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Emma Shipley: Blogging for Browns

11 May 2012 by TexSelect in Alumni Stories, Fashion, Sponsors, Judges & Champions

Legendary London store Browns, known for their support of the very best international designers and innovators, snapped up designs from Emma Shipley’s scarf collection following her graduation from the Royal College of Art.

An invitation to do in-store staff training, highlighting the inspiration, design process, materials and manufacturing of her brand, was followed by the suggestion that she become Browns guest blogger for a week – the latest in a prestigious line-up of guest bloggers on the Browns website including Mark Fast, Yasmin Kianfar, and Naomi Smart from British Vogue.

Emma delivering her scarves to Browns, London

Since graduating, and winning Texprint’s 2011 Pattern Award, Emma has enjoyed a whirlwind of experiences.

She launched her scarf label at London Fashion Week, in the exhibition at Somerset House; showing a new collaboration of bejewelled silk scarves with jeweller Tomasz Donocik.


Wolf and Badger in Notting Hill, London, a store specialising in promoting emerging designers, now stock Emma’s scarves.  They are also displaying and selling prints of her fascinating and intricate drawings.

Taking a completely different tack, Emma has been working on interior projects with automotive companies including Jaguar Land Rover, some of which will launch in the autumn, and has just taken part in VF Corporation’s Innovation Summit in North Carolina, USA, where she was commissioned to create an installation piece.

Most recently, Emma was confirmed as one of the winners of the recent Who’s Next Premiere Classe Young Designers Contest, winning the opportunity to exhibit at the fair in Paris in July, to coincide with Paris Haute Couture Week. Emma will also be showing at Scoop, the boutique tradeshow showcasing emerging, established and directional fashion collections at the Saatchi Gallery, London, in July.

We find Emma’s experiences over the past ten months to be yet another example of the inspirational ways in which exciting young textile designers can apply their skills, often exploring different aspects of their work in quite unexpected ways.  / Tumblr / Twitter

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