AN EPONINE HMONG SUIT

We are very proud to share this photograph of the very first Eponine Hmong suit!

The suit is part of our upcoming AW18 collection and is made using strips of cross stitched fabric.

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Unfortunately the suit wasn’t complete in time for it to be photographed in our AW18 shoot, but it is available to order! Please email hello@eponinelondon.com for more information or to book an appointment to come and see us.

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EPONINE IN ZERMATT

We were delighted when Jet shared these wonderful photos of her recent trip to Zermatt where she and her daughter hiked in their Eponine cottons!

 Jet and Nina wearing pieces from the current African cotton ready-to-wear collection

Jet and Nina wearing pieces from the current African cotton ready-to-wear collection

 The Yellow and Green Swirls with Trim Square Neck is still available on our  online shop

The Yellow and Green Swirls with Trim Square Neck is still available on our online shop

 Jet wearing a bespoke cotton paisley cotton skirt with a Hmong trim

Jet wearing a bespoke cotton paisley cotton skirt with a Hmong trim

 Jet wearing the Blue, Green and Red Leaves with Trim Square Neck dress and Nina wearing a Russian Dolls skirt, both from the current ready-to-wear collection

Jet wearing the Blue, Green and Red Leaves with Trim Square Neck dress and Nina wearing a Russian Dolls skirt, both from the current ready-to-wear collection

 The Blue, Green and Red Leaves with Trim Square Neck dress and the Russian Dolls skirt are both available on our  online shop

The Blue, Green and Red Leaves with Trim Square Neck dress and the Russian Dolls skirt are both available on our online shop

 Jet wearing the Blue, Green and Red Leaves with Trim Square Neck dress

Jet wearing the Blue, Green and Red Leaves with Trim Square Neck dress

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EPONINE LOVES > ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE

This wonderful book by Gail Honeyman has been read by a few of us at Eponine HQ and we absolutely loved it. As well as being laugh-out-loud funny, it is a moving and thought provoking book about loneliness, kindness and friendship.

If you've never read this book before, we highly recommend it!

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NEON PINK > AN EPONINE LOVE STORY

The first two photos are from our AW13 shoot where Margaret wore a wool bouclé shift dress with a polo collar.

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It was this collection where the Eponine + neon pink love story began; we've been using the colour ever since!

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 A suit from SS14

A suit from SS14

 A cotton dress from SS14

A cotton dress from SS14

Our most recent collection, SS18, had not one but two dresses in neon pink!

 Margaret wearing one of the SS18 neon pink dresses

Margaret wearing one of the SS18 neon pink dresses

 The second neon pink SS18 dress

The second neon pink SS18 dress

We always love making things from previous collections as well as current, please email hello@eponinelondon.com for more information. 

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THE EPONINE READY-TO-WEAR SKIRT!

We are delighted to announce the arrival of the new Eponine ready-to-wear skirt!

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Our brand new ready-to-wear collection was made using carefully selected African, Russian and Ukranian fabrics including handwoven trims from Nigera.

As usual, we have only made a limited number of pieces per print so do have a look in our shop sooner rather than later to avoid missing out!

Enjoy! We hope you like the skirts as much as we do. 

Team Eponine x

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EPONINE MEETS > JET SHENKMAN

We caught up with the wonderful Jet Shenkman, Eponine Founder and Creative Director.

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1. Hello Jet! How did the Eponine journey begin?

Hello! When I lived in Tokyo and Hong Kong, I worked as a part-time stylist and I guess that is where the journey into designing began. Understanding much more about the various female shapes, women’s insecurities about their changing bodies and the difficulty in finding dresses that would compliment their shapes. I thought, maybe I could set up a brand that could tackle this!

Then, one day, I was walking in the Alps and thought, its now or never! So I interviewed Pep (Petar Petrov, Eponine Designer), fell in love with him straight away and hired him within three minutes, and then Eponine was officially born!

 Jet, Petar and Flo in the Eponine studio

Jet, Petar and Flo in the Eponine studio

2. Have you always been interested in fashion?

Yes. I have always loved fashion and in my early forties I developed a real passion for vintage dresses. I always loved the elegance of the fifties and quirkiness of the sixties so it seemed only right that those should be the inspiration behind the brand.

 Jet wearing a dress with a 50s and 60s inspired shape from the current ready-to-wear collection

Jet wearing a dress with a 50s and 60s inspired shape from the current ready-to-wear collection

3. You’re also a bereavement counsellor and you and your friend have set up your own counselling charity, The Wilfred Faber Counselling Service, at the London Oratory in Knightsbridge. Please will you tell us a bit more about it?

Bridget (Co-Founder of the WFCS) and I feel passionate about mental health and wanted to create a safe place where people with mental health or bereavement related issues could come to and receive professional support.

