Rae Feather is a British womenswear brand, designing beautiful, luxurious wardrobe staples, with equally beautiful fabrics. I took a few moments to catch up with the eponymous founder of Rae Feather, to get a glimpse behind the scenes and the inspiration for her collections. What is your definition of luxury? Cashmere is a great luxury. There is nothing like putting on a cashmere sweater or scarf when it’s chilly and instantly feeling cosy and warm….
Which are your favourite fabrics? They have to be natural. I love cashmere, wool, wool crepe, silks and great quality cottons. My mother and sister are both interior designers and, for as long as I can remember, I have been surrounded by beautiful fabric books. My idea of heaven is to spend a whole day at Chelsea Harbour looking at sumptuous fabrics.
What inspires you when you create collections? I am inspired by so much. I love interiors, high fashion and jewellery, but most of all, I love to see women looking confident and comfortable in what they are wearing.
Is the fabric and print the starting point with your designs? I think its bit of both, plus the shape. The silhouette of a design is very important and it’s essential that the shape is flattering and makes the wearer feel confident and comfortable.
Do you have a style mantra? Comfort and simplicity all the way. With simplicity comes longevity.
Is travel important to you in terms of inspiring your designs? I worked in Formula 1 for years and was so fortunate to see so many places. I then marketed a beautiful luxury hotel in the Caribbean for the best part of 10 years and made it my business to find out where the most beautiful places on earth were located. I used to go to travel trade fairs and come back with loads of brochures from far-flung places, which became my bedtime reading for weeks. I will happily pack my bag at the drop of a hat and explore a city for a few days. In the last few months I have been to Istanbul and Delhi – both inspiring beyond words.
What are your favourite places to visit? My parents have a traditional Portuguese ‘quinta’ where all our family, kids and all, get together - no shoes allowed!
What is your definition of style? Timeless and relaxed, simple, yet elegant. For me style doesn’t have to be complex - with simplicity comes longevity.
Finally, which are the key timeless pieces in the SS15 Rae Feather collection? I live in my Rae Feather light cashmere pieces. I especially love our crew neck feather light sweater in soft dove grey which comes with me on all my travels, as does my current bestseller my large block striped cashmere scarf – perfect to wrap around your shoulders in the shade on a beach holiday, or as a winter warmer, it’s so trans-seasonal and it’s my current staple!
It's a beautiful collection - I am lusting after it all, especially as we draw closer to the summer. Speaking of which - how perfect is this monogram basket for holidays?