The Basics Store

18.06.2015 | Fashion | BY:

Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street is known for it’s creative spirit and undeniable sense of style. The latest addition to the now infamous strip of road is The Basics Store, a concept curated by London based designer Marina Guergova.

Set out to provide life’s everyday essentials, the month long pop-up houses Guergova’s own silkwear brand, Marina London, along with independent labels. Expect luxe knitwear from Blake LDN, contemporary footwear from Dear Frances, leather bags and accessories from Danielle Foster, jewellery from Clarice Price Thomas and Jessie Harris, as well as a selection of unique fragrances from the Intertrade Group.

As well as this, the store will also play host to a series of summer events and talks from the likes of The Pressery and Qnola, and you’ll also find music during their Acoustic Bench Sessions, when musicians will busk on the beach out front.

The current timetable looks as follows…

Saturday, 20th June – Qnola (healthy popped quinoa granola) talk & event – 10.45am
Thursday, 2nd July – Poke (Hawaiian raw health bowls) evening food event – 5pm-8.30pm
Saturday, 4th July – The Pressery (almond milks) talk & event – 10.30am
Friday, 10th July – SPOON (natural granola) talk & event – 10.30am
Saturday, 11th July – The Hardihood (raw, superfood confectionery) talk & event – 10.45am

The Basic Store is open daily until July 13th at 30a Redchurch Street, London, E1 6JL.

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Twin Picks: Bag Designers

09.10.2014 | Fashion | BY:

One of the easiest ways to revamp your look for autumn/winter is to start with your accessories. We’ve previously paid attention to the hat of the season and celebrated the ankle boot, so we thought it’s time we looked to those leather goods we call bags. You can never go wrong when it comes to a black bag, so here we’ve rounded up four styles from four emerging bag designers we love.

Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag, £395, & Danielle Foster Kelly Tote, £390,

Reece Hudson Bowery Oversized Clutch, £520, & Alfie Douglas Alfie Two Backpack, £260,

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Jessie Harris For Danielle Foster

02.07.2014 | Blog | BY:

When Twin visited Fashion Sunday at Oval Space recently, we fell for Jessie Harris’s jewellery designs. Even more so when she shed light on her most recent collaboration with another Twin favourite, Danielle Foster. Having met last summer, the two designers recognised similarities in each others design ethos, both favouring strong, clean shapes and a minimal, modern aesthetic. “Danielle was really interested in working on some custom bag hardware, which was the starting point and a perfect bridge between our different areas of design,” stated Jessie. “From there we discussed creating a small jewellery collection that followed on from and reflected the shapes of the hardware.”

With a focus on clutch bags with solid brass clasps, in either matte black, mock crock or an inky blue and black leather, the D – ring shape was then echoed on to earring and rings: “We wanted to keep the jewellery element of the collaboration really cohesive and concise which was a really interesting challenge as I’ve never worked on a jewellery collection of only 4 key styles before.” Each piece is available in either yellow gold or silver, adding some diversity and allowing the designs to be worn as single, statement pieces or even stacked and combined for a different look.

Released in Autumn, we predict this collaboration will be a big hit.


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Danielle Foster SS14

14.05.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Danielle Foster, the London-based accessory designer, focuses on texture for SS14. Embossed croc detailing features heavily in this season’s collection, decorating totes, clutches and satchels, all in the signature shapes we’ve come to love from the brand. Backpacks are a new addition to her line for SS14, found in black and white luxury leathers, while other styles are highlighted with colour blocking of cool metallic, crisp white, black and burnt orange.

Images from Danielle Foster SS14

Photographer: Agnes Lloyd-Platt
Hair & Makeup: Kim Plotel
Model: Ella @ Elite
Clothes: Charlie May

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Charlie May x Danielle Foster

23.04.2013 | Blog , Fashion | BY:

When Charlie May sent her AW13 collection down the catwalk this year, each look had its own piece from her recent collaboration with accessories designer Danielle Foster. Their capsule collection heavily features vinyl plastic on leather bags and jewellery, keeping in line with both Charlie May’s minimalist and Danielle Foster’s timeless aesthetic.

Twin spoke to May about the joint design venture…


When did you discover Danielle Foster’s accessories?

I discovered Danielle through Bengt, who was my first stockist and started seeing her bags popping up everywhere. I loved the classic design and heavy focus on hardware on leather.

What is it about Danielle’s designs that captured your attention and made you realise that your collections could compliment each other?

I love that Danielle’s bags are so raw. They’re finished in a classic and traditional way, but add in chunky gold hardware and even some human hair so you’re on your way to something unique and unusual, which I relate to a lot with my work. Classic tailoring in unexpected fabrications and cuts is something I love to do.

What was the collaboration process like? How did it differ from your usual creative process?

I loved working together, it was very easy and we both knew to keep it simple. Danielle had already been thinking up shapes when I brought in the leathers and designs for my AW13 collection. I’ve always wanted to work with clear plastic too, which matched perfectly to my icy inspiration.

What materials did you utilise in the collaboration?

The bags are mostly made from traditional thick saddle leather. The only unusual material was the clear vinyl plastic, which I absolutely love in the satchel. I feel there are lots of clear bags around at the moment but none as cool as our satchel! I think the clear against the heavy black is really strong. I really liked Danielle’s braided handles on the tote bags, to give a cool little detail on a classic.

How do the accessories accentuate your collection?

I always think bags finish off a collection perfectly, it’s like having the whole package. A lot of my AW13 collection was quite matchy. The classic satchels were great to pair with a few trouser suits to step it up a notch and also to toughen up some of the floatier silk looks.

Who in the future would you like to collaborate with?

I have a couple of super exciting collaborations for next season that I’m not quite ready to blab about, but I can reveal that it will include shoes!

Why do you think collaborations between designers are such a big commodity nowadays?

I think collaborations are amazing for young designers to get their names heard. Working with other designers, you’re effectively sharing each others fan bases and reaching a wider audience.

The Charlie May x Danielle Foster collection will be released in August on BengtFashion, The Unconventional and the designers’ respective own e-commerce sites.


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Twin Picks: Backpacks

05.04.2013 | Blog , Fashion | BY:

Ladylike handbags may be one trend the fashion pack are utilising this spring, but we still have a thing for bags of the hands-free variety. These grunge era accessories have been re-vamped for SS13 even lending themselves to the chicest of outfits. Its not just their care-free attitude that we love, its that you can wear them with essentially anything, making them our investment bag of choice this season.

Designers are creating backpacks in all shapes and sizes, but these are the four that made the Twin cut.

Deux Lux Empire State Backpack, £106.33, & Peter Jensen Rabbit Ear Backpack, £102,

Danielle Foster Tasha Backpack, £460, & Moschino Quilted Backpack, £1125.54,

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