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Les 100 Ciels X M2M

By November 30, 2018 BEHIND THE SCENES, EVENTS
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This season we are proud to support Mothers to Mothers (m2m), an International non-profit organization focusing on bolstering African healthcare systems, while delivering empowerment opportunities for women. From their launch in Cape Town, South Africa in 2001, m2m have developed to address the causes and effects of HIV, delivering benefits at almost all stages of life.  m2m employ, train and help to empower HIV-positive women as community health workers. These “Mentor Mothers” work in local communities, supporting understaffed health facilities to ensure that women and their families get the health advice and medication they need and are supported on their treatment journey.

In support of their work, we at Les 100 Ciels have committed to donate the profits of the sales of our Kasia 100% Cashmere jumper to the m2m cause. As part of this commitment, we organised a workshop in collaboration with The Yard Café in London, inviting the members of the Mama Club and our customers, to join together to take part in an embroidery class and awareness raising talk. The aim of this event was to support a good cause and build awareness of m2m amongst our customers and the general public. 

With the help of a sewing tutor, we have created about 20 embroideries, inspired by the m2m logo, which will then be pressed on our Kasia jumpers and sold in store.

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We want to provide our customers with more information about worldwide issues, while offering the best products with the highest quality. We hope to not only help less advantaged people to have better living conditions, but also to share the message that there is so much we can do as a brand and individuals. If you would like to give a thoughtful gift this year and contribute to a good cause, you can find the Les 100 Ciels X m2m jumpers online and in our St. Christopher’s Place store!

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In conversation with Morgan McFie

By October 12, 2018 BEHIND THE SCENES, INSPIRATION
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This week Les 100 Ciels met Morgan McFie, a contemporary abstract artist based in Barnes. Morgan’s paintings are intuitive, fluid and full of texture, taking inspiration from aerial perspectives of natural landscapes. Read more to learn the intricate and fascinating process of giving life to a canvas.


Where and how did you learn your craft?

I have always loved being creative and painting. I nearly did an art degree, but chose the safe route of doing a business degree at the end. After university, I wanted to get back to being creative so started painting again in my spare time. Things really changed when I moved to New Zealand for a year and was hugely inspired by the art scene in Australia and New Zealand where artists use bright and bold colours. I began experimenting with abstract fluid techniques and then once I started using resin I felt like I’d found my style.

 

Your latest art pieces are beautiful. What inspires your art?

I find aerial perspectives of coastlines and estuaries really beautiful and I look to try and capture the movement and subtlety of tones in my paintings. I find traveling also hugely inspiring and recently found lots of inspiration after a trip to Bali.

 

What materials do you use?

For my work I mainly prefer to use resin, pigments, acrylic paints. Resin is such an incredible material and creates depth to the painting and cures with a glass-like finish making the painting very reflective. I love adding touches of gold pigment which creates a fine shimmer and different texture to the surface when the painting catches the light.

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How has your work evolved since your first commission?

So much so! One of the things I love about resin is that it is a very volatile material, so initially I was meticulously planning the composition of each piece, but then was thrown when the resin didn’t move as I expected or the colour pigments shifted as it cured. As I have become more experienced, I’ve learnt to go with the flow and let the painting evolve in front of me. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but when it works well the paintings often turn out far better than I could have planned.

 

Can you describe your workspace? Where do you like to work?

I work from a home studio in Barnes. One of my walls are covered in photos and they are my main source of inspiration, along with an endless stash of acrylic paints and my equipment. I tend to base myself wherever there is the best light at home that day.

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Describe briefly the process of making your paintings…

I start by creating a mood board of images that inspire me – it could be shapes, colour combinations or textures. I sand and prime the boards and then mix the resin and pigments. Resin is fluid and has about one hour working time which really motivates me and I go into a state of flow. I pour the resin and use gravity and a blowtorch to change the viscosity of the resin which alters how it moves across the board. Each layer of resin cures over 24 hours and I finish the piece by painting the edges for a clean finish.

