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For International Women’s day 2018

We’ve just returned from an incredible trip to Kenya, working with the wonderful women of SOKO to embroider more words on the phenomenal One Dress.

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This month is International Women’s Day, Fair Trade Fortnight and Mother’s Day (if you’re still looking for that perfect, unique gift; dedicate a word on One Dress).

HeForShe Arts Week is asking for gender equality through the arts, FiLiA launches it’s new project FiLiArt100 asking female artists to submit their work on the theme of suffrage, emancipation and women’s rights and various events celebrating, discussing and empowering women are happening all around us.

 

At Atelier Tammam we have worked with so many incredible women throughout the years – here’s to them and their magnificent craftsmanship skills. Happy International Women’s day to everyone!

Yours in solidarity and sisterhood

Ms Tammam

Flying South for the Winter

With our ten year anniversary now behind us and exciting couture-art projects afoot, the Atelier Tammam Boutique will close it’s doors until the spring on 30th November.

It’s time to fly south to warmer climes for a while, bespoke appointments will be limited until April and the cold winter months will be a time for the Tammam team to focus on creativity and new ventures, the Boutique will host 2 unique pop-ups while we are away. Hire services will still be available.

As a renowned and unique couturier we are often approached to dress celebrities.

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We’re always happy to loan our garments for high profile events (or hire samples out for private events) and we love to see them on wonderful successful, talented women, but as a rule we don’t “gift” or give freebies to anyone – very succinctly put by our wonderful Kim…

“We don’t gift, our gowns are worth thousands of pounds and take considerable time and skill to make, we are a small indie label so we just can’t afford to. We chose to invest in our supply chains, producers and quality, instead of marketing through gifting to women who can easily afford to buy our gowns anyway.”

We have, from the start, put people over profits, the Tammam label has always been independent and focussed on ensuring everyone in the process of creating our gowns is treated fairly – therefore we expect to be paid fairly for what we do too. This also means our prices are fair and reflective of the work involved in creation – our marketing budgets aren’t high and our margins are low – so the price our customers pay for a bespoke gown, styling service or ready to wear garment is realistic – you really do get what you pay for, including knowing the people who made it are happy!

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We do appreciate not all of our fans have haute couture budgets which is why we opened the Boutique to platform other amazing sustainable designers and offer eco ready to wear fashion to everyone. For bargain hunters and ethical fashion collectors – this November, to help us clear the showroom and make space for our winter guests, we are having a clear out sale event. All day on November 30th the Boutique will be open and everything must go. We’ll also have a first dibs event on the evening of the 29th – save the date and sign up to the Tammam Mailing list to be sure to be the first to hear when tickets are on sale.

We’re also hosting a life drawing, party outfit and gifts shopping event on Thursday 9th – very few tickets are left (access code TammamGuest), with delicious FAIR cocktails for all.

Yours in Fair Trade

Ms Tammam

 

Atelier Tammam Saves the (Wedding) Day

Recently a distraught bride came to see us in the Atelier with two wedding gowns, both had been ruined by an amateur seamstress and a dodgy dry cleaner, in a failed attempt to perfect them for her big day. Luckily our team were able to correct the worst of these problems in just a few days, in time for the bride to catch her train to Paris for her beautiful wedding.

The gowns were samples purchased in near perfect condition. The bride was advised to have them dry cleaned, unaware that doing so can sometimes change the quality of the fabric.

During the process of shortening the first gown, from Tea length to knee length, the dress was unevenly cut, leaving ragged edges and a very upset bride.

Our cutter expertly re-cut the hem with the skills comparable to any petit mains of a Parisian haute couture atelier.

Even worse than the uneven edges, the two inner linings were accidentally stitched together, lifting the hem line in places and creating visible bunching.

Our seamstress skillfully unpicked the stitches and reassembled the side seems, allowing the hemline to straighten out and the skirt to lay flat over the hips.

