Being stuck working in a bank allows me limited access to searching the internet all day looking for new emerging designers, the quick glimpses I get are usually through blogs and other various websites and even then its just a quick read through as opposed to leisurely reading and taking it all in. As I probably always mention when I am writing about new designers I have discovered, is first off they most definitely would not be in the stages of truly about to make it as I would not of heard of them as it doesn't reach me till I find it in the most obvious of places, and secondly I always love the stories of how it begun literally from the very beginning to them now sitting smugly watching it grow.
Another easy access source i have of information is my friend Sarah who works at Liberty in London, where an email will occasionally pop up in my inbox with the subject: Think you might like this? The latest link contained in one of these exciting emails was Drawn In Light.
I love Liberty's approach to new designers, it seems almost reachable fro any talented designer to be stocked in one of London's most famous stores simply due to them actually encouraging young designers to come forward and share their designs, one of these programmes annouced by Liberty is an open call of the 'Best Of British' designers. The London based design emporium that first opened its doors in 1875 has continously sought out and supported British designers. Liberty claims that the competition will provide designers with the chance to get 'sympathetic and helpful advice from experts on how to nurture and develop their ideas.'
The winning designs are chosen by a team of experts, led my Managing Director, Ed Burstell, the panel also consists of members of the Liberty buying team and various other industry experts. Their favourite designs will then be sold in Liberty's world renowned London Store.
(AW 11)True North
One of the best things about this is keeping with Liberty's desire to nurture the best of British talent, the competition is open to anyone with a creative passion; from fashion to funiture, hats to handbags and ceramics to silverware.
Last year Drawn In Light were the winners of this compettion, and rumour has it they just about had enough money to get to the competition and pay for their train home and stayed up the whole night before to complete their collection.....and then they won! The designers behind this are Harry and Polly, Harry met Polly in a West London hospital, 20th April 1985, this coincidentlly was the first day of their 25 year friendship. Learning to walk, talk, draw and dress up together, the two have had a unique creative bond since that day.
The pair studied textiles for fashion with business at the Univeristy of Brighton, graduating in the summer of 2008. Drawn In Light was formed in December 2009, Harry and Polly now work in their studio in East London.
(Pre SS 12)Bring Out Colour.
'Everything Is Unique.....Drawn In Light print with free-hand silk screen techniques. Specialising in elegant, minimal, raw, smart yet undertstated shapes for women. Due to our processes each garment is an individual. this is the substance to our style, the essence and intergrity that is DRAWN IN LIGHT.