 

What would you like to achieve in the near future?

I would love to sell internationally, start a print range and collaborate with other artists.

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What is a common misconception about your art?

Lots of people mistake the resin for ceramics or glass as the finish is so glossy and reflective.

 

If you could visit anywhere in the world where would that be?

There are so many countries I would love to travel, but Sri Lanka has been at the top of my list for a while now. The food, the jungles, the mountains and the surfing culture all massively appeal to me.


 

The Les 100 Ciels team are always looking for like-minded people to collaborate with and we were so excited to discover Morgan McFie! Her abstract art is inspiring and beautiful and her passion for what she does is evident in every piece. A range of Morgan McFie products is available in our St Christopher’s Place store in Marylebone. We highly recommend viewing Morgan’s art in person to fully grasp the depth and intricacy of the pieces.

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Les 100 Ciels Neighbourhood: Marylebone

By April 18, 2018 BEHIND THE SCENES
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Just north of our flagship store in St Christopher’s Place and south of Regents Park is the pretty and peaceful Marylebone neighbourhood, characterized by white stone buildings and family-owned patisseries.  Full of charm and intimacy with terraced Georgian and Edwardian townhouses, independent boutiques and trendy cafes and restaurants, this little pearl maintains a cosy village vibe, attracting visitors from all walks of life.

The backbone of the area is the bustling Marylebone High Street, where a casual stroll and window-shopping excursion will always lead to new discoveries. Spilling outwards from the high street are a number of smaller, trendy streets including Chiltern Street, an up and coming dining and shopping destination. If you like a vibrant and unique experience, read on and fall in love with our selection of the best Marylebone galleries, cafés and exhibitions!

Marylebone Farmers market

Every Sunday this stunning market attracts London’s foodies with a choice of more than 30 stalls. There’s always something new to find as the seasons change, from oysters for breakfast to excellent cuts of meat. For those who have time to explore a bit further, Marylebone Road will lead you to Alfie’s Antique Market on Church Street, where you can uncover some gorgeous items- and don’t miss its hidden terrace café, a peaceful respite on the top floor!

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The Wallace collection

Housed at Hertford House, this free entry national museum comprises an extensive collection of French 18th century paintings, porcelain and furniture. The house alone is well worth a visit with opulent interiors across 30 rooms that are beautiful and perfectly frame the exhibitions. Complete this cultural journey with a delicious lunch at The Wallace restaurant, flooded with natural light, dotted trees and sculptures.

Hertford House
Manchester Square
London
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La Fromagerie

With 3 locations in central London and with possibly the best cheeseboard in the city, this shop’s popularity has only increased since 2002, with the opening of their Marylebone branch in Lambs Conduit street. Featuring a maturing cellar and a lovely restaurant, the shop also sells artisan bread, a charcuterie selection and fine wines. Pop in at lunch time (if you are lucky to find a seat) for some tasty fondue and a pleasant glass of wine!

2-6 Moxon Street
London
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Le Monocle café

This little café in Chiltern Street is a spin-off of the Monocle magazine and the place to pick up the latest issues of the magazine and bump into fellow Monocle readers. As well as delicious Allpress coffee, this café offers delicious Swedish pastries from Stockholm’s Fabrique bakery and well-presented cakes from Lanka, a Japanese-run patisserie.

18 Chiltern Street
London
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Daunt books

This bookshop opened its doors back in 1912 in Marylebone, claiming to be the first custom-built bookshop in the world, and it is truly an experience not to be missed! As soon as you enter Daunt books an overwhelming feeling of calm and tranquillity pervades. Characterized by the original Edwardian style with long oak galleries, graceful skylights and books elegantly lining the walls, this independent bookshop is a haven for book lovers.

83 Marylebone High Street
London
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We are enamoured with our neighbourhood, what do you think?

