It’s not often I’ve found a real treasure through Twitter, and I certainly can’t recall one falling into my lap before. But that’s just what happened when I gained a new follower recently, in the shape of EK Scarves. I dutifully clicked on the link in the profile to have a snoop about for who this new follower was, and was utterly delighted that I had.
Elizabeth Kate is a new label by Chelsea College of Art and Design, first class honours graduate and print designer Liz Bush. Having freelanced as a designer of hand-painted silk prints for international fashion houses and high-street suppliers, Liz is now following her dream of starting her own label.
Anyone who knows me well will tell you I’m pretty obsessed with silk scarves…..I have totally lost track of how many I own but it’s probably more than fifty. True to form though, that doesn’t put me off drooling over new ones….especially in the case of such stunning designs like these. In fact, for me at least, all the boxes are ticked with Liz’s stunning designs….there’s whimsy, vivid colours, opulence, magic and wild creatures. I just adore the juxtaposition of the geometric pattern with the organic, and there’s a real fairytale secret garden enchantment about it all.
It’s not all style over substance either at Elizabeth Kate, as each scarf is crafted from 100% silk or cotton, and roll-hem stitched in Como, Italy. There are different sized scarves, and two types of silk (crepe de chine and chiffon) to choose from. All are a wonderful shape and size for wearing though, whether you prefer knotting, twisting or wrapping yours. Each purchase comes packaged in a beautiful Elizabeth Kate box, in either pink, green or orange.
They’re not cheap, but then when you consider the detailed design process and beautiful fabrics, not to mention the fact that a good scarf can brighten up practically any outfit, I think it’s a good deal for a most wearable piece of art.
As usual, I’ve done my virtual shopping trip and rounded up my list of favourites. You can see more on the website though, at the Kingly Court boutique, or at a few other stockists in and around London as well as online.
I love the rather ostentatious colours in the Garden Fairies design, and as a firm believer in fairies it’s rather an apt choice for me. The flowery background almost makes it psychedelic, and once folded to wear, the flashes of colour are a real treat. It’s in 100% silk crepe de chine, 90cm squared and £120.
Birds are one of my favourites, and I have some gorgeous scarves with birds on them. I also love a minty green paired with pink, so the Birds design is definitely on my hit list. This one is 100% cotton voile, 100 x 200cm and £149.
Now I can’t say I’ve ever worn turquoise with scarlet, but the Peacock scarf makes me wonder why! I love the symmetry and tessellation of this design, and would even consider framing it to go on the wall to see it in its full glory! It’s 100% silk crepe de chine, 90cm square and £120.
How adorable is this one?! I knew I’d love the Poodles design before I even clicked on the images, but it’s even more darling than I’d imagined! I’m crazy about the sugary sweet colours and all the different poochy characters. I think this one may well be my favourite in fact. It’s 100% silk chiffon, 135cm squared and £145.
The White Striped Butterfly scarf reminds me of those wonderful marbled ink pictures we used to make at school for some reason. I’m crazy about the swirling colours, but love even more so the geometric pattern they fall into. This one would get a LOT of use with my wardrobe I think! It’s 100% silk crepe de chine, 110cm squared and £149.
I also found this beautiful little quote on the website too, and was so delighted with it, I thought I’d share…..
Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air – explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth – boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either – not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination. ~Robert Fulghum