We offer a lost cost, or free, service for anyone in need. Our blueprint is one where we hope to roll it out to all big churches in London and nationwide. All we ask is for professional therapists and counsellors to donate 2 (or more) hours a week for free. We also offer supervised places for those in training. 

For more information about the WFCS, please visit: https://www.wfcslondon.org

4. It must be interesting working in two such different industries. What do you like to do when you’re not working? 

I exercise most mornings, either aerobically or yin yoga, I love a good book, walks in the country and being surrounded by my wonderful family (that includes our three dogs!).

The best place for me to recharge is the Alps. I love to hike and to soak up those majestic views of the mountains. I find it very grounding!

 Jet walking in the Alps

Jet walking in the Alps

5. Other than Eponine, where do you like to shop?

I only really shop online. I'd say ASOS, Zalando and Yoox are where I browse the most. Etsy is great for vintage cashmere cardigans and twinsets!

6. Eponine is named after the character in Les Misérables. Do you feel a particular affiliation with her?  

Very much so! In Les Mis Eponine goes after what she thinks is right and remains true to herself. I'd like to think I do the same!

7. What is your favourite ever Eponine design? You’re only allowed to choose one! 

Oh no, there are two: the red and white dogtooth midi dress (pictured in the main photo) from last winter and the first ever Hmong dress we made.

 The first Hmong dress; one of Jet's favourite ever Eponine pieces

The first Hmong dress; one of Jet's favourite ever Eponine pieces

8. The new AW18 is nearly upon us! What should we be expecting? 

A real mixture of textures and colours andnd a great variety of different shapes. Can’t wait to share it!

 

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EPONINE TO DO LIST > BP PORTRAIT AWARD

Year after year, the BP Portrait Award exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery is top of the Eponine to do list. 

The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world and represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. 

We were delighted to hear that a London-based artist, Miriam Escofet, won the award this year with her painting An Angel At My Table.

This exhibition is an absolute must see if you've never been before!

 Gauthier Hubert's  Portrait of Jean Yves, a man looking like Vincent Van Gogh  from the 2014 exhibition

Gauthier Hubert's Portrait of Jean Yves, a man looking like Vincent Van Gogh from the 2014 exhibition

 The 2018 winner: Miriam Escofet's  An Angel At My Table

The 2018 winner: Miriam Escofet's An Angel At My Table

 Anastasia Pollard's  Corrine  from the 2017 exhibition

Anastasia Pollard's Corrine from the 2017 exhibition

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AN EPONINE RECIPE

BLACKENED FISH TACOS WITH AVOCADO, LIME & CORIANDER SAUCE

This delicious recipe is one of Jet's family favourites. Enjoy!

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Serves 4

Ingredients:

FOR THE BLACKENED FISH:

4x salmon fillets

4x tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2x teaspoon cayenne pepper

4x teaspoons paprika

2x teaspoon brown sugar

2x teaspoon cumin

Big pinches of salt and pepper

8x large tortillas 

FOR THE AVOCADO, LIME & CORIANDER SAUCE:

1/2 cup sour cream (or yoghurt if you're being healthy)

1 cup coriander 

1 cup avocado

Jalapeños (according to how much spice you like)

2 tablespoons jalapeño water

Zest of 1/2 lime

Juice of two limes

Big pinch of salt and pepper

FOR THE SLAW:

1/4 thinly sliced red cabbage

1/4 thinly sliced white cabbage

Thinly sliced red onion (optional)

1 cup coriander

Juice of 1 lime

1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Combine the oil, cayenne pepper, paprika, cumin, brown sugar, salt and pepper into a bowl until it becomes a paste. 

2. Score the fish and rub the paste into both sides. Leave to marinate in the fridge for as long as you're willing to -  the longer the better!

3. After the fish has had time to marinade, put the avocado, sour cream (or yoghurt), coriander, lime juice and zest, jalapeños and jalapeño water into a blender or food processor and combine until smooth. 

4. Wrap the tortillas in tin foil and leave them to warm in the oven.

5. Combine the red cabbage, white cabbage, coriander and onion into a bowl and mix well. Add the vinegar, salt and pepper and mix again.

6. Fry the salmon on a very low heat until it's cooked through. Once it's cooked through, turn the heat up to high and fry for 30 seconds on each side to blacken the fish.

7. Break up the salmon into flakes and serve in the tortillas with the avocado, lime and coriander sauce, the slaw and lime wedges!

 

 

Jet Shenkman
EPONINE WEDDING DRESSES

Every year we accept five wedding dress commissions. It's a huge honour to be asked and we absolutely love creating them.

