Edward Mongzar Wins Best UK Womenswear Designer Award 2018 by Edward Mongzar

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We are really proud to announce that we have won the best womenswear designer (UK) award from Lux Magazine! We are really proud and happy to have our hard work recognised and we are really thankful to Lux Magazine for their recognition and support.

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The Weavers’ Story - (Completed on June, 2018) by Edward Mongzar

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The Weavers’ Story

a project inspired by weavers of Nagaland

Edward’s last visit to his home town in 2016, helped him start this special project. It is really close to his heart and will remain so. We hope this little insight to the project is a joy to you.

 -  Ms Chungki Chang weaving her magic.

- Ms Chungki Chang weaving her magic.

Edward Mongzar Partnering with Artisans

Being from Nagaland, Edward feels a strong connection to the local crafts of the area, particularly Naga hand weaving. He not only appreciates the artistic process and the passion the weavers have for their work, but also the connection to the heritage of Nagaland and the preservation of a craft which is an essential part of the cultural make up of the state in India.

This is something that Edward wanted to preserve, for future generations to appreciate and be able to be proud of. He recognised that the craft risked dying out if used solely for traditional garments. He wanted his artisans to be able to make a living out of their craft and to be able to do what they love. Therefore, Edward decided to make Naga hand weaving an essential part of label’s story.

Edward had always been encouraged growing up to stay connected to his background and his family always kept him grounded within the local community. This is why he was so keen to begin the Weavers’ project and be able to give something back to his community and to do something for the place he came from, the place he will always feel so close to.

The Women’s Co-Operative

Edward’s joined up with a women’s co-operative in Nagaland, where women work together to get fair work and wages for what they do. Arepla ( Head of the co-op) and Edward together set up a women’s weaving group from women of the organisation. These weavers became a dedicated team, working to produce weaves for Edward’s designs.

The women were excited to be able to provide for their families doing something that they loved. When the women first came to weave for Edward, to showcase their skills, one of the women came to Edward and told him what it meant to her to be able to provide for her family by what she does, she said she was grateful to be able to keep her children housed and fed thanks to Edward’s work. Edward was so touched by this and it only made him more determined to carry out the project and be able to provide more work for these women and give something truly meaningful back to his home community.

The story

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Ms Chungki Chang:

Ms Chang is a widow with 4 kids. She was the reason our designer, Edward, was inspired to begin the project “The Weavers’ Story”. Hearing the story of how she loved what she did and wished she could do it for the rest of her life and the fact that she uses her craft to provide for her children really struck a cord with Edward.

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Her story with us began when Edward was visiting Nagaland in May 2016 and she came to the door selling hand woven scarves. She had woven the scarves herself and was selling them to make money for her family. Her story was as beautiful as the scarves she had made. The sheer honesty of her story, her gift in weaving and her love for the craft that kept her and her family going was inspirational. We knew we had to do something for her, for the craft she loves, for the craft that was dying. Her weaving played a big role in our AW 17/18 Collection. Ms Chang told us she didn’t understand why we love hand weaving so much, and we replied “we love it because it gives us a chance to help weavers like you keep weaving”. It was magical to watch her weave, her craft tells a story, she lives the story, and there seems to be not a worry in the world when she is weaving her magic, yarn by yarn

Edward Mongzar is making continuous efforts to preserve the craft of Naga hand weaving for future generations by encouraging unions and co-operatives to employ weavers and help to modernise the craft.

Brexit and the fashion industry by Edward Mongzar

I think it would be fair to say that many industries were shaken to the core by the Brexit vote early last Summer, however in no industry was the shock and worry more apparent than the fashion industry, where a poll by the BFC saw 90% of Designers state a preference for a Remain vote.

It’s understandable that so many felt that way when you consider the importance of exports, free movement of labour and the strong collaborations we share with our counterparts across Europe in the industry. However, now that Brexit is happening and we are finally beginning to learn small details of what the Government is aiming for in Brexit negotiations, we as an industry must look to the future and the possible opportunities that Brexit can offer us.

We have already seen some small silver linings to the vote; these could be signs of the opportunities we can make use of if we are willing. For example, the immediate plummet of the pound in the wake of the Brexit vote allowed for an increase in foreign spending in the fashion and luxury sectors, with stores like Harrods, Asos and others seeing marked rises in spending as tourists began to see the opportunity for bargain buys in London.

