A Graphic Matter

As you might be aware, here at Antithesis we love to work with fellow graduates from University of the Arts London. This is why we commissioned UAL alumna Elena Manfredi to design our last two lookbooks. Originally from Italy, Elena moved to London to pursue superior studies in graphic design and photography. After graduating with a BA in Graphic Communications at the London College of Communication (LCC), she completed placements in different companies -including a stint at cutting-edge fashion magazine Schön!– before landing a job at property branding agency Stepladder. She has just taken the leap of faith and is now working exclusively as a freelancer. We first discovered Elena’s work through roaming restaurant Mazi Mas, for whom she created the website, branding and stunning food photography. Here are a few snippets of our favourite pages from one of the lookbooks she did for us. Don’t forget to visit our website to see the full artwork!

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Launching Odyssey 2.0: The Kinetic Capsule Collection

We’re very excited to introduce our newest, boldest and more sophisticated than ever third collection: Odyssey 2.0, thoughtfully designed with the ever kinetic commuting woman in mind.

Inspired by Japanese minimalism, each garment within Odyssey 2.0 seamlessly transforms to become all that a modern woman of the 21st Century will need to journey through their everyday lives with style. Collaborating with London based textile designer, Antonia Beard, we have created dynamic fresh pieces for your wardrobe through the distinctive use of unique kaleidoscopic prints and kinetically charged geometrical shapes.


This transeasonal capsule collection builds upon the ever-intensifying style credentials of the slow design movement, placing a strong emphasis on quality over quantity. As usual, our collections are made in the UK, from locally sourced, sustainable materials, which promise to love you for as long as you love them.

Odyssey 2.0 is the ultimate voyage through fashion that allows busy, cosmopolitan women to transition from day to night and work to play with its thoughtful range of modular and reversible pieces. With interchangeable fringes, feathers and frills, the Antithesis woman is able to transform her wardrobe daily depending on the occasion or her mood.

Whether you’re travelling on long-haul flights, making a short get away to Paris or heading into the City for that important meeting, the versatile Odyssey 2.0 collection is the essential wardrobe for the fashion-savvy traveller.


Intern-al Affairs: Amabel

Hailing from Southeast Asia, Amabel travelled all the way from Singapore to London for a 5-week placement with Antithesis. She first got a degree in Business Management and worked a couple of years in human resources and events planning before realising she was more drawn to a career in fashion. Specialising in creative pattern cutting, she is now in her second year in Fashion Design & Textile at LaSalle College in Singapore. Even though her time with us was short, Amabel worked relentlessly on the development of our upcoming collection and even got her hands on designing a few attachments for our modular pieces!

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Why did you chose Antithesis for your internship?
I came across Antithesis while Googling for eco-friendly fashion labels. Their versatility and vision of producing timeless multifunctional clothes is very clever and I admire that.

What have you learned during your internship?
Both Renée and Zahra has been really kind to show me the process of creating their new collection. I’ve been able to sit in during their discussions and learn about the how their pieces would achieve the multi-functionality, marketability and appeal to their target audiences.

What have you most enjoyed doing in your time at Antithesis?
There are many things I’ve enjoyed through my time at Antithesis. I love that I had the chance to stroll along Goldhawk Road to source for materials and how I was blessed with the opportunity to design two attachments for the new collection. But what I enjoyed the most was being part of the photoshoot process. It was exciting and everything that was made just made sense when it’s on the model. It was amazing.

What do you think this internship has brought you?
This internship has brought me many lessons; how a business is run, how sustainability can be a key factor and an inspiration for a collection and this experience really was a great representation of a humble fashion house that’s making a difference in the world.

What are your ambitions for the future?
The future is bleak and I’m prepared for whatever that’s thrown at me. But should I start my own label, I would hope to do the same as Antithesis, being a environmentally friendly brand.

Amabel hard at work developing some new attachments

Amabel hard at work developing some new attachments

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A Kaleidoscopic Matter

Our new collection is already well underway and we couldn’t be more excited about its unfolding! Today we’d like to introduce you to our latest collaborator Antonia Beard, the textile designer who is currently hard at work creating Antithesis’ future prints.

