Ona Rihu by Jessica Niira for Inlace Media, in collaboration with Antibad

Wearing our Vita dress in soft white Linen/Viscose mix


The Bazaar London

MODERN CRAFT MARKET - Join us on the day for a celebration of the most amazing line up of women makers, small Independent brands and artisans from the world of fashion, pottery, jewellery, art, beauty and food!

The line up includes: After Party Store, Anyone Girl, Apolina, Babaa, Corrie Williamson, Esme Winter, Heinui, Kitty Clogs, Levens Jewels, Lucy Auge, Maya Njie, Milena Silvano, Neoma, Pico, Pip Hartle, Poetwear, Sideline, Sumano, Susie Petrou, ThisisLakshmi, Wold & Gypsy Vintage

Candid Arts, 3 Torrens Street, London, EC1V 1NQ

 
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The Magda Pants

Photography by Sarah Victoria Bates / Grooming by Olivia Crighton / Styling by Chelsey Clarke

Jess

Photographer

Nadine 

Jala

Artist

Yumna

Artist/Photographer


Lydia by Sarah Victoria Bates

Wearing the Tarini dress in burnt orange (back to front)

Mules by Maryam Nassir Zadeh from Joan The Store


Lydia by Sarah Victoria Bates

Wearing the Earl jumpsuit in Lilac linen

Boots by Suzanne Rae from Joan The Store


Olivia from The Hive Models

Photographed by Sarah Victoria Bates

Trousers by Penny Sage, Shoes by Maryam Nassir Zadeh from Joan The Store

Wearing the Vita dress sleeveless in Natural


Olivia from The Hive Models

Photographed by Sarah Victoria Bates

Blouse by Kepler, from Joan The Store, Shoes by Essen 

Wearing the Lincoln dress in Burnt Orange

Wendy from The Hive Models

Photographed by Sarah Victoria Bates

Shoes by Essen

Wearing the Lincoln dress in black


Wendy from The Hive Models

Photographed by Sarah Victoria Bates

Shoes by Loq

Wearing the Earl Jumpsuit in Lilac


Olivia from The Hive Models

Photographed by Sarah Victoria Bates

Shoes by Suzanne Rae, from Joan The Store


Come and join us for a very special day of bidding farewell to a handful of our current styles + saying hello to two very exciting new styles! Join us on the 8th of September at the InNeoss pop up shop at 86 Stoke Newington Church Street for a special discount on some older styles and the chance to pre order our new styles

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Join us on Saturday 8th of September from 10am to 5pm for a Studio Sale and a New Collection Preview.

Location: InNeoss, 86 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0AP.

 

Limited pieces and remaining stock at reduced price

This is your chance to buy our remaining stock with a discount and purchase the styles, which will be temporarily excluded from the production as of September: Holly Dress, Vita Dress, Vita Dress Sleeveless, Ola Jumpsuit, Baumon Blouse.

In the next 6 months, we would like to focus on producing a smaller range, this will include: Earl Jumpsuit, Earl Jumpsuit Sleeveless, Lincoln Dress, Tarini Dress, Bradburn Jumpsuit. 

 

Exclusive Preview and Pre-order of the New Collection
We are launching two new styles:

Magda Pants / Amy Dress
The Magda pants will be exclusively available pre-order on the 8th of September, in some exciting new colours (which are very limited). The pre-ordered piece(s) will then be ready for you in 6 weeks time. After that date it will be available to buy online in February if we have the fabrics left. 

 

If you wish to join us, please rsvp until 3rd of September to: studio@bugclothing.co.uk 


 
 

 

I will be holding 4 smock making workshops during the second week of Gather festival at Fforest in West Wales.

Open to all ages, genders and abilities.

We'll discuss the basics of pattern drafting, sewing and finishing a garment. We'll go from fitting the samples to yourself, to tracing patterns onto material, to sewing and finally finishing your very own smock to take away. (If you're quick you can go and naturally dye it with Hazel Stark before she leaves)

Workshops will last a few hours and are open to all!

30th July - 4th August
Fforest Farm
Cwm Plysgog,
Aberteifi,
Cilgerran

By Day...
Illustration; painting; writing; printmaking; cooking with fire; beer & bread; chocolate making; sausage making; mud kitchen; woodland creations; axe & knife craft; yoga and wellness; drumming;  forest school sessions; den building; ceramics; tree climbing; lantern making; willow weaving; wild swimming.

By Night...
Heard, overheard, listened to, talked about, spun, performed. 
Music and DJs form the backdrop to the Gather evenings

 

Check their site for information, here


 Find a selection of our styles in a range of colours and sizes at the InNeoss pop up shop at 86 Stoke Newington Church Street. We'll be there from the 13th of July - 13th August. Among some really great company.  Opening hours:  Monday - Saturday 10.30am - 6.30pm  Sunday - 11am - 5pm

Find a selection of our styles in a range of colours and sizes at the InNeoss pop up shop at 86 Stoke Newington Church Street. We'll be there from the 13th of July - 13th August. Among some really great company.