Our seamstresses came to the rescue once again for gown two. The dress was carelessly washed and handled before it came to us resulting in tears on the bodice.

We hand appliquéd spare lace flowers, to reinforce and disguise the holes.

 

The new belt which had been created for the dress puckered and lay unevenly. Our experienced vendeuse instantly recognised the problem and released a few stitches, allowing the belt to lay flat, creating a smoother line.

 

It’s the small details that can really make a dress work, the flowers on the bodice had been attached sporadically and unevenly, making the dress look messy and inexpensive. A few slight adjustments and a keen eye perfected the bodice and made our bride very happy.

While Atelier Tammam is renowned for it’s bespoke creations, we are always happy to come to the rescue and offer repairs and alterations of the highest standard. The Atelier also has an in-house vintage specialist – Splendid Stitches. Let no gown go un-loved or unworn again!

Love,

Nyleeta

 

One Dress

Where did the summer go?  The Atelier has been in a flurry of excitement for the past few weeks, working on a new project that will be launched at the FiLiArt show (which I’ve been joyfully co-curating) in December, .

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One Dress is a textiles art piece, symbolic of women’s voices – A single dress to be embroidered fully both in the UK and at fair trade units in India and Africa with words of equality and solidarity, chosen by people from around the world.

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The initial project is now 50% funded thanks to Arts Council UK. Be one of the very first to choose a word or sentence for the dress and support some positivity!

Read more in my latest weblog for Huffington Post.

But that’s not all! In order to counter Black Friday madness we’re holding a little, calm and conscious, soirée to open our festive pop-up shop of indie brands and eco designers. Get tickets here (includes mulled wine). The pop-up will be open until the 12th December, and new stock will be added throughout the sale. We’re promising perfect presents and glamorous party gowns from the best sustainable designers around.xmas.png

 

Yours in One Dress

Ms Tammam

 

Me and My Fairphone

I have fallen in love with the Fairphone and it’s fabulous pictures of us (and my FairFash outfits). As I prepare for our trip to Washington DC and Los Angeles in a couple of weeks, this week I’ve mostly been working on the collaborative project with renowned vegan artist, Dana Ellyn. We will be showcasing at P street Gallerie in Washington DC and at the Moda360 event in LA. We are working on 3 pieces together, 2 gowns stitched at the atelier and one painting by Dana – I’m waiting for it to arrive so I can start embellishing it. Today I sent off one of the gowns for Dana to start painting on. God speed FedEx…

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There’s a lot of hard work going on but I did manage to escape to attend the Sustainable City Awards. Day twenty-three, and a glamorous ensemble of Atelier Tammam peace silk and hand embroidered feather appliqué bias cut dress, with a hand printed peace silk wrap. Vintage tights (found in a charity shop in Dorset) and my bespoke vegan Hetty Rose Sandals. The powder room at Mansion House is quite something!

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Day twenty-four back at the Atelier to get on with some work, wearing one of my favourite dresses by an immensely talented ethical designer who is no longer in business… the curse of the indies – but her talent lives on in these fabulous dresses. Very old tights (lots of darning in the toes keeping them going for years and years) and my Beyond Skin brogues. That rug is also fair trade – made for me by a co-operative in Eastern India using peace silk yarns.

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Having an art moment at the weekend, wearing an organic cotton People Tree top (made at one of the factories I also work with – I love how transparent People Tree are about production) and Tammam scarf on day twenty-five.

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Day twenty-six was Mother’s Day so I put Tammini in her own bespoke organic, fair trade cotton LBD, and wore mine too.

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We are also thinking about wedding season and the new bridal collection which we are shooting next week. Here I am on Day twenty-seven with some couture bridal gowns, wearing old Levis, a Tammam scarf, Nancy Dee top and Miksani cardigan.

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Day twenty-eight no time for relaxing, but a quick rest to take today’s picture. Wearing a Wunderwerk cardigan, Tammam skirt and scarf and People Tree top. Bourgeois Boheme boots finish the look.

