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‘Reimagining Femininity’- Fabryan Spring/Summer 2011 Debut Collection

Ijeoma Balogun

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With more than a deep rooted desire to one day be creators of amazing pieces, Nigerian Samantha Jane and Ghanaian best friend Sua Kyei started Fabryan.  It was(what can be best described as) Samantha’s business acumen and unique vision of creativity coupled with Sua’s nonchalant approach to style and enthusiasm for couture, that resulted in a business partnership and the establishment of Fabryan in 2010.

Although from different areas of specialization with Sua in Law and Samantha in Web design,  and with no formal training in fashion they “are very happy to take on the fashion world” says Samantha.

They launched their first Spring/Summer 2011 collection of couture and ready to wear pieces at Fashion Mavericks during London Fashion Week, September 2010.

“The collection played on antonyms of purity and mystery and inspiration was drawn from yin and yang, day and night and light and darkness to create fresh and demure pieces“- Fabryan

BN chats with newcommers Samantha and Sua:

IJeoma Ndekwu: Why did you decide to launch Fabryan?

Fabryan: We decided between ourselves that there was no time like the present and that it was high time we put our creativity, style and love for fashion into something tangible. We wanted to create a brand that complements a stylish woman’s wardrobe; to accentuate and celebrate her femininity.

IJ: What is Fabryans‘ design aesthetic?

FR: The sense of identity we want the Fabryan woman to establish is a sense of luxury (by way of the silks, crepes, satins we use), femininity (ruffles, bows, laces) and allure.

IJ: What contribution do you think your label makes in a fashion industry flocked with designers?

FR: We are a breath of fresh air to the industry, we really put the woman at the centre of our brand and celebrate her in every sense of the word. Thus, creating clothing that are wearable and at the same time unique in their own way.

IJ: Who is the Fabryan woman?

FR: We all know that woman who although very career driven and decisive on what she wants, loves to let her hair down at the end of a hectic week. Its almost like a ritual, where she indulges in lovely meals in the company of like-minded friends or even her partner, afterwards retires into a lovely scented candle lit bath to dissolve any stresses away. Like this woman, the Fabryan piece would be a sensual, intriguing and radiant addition to her exciting and unassuming lifestyle. In a few words, the Fabryan woman makes no apologies for loving the finer things in life.

IJ: On a general note, what inspires your designs?

FR: We are driven and inspired by our Love for Fashion and Style.

IJ: What’s the inspiration behind the Spring/Summer 2011 collection?

FR: This collection plays on antonyms of purity and darkness.We drew inspiration from yin and yang, day and night and light and darkness to create fresh and demure pieces set off against elegance and mystery. Amongst intricate and luxurious silk pencil skirts and corseted dresses, there are ultra feminine day dresses with frills and ruffles, dainty blouses, as well as statement gowns.These striking designs provide a youthful elegance and charm that will easily fit into any stylish wardrobe.

IJ: What’s next for Fabryan?

FR: Following great interest from boutiques and shops in London for our collection we are currently working on production. (All made in U.K). Our website will also have an online shop. We plan to start working on our next collection soon. We anticipate a much stronger collection, which will include our own prints and will be showcased again during London Fashion Week in February 2011.

View Spring/Summer 2011 debut collection:

Designers Samantha & Sua

FABRYAN
Suite 436
22 Eden Street
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 1DN

www.Fabryan.com

20 Comments

  1. k

    September 29, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Beautiful stuff you’ve got here ..

  2. Rosie

    September 29, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    1st to comment..ha!

  3. Miss B

    September 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Awwww. Congrats Ivie. I haven’t looked through the entire collection (courtesy 9ja’s fab internet speed) but I know you guys are fab. I’ll be back

  4. Sia

    September 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Cool collection. Proud of them. I wish darker models were used (or the models were bronzed up) so you can see the outfits’ colours. Great work girls!!!

  5. Ty

    September 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    luv em,good job girls!

  6. Nneka

    September 29, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    These clothes are very nice. THey are fantastic. Where can I buy/.?

  7. Kito

    September 29, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Yayyy to a break from Ankara 🙂 (I love Ankara though but nice to see a change sometimes). Love the designs especially the ruffles…makes them…oh so feminine 🙂 Well done!

  8. Deeyah

    September 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    The lighting is kinda harsh in these photographs even though it doesn´t affect the beauty of the gowns.

  9. Olivia

    September 29, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I love the first red dress!

  10. Irese

    September 29, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    i’m thrilled each time i see ur designs sweets…this is d umpteenth time and i’m still “wowing”! just like coral stitches back in d days when momma used to spring up beautiful designs. nice one baby. xxx

  11. Zara

    September 29, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Nice collection! But ehn so there are no Black models for them to use? I will never patronize Black/African designers that do not use Black/African models. Seriously, SHAME ON FABRYAN!! What message are they trying to send out? That Black models are scarce or Black models are unworthy to wear their collections? Nonsense!

    • NFATA

      September 29, 2010 at 6:38 pm

      i agree with u zara….c’mon even black designers are ditching black models…not fair guys not fair but the collection is good

  12. GeekGirl

    September 29, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    loved some pieces, wasnt feeling some.It would have been nice to get a black model in there but hey…………………………

  13. Nneka

    September 29, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    What is the big deal if they used black models or not. Its the clothes that matter

  14. FABRYAN

    September 29, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Thank you all for your comments. May we say we had 3 models booked of which one was a black african model. the black model failed to turn up on the day of shoot.
    If you look on our website, We used black models for our fashion show. We are in no way against using black models.
    Thank you…..

  15. FL1 TZ

    September 30, 2010 at 6:47 am

    they look stunning

  16. Lola

    September 30, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Some hot, some not.

  17. Ola Shobowale

    September 30, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Well done to the Fabryan Ladies, disappointed I missed thier LFW debut at Fashion Mavericks. But was a pleasure to meet them.

    Ola Shobowale
    Untold London
    http://www.un-told.co.uk

  18. Mariamah

    October 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    These clothes are sexy

  19. ehi

    October 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Lovely designs! Good work girls!

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