Totem is the next venture of Kate Bonhôte who, after graduating from Fashion Design at Central St Martins worked as a stylist and costume designer. She then went on to co set up an internationally acclaimed and award winning London based brand and concept store/gallery Beyond the Valley, whose main focus was supporting emerging creatives and artists.
For Totem’s second season we have collaborated with the illustrator Rob Flowers on the theme of his up and coming book, “Festival Folk”, published by Cicada Books. Rob, through his artwork, explores the weird and wonderful ancient festivals that have existed around the globe, some for over a thousand years.
Many of the festivals share their respect of nature and take place at special times in the seasons, honoring Mother Earth and all it provides for us. Festivals allow self expression through music, costume, performance art and dance. They are a celebration of community spirit and togetherness.
Working alongside the all over print Rob has created, the Festival Folk collection plays with strong bold contrasting coloured shapes to give a geometric feel.
This year we have worked with a specialist Eco Italian Mill which recycles wool. Off cuts and fluff found on the factory floor create the soft durable fabric used in our Story Coat and Bomber Jacket.
Taking Rob’s cartoon eyes as our symbol for Autumn/ Winter season we can find these hidden in embroidered details, as well as the reflective nature of our piping used to highlight the details through out.
Our photographic shoot this season was shot on the volcanic Black Sand Beach in Reynisfjara, Iceland.
Look out for the guy hiding in the tree who is inspired by La Vijanera festival that takes place in the north of Spain, most likely dates back to Roman times and is also known as the festival of Nature.
The funny person with a fist on top of his head has been taken from the Duk-Duk festival from Papua New Guinea which holds ritual dances that invoke male and female spirits.
The horse head character represents the Irish festival Armagh Rhymers which re-enacts the ancient rites through dance, poetry, music and song.
The scary skull person is from the 1,400 year old festival found in the carnival Vevcani, Macedonia.
The ram headed guy is inspired by a costume from the the Bulgarian festival Kukeri and is intended to ward off evil spirits and promote a good harvest.
The bold blue totem was inspired by the Celtic deities statues found in the Boa Island, Ireland.
In this era of fast fashion and profits over people the Eco aspect of Totem is not just a marketing tool but a way of life. A simple decision made by any parent.
Nearly entirely organic; an exception will only be made if a fabric is unique and durable with a low carbon footprint. Even trims and accessories will be Eco where possible. All fabrics are OEKO-TEX approved, textiles free from harmful substances.
Currently we are producing everything in the UK to keep it local as well as enjoy the high working standards that we are lucky to have here in Europe.
Tried and tested on happy children.
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