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Gather&See Girls: Veryan Raiker

This month's Gather&See Girl is the talented Veryan, one of our amazing designers who is behind the label By Veryan- her collection is arriving very soon and we can't wait to share it with you! 

Profile - Picture, Age, where you live and what you do?

25, London, designer 

What or who inspires you? 

My family—they’ve always encouraged me to take risks, welcome change & to not worry about breaking conventions. The people I meet through my work are always wonderful—I love their enthusiasm for sustainable fashion & its potential for positive impact, it gives me purpose.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Never be overwhelmed by your goal, everyone starts at the beginning.

What advice would you give your 13 year old self?

It may sound trite, but to take advantage of every opportunity. Not to worry about making set decisions about the future because things can & will change.

What makes you angry?

Taking the lifestyle we have for granted, of course there are exceptions, but we’re often so lucky without realising it.

What makes you happy?

Being outside with the people I love (especially by the sea). Designing, making & sewing.

What's your favourite restaurant? 

Peckham Refreshment Rooms, I love it—you can while away an afternoon reading a book with a coffee, or go for a delicious meal. The atmosphere’s really relaxed but vibrant.

What’s your favourite album? 

At the moment it has to be Jessica Pratt’s self-titled album. It’s wonderful, lilting folk music.  

What’s your song of the moment? 

Joni Mitchell - All I Want

Latest discovery in your hometown?

An actual windmill in Brixton! Who knew?! 

Where is on your travel hit list for 2015?

We’re are planning on renting a tandem & cycling around the French countryside. Most likely somewhere with lots of vineyards. Also, Oslo—it’s been on my dream list for a while.

Which city in the world would you love to live in for just 1 year? 

Paris—it’s the cafés. There’s nothing better than a relaxed little bistro with good coffee & wine. 

Which item of clothing do you most treasure? 

I don’t know if I have a treasured item of clothing, but I have a beautiful dainty cameo necklace that I couldn’t do without. It was my Gran’s & represents so many memories.

Which is your favourite piece on the G&S website at the moment? 

The Lalesso Kufanna Playsuit, I love the print & cut.

If you could change 1 thing in the world what would it be? 

 As much free access to education as possible for everyone, everywhere.

 What is your personal style?

 Simple & comfortable. I like to be able to throw on clothes without thinking. If I’m in the studio, it’ll be navy jeans & an easy jersey tee. If I’m going out, I love midi dresses, the length is so flattering.

 Who are your style icons?  OR Who is your fashion hero?

 Jane Birkin for casual, Lauren Bacall for polish.

 What is your 'can't live without' beauty product?

 Body Shop lightening touch concealer, it’s amazing. Their moringa oil is pretty special too.

Why do you love Gather&See? OR Why is shopping ethical important to you?

It’s so important that everyone can buy beautiful clothes, but at no cost to the makers, at each & every stage of the supply chain. Gather & See champions this, which is just amazing. 

Please put together your favourite outfit from the G&S website.

Beaumont Organic Uma Dress

A Peace Treaty Wesa Earrings

Danielle Foster Kelly Tote

When’s your next collection out?

SS15 is out in the next month, it’s all easy dresses with beautiful details. Can’t wait to share it!


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