Author Archives: Jiyun Lapthorn

  • Rough guide to Brick Lane, London E1

    In 2018 Fronté clothing and design moved in to Rinse Showrooms in Brick Lane near the Backyard Market in the grounds of the Truman Brewery. Brick Lane is a big destination for both visitors and residents of London with an amazing mix of food, art and cultural delights.

    Shop for vintage clothes, furniture, street food, antiques and bric-a-brac at the collection of Backyard Market, Sunday Upmarket, Tearooms and Ely’s Yard.

    The Backyard Market is a colourful market with street food stalls, artisan coffee and a plethora of creative, unique items from peruvian jumpers to vinyl, bespoke gifts and vintage treasure troves. There are over 60 stalls from handmade jewellery to small batches of children’s clothes.

    The Sunday Upmarket hosts over 200 stalls including fashion, lifestyle and street food with flavours from Turkey to Korea, and India to Lithuania. New entrepreneurs are supported here with jewellery, arts and crafts and music and film all competing to dazzle visitors with their creativity.

    The Tearooms is an Aladdin’s cave including china, porcelain, cement pots, costume jewellery and taxidermy with both modern and antique twists on classic designs. To soothe the weary there are cafés offering a selection of refreshments and food with cosy seating to take a breather and watch life go by for a bit.

    Ely’s Yard is an evolving street food destination with regular stalls from Mother Clucker and Orange Buffalo and new delicious offerings popping up at weekends, as well as the Big Chill Bar with their own drinks and food menu and plenty of covered outdoor seating.

  • Our move to Cockpit Arts

    Founded in 2016, Fronté has grown to take up a new studio in Cockpit Arts and we’re pretty excited about it as we journey from fledgling business roots to develop new clothing, reach out to more people and get our story across. Established over thirty years ago, Cockpit Arts is a special place…it maximises social impact as an award-winning social enterprise, and is the UK’s only creative-business incubator for designer-makers. Over 150 master craftspeople, artist-makers, batch producers and more scalable businesses call it home from restoring and customising saxophones, clarinets and flutes to knitwear selling from Osaka to Geneva. The true value of affordable studio space and a curated skills programme for makers is not to be sniffed at, especially as in recent years commercial property rents have rocketed, making it hard to find affordable space in London. In fact commercial property rent increased 70% between 2010 and 2015, changing the traditional face of London and threatening the future of skilled designers/makers and a rich heritage of craft.

    With some trepidation Fronté applied for, and to our delight was awarded, a place with the London Creative Network, a tailored development programme for artists and creative practitioners in London delivered by organisations including Cockpit Arts. As illustrator Josie Shenoy says in her Cockpit Arts Maker’s Stories, “You don’t learn any of the business side of things at university, so the practical business support that Cockpit offers is so helpful”, and in our experience we can only agree. The response during December to our winter garments including the herringbone cotton coat has been incredible, customers have raved about it and told their friends but we’ve also been busy planning for an amazing 2018 and beyond aided by a team of business consultants and getting to know a community of skilled designer/makers in our new home.

    If you want to visit there are Open Studios at Deptford (Fri 15, Sat 16 & Sun 17 Jun 2018) or Holborn (Fri 8, Sat 9 & Sun 10 Jun 2018). Visitors get the opportunity to meet the personality behind the product and help forge real relationships. You get the opportunity to have a look behind the scenes, to understand more about what they do and how you help small businesses and the local economy. If you’re curious how to make then why not visit and find out, then try a hand at something yourself. There are awards and bursaries available for funding and Cockpit Arts consult with clients from Hackney to Vietnam.

    You can browse the maker directory and shop online and even contribute towards a social enterprise being sustainable by donating money so they can keep fees affordable.