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The penultimate day of FairFashMonth!! Day twenty-nine I’m so eager for spring I’ve donned my NAE vegan sandals and a little jacket made for one of the early collections for Tam & Rob – my first label (which was also ethical). Worn with the Levis and a Tammam peace silk scarf. You can just see, in the cabinet, some of the gorgeous new jewellery we’ve got in from Michelle Krausz  who creates exquisite bridal accessories from vintage finds.

 

For the twitteratipinterested and Instagrammers keep up to date with all our shenanigans @HouseOfTammam.

Yours in Fairphone appreciation

Ms Tammam

London (Fair) Fashion Week – Dahling!

It has been quite a fashion week, aided by my new sidekick and partner in crime  – the Fairphone!

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Sexy and stylish, together we “did” LFW.

Here are my outfit highlights!

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Day nine pre-fashion week train travels (it is not easy to take a picture on a moving train). I wore my Cecilia Hammarborg coat on top of a Tammam LBD, Tammam hand printed peace silk scarf and Bourgeois Boheme boots.

 

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Day ten – London Fashion Week begins! Ready to run around the shows and events wearing my Oustider little black dress, Beyond Skin brogues and another Cecilia Hammarborg coat.

 

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Day eleven I took Team Tam to Brewer Street Car Park to see the exhibition. Here we are modelling the Sunglasses and swag bags. I’m on the Fairphone! Wearing Atelier Tammam corset, belt and skirt, with Beyond Skin brogues and a fabulous vintage cardigan that belonged to the mother of a very good friend. The bag is by a small Indian co-operative called Kai Crafts.

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Day twelve I spent the evening with two amazing women. Wearing an Atelier Tammam peace silk dress with hand block print detail (available to hire from the Atelier) and a couture hand tailored jacket with Matt & Nat bag I was entertained by the wonderful Zandra Rhodes presentation, met the woman herself and got to dress the incredible Sian Berry, Green candidate for London Mayor. She wore the Tammam gold lace Asp dress made from organic fair trade cotton sateen and reclaimed French lace with the Tammam houndstooth peace silk coat. (Picture taken on the Fairphone)

 

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Day thirteen was a sunglasses day, I tried on the most eco specs I could find, by Preen made from Recycled plastic. Also wearing Bourgeois Boheme boots, Eka scarf, Wunderwerk cardigan and Tammam LBD. All worn before during #FairFashMonth but styled differently – Eco capsule wardrobe, you see.

 

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Day fourteen I donned my peace silk gillet, found at a little shop of an Indian co-operative in Bangalore – It makes me think I look like Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. Worn with a very old ready to wear Tammam top, from the time we used to wholesale.

 

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That evening I went partying with the original fashion-warrior Katharine Hamnett. I talked (Green) politics with everyone and met the fabulous Luisa from Hate zine. Wearing a Tammam top in vintage cloth with peace silk organza.

 

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Day fifteen, time to relax, a bit…. then start prepping for wedding season. Back at the Atelier wearing People tree amongst the bridal gowns.

I’ll be writing weekly updates of my fashion month outfits. For the twitteratipinterested and Instagrammers there will be daily pictures @HouseOfTammam.

 

Yours in Fashion Week-ness
Ms Tammam

 

 

Fairly Fashionable

Darlings! It’s all very well my waxing lyrical about wearing fair… But how does one do it and still look stylish, glamorous and fabulous (and not break the bank…)?

This fashion season I’m going to show you how. I shall be capturing a self portrait of myself every day for the whole of fashion month and posting pictures, links and stories about the garments I wear.

All pictures are beautifully snapped on THE ultimate eco accessory… A Fairphone 2.

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Fashion season has kicked off in New York… To celebrate our transatlantic friends and inaugurate my month of wearing it well I’ve dug out an old favourite, the Tammam couture houndstooth coat, a favourite outer layer to some of our favourite clients.