Opening hours:

Monday - Saturday 10.30am - 6.30pm

Sunday - 11am - 5pm


Bug X Fanny Jane 

A super limited run of hand painted and handmade waffle cotton blouses by me and my friend FJ

Photographed by us, worn by us


 Bug Clothing featured in The Sunday Times Styles' sustainable fashion feature

Bug Clothing featured in The Sunday Times Styles' sustainable fashion feature


Victoria Spicer (Literal goddess) wearing her Bug clothing garments around California + Mexico

 

The perfect travel item. I want to wear nothing but the Lincoln dress when either I am abroad or the weather is warm in London. It doesn't touch you or cling to you or get in your way and it just feels great and flattering despite the fact it isn't fitting. It really is the easiest garment to wear. And when travelling, the Lincoln dress is a really good day dress as much as it is a fabulous evening dress too.


Bulgaria

Bug + Eesome + Karina Banks London touring Sofia + surrounding


We're very proud to be stocking with Antibad, an online platform dedicated to promoting + selling ethically produced clothing by conscious brands for considerate consumers.

Their most recent images are by Cleo Glover + Ellie Witt, and feature Ella + Jemma from StoriesBehindThings, who are also all angels.

www.antibadstore.com


Victoria Spicer modelling + testing the Ola Jumpsuit and doing the most fabulous job of it


Focus group with a bunch of special friends - April 2018

We discussed sizing, colours, designs, image and much more, then we just took cute photos


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I spoke to the lovely people over at Antibad, the ethical online shop, about my inspirations and ideas behind Bug clothing, read it here


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Festive pop up shop with Hazel Stark, Eesome Shop + Max Jones - December 2017


Hunger TV Rising star interview with Dylan Weller, read it here

Photography by Stephanie Sian Smith

Styling by Ellie Witt

Make up by Celia Evans

Hair by Sophie King

Clothing by Bug Clothing, Toast, Filippa K, Uniqlo


Photography by Cleo Glover

Styling by Ellie Witt

Make up + hair by Celia Evans

Clothing by Bug Clothing, Hunza G + Hunter

Published here


BUG X EESOME - Collaborating on stuff with people I love

 

Eesome shop is an online store for pre-loved homewares, their ideals are wonderful, see here:

 

Supply Chain

Shopping second-hand is actively choosing to support a small, independent supply chain. Most of our items are bought through charities or individual market sellers who make a living from these purchases. The money you spend feeds back into small communities, rather than getting lost in large corporations.

Quality

Vintage homewares, especially ceramics, tend to be of a much higher quality than modern, mass-produced, mass-replicated items. Before the demand for cheaper and cheaper homewares, the materials and making processes were of a much higher standard. Proof of this can be seen in the flawless condition of the items found on the website, decades after they were first made.

Environment

When you buy second-hand, you are re-investing in materials and resources that have already been used. No matter how ethically or sustainably made a new item is, buying second-hand will always be the best option in terms of the environment, creating very little demand on the worlds resources.


Bug Clothing interview with Twenty6 Magazine about sustainable fashion + inspiration, here


Collaboration with Hazel Stark for her RCA MA in TEXTILES graduate collection

 

Pattern cutting + construction by me, design by us both.

 

Another way

A collection responding to Hella Jongerius’ call for ‘a new holistic approach to design’.

Fashion and textiles are the most polluting and wasteful of industries. I believe that as designers we have a responsibility to be conscious of the impact of the material choices we make; to be resourceful, working towards a more sustainable future model for the production of the clothes we wear and materials we live with.

What started with an exploration of natural dyes as an alternative to the petrochemical and polluting synthetic norm, my design approach broadened to encompass sourcing and developing materials and finding new solutions.

By looking backwards to move forward I have developed a number of methodologies, recipes and fostered production relationships that have their origins in pre-industrial textiles, craft and the principles of slow-textiles, but are scalable and viable alternatives for contemporary and future production. For example, material efficiencies such as placement and engineered prints, careful pattern cutting minimising waste material and reusing any waste for linings and trim are all economical solutions and employed for the making of the garments.

Using waste, by creating mono-materials from strong natural fibres and non-toxic colour, substrates and finishings to make materials that are naturally hard-wearing. They will have a long life, but also their end of life would be uncomplicated; simple to re-use, recycle or compost without any polluting elements; working within the principles of the circular economy.


Go see with Photographer Wendy Huynh

Styling by me, direction by Wendy

Models are Jasmine + Saskia from Elite

Jewellery by Jessie Harris London + Dinosaur Designs

Swimwear by Hunza G

Shoes by Loq


Collaboration project

 

Photography by Suzie Howell

Set + Direction + styling by Nina Fina + Bug

Model is Zarina

Hair + Make-up by Rosie Herdman of Glasshouse Salon

 

Furniture by &sons, Maxwell Randall

Lingerie by Jody Shafton, Lonely Label, Sunspel + Weekday

Jewellery by Karina Banks London + Jessie Harris

 

See the feature on the Glasshouse Journal here

 


Collaboration project - bespoke trousers created by Bug clothing for Jala Wahid

 

Photography by Agnes Lloyd Platt

Model is Jala Wahid

Set + styling by Nina Fina

Hair + Make-up by Mia Waldern of Glasshouse Salon

Nails by Charly Avenell 

 

 


 

Nar (pomegranate)

 

A small collection of Summer tops for women. Handmade using light Turkish cotton which has been carefully dyed by hand with a natural dye of pomegranates and walnut husks, in a special place called Dalyan.

