Desmond & Dempsey x H&M

Just in time for lockdown (hopefully) coming to an end, the luxury pyjama brand Desmond & Dempsey opens the bedroom door and steps out into the bright sunlight. Together with H&M, they have created a capsule collection featuring laidback dresses and kaftans, all in unique prints created by hand and inspired by the Desmond & Dempsey founders Molly Goddard and Joel Jeffery’s birthplace Australia. Palms and botanical elements flourish in repeat patterns or Toile de Jouy-like prints in a colour palette of saffron yellow, dusty pink, azure blue, forest green and soft beige.

“Our prints start with an adventure. It doesn’t always have to be far, but a visit to somewhere that has triggered our imagination.”

Molly Goddard:

Desmond and Dempsey

Thought we may as well include some of our favourite prints from Desmond and Dempsey; if you would rather stay in and keep the pyjamas on…

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Spread your wings and fly:

As some of us finally come out of lockdown we want to unfurl ourselves and enjoy our new freedom. We are imitating one of the British public’s favourite print themes, the butterfly. Whether it be realistic, fanciful or abstract wing prints these have always been most commercial and appealing prints.

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07984 467997

How to see new print designs ?

Sublitex and The Print Affair are working hand in hand to bring you the latest print designs through multi-media channels using videos, blogs and Instagram. Watch the film then scroll down this blog to see the jpegs of the designs.

Sublitex Video Presentation

The designs shown in the video and on @sublitexsrl will in turn be posted on both @theprintaffair and blog. This gives designers access to fast fashion, transitional and AW 2020 designs.

Fast Fashion 2020

Print Picks of the Week ………

‘Keep it casual’

Specific design requests from our 16,000 + design library or custom printing of your own digital designs can be sent to Sarah at;

07984 467997

What have you been watching?

During Lock-down we have all been watching rather a lot of TV and naturally print spotting. Here are our top picks.

The Tiger King

Carole Baskin. Image: Facebook page
How can we ever forget the fairy band of Carole Baskin and her swirling pink patchwork skin prints. Joe Exotic….I am lost for Words. Images: Netflix.

Killing Eve

Villanelle in a La DoubleJ dress, Golden Goose boots, and a Dragon
Diffusion bag Photo: Courtesy of AMC/Des Willie/BBCA

Dead to me

Normal People

White Lines

Check out my rave shirts like …….and my Ex loves a bit of animal.

Glastonbury is 50!

The V&A is launching a seven-day digital celebration of Glastonbury to mark what would have been the festival’s 50th anniversary.

The museum, which is home to the Glastonbury archive, today launches a new collection on its website dedicated to the annual festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. This weekend (26-28 June) would have been the 50th anniversary Glastonbury Festival.

The online exhibition will look at the festival’s inception, history, fashion, and stage design. It will include past posters, programmes, designs, interviews, film, photographs, backstage passes and other memorabilia.

The V&A continues to work with Glastonbury Festival to collect and archive material from each Festival.

Camping at Glastonbury; a sea of tents.
Bowie and Quintessence performed on the first Pyramid Stage in 1971. The 1971 Festival was captured on film by Nick Roeg and David Putman in Glastonbury Fayre (1971). The film is a great record of the Festival and reveals how it attracted hippies who identified with the counterculture movements that emerged in the late sixties. Sadly it does not include Bowie’s memorable performance.
Glastonbury Festival banners, 2014.

Festival Fashion

The ‘festival fashion’ industry has only really existed since the mid-2000s, following several appearances at Glastonbury Festival by the model Kate Moss.

The height of her influence was in 2005, when she was photographed with her then boyfriend (and frontman of The Libertines) Pete Doherty. Her now-iconic look – tousled hair, gold dress, leather jacket, Hunter wellington boots and the ultimate accessory, an indie band boyfriend – suddenly decreed that festivals could be places for style and glamour, rather than just mud and mayhem.

Kate Moss (in less practical footwear) and Pete Doherty at Glastonbury Festival, 2007. Copyright Jason Bryant; Pair of wellington boots, ‘Hunter Green’, made by Gates Rubber Company, 1989, Scotland.
Tim Walker fashion shoot at Glastonbury. © Tim Walker

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Pop the wellies back in the cupboard ready for next year! Watch highlights of the festival this weekend available on a number of platforms.

Studio Coverdale

If you need some floral colour inspiration look no further than this fabulously talented designer Natasha Coverdale.

Natasha is a British Designer – Digital Flower Arranger. Follow her Instagram account @studiocoverdale for joyful art prints and textile treasures. She created her pieces digitally drawing with a tablet and pen. On her website it says that she is inspired by Japanese botanical block prints (after having lived in Asia) and 17th/18th century French textiles.

“I play with colour and composition until I’m happy – and this can take many, many days. I’m fascinated by folklore, forgery and social history and always aim to have hidden treats and a sparkle of romance within my creative work.”

Arthur’s Gaze and Jupiter Garden make a pretty pair of delicate and sumptuous.
Sunday Noon blanket. 100% Woven Cotton – 70% recycled.
Enjoy MAJESTIC picnics…100% Woven Cotton, 70% recycled – Majesty Blanket!

Head over to the website shop to see soft furnishings and some accessories that are available to purchase, as well as the fabulous prints themselves.

All images are copyright of Studio Coverdale and from their website and Instagram.

Sun Hats

Sun hats are the accessory you need now that all socialising is taking place outside!

Relive the 90s trend with some fabulous printed bucket hats. With lots of different print options there is a hat here for everyone.

Bandana print hats from Topshop

The bucket hat is now a regular on the catwalk – along with Dior, it has featured in Craig Green, Prada and Burberry shows. Meanwhile, Rihanna is the modern bucket hat’s patron saint. She has worn designs in snakeskin, tropical print, PVC and khaki.

Asos say its sales of bucket hats have risen by 343% in a year, with a £10 design with an orange smiley face the most popular on the site. Kangol has produced bucket hats since the 70s. Globally, orders for its washed bucket are up 339% in spring 2019 compared with spring 2018.

Some fabulous Sublitex designs

Colourful Sublitex designs

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Ptolemy Mann

Some Colour inspiration for you this week in the form of some fabulous woven textiles. Ptolemy Mann has been creating work from her studio since 1997. Architectural and chromatic wall based artworks for private, public and corporate clients using her signature hand dyed and woven technique. She has worked as a commercial textile designer producing a range of furnishing fabrics, cushions, bed linen and throws with various brands and retailers.

Below are some recent artworks on her instagram account ‘these paintings have become a daily ritual of making and being in the moment. Capturing a gesture and feeling of a moment in time. A new series I am calling ‘Where we are Now’’

Chromaticity // 2016 // Stanhope Commission // Archive // Thread Painting // Hand dyed and woven mercerised cotton.

Below are some selected artworks from her website Such a fabulous use of colour creating Ikat style designs. Incredibly inspiring and beautiful to look at.

All images are from For information on the artist and her fabulous artwork visit and explore. Be inspired.