In my opinion, any Eustratia item would make a great gift. Each item is hand-crafted, with love and attention to detail and going out of your way to purchase something from an independent designer definitely shows you care more than just picking something up from your nearest superstore.
I understand however, that there are a fair few products on the website at the moment and it might be daunting for new customers to look through them all, so I have picked out a few items I feel would make particularly good Christmas presents.
Open shoulder top
Facing unicorns necklace
Stripey hair bow
“Ruby” gift set.
If you’d like even more ideas to aid your Christmas shopping, Eustratia intern Lindsay, has featured her own sale picks on her blog, Rose tinted glasses.
The piece of land next to my house has recently been cleared of all its trees which ended up in a large pile next to the back wall of my yard. I thought they resembled a pyre and would make a good backdrop for a shoot.
This is one of my favourite simple outfits at the moment. I like outfits that manage to balance elegance, drama and toughness and if they can be easy to wear as well that’s always a bonus. I could wear this almost anywhere and feel comfortable.
I recently started contributing to Rebelicious magazine with an inspiration and shopping feature. I’ve been featured in the magazine a few times so I thought it was time I give something back and I hope readers appreciate my taste.
This is this months feature, which you can view online in the current issue preview.
If you aren’t familiar with Rebelicious, you should definitely check it out. They offer online and print versions as well as additional online content and features.
Those of you who read my blog are probably used to my current obsession posts. I’m thinking about taking them monthly and introducing a new feature soon to keep things fresh.
I especially enjoy the shopping feature and featuring my favourite independent brands, though I always try and keep it balanced with some easily accessible high street finds that are perfect for that last minute night out.
I’d love to hear what you think of Depeche Vogue and also if there’s something specific you’d like to see on here.
Today we went to a barbeque and got the chance to take some pictures on the way.
Latex bra: Eustratia
Faceted sunglasses and headband: Ebay
Hi-tops: Jeffrey Campbell
Bag: Vivienne Westwood
Images by Richard Ayres
I shot these with Richard Ayres, in my parents’ garden on a sunny day last week. My dog, Scamper won’t pose for a photo with me but loves getting in the way.
I’m looking forward to some more sunny days so I can get some wear out this jumpsuit I found on ebay. I don’t usually wear such obvious prints but it’s really comfortable and cool.
Ring: The rogue and the wolf
shoes: Iron fist
I’ve had a couple of busy weeks preparing for Manchester fashion week and it’s been hard to keep up with my regular routine and posts. We managed to get out just before the sun went down a couple of days ago to shoot these. I’ve been loving my furry bag all winter but the days are getting longer and warmer now so it’s probably about time I put it away for the summer.
dress and cardigan: H&M
leggings: from an upcoming range for Eustratia
Jewellery: Richard Ayres
Photography by Richaard Ayres
I came across Anti.Muse due to their latex love series, featuring the industries’ hottest brands. I was lucky enough to have Eustratia featured in one of the posts and was recently interviewed for the “what would your muse be” feature.
I’ve re-posted the feature below and you can also ready the original feature (in English and German) here.
What would your muse be if it was …
a book: Pattern recognition by William Gibson
a movie: I always watch relevant movies to my collections so they are ever changing, I’ve been inspired by “The Mists of Avalon” and Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” before. I often watch “The Libertine” when I lack inspiration though it always reminds me that hard work and determination pays off and a bit of wit can keep you going.
a city or place: My home city, Thessaloniki. I’m always inspired by new places and change, but my original inspiration and the feelings that make the new experiences inspiring, came from here.
a sound or tune: The music box.
a magazine: Dark Beauty
an inspirational quote or a motto: At the moment it’s: We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong, the amount of work is the same. – Carlos Castaneda
an artist: Lost Fish
a style icon: Vivienne Westwood
Stacey is a latex genius, a dazzling, inspiring personality. With a lot of girl power she leads her successful one woman business – in my series Latex Love I already wrote about her brand Eustratia. Not only Stacey designs some really cute and ingenius latex pieces, she’s also modeling and writing her own blog about her every day life as an Alternative Fashion designer. I always find cool looks and a lot of inspiration on her blog and her instagram too. So it’s a great pleasure to me that Stacey now exclusively on Anti.Muse allows a peep behind the scenes of Eustratia and reveals some of the inspirations behind her brand.
You want to support Stacey and her label? Just click through to the Triumph campaign “Woman in making” and vote for Stacey to help her grow her business.
Stacey in her Studio.
Manchester is known for its cloudy skies and constant drizzle so when you get sunny days in March, it’s pretty much compulsory to take pictures. It was particularly nice to not have to carry a jacket around!
Boots: Irregular choice
Accessories: Richard Ayres
Body jewellery: bodyjewelleryshop
Images by Richard Ayres
Next month, to celebrate the third birthday of my label, Eustratia and officially test out my showroom I’m hosting my first open house event.
The whole house will be open to friends of the brand, models, photographers and potential customers who will be able to view and try on samples, preview the new collection, talk to me in person and find out about upcoming projects.
Regular Eustratia models will be available to talk about wearing latex to those who haven’t tried it before or would like to know a bit more about it.
Our friends from VAUHAUS will also be in attendance with beautiful new faces to introduce and a guest photobooth by Toria Brightside, agent and chief photographer.
Richard Ayres will be showcasing his bespoke chainmail accessories and visitors will have the change to see it in person and talk about about commissions.
TG Manchester promoter Frankie Knuckles will also be making an appearance for those who would like to find out about future events.
I will be inviting creatives that have collaborated with the brand over the last three years, local models, photographers and industry people as well as a few magazines but the event is also geared towards potential customers who want to find out more about the brand or latex clothing in general. Please get in touch if you can get to Manchester and would like to attend. The address will be available on the Facebook event page and there will also be transport available from Piccadilly train station at 2:30pm to bring people to the event if they are not local to Manchester.