Behind the Scenes of a Ferrajean Photo-shoot!

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Taken by Darius Knetsch,starring (left to right) Abby Doherty, Lucille Jean-Charles and Saskia Jean-Charles, 9/4/18

Hello everyone and welcome back!

It has been just over a month since I last posted (sorry!) but I am back and ready to share some exclusive behind-the-scenes goodness!

On 9th April 2018, the Ferrajean team took to South East London to have their second photo-shoot! It was a mad rush of getting everything to fit in a few suitcases, making sure we hadn’t lost anyone and braving the freezing cold weather. Despite how hectic the day was though, we managed to get the photos we were aiming for and bonded more as a team.

Today I will share some of our favourite photos from the day and I will later post more in-depth details from the day; so stay tuned!

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  ‘Embellished Love’ Jumpsuit paired with white EGO heels, starring Shannon Merishaas 

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‘Be Jewelled’ two piece outfit paired with white EGO heels, starring Shannon Merishaas 

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‘Make Me Wild’ two piece outfit paired with nude heels, starring Saskia Jean-Charles

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‘Make Me Wild’ dress paired with chunky nude heels, starring Shannon Merishaas 

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Elegant red dress paired with white heels, starring Lucille Jean-Charles

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(impromptu photo-shoot when we got home because Kamara fell in love with the ‘Make Me Wild’ trousers 🙂 #boujee)

‘Make Me Wild’ trousers paired with a long-sleeved black crop top, starring Kamara Atkinson

I hope you enjoyed this little sneak-peek into what Ferrajean will be releasing soon!

To keep up with what’s happening next make sure to sign-up here!

We are currently in the process of having a website make-over and our new website, with the above pieces available, will be up soon!

If you are interested in modelling for Ferrajean please message Lucille or I on Instagram or email us at l.jeancharles@ferrajean.com and abbydoherty@ferrajean.com

(All pieces are hand-made by our extremely talented founder Lucille and all photos were taken by Darius Knetsch, apart from the last one taken by Lucille)

Until next time!

From FJ Marketer, Abby x

Love Luce: How to Style a Yellow Faux Fur Coat

Hey guys, welcome back! We are starting a new series on here in which, Ferrajean founder, Lucille will be posting about how she styles her wardrobe and her FJ pieces. We hope you enjoy! 😉


How to Style a Yellow Faux Fur Coat 

Hey guys, Luce here!

I have also done a YouTube video over on my channel (linked above) if you want to see the coat in action 😉 Anyways, onto the post!

I bought this coat from Missguided.

At first I was sceptical about buying it because of the colour. Would it go with anything in my wardrobe? How often would I wear it? But then I thought, you only live once and life is too short to just have boring colours in your closet! So I bought it!

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I have no regrets! I get a lot of comments from people when I wear this coat. The most common being “I can see you from a mile away” lol. It’s a great conversation starter.

A con I found, when I first started wearing it, was that I found it hard to match it with my outfits, because the colour is so bright. The looks I have done in my video are mainly all black outfits. Black and white go with everything; my mum always told me that when I was growing up. But there’s no harm in switching it up and experimenting with different colours.

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The last outfit in my video included more colour because I found some pinks that went really well with the yellow. Denim goes well with a lot of bright colours, so my jeans complimented the coat well. Although, I think you have to find the right colour denim because I feel like some bleached denim or very light coloured denim can make the outfit look a bit childish, with the yellow.

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The big pro of this is that it is so unbelievably warm!!!! And, coming from someone who is always cold (and lives in England), that is saying something! It’s amazing to wear this in winter too because you can wear a little revealing outfit underneath and still feel toastie!

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I would love to hear your styling tips and tricks for wearing a statement piece of clothing like this coat so don’t forget to comment below!

I will be back soon with an exclusive look into what is to come from Ferrajean 😉

Thank you all for reading! Until next time.

Love, Luce xxx

FJ Travel: Something that scares you – 4 Days in Paris

Hello and welcome back to Behind the Seams! It has been about a month since my last post but I am back and ready to share some exciting updates!

Ferrajean founder, Lucille, has been working hard an exclusive summer collection and we have a few photo-shoots in the making! Lucille has also launched her very own YouTube channel in which she will be sharing everything FJ and her own personal passions. You can check it out here – Lucille Jean (perfect timing as she has just uploaded a new video!)

Lucille will also be starting her own series on this blog called ‘Love, Luce’. She will be sharing her own styling and lifestyle tips, which will coincide with her YouTube channel. Her first post will be going up this week, so keep an eye out! 😉

Now, back to the main reason you clicked on this post – Paris!