We've made all sorts of different dresses over the years; we work very closely with our brides to make them their dream dress!

 A sketch of a previous wedding dress

A sketch of a previous wedding dress

If you would like to enquire about having an Eponine wedding dress, please contact hello@eponinelondon.com

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NEW READY-TO-WEAR COLLECTION HAS LAUNCHED!

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our brand new African cotton ready-to-wear collection!

 (Left) the Round Neck and (Right) the Square Neck

(Left) the Round Neck and (Right) the Square Neck

This collection is made up of two shapes - the Round Neck and the brand new Square Neck - and features nine colourful African fabrics and carefully sourced African trims.

As with all our ready-to-wear collections, we have made a limited number of pieces per print and shape.

 Jet and Nina wearing dresses from the new collection

Jet and Nina wearing dresses from the new collection

To visit the shop, please follow this link: http://www.eponinelondon.com/shop-by-style/ 

Enjoy! We hope you love this collection as much as we do.

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EPONINE LOVES > COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET

On a Sunday in London, there is absolutely nowhere better to visit than Columbia Road Flower Market. It's colourful, happy, energetic, and full to the brim with flowers and plants. 

We love flowers and plants at Eponine! Anyone who has been to our studio will know that it's full of them, and many of our prints also feature them.

If you haven't been to Columbia Road Flower Market, we very much recommend it. Particularly beautiful in the height of summer (amazing peonies) and at Christmas time. 

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 Lotus Flower Shirtwaister Dress

Lotus Flower Shirtwaister Dress

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 Gold and Yellow Flowers Dropped Waist Dress

Gold and Yellow Flowers Dropped Waist Dress

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 Green Chicken and Leaves Round Neck Dress

Green Chicken and Leaves Round Neck Dress

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BESPOKE COTTON DRESSES

If you like our African cotton collection but don't feel the Ready-to-wear is for you, we are always very happy to take bespoke orders. Here are a few examples of bespoke dresses we've made in the past.

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We also take African cotton bespoke orders for skirts, suits and two pieces. To find out more about having something bespoke made in African cotton, please contact hello@eponinelondon.com

Jet Shenkman
EPONINE AT ROYAL ASCOT '18

We were delighted to spy a few Eponine outfits at Ascot last week!

 Deborah and Kara wearing dresses from our Bespoke collections. Deborah (left) wears a dress from our Hmong Bespoke collection, and Kara (right) wears a dress from our Couture Bespoke collection.

Deborah and Kara wearing dresses from our Bespoke collections. Deborah (left) wears a dress from our Hmong Bespoke collection, and Kara (right) wears a dress from our Couture Bespoke collection.

 Sian wears a Shirtwaister dress from our African cotton ready-to-wear collection with an added Hmong trim at the bottom. 

Sian wears a Shirtwaister dress from our African cotton ready-to-wear collection with an added Hmong trim at the bottom. 

 Helen wears a Round Neck dress from our African cotton ready-to-wear collection with an added Hmong trim at the bottom.

Helen wears a Round Neck dress from our African cotton ready-to-wear collection with an added Hmong trim at the bottom.

We were also thrilled to hear that Deborah (first photo) and Sian (second photo) were selected by The Telegraph as two of the best dressed in their article "Royal Ascot 2018: the most fabulous hats and best dressed racegoers" - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/events/royal-ascot-2018-best-outfits-hats/

For more information about any of these outfits, or if you would like to wear Eponine to an upcoming event, please contact hello@eponinelondon.com

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A THURSDAY THROWBACK

We love denim at Eponine. So much so that our entire AW15 collection was made in denim! Here is a denim suit from this collection with statement top stitching and a 60s inspired collar.

We always love making things from past collections. If you are interested in this suit, or any other pieces from previous collections, please contact hello@eponinelondon.com 

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AN EPONINE FAVOURITE > THE MAJORELLE GARDEN

If Eponine were a garden, perhaps it would be something like the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech. Colourful, bold, and features THE most beautiful blue.

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We collaborated with the wonderful Pam Weinstock to make exclusive Eponine fabrics. Photographer Pam took the images of the Majorelle Garden that can be seen on one of the dresses from our SS18 collection.

 The  Majorelle  dress, from our  Eponine x Pam Weinstock  collection 

The Majorelle dress, from our Eponine x Pam Weinstock collection 

 The Majorelle Garden in Marrakech

The Majorelle Garden in Marrakech

 The  Majorelle  dress, from our  Eponine x Pam Weinstock  collection

The Majorelle dress, from our Eponine x Pam Weinstock collection

For more information about the Majorelle dress or any other pieces in our SS18 collection, please email hello@eponinelondon.

To find out more about Pam, follow the link to her website: https://www.pamweinstock.com

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