The Pantry Underwear

The Pantry Underwear

 

Every once in awhile you come across a shop that changes your life, as dramatic as it sounds it’s very true. lol. Ok, picture this, a calm and stylish lingerie shop with all the perks of a boutique, a selection of great brands, established and independent, all under one roof with the prices of a department store. Are you impressed yet? Well, there’s more, with sizes ranging from AA – HH / 28 – 44, they offer fitting services, bridal appointments and ‘Pant Parties’ lol (keep reading I’ll explain ) what more could you ask for?

Eloise Rigby had the vision to create a cool, modern, space a one stop shop for the locals and beyond. The Pantry Underwear can be found on the cobbled street of Camden Passage, it’s about 3 minutes walk from Angel tube station. The original storefront and layout of the shop have been kept to reflect the history of the area, it is often a talking point of the shop. A clean cut cork table displaying lace underwear, Calvin Klein minimalist worthy enough for an Instagram flat lay. The merchandise also includes lesser known British brands that I’d probably not have known about had I not been in the store. Unique, great brands that don’t cost an arm and a leg adding further to the boutique cool factor.

This affordable price point paired with Eloise’s commitment to truly cater for all shapes and sizes are what places her at the top among the bigger more overpriced underwear boutiques. The lack of affordable underwear available on most community high streets is what inspired Eloise to set up The Pantry Underwear.

‘Since opening, I’ve been reminded about just how complicated and daunting underwear shopping can be for women’ explains Eloise. ‘Our fitting service is great and our average bra price is below that of most independent underwear shops, yet we never comprise on quality.’

For Eloise, actions speak louder than words, so when she says she wants to make her mark in the community she means it. ‘We run a ‘Pant Party’ where the guests get complimentary fizz and 10 per cent off in store, and we’ve recently launched Yoga Tuesdays for women in the area’

This is a great shop and Eloise is the loveliest, if you’re in the area or better if you live in the area drop by check out the different brands I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading up on my discovery. Please look out for a competition on my Instagram page coming up real soon.

 

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Entrance into store.

TRIUMPH - Beautiful lace set

LINGADORE - Independent designers.

Bridal Undergarment - Corset and Garter

CALVIN KLIEN - Swimwear

WONDERBRA - White lace

LEPEL - Beautiful lace and ribbon, ideally worn undershirts, suits.

Selfieeee with Eloise x

#RitaColson2017 – The Press Launch

#RitaColson2017 – The Press Launch

 

Hello lovelies, so I’ve had time to ‘rest’ recuperate and ready for the next thing. If I’m honest I was ready for the next thing even before the launch ended I already had in place my next move. I love what I do and because of that it’s never ‘work’ I honestly find it very difficult to switch my creative antennas off. I might have a problem…lol My reason for this is I don’t want to miss anything, I want to be fully present.

My debut collection was launched to a VIP audience with leading wedding and fashion industry press and guests at RSA House on Friday 24th March. The launch was produced and hosted by Director of Nu Bride and renowned wedding expert Nova Reid, as part of her Nu Bride Presents series; showcasing progressive brands with inclusive diversity at the core of their work.

The guests were treated to a vibrant, creative and inclusive catwalk show that captured the essence of the collection. I love having contrast in my work and this case the juxtaposition was on tradition with a modern twist. Celebrating the nostalgia of tradition whilst embracing creativity and style. The collection was accessorised by Kelly Spence and Charlotte Mills Bridal, a beautiful showcased of diverse models, to the elegant sound of sensational classical classic opera singer Abigail Broughton complemented by contemporary dancer Jermaine Joseph's powerful opening performance to Casta Diva. The fusion of live music and dance visibly moved guests and included opera classics Summertime and Mio Bambino Caro, encapsulating my love of art, music, dance and creativity. Gorrrrrgeous!!!!  🙂

The Tavern Room at the RSA House was the perfect backdrop for the launch, just a stone's throw off the Strand, and round the corner from The Savoy, this was truly stuff that dreams are made of. The Georgian style of the building was perfectly complemented by extravagant floral displays, candles and traditional white seating. Spring flowers were used ranunculus, hellebores, 'White O'Hara' and 'Patience' garden roses were dotted in the bouquets as well as the seating and trailing fireplace floral displays. It was extremely elegant and fresh; and of course behind every successful production there are an exceptional team that put everything together. I was blessed to work with an amazing team of UK wedding industry suppliers, Matt Maurice Events, Over The Top Rentals, HK Hair Artist, Joyce Connor MUA, De Winton Paper Co, featuring show - stopping flowers by Miriam Faith Flowers. The event was captured by Fine Art photographer Cecilia Photography and Urban Cinematography.

Contemporary Dancer - Jermaine Joseph

M.I.R.I.A.M

Behind the Seams - @RSA

Rehearsals before the show

 

Thank you for stopping by hope you’ve enjoyed reading my journey into creating my debut bridal collection.  See you soon and leave a comment.

Rx x

 

#RitaColson2017 – Part 1

#RitaColson2017 – Part 1

 

It’s been ages guys!!!! I’m sitting here on the eve of the press launch of my debut collection reflecting on the journey I’ve had, deciding to officially launch and what it has taken to achieve this goal.  So who is Rita Akosua Colson? I am a Ghanaian British-born Bridal designer, from West London and this would be my debut Bridal collection.