British born and raised, Antonia moved to London five years ago to undertake a BA in Surface Textiles at the London College of Fashion. During her studies, she grew an interest in sustainable fashion and travelled to Cambodia to do an internship with the Institute of Khmer Traditional Textiles, an NGO focusing on the revival of Cambodian silks and weaving. She now works as a Membership Assistant for the Ethical Fashion Forum and freelances as a print/textile designer: “My approach is very hands on and adaptable, not limitied to 9-5 I push my self to achieve top results. Challenging myself at every level gives me motivation”.

While we won’t spill the beans about the brief we’ve given her (although the title will give you a pretty good clue!), here’s a few pictures of Antonia’s final year project. Eager to see the results? So are we!


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Antithesis & The Get Redressed Challenge

We’re pleased to have been selected to participate in this month’s edition of the Get Redressed Challenge. The initiative was launched by Hong Kong based charity Redress, whose mission is ‘to promote environmental sustainability in the fashion industry by reducing textile waste, pollution, water and energy consumption’. It’s a one-year project inciting consumers to re-think their wardrobes and to ‘Redress it, not bin it’. For August, they invited designers and brands to wear their favourite sustainable labels and share their outfits on social media. Renée took up the challenge for five days and here are the results!


Day 221: Renée is wearing our Two-Piece Blouse and a reclaimed denim skirt by Confined [] Space. ‘I tend to buy timeless, classic pieces and pair them with statement accessories. This Ware London necklace, made from upcycled bicycle tyres, is a real conversation starter.’


Day 222: Digital printing is one of the best ways to get stunning, low impact prints as it doesn’t require solvents nor produce waste. It’s also great for small labels and independent designers as there are often no minimums. Renée is wearing a digitally printed dress by transparent luxury label ÆTHER, our Modular Jacket scarf and Hiro + Wolf recycled brass/aluminium bangles handmade in Kenya by a fairtrade producer.


Day 223: We’re taking you to Woolcrest Textiles, a fabric warehouse in East London where we source end of rolls and dead stock materials. Renée is wearing our Two-Piece Playsuit (worn back to front) with a Hiro + Wolf necklace handmade in Kenya and fairtrade canvas bag, and Cholesburys sandals made from discarded cotton and reclaimed leather.


Day 224: English weather is unpredictable, making it tricky to dress accordingly. Our Modular Jacket comes in very handy: with its detachable sleeves and scarf, you’ll be ready for rain or shine! Renée is also wearing a reclaimed and organic cotton dress by Riyka and Hiro + Wolf wooden bracelets made in Kenya by physically disabled artisans.


Day 225: ‘When travelling I like to pack versatile garments such as our Rectangular Piece. The polyester, made from recycled plastic bottles, is surprisingly soft, lightweight and crease free’. Paired with reclaimed denim short by Confined [] Space.

We hope you enjoyed our looks! You can continue following the Get Redressed Challenge on Instagram.

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Confined [] Space at The Hackney Shop

After an evenful week in Marylebone, we’re now moving East for another pop-up shop! This time we’ll be at the heart of the future Hackney Fashion Hub with our newest stockist Confined [] Space. CS is an online concept store offering a curated selection of the best ethical fashion from handpicked sustainable designers and brands. We’ll amongst other exciting labels such as jewellery designer Ware London, womenswear label Outsider and upcyling pioneer Antiform.

The Hackney Shop (99 Morning Lane, E9 6ND) will be opened from June 24-29 from 10 am to 7 pm and a special late evening until 9 pm on June 26. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you there!

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Pop-up Shop in Marylebone

Calling all Londoners! We’re pleased to annonce we’re taking part in the WISE Creative‘s next pop-up shop, which will take place at 10A Blandford Street in Marylebone. The shop will be open for a full week, from May 29 to June 4, with a special opening event on Thursday May 29 including a catwalk show, short talks and complimentary cocktails.