My best-friend Saskia and I travelled to Paris for 4 days at the beginning of March and, although a lot could have went wrong (mainly my bad :/), we had the most amazing time! In this post I will share the mistakes we made, some tips on not being a ‘tourist’ and our favourite locations.

What could have went wrong 

I was in charge.

Well…I voluntarily put myself in charge of the flight and hotel. That was mistake one (according to Saskia). Because we are last minute and somewhat unorganised people when we are together, we naturally booked our flight and hotel through lastminute.com. In a fleeting moment of stupidity, I put ‘Abby’ as the name on the flight booking. Something that I later found was a real pain to change. You might be thinking ‘why would this be an issue?’ Well, I’ll tell you. My legal name (i.e the one on my passport) is Abigail. Hence, my brain should have realised that it may look a bit dodgy to have two different names on the booking and my passport.

I didn’t actually realise this issue until Saskia pointed it out a week before we were due to go. So, naturally, I went into panic mode. I called lastminute.com to ask them to change it and what pursued was a daily phone call with customer service and the constant response that they would ‘pass the issue to their manager’. Well, the departure day arrived and I hadn’t heard back. What followed was some frantic prayers on the way to Heathrow and, thankfully, my name was not an issue. Panic over. Or so I thought. (they emailed me in Paris saying that they were unable to change it… better late than never I guess)

British weather a.k.a #BeastfromtheEast

The week we were due to leave the lovely #BeastfromtheEast decided to stop by. We were leaving Heathrow airport on Friday 2nd March and flights to and from Charles de Gaulle, France were being cancelled and delayed left and right. Snow was falling fast and we were really in doubt of being able to depart. However, a miracle came out of nowhere and the snow eased up enough for our flight to take off on time and we luckily landed safely in France! Hourra!

Euros, #BeastfromtheEast again and some high-quality customer service 

This was by far the most frustrating thing that went wrong. I ordered about £100 worth of euros a few days before we left for Saskia using her money via my bank. I used online banking because it guaranteed next-day delivery. Apparently. I ordered it on the Tuesday before we left and then Wednesday came. Nothing. Thursday came. Nothing. We were leaving at 2am the next morning so this needed to be sorted out on the Thursday. I was fairly sure that the euros had been delayed by the lovely snowy weather :/ so the logical thing to do was ask for my bank to transfer the money back into my account. I thought that this would be a simple matter. After 3 hours on-hold and being transferred back and forth between the same 2 people, I realised my prediction was a bit off. We still had shopping to do so we had to eventually hang up and rely on our credit cards in France. I had managed to get some euros a few days prior so it didn’t become too much of an issue.

However, the awful customer service wasted a majority of our time and so we made a complaint and managed to get back the money that we lost. Hourra x2!

Our Hotel, or rather, where the hotel was located

Another mistake of mine. :/ I had had a quick glance at where our hotel was and, after seeing that it wasn’t too far from central Paris, decided it was the one. A week before we left though, Saskia Google mapped its surroundings. It was surrounded by sex shops and strip clubs. On top of that, Saskia’s French mum told us that the location we had chosen was known for having prostitutes. This ensured us both going into panic mode. Not a good combination. But, it was too late to change the hotel and everything had already been sorted. So we took our own advice, that everything happens for a reason, and went with the flow.

Turns out, apart from the strip clubs and sex shops, Pigalle was actually the ideal location. We were more immersed in Parisian culture than if we had stayed in central. By day 2 we were experts at manually opening metro doors and by day 3 had found the most amazing French restaurant just outside our hotel. Our hotel was a quick and beautiful 14 minute walk from the Sacré-Cœur. Moral of the story – (in the words of Alex Russo) everything is not what it seems.

Our favourite locations

BOUILLON PIGALLE 

This is the restaurant that sat across the road from our hotel and was an absolute God send! We had previously tried to eat at a restaurant in central Paris, next to the Notre-Dame, and after seeing a rat skitter across the floor while eating some food that tasted a bit off, we decided to not venture there again. The food at Bouillon Pigalle is relatively cheap, the interior design is very Parisian and cosy and (my favourite bit) they gave you unlimited free, fresh bread with each meal. 10/10

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(my face after I realised I didn’t get food poisoning from the food the night before)

Sacré-Cœur

The Sacré-Cœur was a quick 14 minute walk from our hotel and the winding streets and alleys were beautiful. Although mostly populated by tourist shops, we found amazing sweet shops, a Lindt chocolate shop and a supermarket (in which Saskia went a bit crazy buying cheese and meat for her family). The Sacré-Cœur itself was breath-taking and the view was definitely worth the stairs giving you an intense leg workout. 10/10

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(us at the Sacré-Cœur on our last day)

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(Saskia insisted on a shot of her outside her favourite chocolate shop)

We also did many of the typical touristy things. We went to the top of the Eiffel Tower, walked along many beautiful bridges, took the metro and payed $15 for a drawing of us at the Eiffel Tower (my bad…again).

