The BaH Collection launches for Winter 2019

“The dictates of work are as compelling for a woman as for a man”

(Barbara Hepworth)

Sculptor, Barbara Hepworth, has been an inspiration throughout my life. An all-time favourite of my mother, I was introduced to her work at a young age and grew up with it. Initially fascinated by her smooth tactile textures and by her abstract yet natural forms, I later discovered her remarkable strengths as a woman and artist.

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A trip to St Ives in 2019 to visit both Tate St Ives and The Hepworth’s Trewyn studio & garden was so captivating, it became the backbone of my Nadia Minkoff London ‘BaH Collection’.

“Ideas come with a rush in a place like that & I feel that forms will become concrete at great speed.”

(Barbara Hepworth, The Sculptor in the Studio/Sophie Bowness)

St Ives was battered by gale force winds on the day of my visit, so strong as to make it impossible to walk along the waterfront, it was eerily quiet and deserted bar the noise of the wind battering the rooftops and whistling down the narrow cobbled alleyways of St Ives.  I had the fortune of experiencing Trewyn studios and garden entirely on my own, apart from a large tabby cat, happily asleep next to the door.

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The BaH Collection is a deeply personal homage to Barabara Hepworth’s work, studio and her many attributes which I have found so inspiring:

Ambition, determination, clarity of shape and form, balance and the ability to translate female physical experiences into her art.

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“The BaH collections aesthetics and colours are drawn from this journey, minimal and clean I hope they encapsulate my interpretation of Barbara Hepworth whose enduring legacy continues to be as remarkable both as a female trailblazer and as an artist.”

 

The St Ives Tote bag exploring curved edges and smooth metallic leathers

The st Ives tote silver

The Full Circle belt bag, designed to be both feminine and functional

Full circle belt-shoulder bag silver black

The Barbara Half Moon bag, sculptural and stand-alone

The Barbara half moon bag , bronze

The ‘kelp green’ leather Rena bag, a nod to the garden and sea in an oily, textural leather

The Rena bag , Kelp

 

 

The Abstraction pouch, minimalist, clean and timeless

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Giving back….A bag for Rena

London, 2019

A bag for Rena

In March 2016 I lost my mother Rena to cancer. I should say ‘we lost’ as I am the youngest of 5 plus Rena had grandchildren, family and many friends. We all lost.

When diagnosed, Rena decided not to fight; she wanted no treatment, only to be allowed to go peacefully. Seems cancer had a very different agenda. It fought Rena till the very end, fiercely and systematically stripping her of anything she enjoyed and loved. A librarian and voracious reader, not being able to read was the last straw. She carefully placed a much-loved handbag next to her, in it her hairbrush, lipstick, wallet, the last letters and cards she’d received and the book she had begun and longed to finish reading.

Shortly after her passing I designed The Rena bag in her memory, based on her special handbag.

Although Nadia Minkoff London had been making regular donations to the Royal Trinity Hospice since 2002, I don’t think I fully grasped the extent of the incredibly difficult, yet absolutely vital service Hospices and Palliative carers provide until I experienced this first-hand.

It took me 3 years to bring myself to talk to the Royal Trinity Hospice about The Rena Bag; I guess sometimes we simply need to give ourselves time to recover. But on the day of the third anniversary of her passing, I contacted them to let them know how much I would like to support them by giving back profits from the sale of The Rena bag to help them.

For every Rena bag sold we can fund a clothing kit for a Trinity Community Nurse, or 5 days’ worth of equipment for the Art therapy workshops held by the Hospice, or nearly 2 days’ maintenance of its award- winning gardens that offer much needed tranquillity to patients and their loved ones.

So please join me on this journey.

Trinity Hospice may be London based but what it really comes down to is helping people, no matter where they are, throughout the hardest of times.

 

Nadia xx

 

 

Vive Paris

Location: Paris

Bag: The Richmond midi in Blue

Photography:Brian Minkoff photography

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What a difference a day makes….

When shooting our blog post in Paris a couple of weeks back, the fire at Notre Dame could not be imagined.  It would be impossible for us to post this blog without reflecting on this.

Notre Dame is said to be Paris’s most visited and beloved monument, surpassing both the Eifel Tower and the Louvre. Having weathered many a storm since construction on it started in 1163, no one would have thought that 850 years later Notre Dame’s main spire and roof would be ravaged by a massive fire.

The world now watches as France and Parisians start the difficult task of establishing the full extent of the damage and work towards rebuilding its finest monument.

We will take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and relaxed Easter- recharge, spend time with family and friends, eat chocolate 😊  We leave you with photos of an overcast but beautiful Paris.

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International Women’s Day Q&A with Nadia Minkoff / by Sawako Muraoka

On International Women’s Day at NMHQ, we thought who better to interview than NM herself! So here we have our very own Q and A with Nadia; business woman, designer and founder of Nadia Minkoff Ltd.

 

What woman inspires you and why? Has this changed over the years?

The first who comes to mind is my mother Rena and this has never changed. In fact, it has become more and more obvious over the years. Fiercely independent, a feminist, she championed women’s rights and despite working full time and raising 5 children she found the time to volunteer at a local women’s shelter, attend pressure groups for women’s rights and ensured that my sisters and I never even thought of our gender as a barrier.

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How do you feel about how women are represented in the media and pop culture today?

I’m not sure, I like it that they are represented and we see more of them but still feel there is enormous pressure on women to look a certain way and not show their age.

 

What challenges do you think women tend to face day to day?