Why Bridal?

I’ve been asked many times and the story goes like this; I made 3 dresses they were all in very dark colours I decided to make the last one in a lighter shade which happened to be beige. I photographed the dresses and posted them on social media. I noticed the lighter shade got more attention and was being referred to as a wedding gown. My initial reaction was ‘er noOoo’ however I soon realized that as a creative that loves to experiment with texture and form, Bridal design was perfect. It gave me the freedom to create, to design ‘one of’ pieces and imagine big. After all it’s been said that a woman’s wedding day is equivalent to her going to the Oscars. I love how I could design something very traditional yet ‘fashion forward’. I love the dance between the traditional bridal look and the alternative, it’s one of the many concepts I try to show within my designs.

Inspiration

I am inspired by everything around me, I never completely switch off. I’ve always got my ‘creative antennas’ switched on as inspiration often comes from unexpected places. Although I have always been fascinated with dance and theatre. I love watching dancers translate an outfit with the movements they make. It’s truly like watching an outfit come alive.

About the Collection

Creativity, artistry, and attention to detail are at the forefront of my designs. Every dress is made to be, or have the feel of a ‘one of a kind’ piece. My current collection is inspired by my love of bold silhouettes, vintage and playful textures. It’s a collection that celebrates the craftsmanship of intricate beading, appliqué of 3D flowers over lace cleverly styled and put together. This collection is designed with the independent woman in mind. A woman who enjoys investing in classic pieces and always opts for style and what suits her body and not necessarily what’s ‘trending’

*Images of the collection coming soon*.

Thank you for stopping by I will update you on the press launch, in the meantime look out for my social media feed on the Press launch.

instagram – @colsonstyletheory + @ritacolson
Twitter – @colsonStheory / @ritacolson
Facebook – @ritacolsonlondon

 

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Slender Silhouettes – a feature in Nubride

Slender Silhouettes – a feature in Nubride

There are some collaborations that just work, you find the venue by accident, you’re push for time but some how it all comes together like magic… poW!

Last year i teamed up with model Jenny K and Menswear Lifestyle blogger and photographer Edmond Kamara of Cuts For Him, my vision for this shoot was to explore the juxtaposition of raw strength and beauty, colour and texture in nature. Nova at the award wining blog Nubride wrote a wonderful feature of the brand, the different processes in Bespoke / Couture dresses and the inspiration behind the photoshoot.

Check it out and tell me what you think.

Nubride

Wedding gowns - Rita Colson London | Shoes - Kurt Geiger | Bouquet - Marks and Spencer |
Photos by Cuts For Him

Bespoke or not to Bespoke…

Why choose Bespoke?

The Bespoke service offered by the Rita Colson brand allows you to create a one-of-a-kind dress designed especially for you. You may wish to modify silhouettes or cuts from our Bridal dresses to create your own unique design, or it might be that you have ideas of your own that I can apply my skills and expertise to help you realise.

What are the benefits of choosing a bespoke dress?

Each bespoke dress is made from scratch in our studio. Often, this will require several fittings over and above our normal Couture service, as we need to create a brand new pattern.

I will work very closely with you to understand your needs, likes and dislikes and will guide you in what fabrics and shapes will work best for your unique shape, to ensure you walk away with a truly special piece.

How long will it take?

Bespoke wedding dresses take time to make to the exacting standards we insist on, therefore we advise brides to leave between 6-12 months between the commission and collection of their dress. If you have a shorter timescale, please get in touch, as sometimes we are able to accommodate you.

Real Bride - Lois Shimmen | A hand pleated gown with a touch of lace and a ruffle tail. Photo by www.mariadragan.com

Attention to detail - the inside of the garment should look just as good as the outside.

Work in progress - Fitting the dress.

 

Collaborating with Cliveden House

Collaborating with Cliveden House

Every now and then I like to look back and reflect on my achievements so far. I was reminded of the shoot that started it all. I had the opportunity of designing a mini collection based on Cliveden House, a luxury country house, a wedding venue in Berkshire.

It was the perfect setting for an enchanted wedding shoot. The fairy tale architecture, lavish interiors and breathtaking grounds set amongst 376 acres of National Trust parklands, overlooking the grounds. Wow!! It’s all coming back to me, it was truly breathtaking. Cliveden is surely one of the finest places in the UK to consider for a fabulous wedding.

With the venue so enriched in tradition and ornate, elaborate decor, I was mindful of not making my designs too traditional but rather marrying the traditional with the fashion forward slender silhouettes that the Rita Colson bride represents. The outcome was long sleek vintage lace dresses and soft tulle princess styled dress in blush.

Meghan Fay of Extraordinary Day Events was the mastermind behind the shoot. Bringing together the industry’s finest to create an A Team. I had never been on such a well thought through creative shoot before this one. The shoot has been published three times, Bridal Musings, ‘So you’re getting married’ and English wedding blog. It continues to serve as inspiration for wedding ideas.

Take a look, let me know what you think.

Rx

Bridal Gowns - Rita Colson London | Location - Cliveden House |
Photo by Ben Wetherall