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A web log about putting decadence in a small sustainable package. www.tammam.co.uk

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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.

Photography (c) Gabriela Dias / Fabiola Prado, Getty Images, Alexandria Hall

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

 

Tammam Turns Ten

On 11th September 2007 the Tammam label launched – a catwalk show and crazy party (we were young back then!) with biodynamic champagne and organic chocolate, and a performance from the most brilliant Mr Solo, enthralled our guests.

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The last ten years have been a fabulous rollercoaster ride, trying to convince the fashion industry to be more ethical, sustainable, cruelty free and ecological.

“Saving the world  in style”

was our motto from the start, and that’s what we’ve spent the last decade doing. Just look at where the fashion industry is now, compared to ten years ago. Massive corporations have sustainability strategies, top designers are using eco materials and thousands of people have started asking “who made my clothes?”.

 

Monday 11th we’ll be celebrating at the Tammam atelier and showroom in Bloomsbury.

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Don’t forget  – If there has to be a victim in fashion, let it be you….

 

Yours in a decade of decadence, glamour and conscious creativity

Ms T

Team Tammam Spring 2017

Well it’s been a while since my last Web Log. It has been an exhilarating time at the Atelier and the One Dress project has been all consuming, with a fabulous trip to India, two successful Crowdfunder campaigns and work in progress showcases here and abroad, since my last post.

I’m very excited to introduce the wonderful Nyleeta, who will be taking over the Web Log while she is on placement with us over the summer months.

Yours in Sustainability

Ms Tammam

 

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The latest batch of Tammam interns met for the first time at an iconic London retail location to get to know each other and gain some insight into the world of high end fashion before the hard work of the next few weeks begins.

Every season the atelier offers placements to both technical studio and administrative students, to offer them invaluable work experience within the fashion industry.

 

Meet the team.

Appa, the ambitious Norwegian studying pattern design in Denmark.

She has great attention for detail and loves an organised work space, she is used to using advanced technology to design and create patterns but here at atelier Tammam she is gaining knowledge of how to create traditional manual patterns for haute couture.

Here she is analysing the structure of a ball gown.

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I am Nyleeta, described by my colleagues as “the diligent Brit” studying Fashion Management and marketing in London. I have been tasked over the next few months to write this blog for Tammam, as well as work on some of our upcoming events.

On our expedition, I fell in love with this beautiful gown and wanted to purchase it but the price tag said no.

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Katherine, the adventurous country girl from Oregon, soon to be studying at the Fashion institute of technology in New York, is a meticulous seamstress eager to learn the tricks of the trade from Ms Tammam.

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Tina, the unassuming Italian/ Lebanese fashionista, is studying fashion management and marketing in London.

She has an abstract way of viewing the world and aims to bring innovative ways to market the boutique during her placement.

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We gave ourselves the nickname, The Tammam Secret Agents because we spent the whole day looking at other designers gowns inside and out, as well as how they display them, and got many ideas to implement during our placements.

We all seemed to agree that the quality of the designer clothing we saw was not fair value for money and in comparison to the quality of the handmade gowns offered by atelier Tammam, there was no match.

I’m really excited for what the next few weeks have in store and I look forward to writing the next post.

love,

Nyleeta

 

#MyWeekWithAlison

Ah the Easter Holidays and my good friend and top journo Alison Jane Reid of Ethical Hedonist Magazine came to stay for a few days, and we thought we’d make the most of it!
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AJ and I at LFW with the wonderful Jenny Agutter

First up – The Tammam Great Easter Sample Sale (on until 18th April) with masses of fashion bargains from top indie eco brands. We shopped until we dropped! Best buys – Matt & Natt hand bags, Nancy Dee dresses and BibTs for the babies.

 

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We decided to host a delicious vegan gluten free dinner party, with Alison Jane and the Team Tam girls, using an Abel&Cole fruit and veg box we had delivered that day.
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For starters – grilled pepper and broccoli
Mains –  leek and carrot risotto garnished with gem lettuce
Salad – using the mixed leaves and organic tomatoes from the box, with a date, nut and orange dressing – yum!
For desert – fresh fruit and Cecilia’s magic cakes.
Washed down with a delicious bottle (or two) of organic wine!
The next night we went off to a fabulous Inner Circle singles party above L’Escargot restaurant in Soho, with even more wine and fabulous entertainment, there was even a picture of Cliff on the wall – always a sign of a sophisticated establishment….
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Next up on my week with Alison, time for some pampering treats –  to start a wonderful relaxing facial from Aromatherapy Associates in Knightsbrige. Friendly staff and an incredible location and the most divine lotions and potions used to cleanse my overworked, London smog stained face – I especially loved the Rose tonic which reminded me of a smell from my past…
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Sparkly faced I headed over to see the incredible Ross Cosgrove at the Luke Jacob hair salon in Spitalfields in East London to get a short summer ready crop, and my second head massage of the day. What a treat!
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The crop!