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Love through the centuries

By February 5, 2018 BEHIND THE SCENES
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Love songs, poems, ballets, plays, sculptures, paintings, holidays, the world is strewn with the artefacts of intense romantic love.  Love is a powerful emotion. It can build us up, and tear us apart, but where would we be without it?

Through the centuries the word “Love” evolved significantly, beginning with the ancient Greeks’ recognition of the need to describe more than one kind of love, inventing the word “eros” to describe carnal love, and “agape” to mean a spiritual love.

In ancient times, marriages were primarily a business relationship or political alliance and according to an old French custom, the spouses had to drink a brew called “metheglin”, which was made from honey, to celebrate their union. Hence, we got the word “Honey moon”!

During Medieval times, the importance of love in a relationship emerged as a reaction to arranged marriages, but was still not considered a prerequisite in matrimonial decisions. Suitors wooed their intended with serenades and flowery poetry, following the lead of lovelorn characters on stage and in verse.

During the Victorian Era, romantic love became viewed as the primary requirement for marriage and courting became even more formal – almost an art form among the upper classes.

And from there Love took a deeper and broader meaning also thanks to the invention of Valentine’s Day! But where do such traditions actually come from?

This day is in fact clouded by various fanciful legends. Valentine’s Day is a very old tradition, thought to have originated from a Roman feast.  The Romans had a festival called Lupercalia in the middle of February – officially the start of their springtime. As part of the celebrations, boys had to extract names of girls from a box. During the festival, the couples formed from the lots, would be cermoniously named boyfriend and girlfriend and sometimes they would even be ‘married’. Later on, the church wanted to turn this festival into a Christian celebration and decided to use it to remember St Valentine as well. It is also said that after St Valentine was arrested for giving aid to prisoners, he is said to have fallen in love with a girl, sending her a note saying “From your Valentine”, from here the tradition to send cards to express people’s feelings to those they loved.

And you, how will you express love this Valentine’s day?

Keep us posted!

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Behind the seams | Autumn Winter ’17

By July 19, 2017 BEHIND THE SCENES
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Our autumn collection is inspired by the Japanese view of life, in particular the art of Wabi Sabi. Through embracing a simple, uncluttered aesthetic, we’ve concentrated on paring back inessentials and finding beauty in imperfections. We are abandoning the perfect and celebrating authentic craftsmanship whilst appreciating the beauty of natural objects.

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The Wabi Sabi way of life favours authenticity over perfection and the natural and organic over clinical and symmetrical. This appreciation of fragile and incomplete things that do not adhere to our preconceived idea of beauty is something that is at the forefront of  our designs in this collection.

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In the first part of the season  we have created pieces with raw edged seams, asymmetric and unfinished hems. Layered textures and unique silhouettes are supported by a palette of blush and natural tones of dusty pink and stone.

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Towards the end of the season, there is a harmony between nature and design with a palette of rich tones of forest green and deep charcoal. Intarsia prints in scattered designs inspired by Raku ceramics give character, touch and feel.

Keep tuned for our new season styles, coming soon!

Shop our summer collection here.

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Go graphic | our new print

By May 12, 2017 BEHIND THE SCENES
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Introducing our new graphic print styles, Skye and Sal.

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Skye parka will see you through unpredictable weather this spring.

THE FIT

A classic parka shape with a practical hood and roomy pockets. Loose fit that will give you enough room to layer a jumper underneath for extra comfort.

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WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

It can be hard to dress practically in unpredictable weather whilst still maintaining your personal style. This is the perfect style for standing out from the crowd and making a statement with your wardrobe.

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Shop Skye here!


 

SAL

Sal skirt will take you from day to night seamlessly.

THE FIT

A fitted skirt with a layered front panel and side slit. It’s perfect for teaming with a simple tee for a seamless silhouette.

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WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

This bold print will freshen up your wardrobe with it’s contemporary, graphic feel. The fit of the skirt holds you in at all the right places and will be a fun addition to your go-to essentials for warm weather

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Shop Sal here! 

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