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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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L100C LISTEN: NAO

By November 9, 2018 Editor's Picks, INSPIRATION

Are you looking for new music releases or a different kind of sound?

We regularly share on our blog the music that we at Les 100 Ciels love including an edit of new artists we are currently listening to. Feel a part of the Les 100 Ciels community with a selection of the best tunes played at our stores, and listen to them whenever you want and wherever you are!


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As the days grow shorter, keep winter blues at bay with some fresh tracks from NAO. After the release of her new single “Make It Out Alive”the British artist has officially announced her new album Saturn. Released on October 26 and featuring masterpieces like “Make It Out Alive” and “Another Lifetime”, the album drifts through a mindset in flux, largely focusing on heartbreak and the regenerative bliss that comes after.

But why name it Saturn?  

“My friends kept telling me about the term ‘Saturn Returns’. It’s this idea that Saturn takes 29 years to orbit from when you’re born and it is the planet of blessings and growth. So by the time you’re around 29, something big happens in your life. It’s like waking up and coming of age, like: ‘I’ve been going through my twenties and what have I been doing in this relationship?’ What have I been doing in this job?’ You start to rethink everything – old stuff that your parents taught you or ideas that you believed in. It’s like a complete shedding of skin and it can be painful.” – NAO.

The East Londoner has created the kind of tracks that will have you singing to your mirror and her honest exploration of love, lust, and hardship will keep you awake on those longer nights.

Click here to listen on Spotify.

1. Another Lifetime
2. Make It Out Alive (feat. SiR)
3. If You Ever
4. When Saturn Returns (Interlude)
5. Saturn (feat. Kwabs)
6. Gabriel
7. Orbit
8. Love Supreme
9. Curiosity
10. Drive and Disconnect
11. Don’t Change
12. Yellow of the Sun
13. A Life Like This

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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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L100C Listen: Sampha

By August 21, 2018 Editor's Picks, INSPIRATION

Are you looking for new releases or a different kind of sound? From this month we are excited to share with you the Les 100 Ciels love for music and our edit of new artists we are listening to. Feel involved within the Les 100 Ciels community with a selection of the best tunes played at our stores, and be able to listen to them whenever you want and wherever you are!

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Say Hello to your late summer soundtrack with the freshest releases from Sampha. Born in 1988, the Londoner Sampha Sisay is a singer, songwriter and beat maker, who lent his voice to international artists such as Drake, Kanye West and Solange. By the end of 2017, Sampha has released his first solo album, Process. We love Sampha as nobody’s voice swoops more elegantly and mournfully than his and every lyric comes across as deeply felt.

Click here to listen on Spotify.

  1. Plastic 100 C
  2. Blood On Me
  3. Kora Sings
  4. (No one knows me) Like the Piano
  5. Take me inside
  6. Reverse Faults
  7. Under
  8. Timmy’s Prayer
  9. Incomplete Kisses
  10. What Shouldn’t I Be?

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A history of Tennis Fashion

By June 19, 2018 INSPIRATION
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Since 1877, Wimbledon Tennis has been one of the most recognised tennis championships, hosting hundreds of royals, celebrities, and visitors from around the world and playing a central role in the foundation of many famous tennis careers. As far back as the nineteenth century, the accepted tennis outfit for players were plain white, long-sleeved shirts and trousers for men and full-length corseted white dresses and hats for women. It was not until the 1920s and 1930s that the players, (particularly the female players), began to experiment with their clothing. Shorter skirts, shorts and sleeveless tops were all introduced, some more daring than others, to provide ease of movement and an expression of individual personality and style.

While tennis style evolved to be practical and comfortable this was never at the expense of fashion. High-profile athletes like Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova found their own ways to have fun with their outfits, (think tennis dresses made of lace and even denim) and often attract as much attention for what they wear as their backhands. Tennis outfits have often inspired the masses too, like the white V-neck sweater used by Bill Tilden, still today remaining a classic staple in men’s fashion.

Advances in technology have also changed the way tennis outfits look and function. Embracing of nylon, spandex, and other synthetic fabrics has boosted the performance of the players, who were till then wearing everyday fibres, voluminous skirts and heavy undergarments.

We take a brief look back over the years at tennis and the players standing out sartorially on the tennis court.

1900s

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Tennis became very popular in Victorian England, and the clothing matched the fashion of the day: tennis wear was dresses with high collars and long sleeves. Women played tennis in floor-length skirts, stockings, and long-sleeved tops (all of which prevented a full range of mobility). White was the colour of choice and became synonymous with tennis, symbolic of the wealthy upper classes at the time.

1920s

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The Flapper era brought many changes; French tennis player, Suzanne Lenglen caused a stir when she played Wimbledon with bare arms and a knee-length hemline and she was the first to bring headbands on the court. During that decade, French tennis player René Lacoste created lightweight, breathable cotton shirts (now known as polo shirts) and started mass-producing them in 1933. Today, the Lacoste brand continues to manufacture the tops emblazoned with the iconic crocodile (“The Crocodile” was Lacoste’s nickname).

1930s

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In the 1930s, Helen Wills Moody’s courtside uniforms fit in with the loose and boxy silhouettes of the time. Instead of impractical long skirts, Moody preferred to wear pleated knee-length skirts and her signature white visor.

1950s

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Women’s tennis uniforms in the 1950s were all about cinched waists, tight cardigans, and feminine pleated skirts, seen here on the American actress Donna Reed. At the same time, following his retirement, British tennis player Fred Perry launched his namesake sportswear brand in 1952.

1960s

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Mod fashion took the 1960s by storm and quickly arose in tennis outfits. Streamlined tunics were popular, as well the graphic print shorts worn by English players and Marlys Burel of France.

1980s

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From the 70s and widely adopted in the 80s, the bright yellow tennis ball was adopted so that it could be more easily spotted in televised matches, replacing black or white tennis balls from previous years. The decision had an impact on the tennis wardrobe as well, as players opted out of the formal white dress code and began wearing a palette of pastels or bright neon on the court, as seen here on Steffi Graf.

2000s

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Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova are two tennis players who became almost as famous for what they would wear on the court as they were for their stellar performances. While Kournikova favoured short, tight, and bikini inspired outfits, Sharapova designed all of her uniforms, adding menswear elements and Swarovski crystals.

2010

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The world famous Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, ushered in an era of outlandish outfits that demanded attention on the court—red and black lace dresses, glitter and diamante and revealing cuts and embellishments. There was no denying their brilliance in tennis and the fashion of the sport.

2018

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Brand endorsements have moved to a whole new level and love it or hate it, are becoming a symbol of a player’s status and have a huge impact on their clothing. Players such Ana Ivanovic regularly displays colourful clothing from Adidas, and Caroline Wozniacki is the latest muse for Stella McCartney’s line for the brand.

With Wimbledon tennis around the corner (2nd July – 15th July), we are eagerly waiting to see which fashion trends will dominate the court this year! What do you think?

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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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