  • Fronte at Design Museum Market 01-03 Dec 2017

    Fronte clothing and design at Design Museum Market 2017
    Friday 01 December, 12pm – 8pm, Saturday 02 & Sunday 03 December 10am – 6pm
    Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6AG
    Cost: Free event open to the public

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    Fronté will introduce new winter pieces including the reversible kimono coat for the first time at The Design Museum Market 2017, organised by Designers/Makers, Design Museum and design junction with fifty designer/makers in the new Design Museum sited in Kensington in its stunning new building.

    The reversible kimono coat is a reinterpretation of a historical kimono mixed with military style parka. The outside shell is made from 100% Italian wool and the reversible side of lining is made with bamboo silk. Fronté clothes are designed to last not only functionally but also aesthetically. Life is busy. Simplify the wardrobe with just a few pieces of elegant, minimal and versatile clothes that make you quietly stand out from the crowd year after year.

    To celebrate the launch of the new pieces for winter Fronté have teamed with up designers/makers, The Design Museum and design junction to offer a chance to win some goodies.

    ENTER NOW  for the Design Museum Market competition, and the chance to win the reversible dress from Fronté which has many different ways to wear it and a range of products from twelve designers: FronteBefore BreakfastElin HorganGiorgia Bosson, Laura Knight StudioLinescapesKelci LondonMyia BonnerPipet DesignPeople Will Always Need PlatesSnowden Flood and Scout Editions

    The prize also includes a pair of tickets for the Beazley Designs of the Year and Ferrari: Under the Skin exhibitions,  the competition will close at 17:00, Friday 1 December. The winner will be notified on Monday 4 December and will have five working days to accept the prize before another winner is selected. Only UK entries will be accepted.

    Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the designers and view, buy or commission products for the festive season at the Design Museum Market, with a beautiful selection of fashion, jewellery, ceramics, glassware, textiles, homewares and graphic design, everything from original stocking fillers to stand-out gifts.

    At the same time as visiting the Design Museum Market you can also pop in to see the Beazley Designs of the Year, a carefully curated selection of 2017’s best designs spanning six categories: architecture, digital, fashion, graphics, product and transport. See the Pussyhat, symbolising solidarity for women’s rights and political resistance and the Refugee Nation Flag, created to represent the first team of refugee athletes at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Nominated by renowned academics, critics and designers, each project has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to design.

    Ferrari: Under The Skin explores Ferrari’s powerful personality, the design and manufacturing process and the future of the luxury car brand from the very first Ferrari to Michael Schumacher’s winning Formula One car and the newest hybrid model. In addition the Designer Maker User collection offers a free taster of its collection featuring over 1,000 objects, an introduction to the history of contemporary design. The Jon Snow: Colour Is My Brand exhibition offers a glimpse of vivid colour from one of the UK’s last tie-making companies. The Designers in Residence 2017 exhibition features a selection from four designers; Soomi ParkChris HildreyStudio Ayaskan and Yinka Danmole.

  • Fronte at Bristol Artisan 09-10 Dec 2017

    Fronte clothing and design at The Bristol Artisan
    9 & 10 December, 11AM – 6PM
    Royal West of England Academy of Art, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1PX
    Cost: Free event open to the public

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    The Bristol Artisan, organised by Designers/Makers and Royal West of England Academy of Art hosts forty designer/makers in the beautiful galleries of Royal West Academy (RWA) in the centre of Bristol.
    Visitors have the opportunity to meet the designers and view, buy or commission products for the festive season.


  • Fronte at London Artisan 16-17 Dec 2017

    Fronte clothing and design at London Artisan 2017
    Saturday 16 December & Sunday 17 December, 11pm – 6pm
    Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QR
    Cost: Free event open to the public

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    The London Artisan 2017, organised by Designers/Makers and Old Truman Brewery, hosts fifty designer/makers in Ely’s Yard nestled amongst the thriving creative hub of over 700 small businesses in Brick Lane.



