My London: Alice Tibble – Founder of NEUE London

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Neue is a contemporary womenswear label aimed at the modern professional woman. Founded and based in London, designer Alice Tibble’s fascination with colour and print leads her to take influences from nature to inform shape and pattern. Original prints are mixed with modern, effortless shapes to create garments that are at the same time, both individual and wearable. Neue believes in a conscious approach to design, working with local manufacturers who share the same values of quality and craftsmanship.

Alice graduated from the London College of Fashion with a first class honours degree in fashion design. After graduating she worked at fashion houses in New York for over 5 years, including gaining invaluable experience working for designers Catherine Malandrino and Calvin Klein. After returning to London Alice worked at womenswear label Reiss, where she gained essential knowledge of the affordable luxury market. Combining her luxury background with commercial expertise, Alice established her own label Neue in early 2015 blending the commerce of New York with the creative flair she found in London.

 

Favourite neighbourhood:

East London. A perfect Sunday would evolve a trip to the flower market on Columbia Road and a wander down the canal to Victoria Park, perhaps picking up something up from the Ginger Pig to cook for dinner.

 

Favourite place for brunch:

Leilas café on Calvert Avenue is lovely and calm during the week.

 

Best coffee in London:

Allpress truly does the best coffee in London and I love to watch the world go by on Redchurch Street.

 

Favourite gallery or museum:

This is so hard to chose in London but pushed I would have to say the V&A just because it’s so diverse.

 

Favourite place to shop:

I really do most of my shopping online these days but I love wandering around the home section at Goodhood.

 

Favourite place to find inspiration:

Sussex – The mixture of landscape, history and art is a constant source of inspiration. It is close enough to London to escape for a weekend and re-set the brain. My SS16 collection was inspired by an English Country garden – and in particular the garden at Charleston House in East Sussex, very near to where I grew up. The house was once owned by Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell and has a wonderful bohemian feel. The garden feels really natural and overgrown, even though I am sure a lot of time and thought has gone into it. I wanted my prints to reflect this feeling of wildness.

 

Best London destination for a date:

Discovering new wine at Sager + Wilde.

 

Favourite park:

This is really hard to pick in London- there are so many lovely parks and it really depends upon the time of year. In the summer Hyde Park, around the Serpentine is amazing and in the winter I really love Hampstead Heath.

 

Favourite food market:

Spa Terminus in Bermondsey for La Grotta Ice-cream!

 

Your sanctuary in the city:

Ottolenghi in Spitalfields. I cannot resist their polenta cake and I can always a quiet corner where I can relax, think and sketch.

 

What inspires you?

London – its art, culture, the food, and the people who live here.

 

This season I’m loving:

Mixing print and texture- I love the more romantic feminism that’s happening right now.

 

The plug…

I’m excited that my full SS16 collection is now being sold in Gallery 5 in Islington. I love this boutique which offers a handpicked a selection of talented and original independent designers. .

The AW16 range has also recently gone online at The Velvet Closet too.