Goodbye 2016, You've Been A Bitch





Well this is my final post of 2016. The Kingdom is taking a well earned break until the new year.

I shall be glad to see the back of 2016 as personally it's been a truly horrible year. Don't let door hit you on the ass on the way out, 2016! I don't know if the Universe has a reset button that's tripped at the beginning of each new year, but I sure hope it does. 

I don't know what 2017 will bring for us here in the Kingdom but I'd like to take the opportunity to thank all of you from bottom of our hearts for reading our blog. I'd like to extend an extra special thanks to those who show their support by commenting and engaging with us. Truly, it's those comments that make all of this worthwhile and fun for us too so thank you, we heart you guys hard.

So I wanted to leave you with a look at London based designer Claire Barrow, who has become well known for her hand-painted leather and illustrations, many of which are screen printed by hand onto fabrics such as silk and Irish linen.









Barrow's brand launched in 2013, making her debut with Fashion East during London Fashion Week. She went on to exhibit with NEWGEN, the support scheme set up by Topshop and the British Fashion Council, but has since decided to remove herself from the fashion week schedule. With this withdrawal from fashion week, I wonder if she will eventually move away from the traditional seasonal collections and instead present collections when it feels right for her? 

She describes her aesthetic as 'do-it-yourself', harking back to the days of punk. There is certainly a rawness to her pieces, they look as though they have been deliberately left unpolished. I can't imagine the work that's gone into creating these vast screen prints and whilst one of her dresses will cost you around £800, it actually feels like you're buying a piece of art. Wear it or frame it, it's up to you.

You can also buy some of her artwork in her shop as well more affordable pieces such as tote bags and phone cases, all featuring her illustrative work.