Sam Experiences Focus 15 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

Up next in the September buying show season is Focus held at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. With the motto ‘Connect, Converse, Create’ Focus brings together designers, architects and style seekers from across the UK and the rest of the world who ensure that this particular trade show is always in their diaries.

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Last week Sam’s journey through all of the top interior trade shows at this time of the year saw her arrive at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour to see what unique delights waited for her at the venue. With the greatest diversity of world renowned brands, Focus was always guaranteed to impress and with many top brand showroom’s already in residence at the chic location, Sam was also able to enjoy the Access All Areas sessions held within the shops which include Cole & Sons, Sanderson and Zoffany.

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The venue is an experience in itself with the three glass domes overlooking the harbour and at over 145,000 square feet it is the largest venue of its kind in Europe. A leading design destination it holds 120 showrooms and 500 international interior brands, making Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour the best place to go to find the latest and greatest releases in the industry.

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Sam has come back with numerous order confirmations from her trip to Focus and we can’t wait to see the new arrivals in our warehouse soon. In the meantime we thought we would share our favourite images she sent over. Make sure you stay tuned for the gossip from the last buying shows of the season (Tent & Design Junction) which will be live on the Amara Blog this week.

Karen Discovers Berta Bridal AW 2015 Collection

One of the perks of being part of the Amara Weddings Team is that you are the first to hear of exclusive events exhibiting the latest collections in the industry. Last week our Head of PR & Weddings Karen was invited to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hyde Park to experience first-hand the AW 2015 bridal stylings of celebrated designer Berta hosted by Brides magazine.

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On a beautifully hot summer’s evening, the exclusive catwalk show took place with a champagne reception and canapés to start. The event was held in collaboration with The Wedding Club, as the boutique stores based in ever luxurious Knightsbridge and Birmingham’s leafy suburb of Edgbaston were the very first stockists of the Berta bridal collection in the UK.

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Famed for her fashion-forward styles loved by celebrities worldwide, Berta herself was on hand to discuss her latest collection which ranges from slinky yet sophisticated barely there backs to, show-stopping layers of tulle with glamorous embellishments. Two Birds were also on hand to showcase their unique take on bridesmaid dresses which allow you to style them in a vast amount of ways to suit every bridesmaid’s shape for even more big day inspiration.

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Karen managed to capture a few behind the scenes snaps whilst all the action was unfolding in front of her – don’t the dresses look amazing?

Tommy Hilfiger Soon to be Arriving at Amara

IMG_8457The second part of Sam & Kate’s trip to the Group Descamps showroom in Paris involved a tour around the AW15 Tommy Hilfiger homeware collection. One of the world’s leading designer lifestyle brands, Tommy Hilfiger is instantly recognisable for their celebration of America cool style – think preppy with a twist. Founded in 1985 by Tommy Hilfiger himself, the brand has always delivered premium styling with superior quality and their homeware collection is no different.

IMG_8460The latest collection from the world renowned brand includes bed linen, towelling, robes and complementing soft furnishings to infuse the home with the Tommy Hilfiger signature style. Decked with the brand’s iconic logo or the TH monogram, each piece is in classical colours to ensure your home is a timeless testament to style.

IMG_8453Crafted using only high quality materials, the bed linens have high thread counts and the towelling includes wonderfully weighty GSMs. Soon to be on the Amara site, Tommy Hilfiger will be right at home amongst our existing designer lifestyle brands including Missoni Home, Roberto Cavalli, Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss.

Are you as excited about the new arrival as we are?

Sam & Kate Get a Peek at AW15 Descamps Bed Linen

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On their continuous mission to source the best homeware brands across the globe to bring home to Amara, Sam and Kate have been on the move yet again with another trip to beautiful Paris. This time they visited another longstanding French supplier the Groupe Decamps who create their own eponymous linens along with Tommy Hilfiger’s homeware collection.

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Cultivating their distinction for over two hundred years, Groupe Descamps select only the most beautiful of fabrics for their ranges and through the development of their style and innovation, they have reached a standard that others strive towards. With their headquarters located in Paris, they use the city as inspiration as to them it is the capital of everlasting luxury and timeless fashion.

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Sam & Kate’s first stop on their tour of the luxury showroom was the Descamps bed and bath collection. From the images you can easily see how the brand has created an empire spanning two centuries and their range includes bed linen, towelling, robes and soft furnishings.

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Made from lusciously soft materials, the design with range from classical to bold will soon be available at Amara and we can’t wait to see them for ourselves!

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Which design would you choose?

Sneak Peek at the Shots from the Coastal Location Shoot

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One of the key focus areas of the Studio’s recent coastal photoshoot in West Sussex was to capture a wide selection of room shots to be displayed on our Shop by Room section of the website. The beautiful beach front location provided the opportunity to incorporate the coastal theme into our home inspiration area which is a huge trend of the moment and allowed the team to use an array of different brands not yet used on location.

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New England themed brands such at Lexington and Gant were in their element on this shoot, with their relaxed beach-style designs perfectly fitting for the location. Elle Amara’s Stylist, has informed us that the kitchen, living room, bathroom and one of the bedrooms were decorated in a strong coastal style, which worked to the team’s advantage, whilst other bedrooms had a more glamorous feel, letting Elle ramp up the style factor to get a wide variety of room shots.

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Having wanted to do a coastal shoot for a long time now, the planning and preparations behind this trip were meticulous to ensure every image needed was captured. Elle has also said that whilst they didn’t have to style every room in the coastal theme, they did take full advantage of the breathtaking outdoor space by styling as many outdoor living shoots as they possibly could.

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Here are just a few sneak peeks room shots, make sure you keep your eyes peeled on the Amara site in the coming months to see the finished images!

Sam & Kate Get a Sneak Peek at Top New Designer Bed Linen Collections

IMG_8233Sam & Kate’s journeys around the globe to source the finest homeware products don’t stop at buying shows, they also include trips to many of our top brands’ HQs and factories to see the products being made and to view the their latest collections. The latest trip in the buying calendar was to one of Amara’s biggest bed linen suppliers, The French Linen Company, who expertly craft collections for huge designer brands Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Yves Delorme & Olivier Desforges.

With new collections for each brand ready for viewing, the girls had a busy day at The French Linen Company’s factory based in Lille, France. Each new range had been styled to perfection and we have an exclusive sneak peek at the collections just for the Amara Blog.

IMG_8248Calvin Klein demonstrates simple luxury for the new season, with muted hues and subtle embellishes to create a restful sleeping environment. With an emphasis on nature inspired patterns, every range can be dressed up with sparkling soft furnishings or kept sophisticated on their own.

IMG_8223Hugo Boss’ cool blue hues and rippling waves have us dreaming of drifting off into peaceful slumbers – making this new range an instant hit. Inspired by both organic and geometric patterns, each design in the new Hugo Boss collection is more eye-catching than the last.

IMG_8227Yves Delorme bed linen is the epitome of luxury, with every pillowcase, duvet cover and sheet made out of only the finest cotton with the highest of thread counts. With a selection of florals and retro geometric prints, there is 70s revival feel coming through which is perfectly on trend.

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For the more daring, Olivier Desforges always offers the brightest designs in the entire French Linen Company collection. From stripes and tribal designs to animal print and vivid florals, the Olivier Desforges collection was displayed in a palette of bold and beautiful colours which will certainly have you raring to go in the morning.

All bed linen ranges in this post have been bought by our Buying Team and will be available at Amara in the new season.

What do you think of the new collections from these huge brands?