Two Cool Brand Founders Share Their Favourite Pieces & Wishlists
Two Cool Brand Founders Share Their Favourite Pieces & Wishlists

Two Cool Brand Founders Share Their Favourite Pieces & Wishlists

Renowned for their meticulous selection of the best quality fabrics when curating their clothing collections, the founders of Labeca London have grown their brand to reflect the wardrobe needs of the modern woman. From home decor pieces to the muses behind their inspirations, here are their current favourites…

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The Dress

Lara: I love anything that adds a twist to a classic style and this Max Mara jumbo knitted maxi dress is a favourite of mine at the moment. I saw Giovanna Engelbert wearing it and she’s a real style icon for me. I love the contrast between the chevron pattern and the openwork sleeve details.

Bercis: Labeca’s Laila black multiway maxi dress has been my go-to this summer. It can be styled in three different ways and so it’s an essential when trying to pack light for a getaway. It can easily be dressed up with heels or dressed down with flats to suit any occasion.

The Jacket

Lara: Labeca’s Teddy shearling jacket is the ultimate cosy layering piece. It has a leather lining for extra warmth and the softest tan shearling on the outside. It’s definitely a showstopper and one of my autumn hero products.

Bercis: I love a military style jacket and this Céline Saharienne jacket is such a great transitional piece. My autumn/winter wardrobe has a lot of neutral tones, so this shade of brown pairs perfectly with a lot of my go-to outfits. It’s the perfect balance of comfort and style to complete my wardrobe.

The Set

Lara: As we’re approaching that transitional weather into autumn, I can’t wait to bring out the cashmere pieces from my wardrobe. I am in love with this beige tie-dye set from The Elder Statesman. It makes for the perfect relaxed weekend look, especially when paired with the flattering straight leg pants.

Bercis: A set that Labeca introduces year after year is our ecru tank top and mini shorts. It’s a bestseller for us, and that’s because it’s the comfiest loungewear I own. In the summer, we produce the set in cotton for a cooler alternative, but my favourite is our cosy wool blend for relaxing at home in the colder months.

The Shoe

Lara: Rubber rain boots are so versatile and I won’t only be saving this pair for rainy days! I like the matte black effect on this Totême pair and the comfortable flat sole makes them an even better purchase. I know I’d get lots of wear out of these, especially on my morning walks to my favourite coffee shop.

Bercis: The Row’s Adam loafer in ivory leather is the comfiest loafer I’ve ever worn. It’s so easy to style with either jeans, shorts or dresses and gives a cool but elegant vibe to any outfit.

The Bag

Lara: Gabriella Hearst’s bags are my absolute favourite at the minute. They have a sleek and unique design and I’m always complimented on the Nina Bag – it fits all my essentials, as well as being chic and functional.

Bercis: Anya Hindmarch’s sparkly Anya Brands Perrier Tote is so versatile and eye-catching, and I just love it. It’s the perfect way to elevate a simple outfit and it’s a fun conversation starter. I’ll definitely be getting my use out of it as we approach the winter party season.

The Accessory

Lara: Now autumn is approaching, I’ll be wearing my Kujten’s cashmere bandana all the time. I have the neutral colour with a paisley print so that I can style it with most of my outfits. It injects a cool piece of my individuality into my looks.

Bercis: Earrings are one of my favourite ways to accessorise. I love a simple hoop and I never leave the house without a jewellery check. Earrings can easily elevate or understate a look, so I love playing around with different combinations. Maria Tash’s plain gold hoops are so classic.

The Jewellery Brand

Lara: Goosens is my current favourite as, when my baby was born, my sister got me the Talisman Astro necklace with his zodiac sign. It’s such a thoughtful and meaningful gift, and the brand expands across all jewellery categories, including men’s pieces. I’m also loving everything from Carolina Bucci. Browsing their Forte beads is such a fun activity. I love the experience of going into their shop on Motcomb Street to create an individual piece. It's so fun and personal to you.

Bercis: Marie Lichtenberg’s Rosa chain and gold heart Coco charm combo is my go-to at the moment. She has some of the most original designs that look elegant and can be worn from day to night. I often pair the necklace with a white tank top or an elegant black mini dress, depending on the time of day.

The Muse

Lara: I’m a huge fan of everything Anouk Yve styles – she’s so elegant and chic. She can rock any outfit, even when it’s simple, and her looks are always so unique. She’s a true tastemaker and brings any style together so effortlessly.

