Brave Lotus founder Gemma explains the meaning of feathers in her designs - from jewellery to paintings.
BE BRAVE. My dream is for you to feel brave. To feel even just a little braver in something you do today.
Breathe deep and be brave. Yup. That's it... Say it over and over in your head, and believe me, it will happen. Trust in yourself that it is within your power to feel even a tiny bit braver in something you are doing today – doesn't have to be big, I am not talking sky diving!
When you feel it, it feels good.
BE YOURSELF. Now, while you're having all these good thoughts of "Oh yeah, I feel a bit braver today," chuck in a pinch of 'being your true self'. Yeah I know – what is this?! Well try this for starters: worry less about your outfit choice. Just pick the thing that you feel good in. Adorn yourself in whatever it is that makes you feel ready to face the world. If you follow trends, cool – if you don't, cool. Go into the world feeling good in your skin and happy in the knowledge that whoever it is that you are today, you have a tribe that has your back.
"high five tribe sister!"
Adornment has always had a deep connection with traditional tribal culture - and, if you think about it, today's modern, urban tribes aren't that different. Warpaint... Headdresses... Killer heels. They're all adornments people use to express themselves, but they're also ways to show the world which tribes you belong to.
You might identify with hundreds of different tribes on any given day, or you might have found one group that fits you down to a T - it doesn't matter. What does matter is the sense of belonging we get from our tribal identities. It's a way to channel our own strength and confidence, and it gives us a real feeling of togetherness and empowerment.
All this has got to be part of the reason why the little adornments matter so much. For some people, it can be as simple as a flash of red lipstick to feel ready to face the work day. For others it's throwing on their favourite band T-shirt before a gig. At the other end of the scale, it can even be as meaningful as a bride putting on a treasured family heirloom as her something borrowed.
I want Brave Lotus to be part of these good vibes. I want you to discover pieces that make you feel brave enough to take on anything - safe in the knowledge that your tribe has your back.
Whoever you are, whatever your style... Find your tribe. x
Last weekend we had a photoshoot with the collection. It was a cold (isn't it supposed to be spring) day in the U.K. and we were up early getting everything ready and painting backgrounds at Brave Lotus HQ. Here are some of our favourite shots of the day.
Brave Lotus launched at Pure London, our first ever trade show in February. We had a blast showing off our collections to press and buyers. We had an amazing reaction and got featured in Pure London feature blogs. See here for our feature by amazing blogger Claire Chanelle of Chouquette. Also here for our feature by blogger Danielle of Fashionista Barbie who was a speaker at the show.
Brave Lotus wants you to feel good, most importantly to feel good about yourself.
We all use adornment to express our identity and however subtle the reference, we are often aligned with one tribe or another, boho, hipster, blogger, chic, street, sporty. Often we are chameleons between tribes.
I took this image whilst visiting the Miao tribes in China. They wear silver jewellery as part of their culture and identity, how amazing?! I am so fascinated by the worlds ways of adornment. There are so many tribes and there ways of adornment and ideas or beauty are so varied it takes my breath away. If this is something that interests you I cannot recommend enough the book - 'Before They Pass Away' by Jimmy Nelson. Get it. Seriously. It is awesome.
And so, wear what makes you feel good.
Adorn. Be Brave. Be Yourself.
First things first. One of the things people ask me when they hear the name of the brand is "why Brave Lotus?"...People love the name, but it inspires questions as to why and where it came from.
I had been pondering names for my brand, which at that point was just a dream and idea. I always knew that I would use 'Lotus' in the name, it is such a beautiful flower and I am naturally drawn to its symbolism. We use the Buddhist quote on our homepage.
'The lotus flower, blooms, most beautifully from the deepest and thickest mud.'
"But what does this mean?"
Well, the lotus grows in muddy waters - it grows and pushes it way through all the mud and silt to flower into one of the most beautiful flowers in all the world. So, the symbolism is - no matter where you are, what circumstances you find yourself in, how you feel, you to can grow and push your way through all that stuff and 'bloom' - or as I like to say - feel good.
So 'lotus' was fixed, it has such meaning and represents our brand values...but the 'brave' came later.
I had been back and forth with ideas but nothing felt right. Then one day in, quite literally, a flash of inspiration I had it - Brave Lotus. Lots of new things were happening and I was pushing my comfort zone everyday, to do anything new....we all need to 'be brave'.
Our brand name represents our vibes and feelings. I constantly remind myself to be brave, and we want to encourage others to do the same.
Be Brave. Be Yourself.