  • Free and sustainable parcel delivery with click and collect

    Delivery is free and we offer click and collect in the UK for a convenient and more sustainable option. Delivery is charged at a flat rate for international deliveries. Fronte is pioneering in many ways as a small business including adding an option for click and collect. As a small business concerned with sustainability this makes a great deal of sense. We’re also proud to be aligned with the Click. Collect. Clean Air campaign by the Clean Air Better Business programme supported by the Major of London. For customers it can mean both convenience and a conscious move towards sustainability, and without having to pay a penny more since delivery is free.

     With CollectPlus there are over 6,500 parcel points open seven days a week, early til late. 90% of people who live in the UK’s towns and cities are within one mile of a CollectPlus delivery point. Click here for the Store Locator

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    Opting for click & collect reduces your carbon footprint as the delivery driver will hand over multiple parcels to the store owner in a single trip. The Major of London, Sadiq Khan, is encouraging Londoners to make London the world’s first click and collect city. To deliver the estimated 189 million parcels within the M25 to homes by 2020 might require 1.4 million vans on London roads every year and 55% of consumers say there isn’t someone at home during the day to accept their deliveries. Over the course of a 10 hour shift, a regular delivery van can deliver 133 parcels to individual homes, versus 600 parcels to a consolidated parcel hub [1] e.g. using CollectPlus.

    In addition for deliveries within three miles of Brockley train station Fronte will endeavour, by first intent, to deliver all parcels by bicycle, reducing the carbon footprint for deliveries and enabling a healthier lifestyle!



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  • South East Makers Market 2017 in Peckham 23-24 Sep 2017

    Market Peckham, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST
    11am – 5pm, Saturday & Sunday, Free

    Wallpaper magazine, the global authority on design, chose South East Makers Market as one of their top 10 destinations for London Design Festival, this year the market celebrates local craftspeople, alongside recommendations in the Financial Times, Metro, Vogue and Creative Review. Fronte will be at Market Peckham on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September 2017 with some of the best creative talents the South East has to offer including contemporary ceramics, jewellery, textiles, art and fashion.

    Come see the wonders of Conpot, Fran Regan, Agatha A., Sarah Colson, Tim Walker, Laura Nelson, Heros of Switzerland, Chloe Regan, Rain Hotton, Katrina Russell-Adams, Elina Constantino and Lisa Vaughan Thomas, Caro GatesNaomi PurkissBoom BloomsMoko Sellars and more.

    See the South East Makers Club website for more details, and take a wander through the South East Makers design trail to wrap up London Design Festival. With a series of workshops, talks, exhibitions, installations, screenings and even a designer pub quiz, visitors are invited to discover an array of local creative talents, designers and craftspeople



  • Fronte at SAMPLE (curated by Hemingway Design) 02-03 Sep 2017

    Urban Village Fete, The Peninsulist and Hemingway Design presents SAMPLE, a FREE celebration of fresh produce and modern craftsmanship. #SAMPLEautumn takes place on Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd September, and introduces curated designers from fashion, beauty, art, design and homeware at Peninsula Garden, Greenwich. SAMPLE takes place in the flourishing Peninsula Garden designed by Alys Fowler and Thomas Hoblyn in collaboration with Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio.


  • Fronte at Brockley Open Studios 01-03 Jul 2017

    1st, 2nd and 3rd July 2017, see map for details, see brockleyopenstudios for artists profiles and more details

    The Whitechapel Gallery extended the boundaries of its annual East London Open Studios event in 1992 and a number of resident artists in Brockley decided to take part, since then this annual event has became known as the Brockley Open Studios.

    This year 38 Brockley artists share their unique works of art to the general public who not only find out about them but also have the opportunity to purchase works of art.  More than supporting local artists and satisfying the curiosity of the visitors and residents, the Brockley Open Studios rekindles the sense of neighbourliness, renews the ties of community, and celebrates the beauty of art in all varied forms.

