. I fell for one of the graphic monochrome playsuits created in collaboration with a performance troupe called Artful Badger. I can’t wait to have a moment to look on the Humphries and Begg online shop and place my order.

Humphries and Begg, Wilderness festival 2014

Alice wearing the Artful Badger playsuit. Humphries and Begg, Wilderness festival 2014

Now that Wilderness is over for another year, Alice and the team have returned to Hackney Downs where there studio is based, to work on new printed silk shirts to add to their collection. We’re not sure where Laurence is. The last we heard he’s married two police women in the Wilderness festival Village Hall…

For more New Designers, just have a look here. For more from Wilderness, check out our events section here.

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