The workshop has been abuzz today, but not with the usual leather-crafting activities, more with thoughts of winter 2016.
We’ve been over-run with photographers, designers, models, stylists and assistants, all working hard to pull together the TUSTING A/W 2016 lookbook and brochure. If you follow us over on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter you may have got a sneak peak into what was going on as it was happening.
We chose Ollie Grove to shoot our products today, loving his classically British gritty style of realism. Ollie is perhaps best-known for his work on the book, In Dogs We Trust, and as all of us here at TUSTING are canine lovers this felt like the perfect fit.
To reflect TUSTINGS’s British grass roots, this season we chose two gorgeous non-models to represent our bags and accessories.
Our photographer Ollie’s sister just happened to be the kind of beauty we were looking for; as a yoga teacher Victoria Grove is tall, elegant and classy, and is the quintessential TUSTING woman.
Representing the men’s collection, Friday O’Flaherty founded the creative agency Running With Scissors, and brought to the table absolute poise and rugged handsomeness. Leading a busy professional life, Friday is an excellent ambassador for TUSTING.
Hair and make-up was provided by London-based Rebekah Lidstone, with styling by Sarah Gilfillan of SartoriaLab. Clothes were selected in muted autumn shades – burgundy, mustard and navy – from British high-street favourites such as Whistles and Jigsaw.
Gillian Tusting proved a dab hand at Creative Direction and her son Fin Tusting, on a break from school after finishing his GCSEs, was our nimble-toed runner.
The day was full of shooting – both still-life and with the models – and excitement was high throughout the workshop. This was also a first reveal of some new styles we’re bringing to market, so it was wonderful to see them ‘in situ’ and on the arms of real people.
We also had the opportunity to use our beautiful village of Lavendon as the backdrop to the shoot – and even Inkie, the TUSTING office dog, got in on the act!
Our lookbook is due to be released in October: be one of the first to see it by signing up here.