Although a lot of things could have went wrong, a lot went right and it was one of the best trips that we have had in a long time. The trip was also quite out-of-the-blue. The main reason for going was for a university open day and we just added a few extras days on. We didn’t overthink it too much and I think that worked in our favour.

Moral of the story – do something that scares you and don’t think too much about it. You may be very surprised 😉

Up next will be the first instalment of ‘Love, Luce’ and next week Saskia and I will share what we wore on our weekend away in Paris!

Until next time 😉

From FJ Marketer, Abby x

 

Behind the Sketch: ‘Embellished Love’

Hello and welcome back to another ‘Behind the Sketch’ of Ferrajean!

Today we will be exploring the story and inspiration behind one of Ferrajean’s newest and upcoming pieces, ‘Embellished Love’.

‘Embellished Love’ began as a piece of red embroidery that caught the eye of our Founder and Designer, Lucille. What attracted her to this material in particular, was its deep wine red colour and intricate beaded detailing.

The deep red is reminiscent and universally symbolic of ‘love’ and ‘romance’ and so inspired Lucille to create a piece that embodied such symbols. Yet, the inspiration and idea goes further than the surface. The embroidered detail reminded Lucille of love that has been broken, but also still exists.

‘Embellished’ is defined as ‘to make (something) more attractive by the addition of decorative details or features.’ In relation to ‘love’, a relationship can be embellished with material things, money and falsities, to make it appear ‘more attractive’ to the outside world, but the truth will ultimately still exist beyond the surface.

Lucille used this concept to create a jumpsuit that is relatively translucent in areas, to symbolise seeing through the material and below the surface. She then hand-cut the material left over and used it to cover the more intimate areas of the body, to symbolise how material things in an ’embellished’ relationship can offer a form of validation and protection from the outside world.

On the lighter side, the detailing and snug fit of the jumpsuit makes it perfect for glamorous occasions, nights out and will ensure you are red-carpet ready.

The piece is daring and goes great with confidence 😉

If you would like to model our jumpsuit or partner with Ferrajean, feel free to email l.jeancharles@ferrajean.com

Below is the original sketch of ‘Embellished Love’ –

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Below is the finished jumpsuit –

The jumpsuit will be available to buy on the www.ferrajean.com very soon! Keep up with our social media to be updated!

See you all soon!

From FJ Marketer, Abby x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having confidence and dealing with anxiety

Welcome back! I’ve been ill for the past week due to the lovely London weather, but I’m back and ready for another post!

Before I get into this post, here is a quick update on what Ferrajean is doing for February. This month, we have some exciting news! We may or may not be releasing a brand new ‘Red collection’, so keep an eye out on our social media 😉

Today I wanted to focus on being confident and dealing with anxiety.

From personal experience, I have always viewed confidence as something that is beyond my reach. Being a naturally shy person, I prefer to stay in the background and get anxious if I am asked to speak up. However, in the past year I have realised that using my voice shouldn’t be something that I am afraid of, and that having confidence shouldn’t be impossible.

Since I have began working for Ferrajean, social media has become a bigger part of my life. In some ways it has been a good thing; I have been inspired by other accounts who are on missions to spread positivity and it allows me to connect with people from all over the world. On the other hand, there are constant comparisons between other people’s appearances and content, and who looks or is perceived as ‘the best’.

People who are influenced by social media can begin to compare themselves constantly to the people around them. This can then lead them to feel insecure and guilty about not fitting into a socially accepted mould. Confidence is no longer something for yourself, but something that pleases other people. However, if you are dressing and acting for the pleasure of other people, you will eventually find that you are no longer in control of your life.

Depression and anxiety go hand in hand when you feel as though you are spiralling out of control. Whether social media or other factors are making you feel like your life is no longer yours, I want you to remember these two things.

Number 1: Breathe

When everything feels out of control, take some back by focusing on your breathing. Anxiety increases your heart-rate to a sometimes overwhelmingly high-frequency beat and focusing on slowing your breathing down can help reduce your anxiety. Find a space where you can be alone and just focus on inhaling and exhaling. By shifting your focus, your mind won’t be continually dwelling on what has made you anxious, if only for a little while.