That is not to say that we should ignore the many possible perils of a Leave vote, such as the possible increase in manufacturing costs for British designers, many of whom source fabrics and have many aspects of their manufacturing and production carried out abroad. The rising cost for these brands may have to be offset by rising prices for consumers and this is something that we all should be aware and indeed cautious of. We should also ensure going forward, that we work to improve manufacturing capabilities within the UK to make sure these issues don’t cripple new designers.

We must also be wary to ensure that we continue the free flow of creative talent from all over the world in and out of Britain and ensure that designers continue to reap the benefits of access to an international market of trading and creativity.

The future is what we make it and if I’ve learnt anything about the fashion industry and those who keep its wheels spinning, it’s that they always pull through and find new, creative ways to seize opportunities under every circumstance. 

 

- Josh Leneveu

SS'17 Media Packs by Edward Mongzar

 
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Hand marbled just like our SS’17 garments, our media packs are comprehensive and embody what our collection entails. The delicate swirls of the marble dye on the packs demonstrate the free-flowing and gentle silhouettes of our SS’17 pieces.
Folded flat and opening up into a mini briefcase, the pack is unique and pleasing on the eye. The media packs are in line with our belief in being a sustainable and ethical business and thus are completely handcrafted. Our media pack and everything within are created using recycled, pressed garment waste.
 

The packs provide an insight into our hand marble dyeing and its broad history throughout different areas of the World, our hand weaving technique and its history within tribal Nagaland and the vision and story of the label Edward Mongzar.

Knowing the fast pace of the fashion industry, our media packs also contain unique hand marble dyed day planners for easy schedule keeping. It also contains a flip note pad for writing down inspiration as it comes to you, which you can do knowing no trees have been destroyed, yet the note pad remains as beautiful as your inspiration. 

 

Photo Courtesy - Craftboat, India

 

Spring Summer '17 by Edward Mongzar

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Our Spring / Summer ’17 collection embodies the elegance, sophistication and ethereal sensations consistent with our design aesthetic. Working with hand marbled dying, we create truly unique and one of a kind pieces. Beautiful, gentle swirls and ripples dance on our garments. Each piece created by highly skilled artisans of the craft.

The fabrics were created using an old age weaving technique found only in Nagaland. Previously, this type of weave has only been used sparingly for traditional tribal garments. This collection is a success story born out of a passion to recreate old school opulence with a twist of contemporary sensuality.

BTS S/S 17 by Edward Mongzar

 

Photographer- Derek McCoy Menéndez
Model - The Twig
MUA - Lottie Edmonds
Location - The Emporium, Yeovil, Somerset.

 

The Tarlee Project by Edward Mongzar

 

Exclusive For Tarlee

During Pure London in 2016, we had the opportunity to meet with many interesting people.
A meeting that stuck out to us was meeting Tara and Liz, the founders of Tarlee.com. Tarlee is an online store that focuses exclusively on independent designers, providing a vital platform for emerging talent and promoting slow and sustainable fashion, something that is very close to our brand philosophy.

Upon meeting the dynamic duo, we felt instantly that our brands aligned well and couldn’t wait to discuss further the opportunity of featuring our collection on their site. We really appreciated the effort they were putting into making it an exciting place for not only new fashion but also slow and ethical fashion to build its place in the British fashion industry.

We were so excited about their new platform and their strong belief in ethically made clothing that we decided to create a collaborative capsule collection just for them. They loved our hand marble dyeing in our Marble Mist collection. They were really interetsed to launch a collection for Autumn/ Winter with us taking the spirit of Marble Mist to AW collection. Therefore, we created a small collection of garments in darker marbling in pure silk and cotton exclusivly for them.

Marble Mist by Edward Mongzar

A successful woman once said that simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. This is something that is encapsulated by our collection Marble Mist. With delicate marble dyed fabrics, smooth silk georgette and soft and free flowing garments, elegance is abound. The collection fosters an opulent and sexy air of confidence whilst still ensuring each design is still completely serene. Simple silhouettes, free flowing fabrics and mellow splashes of colour.

They are empowering and give her a feeling reminiscent of gently drifting off into a soft sleep or daydream.

Marble Mist embodies its namesake; each garment is soft and ethereal. They give the Edward Mongzar woman complete unrestraint and allow her femininity to be free. They are empowering and give her a feeling reminiscent of gently drifting off into a soft sleep or daydream.

The marbling technique used in this collection is a craft that has been perfected over many decades. Highly experienced artisans in the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, meticulously construct unique and vibrant pieces using this antiquated method of dyeing.

 Hand marbling on silk using recycled water.

Hand marbling on silk using recycled water.