The WISE Creative is a select group of independent luxury labels based in Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England dedicated to manufacturing their products in the UK. Exciting other labels such as handbag maker Susie in the Sky, luxury accessories brand Siskin London and lingerie designer Rose Fulbright will be showcased throughout the week. Antithesis will be selling for 3 days on June 2-3-4. Save the Date!

To take part in the opening event, please RSVP at thewisecreative@gmail.com

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March 8: Women’s Day at the Antithesis Studio

As you might have heard, on March 8 we’ll be opening up our doors and inviting you to come celebrate Women’s Day with us and our fellow studio residents. Join us for an afternoon of fashion, design, music, art, 3D-printing and even rock-climbing! Here’s an overview of the participating studios and what you can expect on the day:

Lee 3D is a print bureau providing colour 3D printing services to creative industries. They will showcase a selection of prototypes including Amelia Zane Jewellery alongside a fast-motion video.


Goldie Thorn is a up-and-coming dance-pop duo creating intergalactic soundtracks. They will be playing a selection of their favourite tunes and own compositions.


Sal Pittman is an artist and art director whose work ranges from space design and production to graphic illustrations and art books. Her studio will be open for you to peek into her world.


Cold Mountain Kit is a rock climbing gear shop run by climbing experts. Bring your trainers to try their in-house 20 degree bouldering wall!


Rogue is a bespoke tailoring company offering commissions, alterations and repairs for both mens and womenswear. Come and see their work in progress.


Set Workshop is a pair of artisan concrete creators making elegant furniture and fittings. They will put their creations on display and talk you through the art of working with concrete.


Furniss & May is an interior design practice with a passion for big ideas and a commitment to detail. Get hands-on with their ‘introduction to interior design & furniture’ workshop!


Looking forward to see you there! All details & RSVP here.

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Antithesis at Berlin Fashion Week

A couple of weeks ago we had the chance to present our first catwalk show at Berlin Fashion Week, thanks to natural cosmetics company Lavera who, twice a year, invites ethical fashion labels around the globe to promote their collections during BFW. We are also extremely grateful to PR/events agency Tehrani & Brandts for sponsoring our participation. It has been a very exciting experience and also a landmark in our evolution from a graduate start-up label to a more established designer brand. Here are a few pictures to give you a glimpse of what happens before, during and after a fashion show. Enjoy!


The beautiful venue Umspannwerk Alexanderplatz and the iconic TV Tower


The hair & makeup room before the team arrives


The backstage area all set up for our 12 models and 6 dressers

Last cleaning touch ups before letting the public in


Our concept: 4 seasons in 4 cities

Lavera Fashionshow Antithesis

We presented 6 looks per season for a total of 24

Renée with Lavera CEO Klara Ahlers and MC twins

Renée with Lavera CEO Klara Ahlers and MC twins

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The Antithesis Collective, part III

We’re very excited about our upcoming edition of the Antithesis Collective. For the past two season, we have collaborated with designers to expand our collection range and develop a travel bag and a swimsuit, both products we were lacking the skills to make ourselves. This time, we’re working with Irem Arig, the talented knitter and entrepreneur behind Sheep of Steel. Born from Turkish parents, Irem grew up in Singapour, Shanghai and Dusseldorf before settling down in London to undertake a BA in Textile Design at Central Saint Martins. Specialising in Knitted Fabrics, she started spinning while working at the yarn shop Prick Your Finger. Shortly after graduation, she set up her own business designing and selling handspun and knitting yarns. Her beautiful yarns, made from locally-sourced and/or sustainable raw materials, are made by a collective of spinners across the UK. You can find her unique and colourful creations on her online store as well as in indie boutiques such as Knit with Attitude and Abstract Yarn Shop.

Irem comments: ‘Providing unique raw materials for designer makers to work with was a major reason for starting Sheep of Steel. Needless to say it’s been really exciting to create a bespoke yarn which is tailored to an Antithesis collection. To have an accessory made entirely of handspun yarn within the collection has also given us the opportunity to put handspun yarn into a high fashion setting as a unique luxury item. I really feel that collaboration is the way forward. By working together you have the chance utilize each others expertise, and achieve not only sophisticated but exciting, and innovative designs.’

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