    01 Group Show St. Peter’s Church Corner of Cranfield & Wickham Road
    02 Rowena Ardern Textile Embroidery 206 Tressillian Rd
    03 Helen Butler Paintings Flat 11, Bridge House, 47 Adelaide Av
    04 Ruty Benjamini Ceramic Art 45 Sprules Rd Gill Hickman Textural Mixed Media 45 Sprules Rd
    05 Geraldine Cooper Sculpture 85 Ashby Mews Michael Hixon Photography & Mixed Media 85 Ashby Mews michaelhixon.
    06 Jane Cox Ceramics & Silk Screen Prints 62a Tyrwhitt Rd Sue Lowday Leather work 62a Tyrwhitt Rd Anne Lynch Paintings 62a Tyrwhitt Rd
    07 Arnold Dobbs Paintings 4 Harefield Mews
    08 Daniela Fox Illustration, Photographs & Prints Ashby Mews Jeff Soan Wood Sculpture Ashby Mews Mimi Soan Illustration & Plush Toys Ashby Mews Reuben Thurnhill Paintings Ashby Mews
    09 Sheila Fratini Paintings Flat 5, Shandon Court, Endwell Rd
    10 Ben Gold Fine Art Photography Azure House, Dragon Fly Pl
    11 Gillian Golding Prints 92 Manor Ave Charles Wimmer Pastel Drawings 92 Manor Ave Xiomara Wimmer Paintings 92 Manor Ave Patricia Zontelli Mixed Media 92 Manor Ave
    12 Kaori Homma Fire Etchings 83 Brookbank Rd
    13 Eryka Isaak Glass & Metal Work 4 Ashby Mews
    14 Juliet Johnson Glass Engravings St Peter’s Vicarage, Wickham Rd Ouma Mauree Paintings St Peter’s Vicarage, Wickham Rd Corinne Tournay Pastel Drawings St Peter’s Vicarage, Wickham Rd
    15 Jiyun Lapthorn Fashion Design Studios C6c, Unit F, Dragon Fly Pl
    16 Richard Lawrence Sculpture & Printmaking 17c Tressillian Rd
    17 Jack Lloyd Paintings 39 Chalsey Rd
    18 Mary McGeown Textiles 57 Loampit Hill
    19 Rachel Mooney Prints 36 Cliffview Rd Glenn Mottershead Fine Art Photography 36 Cliffview Rd.
    20 Ruth de Monchaux Prints 56 Manor Ave
    21 Helen Pearce Mixed Media & Installation 41a Arabin Rd
    22 Carla Pengilly Watercolour & Oil Paintings 62b Breakspears Rd.
    23 Milda Rakauskaite Oil paintings 102d Breakspears Rd
    24 Ann Taylor Paintings 93a Manor Ave
    25 Melanie Towers Fine Art & Illustration 103 Ermine Rd
    26 Juliana Westcott Watercolour, Collage & Relief 51d Manor Ave




  • Fronte at Cabbages & Frocks and Marylebone Summer Fayre 2017

    Tis the eve of midsummer and Fronté will be at the Cabbages & Frocks fashion market on Saturday 17th June and at Marylebone Summer Fayre 2017 on Sunday 18th June.

    In chic Marylebone since 2006 Cabbages and Frocks Market is placed in a charming cobbled stone setting on Marylebone High street, opposite The Conran Shop London, not far from Baker street station. Featuring upscale creations like Gabriela Rose London‘s tweed & silk jackets to skincare brand Ruby Red (sold in Selfridges) and unique jewellery handcrafted by Ana Verdun London, Cabbages & Frocks was recently featured as one of the top 10 fashion markets in London by

    On Sunday 18th June Marylebone High Street and surrounding streets are closed to traffic and tranquil for the day. Come and enjoy food, drink, dancing and more in aid of Children of St. Mary’s Intensive Care (COSMIC), organised by Marylebone Village. The streets are lined with food, fashion and craft stalls, pop-up massage and beauty booths, sports, bars, a fun fair and a petting zoo with music from up and coming bands.


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