 

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This sample (size 8-10) is available to hire from the Atelier, so you can wear it even if you don’t have an haute couture budget. The coat was crafted in the atelier using hand woven peace silk houndstooth cloth and British lace. The interlinings, attached in the traditional method are vegan alternatives. I love wearing this coat in different ways, today I’ve hidden the lace and taken out the front panel to be a vision in black and white. Don’t you think it looks fabulous with my best Beyond Skin brogues and hand painted (by artist, Mikey Georgeson) scarf from the Moth in the Flame collection?! Underneath I have some simple organic fair trade cotton sateen trousers and my absolute essential Nancy Dee top, made from reclaimed British fabrics, made in England. Plus, if you must know, I’ve got on Pants to Poverty undies. Well we have to be authentic, don’t we. No you don’t get to see them… well maybe if you ask nicely.

Oh and the amazing hair chop is by Lamphane at Michael Van Clarke. Hands off, he’s mine…well if you must you can make an appointment, but don’t hog him.

I am extrememly in love with the Fairphone… A company with ethics at it’s heart (don’t we know some in the fashion world like that?) With their own Fairtrade gold supply chain in Peru, for circuit board elements in the phone.

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I love the transparent case, to match the transparent supply chain – but still in black sweety, becuase black goes with everything. Stylish, ethical and functional – my three favourite things!

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I’ll be writing weekly updates of my fashion month outfits. For the twitteratipinterested and Instagrammers there will be daily pictures @HouseOfTammam.

 

Yours in Fair Trade
Ms Tammam

Open house at Atelier Tammam – 3 years, Splendid partnerships, refurbs and gin

On Thursday 4th June Atelier Tammam opened it’s doors for the first time since our incredible refurbishment (I’ll post about that soon and the wonderful winners of our A Sustainable World 2015 interior design competition and what they have created).

It’s just over three years since we inhabited Hatsings street, it has also been a year since we welcomed Splendid Stitches to the Atelier Tammam family. Nanna, the doyenne of vintage alterations and repairs has been a busy bee in her corner of our studio for the last year so we decided we needed to celebrate.

What better way than a glass of breakfast gin, courtesy of Half Hitch Gin, a surprisingly refreshing breakfast treat with freshly squeezed orange juice and plenty of ice to cool us down on a glorious June day.

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We welcomed our guests, including a smattering of celebrities and our favourite clients, to view our new decor – vibrant and sophisticated paint by the incredible masters of eco clay paint – Earthborn and our new wallpaper designed by K.Birdy and printed by the amazing Murals Wallpaper.

 

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The VID (very important Dog)

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Moi and my right hand girl Katie with the glamorous and wonderful Lorraine Chase

A preview of our LBD collection, out in the autumn – take our little quiz to let us know what will make your perfect LBD, new haute couture pieces on display and vintage style advice were a few of the highlights.

We rounded off the evening with a taster session of our unique life drawing classes, with a rather tipsy gaggle of guests working their pencils to create some masterpieces among the couture.

Photo by Alexandria Hall http://www.a-h.photography/

Photo by Alexandria Hall http://www.a-h.photography/

Where does the time go?! I am thrilled with our new look showroom – book an appointment to come and see us for bespoke fashion, bridal and evening wear, hire services, alterations, repairs and maybe a sneak peek at the LBDs.

Yours in our gloriously revamped boutique

Ms Tammam

 

Haute couture and haute cuisine in Amsterdam

Last month the team traveled to the glorious city of Amsterdam, for their fashion week celebrations and an intimate eco-fashion event in collaboration with my favourite 4* – The Albus Hotel.

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Moi showing off, as usual…

Over a sensuous and sustainable dinner at the Hotel’s incredible Senses Restaurant, guests were treated to a parade of 3 of Amsterdam’s most gorgeous mannequins, strolling past the diners in the finery of Tammam High Couture.