 

Shop the collection from here

 

Photography + Direction by Sarah Victoria Bates

Body by Wendy Huynh


 

Photography - Suzie Howell

Set + Direction by Suzie + Bug

Body - Aleks Grela


 

Bug X Brother

 

B X B is a collaboration between Bug Clothing + Brother London. Together we have created a unisex work jacket with the concept of 'one style fits all'. The jacket is composed from a cotton mix, allowing ease of movement, durability and a jacket which will wear well over time. 

The B X B jacket will be available on our online shop + at brother Londons' store at Netil Market from early February 2017


 
 

Bella, by Bug + Ana Kerin


 

Wolf & Moon - collection 5 

Photography by Hannah Davis

www.wolf-and-moon.com


 

Agnes Lloyd Platt x Bug Clothing

www.agnesvita.com


 

Series by Sarah Victoria Bates

Body by Nina Fina


 
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Image by Ola O Smit

 

Sustainable fashion

 ... It takes a lotttt of time, love and care to make a high quality garment
 
We believe in choosing quality and consideration over quantity. The materials we use are dead stock from designer factory waste. This way we aren't contributing to the reproduction of new materials and instead making use of excess.

All of our garments are made from start to finish by me, Sam and Philippa in my studio in Hackney Wick. This means we make the pattern, we toile the sample, we cut the fabric from the pattern, we sew and labels, I hand write the tags and package them all here.

 

 Image by  Ola O Smit

Image by Ola O Smit

 

Transparency

I believe it's important for people to be open and honest about what they do and what it takes to make something, because otherwise how else will people know why brands charge what they charge for what they sell. Unless you physically make garments yourself, you can't know the technical skill, the patience and the time it takes to produce an item of clothing to a high standard.

So I thought I would demonstrate some of our costings for you:
 

Lincoln dress:
Time to cut out fabric from pattern: 30 minutes (£5)
Time to sew: 4 hours (£40)
Cost of fabrics: £10
Cost of production: £45
Cost of garment to make: £55
RRP: £140
Gross ‘Profit’: £85


Costs not included:
pattern cutting the garment / making sizes / studio rent / notions (threads, garment labels, garment tags etc) / machines, irons, pattern paper, stationary, storage etc / machine servicing / studio materials / internet / electricity / fabric waste (when fabric has snags or marks) / marketing time / sourcing materials / photoshoots / PAYE tax / company tax / website costs / time spent when things go wrong / training new employees / cleaning / hand sewing labels / hand writing tags / pressing garments / personalising packaging and finally re-investing into the business

We will be altering our prices slightly as of September 2018 to allow for rises in rent, materials + wages

 

It may seem a bit dumb that while we sell clothes, we encourage you to buy fewer of them… but the really sad truth is that the clothing industry is second largest polluter in the World after oil.

You are probably aware that high street fashion has earned a terrible reputation due to: exploitation of human capital, outsourcing production to the world’s lowest-wage economies, environmental degradation - the list goes on. These were drawn more openly to the public 5 years ago when 1,133 garment workers were killed in Dhaka in Bangladesh, while producing clothing for high street and some high-end brands familiar to all of us.

 

The Aftermath of Fast Fashion

WASTE
3-5% out of approx. 240m pieces a year (Dhaka factory data) is usually discarded because of a trivial issue such as an order mistake.
The U.K. buys 2,066,000 tonnes of clothes each year and 52% or 1,081,000 tonne is thrown away into landfill

 ENVIRONMENT
The carbon footprint of a British household’s clothing for the year is equivalent to driving 6,000 miles in a car
The volume of water consumed by apparel production each year is currently the equivalent to 32 million Olympic swimming pools

HUMAN ASPECT
There are 246 million child-workers (age 5 to 14) in the world today – beading and sequins are often indication of child labour
The wages of workers in garment factories can be as low as US $1 - $3 a day / UK £0.76 - £2.29.

On a lighter note! We can all make a difference by slightly altering the way we think and shop everyday, from the food we buy, the way we travel, the things we support.

To help make shopping easier, here are some good places to buy clothing from: (apart from just general old great charity shops and boot-sales obviously)

Antibad store / Nadinoo Clothing / Hund Hund / BySigne / Cabbage blue / Thinking Mu / Shaina Mote / Suku / Diarte / Carcel / Bower / Know the Origin, and this list goes on...

Some of these brands produce on a really small made to order scale, some use recyclable and recycled fabrics, some make everything under one roof, some work with artisans in other countries and give fair wages. Although I can't vouch for the 'sustainability' of them all, I think what they're doing is for the good.