Number 2: There is always a way

A situation may seem impossible to get out of. A problem may seem unsolvable. At the time of feeling extremely anxious or depressed you will feel as though there is no way out and that you are going to feel like this forever. But I am here to tell you that there is a way out. It may not be easy or fast, but there is a way and you should focus on the fact that there will always be a way. The purpose of terrible things happening in life will not be clear to us when they happen, but, I have found, the reason for many things plays out later down the line. So focus on yourself and your well-being, and eventually you will find a way.

As this post comes to a close, I would like to mention that I am not a qualified psychiatrist and my advice comes from personal experience. But I am here to talk to, if anyone feels a loss of control or motivation. Not only do I want this blog to thrive with ‘behind the scenes’ content, but I also want it to be a platform to share my voice and help others.

This time last year, I didn’t think that I would have the confidence to post on a blog or even be part of a fashion brand, but if your confidence comes from yourself and is for yourself, it is no longer scary.

So I leave you with a sneaky behind the scenes photo of a new piece from Ferrajean, starring yours truly (doing an impression of the dancing woman emoji), to show that even the shyest people can have confidence in themselves.

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From FJ Marketer, Abby x

Behind the Sketch: ‘Flawed Beauty’

Welcome back everyone! Before I get into today’s post, I want to say a quick thank you to everyone who has supported this blog so far; it means a lot to everyone at Ferrajean!

Today I want to start a new series called ‘Behind the Sketch’. Almost every designer, artist or dreamer has sketched out their ideas on a napkin or scrap of paper. It is always so empowering to see people post pictures of their initial sketch of a dream and show how far they have come since they first put pen or pencil to paper.

This has inspired me to show you the exclusive behind-the-scenes sketches of the pieces that have so far come to life. I hope you will enjoy coming on this journey with us and you may just be inspired yourself!

The inspiration behind ‘Flawed Beauty’

Lucille first came up with the concept for the ‘Flawed Beauty’ dress from a project that she was working on at university.

Her focus was to combine something beautiful with something that was considered rough and ugly. From this, she had the idea of bringing the cut of a dress together using a chain. She viewed the chain as a rough material that is typically associated with being unrefined and aggressive. Through making the chain the main feature of the dress, in that it held the design together, she symbolised how something that is viewed as rough and primitive, can also be beautiful, if you look at it from a new perspective.

She originally decided to use satin as the main material for the dress but, upon finding a a shade of deep pink suede, she felt that this was a better fit. The suede, paired with the chain, emulated how something can be both beautiful and strong simultaneously.

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Sketches are available to view in the Gallery

Stay tuned for more like this, coming soon!

From FJ Marketer, Abby x

Our Second Mission: The Launch, January 2018

Hello again and welcome back! Great to see you here 🙂

My second post on this blog will follow on from the last and continue the story of how Ferrajean came to be.

Let’s start from where we left off- in November 2017, just after the CEMENT Exhibition.

On November 18th 2017, the social media platforms for Ferrajean were created. Lucille and I sat in her living room, in the warmth of their fireplace and High School Musical 2 playing in the background, and began to build our online voices.

We first created Ferrajean’s main Instagram @ferrajean, and then proceeded to create my separate, behind the scenes account (@abbyd_fj) and our Twitter, @fjcouture. It was the beginning of, what I believe, to be an empowering and beautiful journey towards making our brand known.

Although we are still in the very beginning of building our brand, I think that, no matter how small your start-up is, you have a voice and a presence, and therefore, a responsibility to spread positivity. And this is one of the main things that we aim to do with our brand.

Now, back to the story. Social media? Check. Launch? Good question.

As 2017 was drawing to a close, we were deciding on the deadline for the launch and how we would balance everything. But, it was less of a job to us and more of something that we enjoyed spending time on and seeing it grow. Our business meetings consisted of snaking on Oreos and Dorritos while discussing our website and deadlines, with frequent breaks to decorate the Christmas tree and break out into dance. Don’t let the festivities fool you though! In between dancing and snacking, we set the deadline for the launch for January 17th and began our campaigns.

Coming up to the launch, we sent out an email campaign to people who had subscribed to our website (who got a 15% discount ;)) and spread the message and date on social media.

Our website was up and ready for orders on Wednesday 17th January at 4pm, and it was a relief to see all of our efforts accumulate to this moment. It represented what we had been working on for the past few months, and it was a great accomplishment.

This brings us to now.

We are growing as a community and continue to build our online presence. New collections are being made as I write this, and we hope to reach more people in the coming year.

As for now, I am excited to see what is coming next!

Stay tuned for more like this, coming soon.

FJ Marketer, Abby x

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