Meet the brands: Laurie Nouchka




 

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Artist Laurie Nouchka creates limited edition drawings and paintings that lift her designs off the canvas onto her unique range of style focused and contemporary wearable works of art.

Embedded in the heart of London, she draws inspiration from the urban landscapes around her. She travels the world for inspiration, immersing herself in each and every city. In doing so she has developed a bold and unique approach to depicting her architectural subjects.

Infused with the expertise of fashion designers, her observational drawings of iconic buildings are translated into geometric and linear forms as repeated patterns across a range of carefully designed garments. The vibrant, abstracted prints reflect the dynamic scenes of the urban landscape offset by the functional, clean lines on the collection.

She has collaborated with Equinox gyms, Kings Cross and Farmer’s Daughter Hotel asthe artist in residence to create bespoke collections in response to their unique architectural story.

All pieces are proudly printed in the UK using Italian lycra and EUROJERSEY sensitive fabrics. They are made in Wimbledon, London, and stocked in the UK, USA, Europe, Australia, Dubai, Switzerland and China. (copied from google docs)


Laurie:

  • Grew up in a small town in Suffolk, but moved to London after university in 2004.
  • Swims and practises yoga everyday, has recently got into surfing.
  • Loved the idea of a famous landmark, ‘reaching up my leg’ and so came up with the idea for the leggings, wore them to yoga classes, gave a couple to some teachers and then the orders started rolling in.
  • Considers the body to be a moving piece of art. Her pieces are aimed at those who move.
  • Each collection is limited edition.
  • Wants the clothing to be practical but also a fashion statement. The crop tops can be worn with skirts and jeans, the leggings under blouses etc.

 

 

You can start rocking these amazing pieces right now! Purchase her work on the GVSCO site.

https://www.greatventuresurfco.com/collections/laurie-nouchka

 

All our artists are truly unique and amazing. Bringing them into the spotlight is our joy and pleasure, head over to site to find out more.

Stay stoked

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#2minutebeachclean – The Mission to Save our Beaches!

We are honoured to be partnering with the #2minutebeachclean movement and selling their water bottles!

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#2minutebeachclean is an incredible movement run by The Beach Clean Network Limited who are an non-profit charity based here in the UK. They are standing up and taking action against marine litter and plastic pollution on beaches all across the globe.

Martin Dorey founded the charity back in 2009, but the social media phenomenon that is #2minutebeachclean began in the winter of 2013/14.  Since then it has exploded with support from beach and sea goers, wild life lovers and the general public all looking to make a difference in just 2 minutes of cleaning when they’re at the beach.

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This wonderful charity is funded by sponsorships from beach clean stations and sales of merchandise. This is where we step in!

If you watch #2minutebeachclean’s video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNGhAERqxLA) you will see that a staggering 38 Million plastic water bottles are thrown away in the UK each day. This is a simply mind blowing number of plastics that will take years and years to disappear, some may never even disappear. The negative impact this will have will be irreversible.

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This is why #2minutebeachclean are dutifully selling these reusable stainless steel water flasks.

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We, Great Venture Surf Company (GVSCo) have partnered with Martin and #2minutebeachclean and will be selling these brilliant water flask on our site here! We will also have them at our stall at The Mill Xmas Fair:

If you wish to follow #2minutebeachclean and perhaps even post you and your marine litter next time your down at the beach. You can follow their brilliant journey here:

Website: beachclean.net/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/2minutebeachclean/

Stay stoked!

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Backpackers, Beaches and a Big Burning man: My Christmas in Kilifi By Calum Warriner

We all know that Kenya is famous for one of nature’s most incredible spectacles; the great wildebeest migration. Perhaps what is less well known around the globe is the mass migration down to the coast for the festive season. If people aren’t heading up country to see the family, then you can bet your bottom shilling they’re making this annual journey to kick back on little piece of white beach and soak up the sun. A trip I was privileged enough to round off 2015 with and one that will leave anyone from the northern hemisphere swapping they’re stocking for a snorkel, and they’re hot coco for an ice cold tusker! Here are just a few of my thoughts, experiences, tid bits and tips. Those I can remember anyway 😉

The majority of my stay on the coast was spent in the lovely little town of Kilifi, about 56Km northeast of Kenya’s second largest city, Mombasa. If you are coming from Nairobi, most bus companies will run all the way to Kilifi town, although if you find yourself stuck in Mombasa for whatever reason, local minibuses (matatus) run all day and should only be a few hundred shillings. A little heads up, Kenya’s matatus can be overcrowded and a bit on the rough side let’s say, but if you don’t mind getting cosy with a local and are on a tight budget then it’s the only way to get around. In my experience, cheap is cheerful, and its always best to keep an open mind, you never know what might happen on one those things.

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At the epicentre of Kilifi’s travel and social scene is the one and only Distant Relatives Ecolodge. Only a couple of kilometres from the main town, tucked away in Giriama village on the doorstep on the creek, this magnificent place is a haven for weary travellers, families, couples, and lone wolfs alike. Good company, relaxation, warm hospitality and an environmentally sound ethos. You’ll find it all there, in an intimate and idyllic setting. I would recommend this place to anyone going to the continent of Africa, let alone the Kenyan coast! I was also blessed enough to be a part of their truly epic New Year’s Eve celebrations, which took part over 2 days in the hostel and down on the beach. We were graced by the musical stylings of internationally renowned DJ’s such as Wanklemut, Monolink and Toby2shoes. To top it all off and give 2015 the send-off it deserved, a huge burning man was lit up in the creek, giving the hundreds of us party animals a spectacle we’d never forget…

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Kilifi is also home to one of the most stunning and untouched stretches of beach on the coastline: Bofa Beach. A Vast expanse of warm white sand lined with towering palm trees and calm blue waters, this place is straight out of a postcard. It goes without saying but remember all your beach essentials and if you fancy a snooze in the shade, always put your blanket down or you could end up with a ghost crab hanging off your nipple. Trust me on that one. Although there’s not a lot of surf there, it’s got the perfect conditions for wind and kite surfing. With little tourist influence, the town itself is your typical Kenyan coastal settlement. You’ll find all the basic amenities, supermarket, banks, a liquor store and bus companies etc. but precious little else. So if your craving a bit more variety, it’d be worth heading up the coast about 40Km to Watamu to check out the marine reserve and indulge in some authentic gelato.

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I could spend all day reminiscing about the unparalleled beauty of Kilifi and the inspiring people I met along the way, but I’ll keep this piece like my holiday; short and sweet. I implore all of you, if you ever get the chance, to experience this lifestyle for yourselves. I can’t promise it will be easy to leave, but I can promise it will give you a whole new perspective on Kenya and change your life for the better 🙂

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The Musafir is a great little project ran by some of the most talented, dedicated and kind hearted people it’s ever been my pleasure to meet. The best way to describe it would be a floating community project/hostel. Some of the most interesting conversations and memorable evenings I had were spent with the crew on deck of the big dhow boat, watching sundown in the creek and jamming out. Check out their website and Facebook to find out more about the work they’re doing and if you can, get involved! Asante sana.

Until next time,

Calum.

Special thanks to Romy Latter for her impeccable photography skills 🙂