Harper & Blake Introduces: Cassandre Desbonnets

Photo of Harper & Blake's print designer, Cassandre Desbonnets

This week’s ‘Harper & Blake Introduces’ brings to you the colourful and creative Cassandre Desbonnets, our new print designer taking Harper & Blake and London by storm! 

Originally growing up in the countryside of France, Cassandre left to follow her love of travel, discovering new people and other cultures. With simple tastes, Cassandre spends her time walking in parks, going to the cinema and reading books – a girl after our own hearts! What makes this mind stand out is her love and passion for colour, fashion and textile design.

After completing a master’s degree in textile design and art direction, the french native traveled to London to undertake a work placement with renowned designer Mary Katrantzou. It was there she made her decision to stay in this dynamic city which then lead to begin her work with Harper & Blake.

Currently working on our latest campaign, #DesignWithHarperAndBlake the prints are a reflection of Cassandre’s inspiration and design philosophy. Cassandre explores the worlds of Harper & Blake daily. Creating print stories behind two entities resulting to the perfect storm of minimal and edgy, simple and bright.

At Harper & Blake we live by the mantra “take inspiration from everything”. This is something Cassandre herself believes and feels everything can be an inspiration: the tones of a wall, the colour palette of a florist shop, an architecture shape or a print on a piece of clothing. Often found wandering around design and art exhibitions (the Barbican centre being her favourite in London) Cassandre finds inspiration for the great ways she incorporates design composition, shapes and concepts into her prints. From taking walks around the bustling city, to relaxing in the breathtaking parks, the designer constantly looks to the colours and textures around her.

Last week’s Harper & Blake print, Spring Bamboo is a reflection of exactly this. The colourful and bold floral print is inspired by the blooming of flowers in the spring. The second print designed for last week’s ‘#DesignWithHarperAndBlake’ reveal is Speckled Ink. The designer channeled her inner Harper style to create a hand painted design for all lovers of simplicity and minimalism.

Given Cassandres experience in the fashion industry, we trust her to create high quality designs. Following on from our SS16 scarf collection “Predators” which made its debut in February at London Fashion week, Cassandre has started working on our SS17 collection. Without spoiling the surprise, the topic of the collection is beautiful and dangerous nature, and will be a smooth transition from the previous Predators, but with completely different stories. We cannot wait to see what’s to come.

We would like to think that our future is bright with Cassandre and one which we are thrilled to have this up and coming designer include in.

Harper & Blake wouldn’t be what it is today without the creative minds working behind it. ‘Harper & Blake Introduces’ hopes to share these minds with you!

Design with Harper&Blake; Spring Bamboo and Speckled Ink

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Design with Harper & Blake (#DesignWithHB) is a campaign aimed at bringing you our latest original designs weekly all influenced by the world around us, taking final form in our two contrasting alter-egos, Harper & Blake.

Harper & Blake are inspired by life; taking in everyday living, colours, architecture, art, and much more to create unique prints designed for any mood and all personalities. This weeks prints are inspired by daily life in London during the spring, and of course, the styles and personalities of Harper and Blake.

Keeping in tone with the gorgeous weather we’ve recently been having we are pleased to introduce our colourful new prints for this week; Spring Bamboo and Speckled Ink.

Spring Bamboo                                                       Speckled Ink

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Suited for Blake’s bold style, Spring Bamboo was inspired by sunny days and the Spring’s influx of flowers in bloom- scenes unmissable throughout London’s parks this season. Available in a range of colours this Blake inspired print is guaranteed to bring positive vibes this summer.

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The second print of the week is modelled on Harper’s style. Speckled Ink is a minimalistic print with black, white and nude tones. Harper is all about simplicity with texture, which is exactly what this print is all about. The finish of the ink gives the minimal design a modern twist. Harper’s Speckled Ink print brings a simplistic modern edge to your life and even better, your outfit!

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Are you a Harper or Blake this week? With two prints this week in a range of colours, we just can’t decide!

For more prints, visit the Harper & Blake website.

Design With Harper & Blake

A collage of Harper & Blake weekly prints from April to May 2016.
A collage of Harper & Blake weekly prints from April to May 2016.

Design with Harper & Blake, hashtagged #DesignWithHB or #DesignWithHarperAndBlake, is our latest campaign with a mission to keep you up to date with the new designs based on the personalities of Harper and Blake.

Started last month, we have committed to creating new designs every week, each a reflection of the two different identities and attitudes of Harper and Blake. We want people to channel their inner Harper or Blake, or even combination of the two with our bright and fun phone cases. Phone cases are the easiest accessory to flaunt in your day to day life, so when choosing your next phone case we want you to answer one question; what’s your print mood of the day?

Fresh new designs, innovative prints and the perfect storm of Harper and Blake’s styles are just a few ways of describing the latest campaign we have instore for you.

The prints that are created weekly are available for the iPhone and Samsung cases and can be purchased on the Harper & Blake website. Up until this point, we have created numerous phone cases with fabulous prints which we hope you will enjoy.

Our latest designs, the street granite and abstract landscape , were released today and can be found on our website, along with all other smart phone cases.

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(Top left; Geometric, top middle; Tropical Abstract, top right; Glitter Feathers, bottom left; Burst Houndstooth, bottom middle; Zebra Seas, bottom right; Marble Chevron)

 

Harper & Blake: the perfect storm

Harper & Blake, an entity of two very different styles combine to make a fierce collection of accessories. With the combination of Harper’s minimalistic edge and Blake’s outgoing and colorful style, together, they create a unique blend of prints.

Harper is the minimalist. A lover of sophistication, modern shapes and sharp colors. Harper is a determined individual with a knack for organization, believing simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

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Blake is wild. Blake’s outgoing nature is all about color, patterns and unusual prints. Blake is free as a bird and finds inspiration everywhere. A believer in quirkiness and seeing the world in color.

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Together, Harper & Blake create the ultimate collaboration of two individual styles and attitudes to create an accessories collection for all women. With a mission to make women feel confident and empowered the collaboration exudes boldness and sophistication with an edge. Harper & Blake’s collection debut of fashion scarves for the Autumn Winter 2016 collection titled ‘Predators’ is the perfect blend of the two attitudes. The collection  showcases the two personalities into one cohesive collection of modern scarves with bold colors and prints.

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Along with the printed silk scarves collection, Harper & Blake also collaborate to create unique designs for mobile cases. Printed designs are created each week with a goal to inspire and to bring out individual personalities. Each week inspiration for the prints are posted leading up to the reveal of the new designed mobile case. Every print is designed with the attitudes and styles of Harper & Blake in mind.

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So the question is, are you a Harper or a Blake?