AJ loves the cinema and so do I, and we were invited to a private screening of the lovely new film VE Night, at the sumptuous Soho Hotel.
Well fed, pampered and totally shopped out we ended our week on a high. Thanks for coming Alison….!

Guest post from Michelle, our Scottish WEG

Here’s our wonderful WEG (work experience girl) Michelle, from Robert Gorden University in Scotland, to wax lyrical about our 2nd annual art competition, and to spill the beans on our next extraordinary sample sale.

Yours in interior design

Ms Tammam

 

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Michelle;

Throughout my time at Tammam, I have been working hard to help organise this year’s exciting A Sustainable World competition. After the incredible success of last year’s art competition, we are once again opening the atelier doors to the creatives of London and beyond to find a designer to completely transform the interior of the couture showroom.

 

 

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This year, entrants can be inspired by the glamorous ‘hey – day’ of our home, Bloomsbury.

Bloomsbury has an amazing history in literature and is known worldwide for its lavish parties (which I would have loved to attend) and forward thinking residents, we would like our new showroom to reflect this heritage and display our beautiful contemporary designs using vintage techniques and materials. Their designs must also create space to display all of our ranges, including haute couture evening gowns, couture bridal wear, couture day wear and tailoring, as well as a space for our very exciting brand new LBD line. As always, to make the competition truly Tammam, all materials used must be reclaimed, eco or sustainable.
I am also very excited as Earthborn paints are sponsors of the competition this year! As well as having an amazing colour range (we all particularly love the shade “Reading Room”) Earthborn offer clay based paints, which means they use eco alternatives to traditional paint ingredients, making them 100% sustainable and eco-friendly, which we love!

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The newly designed atelier will be open in May, but get those entries in quick as the competition closes on March 29th, just 9 days away!

Let any budding designers know, they can enter here.
After the winners of the competition have been announced, the showroom will play host to the Great Easter Sample Sale, which I have also been working on. The sale will see some of the best eco, vegan and sustainable designers such as Outsider, Nancy Dee, Kiboots, Matt & Nat and Makepiece set up shop in the Tammam showroom to sell their rare, past season and sample stock at amazing discounts of up to 80% off! If you would like to grab an exclusive ethical bargain, the sale will run from the 3rd to the 18th of April and we would love to see you there!

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After the sale draws to a close, it will be operation renovation for everyone in Team Tammam as the new showroom begins to take shape. Make sure to keep an eye on the Tammam Twitter and Instagram pages as I’ll be documenting the transformation on them daily….

 

Prolific Pop Up

A Hat-trick of posts this week, back over to Anabel to tell you about my favourite shoe designer of the moment (creator of my bespoke vegan silver & grey sandals…..(come back summer!)) Hetty Rose….

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Yours in shoes

Ms Tammam

 

 

Our quarterly fashion pop up sample sale is just around the corner! As we prepare, we want to give you a sneak peek at one of the designers who’s wares will be there: Hetty Rose.

Shoes are a key accessory to any outfit, and Hetty Rose combines sustainability and a focus on fashion to create beautiful, handmade shoes in her London workshop.

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Hetty Rose reuses and reworks vintage Japanese kimono fabric – “relics of a disappearing world” to create one off shoe designs.

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Come and see, try and buy (at up to 80% off!!) Hetty Rose’s beautiful, one-of-a-kind shoes at Atelier Tammam Pop Up Designer Sample Sale this weekend.

 

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Atelier Tammam Pop Up Designer Sample sale

Friday 1st November and Saturday 2nd November 12-7 PM

Sunday 3rd November 12-6 PM

5 Hastings Street, Bloomsbury, WC1H 9PZ (King’s Cross Tube station)

 

And if you want to be one of a lucky few to get early access on Friday or Saturday (we are adding new stock every day) you can follow @HouseOfTammam on twitter (or like us on face book) and tweet (or post)  #letMeInEarly

 

Anabel