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From classics like the New peacock and the swirl print coat (a favourite of our celebrity clients) to a hand crafted silk organza and hand made lace bridal gown as a finale, the guests were wowed by each gown to float by their dining table.

The waitresses wore our new LBD collection – launching later this year and press launching at London Fashion Week this month… watch this space for more information on that.
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And to round off the evening; a cocktail named after me – Tammam Spritzers all round!

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Yours in sustainable luxury

Ms Tammam
Albus Hotel & Senses Restaurant kisses for all

Albus Hotel & Senses Restaurant kisses for all

Haute couture – can it save the world?

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My mantra has always been “Saving the world – in style” and you don’t get more stylish than Haute couture.

Paris has just hosted another Couture Fashion Week where the cream of fashion is showcased for the unutterably rich and insanely fashionable to lust over.

Couture is about craftsmanship. The word “couture” is the french for “sewing”, “Seam” or “dressmaking” (so cakes that are called “couture” are linguistically incorrect – unless they are stitched) and “haute” means “high” – in Paris couture is the highest of the high, in fact The “Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture” is a very small strict club for fashion designers that it is almost impossible to become a member of.

The reason is simple, true couture has to adhere to the highest standards of craftsmanship, production methods and materials. A genuine couture garment is in itself a work of art. Almost impossible to replicate precisely due to the amount of hand work that has gone into making it and often taking weeks or even months to be made. An ideal option for a wedding dress, if you are looking for something really special.

Unfortunately there is a dark side of couture, which many followers seem to turn a blind eye to. It is well known that many of the couture houses are great friends with fur (companies). I once told a complaining fur business owner “how do you think the fox felt” at a very luxury event and got shot down immediately (thankfully not in the same way as the fox….), obviously there is a LOT of money to be made from animal skins, and although there are waves of fur being en vogue OR totally unacceptable, there are always going to be people who want it – despite the supermodels’ best efforts….

Here is the mini “Karlito” by Fendi in mink, silver fox and goat fur. Its a totally pointless, unattractive, strange little bag charm, which not only doesn’t have any real use, it is also ensuring the murder of innocent animals.

Quite strange, but then couture often is, even when its divinely beautiful and incredibly crafted.

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Of course at Atelier Tammam you can rest assured that we won’t be using any dead animals, in fact we are an entirely vegan company with the exception of our peace silks, which come from empty cocoons, ensuring the moth is allowed to fly away (rather than getting boiled alive like in conventional silk production) and occasionally some vintage silks, if we are given them. We have never used any furs or leathers in our collections and have spent years developing alternatives to traditional animal fibre materials for our creations. We work to haute couture standards, using traditional craftsmanship, many skilled hands (always fair trade, often in India or Nepal to support communities there as well as in our London atelier) and the most luxurious of materials  – all sustainably sourced.
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Proof that cruelty free couture can be glorious too.
Here follows a roundup of my favourite pieces from the July 2014 couture shows (images from Vogue.co.uk)…
Elie Saab – no one does bling quite like it.
Dior – I don’t think there is anything on earth as wonderful as a beautifully tailored coat, buy a long one to cover up the high street tat you are wearing underneath, obvs
Chanel – An obvious “Frozen” influence this season, all primary school children are now saving their pocket money for one of  Karl’s “Elsa” capes…
Schiaparelli – one of my favourite ever designers – reincarnated. Unfortunately most of the collection was made of fur, but I do love a good bird print on an emaciated model with a tuft of tulle on her bonce.
Vionnet – original queen of the bias cut, the reinvented label goes hippy on us this season with this ying yang inspired gown.
Gaultier – angelic punk
Valentino – Shiny!
Versace – Bit of leg, lot of sparkle, fancy pleating of liquid like cloth…
Fancy investing in some couture? If you want to save the world at the same time, why not demand your couturier considers their supply chain, manages waste and opts out of using fur, or chose a couture label, like Tammam, who does that already.

 
Yours in haute couture
 
Mme Tammam