I still feel that in most cases women are still scrutinised in the work place and have to prove themselves. Those wanting to start a family risk losing their career and for those who have a young family, work/life balance is incredibly difficult.

 

What do you believe will be the biggest challenge facing the current generation of women who are just entering the working world now?

Well, I guess this really depends what field we’re looking at. I know in academia there are still areas that are predominantly male oriented, so progressing here as a female requires complete dedication and determination and can feel very solitary.

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What is the most positive change you’ve seen for women who work, compared to when you first started your business over 20 years ago?

When I started over 20 years ago my Bank Manager didn’t take me or my business seriously at all … and I am being polite here. I would like to think that these days, even though I feel women still have to prove themselves at least they don’t have to endure unabashed sexist behaviour.

 

Which men do you think are doing their part for women’s equality?

I think I’m going to go with Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation I genuinely feel they do even more then they say, starting at the very core which is family planning – something many of us women in the Western world take for granted.

 

Why do you think it is important to celebrate Intl Women’s Day?

I’m all for celebrations, it’s a focus and it’s happy.  But seriously, when you think that it was only as recently as the early 1900’s that Women’s Day was even thought about; Celebrating equality, raising awareness, fighting sexism, championing pioneering women has to be celebrated because such big strides have been made but there is still so much to do and learn.

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The Undergrowth Collection/Spring Summer 2019

undergrowth

noun

BRITISH

  1. a dense growth of shrubs and other plants, especially under trees in woodland.

“they cleared a path through the undergrowth”

Eliot Hodgkin, Undergrowth 1941 and Two plants by Lucien Freud 1977 (Tate collection) are the inspiration behind the new Nadia Minkoff London summer 2019 collection.

“I was immediately drawn to both these painting because of their meticulous detail and soft, subtle, earthy colour pallet. Having researched them the story of how and why they came to be, really resonated with me”

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Eliot Hodgkin painted ‘Undergrowth’ in London during his days off while serving as an air-raid warden

‘What I want to paint are the things that have been seen so often that people no longer notice them.’

‘Two Plants’ by Lucien Freud took 3 years to complete. He describes it as ‘lots of little portraits of leaves’, adding ‘I wanted it to have a really biological feeling of things growing and fading and leaves coming up and others dying’.

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Blush,Beige, Yellow, Green and Tan are the key colours for the Undergrowth collection with pops of blue and orange.

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There is movement in the soft fringing of The Angel bags

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Architectural structure in the form of the Borough bags

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And layers to explore in the Richmond midi horizon.

The Nadia Minkoff flower logo has been reinterpreted as a 3D Origami flower adding softness and optimism   “my interpretation of things growing  and fading”

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“what I would describe as ‘undergrowth’ is definitely shaping the world we live in, for better or for worse both politically and culturally. Fashion as we know always draws from art and is often a political statement. For all the unrest and uncertainty, I was determined to make My Nadia Minkoff London summer 2019 collection a positive one, all about the beauty in noticing things that we no longer notice”

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Artisan made from the finest leathers, in small batches and with Zero waste, much time and thought is invested into each and every bag  “at Nadia Minkoff London we think about the things you see and the things you don’t, anything to make sure that your journey with our bag is a better one”

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Photography: Oliver Papp

Model: Eloise Hymas

Styling and Make-up: Jonas Oliver

In your stride or how to get your bag to multi task for you

Come February and we all want a wardrobe update, could be a clothing update,  a shoe update or a bag update, even if we don’t really really need it… we kind of do.

Interestingly at Nadia Minkoff London we think there is a methodology of getting your bag to multi task for you, seriously we do!

So just the one bag update to see you through transitional (i.e. in between winter and summer) as in right now, followed by a great summer innings and back again for Fall transition (i.e from the end of the summer hols till before the festive season).

The key is actually in the contrast colours you wear your bag with.  For demonstration purposes we’ve chosen two key colours:

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Black , in the form of our Islington fringe Bucket bag

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and Orange, in the form or our Angel bag

Our thinking behind this is that black is black , always safe, always smart and just well…..always.

Orange is often referred to these day as ‘The new Black’ , a few years back it used to be anything but safe but these days it is a wardrobe staple and a safe investment.

So this is how to get your black or orange bag to multi task for you

For Winter to summer transition: wear your Black bag with orange or your Orange bag with Black

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 For Summer– wear your orange bag or your black bag with white, keep it very pure and very clean

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For Fall transition– wear your orange bag or your black bag with beige and frame with a little more black- black shoes or boots, black scarf or black coat.

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The-Islington-fringe,-black with beige

Colour blocking is always fresh, so take each season in your stride, it’s that simple!

Make it a London Christmas / Part 2

I have found concluding 2018 difficult, it’s been a tough year in general ,most certainly for the High Street and for anyone who works in fashion. I wish I could say I am ending it on a high and feeling optimistic for 2019, hard as I try I am not. But I most certainly don’t want to end it on a low and I am certainly hopeful that 2019 will surprise me for the better.

I will let London, my source of inspiration,do the talking for me. Captured by photographer Dennis Madden over the festive period and right up to date 31/12/18, New Years Eve.

From Trafalgar square, to China Town

Trafalgar square

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The all new Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross, and the iconic Royal Albert Hall

Coal drops yard

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From towering Christmas trees in Euston, to ho ho ho in Soho, and some much needed Angels in Regent Street

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Spectacular skies over Waterlow Park in Highgate

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And last, but most certainly not least, my very own Waterloo sunset

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Wishing you all health, happiness and good fortune in 2019

x Nadia