New makers

Say a big hello to makers who have set up new Makerhood stalls in the past couple of weeks.

Bright Side Dark Side sells exuberant floral fascinators and jewellery inspired by nature and tribal arts, using feathers, recycled leather, shells & semi-precious stones.
http://brixton.makerhood.com/bright-side-dark-side

Community Technology offers refurbished computers and IT equipment, and is committed to promoting environmental and technological sustainability.
http://brixton.makerhood.com/community-technology

Alexandra of Aurora Aromatica, a mobile complementary therapist, is selling lavender and hops love-heart pillows to help you relax.
http://brixton.makerhood.com/aurora-aromatica-complementary-therapist

Rijole Bitata of Nera Phut Accessories specialises in jewellery and accessories made from a range of different materials, from fabric to semi-precious stones.
http://brixton.makerhood.com/nerua-phut-accessories

Tinker Tailor offers a mixture of handmade garments and customised vintage made by a Savile Row trained tailor from the highest quality materials sourced from English mills.
http://brixton.makerhood.com/tinker-tailor

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Meet the makers: DK Darlington

Fashion designer Kimalie Darlington was shortlisted for Best Young Entrepreneur in the Lambeth Business Awards 2011. He tells us how hanging out in Brixton has influenced his style

1.       How did you get started in fashion?
I graduated from the London College of Fashion and then worked for several fashion houses, including Paul Smith, Top Man, Helen Fairbrother and Sierra. But none of these companies appreciated my talent! So in 2009 I started my own clothing line for men, Young Fox, and in 2010 I launched Kimalie, my womenswear line.

2.       How difficult was it to start up during the recession?
I put a lot of my own money into it, but I was lucky to get premises through the London Youth Support Trust, which also provides advice and support. It helped me apply for a grant from the Prince’s Trust. But with the economy the way it is, I decided to sell direct, online through my own website and organisations like Makerhood and Asos. I was stocked in five boutiques in places like Bond Street, but they take 50% commission and I can’t really afford that at the moment.

3.       Where does the D in DK Darlington come from?
The D stands for Damion, my brother. I’m the chief designer and the company director, but DK Darlington had a better rhythm! I have a lot of interns to help me. One of the guys didn’t know what he wanted to do and helped me with design – now he’s at uni studying fashion! There’s just two of us who make up the garments.

4.       So how would you describe the style of your clothes?
My clothes are about detail. I take a basic shape like jeans and add leather, or a shirt and add pleating. The menswear line in particular features a lot of leather. My target audience is young professionals who want to look smart but also have a touch of the street.

5.       What are your main influences and inspirations?
I was born in Jamaica but I’ve lived in Britain since I was about 10, so I regard myself as British – all my friends are British. I live in Clapham and hang around in Brixton a lot, so I’m influenced by the urban streets around here and other areas like Brick Lane. But I get different inspirations every season – for my spring/summer 2011 womenswear collection I used a lot of blue, yellow and white to give a very girly feel.

6.       So what appeals to you about Makerhood?
I just think it’s a brilliant idea, trying to get everyone in the area to buy local, and getting different makers in an area together to help each other. When I joined up there were cake makers and artists but no other fashion sellers. Now there are more fashion stalls and it’s great!

7.       Finally, what’s your top tip for a bit of “unknown Brixton”?
Don’t be afraid to wander around the back streets of Brixton – there are some really interesting shops and cafés just waiting to be discovered. My favourite place is Take Two – a Caribbean restaurant that serves fantastic fish soup.

You can see DK Darlington’s menswear at http://brixton.makerhood.com/youngfox. He will be adding his womenswear line before Christmas. See http://www.dkdarlington.com/ for more information.

New makers

We’re a bit behind on the blog due to holidays and the like, so a belated welcome to new makers who have set up stalls on Makerhood in the past couple of weeks.

Timothy Sutton Tim is a professional portrait painter who paints incredibly realistic portraits of both humans and dogs. He also organises the annual Urban Art Fair in Josephine Avenue, Brixton.
http://brixton.makerhood.com/timothy-sutton-portrait-painter

Rosie Makes Rosie Mo likes, well, making things. She takes photos of things that catch her eye, and her black and white prints are done by hand in a darkroom.
http://brixton.makerhood.com/rosie-makes

Rachel’s food Rachel Manley runs a popular food blog as well as a brunch and supper club. Check out her delicious macaroons!
http://brixton.makerhood.com/rachels-food

Gitas Portal For contemporary African-inspired ladies’ and children’s fashion, look no further. Fabulous ethnic prints and hand tie-dye and batik fabrics are turned into ready-to-wear and bespoke items, and proceeds are reinvested in the local economy.
http://brixton.makerhood.com/gitas-portal

Feast with Bron Bron is a professional cook and food lover who makes fresh biscuits and cakes, old-fashioned sweets and savoury muffins to order. Yum!
http://brixton.makerhood.com/feast-bron