Bercis: Viktoria Rader is my fashion and lifestyle inspiration. She balances street style and luxury in the most elegant way. She often incorporates a twist on modern classic looks, and she infuses colour in such a balanced and stylish way.

The Beauty Essentials

Lara: I love a natural make-up look all year round. I spent my summer in EltaMD UV Daily Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF40 – it gives your skin the perfect glow. Refy’s Brow Sculpt is an essential for me and keeps my brows in check all day long. For a chilled evening look, I use Rose Inc Radiant Lip and Cheek Color in shade ‘Heliotrope’. I also love the warm look of Westman Atelier’s Baby Cheeks in ‘Chouchette’, which is a nude peach shade. For the finishing touch, I always reach for MZ Skin’s Volumising Lip Perfector – it’s super moisturising and lightweight. 

Bercis: My beauty essentials are all about skincare. Charlotte Tilbury’s Brightening Youth Glow does exactly as it says and gives you that amazing youthful glow. As a primer, it helps my make-up last all day, but I also love to wear it by itself for a sunkissed glow. It’s great for evening out your skin tone, too. I also love ZO Skin Heath’s Brightalive Skin Brightener – it’s really hydrating and makes my skin feel so fresh. Again, a great product for evening out your complexion.

The Workout

Lara: When I’m in London, I love going to KX for an amazing workout with Francesca The Method. When I’m away, I love doing Megan Roup’s online app, The Sculpt Society. They both help me to feel active and accomplished and keep me motivated, too. 

Bercis: My go-to morning workout is Megan Roup’s The Sculpt Society app. It definitely works every muscle and I always feel a post workout burn. It’s great for when you’re travelling, away from home or just need a quick full body session.

The Workout Clothes

Lara: Varley always provides great quality workout wear, I'm excited its store has opened on the King’s Road. If I’m not doing a full workout and prefer a comfy athleisure look for a walk, then I often wear Varley’s tennis outfit – this has been my summer go-to, it’s such a cute look.

Bercis: I am a Lululemon girl through and through; you can’t go wrong with their activewear. Their Wunder Train High-Rise Tights are so comfy! I wear them casually as well as for working out. They truly live up to the hype when it comes to comfort, quality and functionality.

The Art

Lara: Madeleine Pfull’s art is a great favourite of mine – it’s quirky and fun. I have one of her paintings at home and it’s a real conversational piece at the dinner table. I love the element of interpretation it encourages.

Bercis: I’m a big fan of Jennifer Guidi’s work. She uses a mix of sand and acrylic paint to make colourful and vibrant artwork, and her colour palette immediately makes me feel happy and calm. It’s a great addition to any space.

The Book

Lara: Life Lessons from a Brain Surgeon’ by Dr Rahul Jandial. I really enjoyed this book – it provides a fascinating insight into the life of a brain surgeon, with interesting stories about his patients and thought-provoking anecdotes. Additionally, he offers advice on how to keep your brain healthy and functioning as you grow older – it’s truly eye opening.

Bercis:Talking to Strangers’ by Malcolm Gladwell. I’ve read most of his books and I can truly say I love them all. This one takes some of history’s most notable events and analyses the effects of human miscommunications and the outcome of such misconceptions. It’s very insightful and provides opportunities throughout for self-interpretation.

Interiors And Installations

Lara: I can’t wait to visit RH England, a 400-year-old estate in the Cotswolds designed by British architect Sir John Soane. I’m excited to see the architecture and the design library. I’d love to dine in the elegant orangery but, having said that, every room looks equally breathtaking.

Bercis: Frieze Sculpture in Regent’s Park is my favourite event of the year, as it focuses so beautifully on localised art and history. I can’t wait to visit it again next month I love how the artwork is curated in an outdoor setting, taking over one of London’s historic English gardens. It’s such a fun and immersive experience.

A Must-Visit Restaurant

Lara: La Conca del Sogno’s restaurant and beach club on the Amalfi coast has the most delicious Mediterranean dishes. I live for that zucchini pasta. You can taste the most incredible dishes whilst observing some of the most breath-taking sea views. It’s truly a culinary experience.

Bercis: I spend most of my summers in Bodrum and my must-visit place is the Macakizi Hotel. It has such a homely and welcoming vibe, and the passion and love the owner has for his hotel is reflected throughout. From the tasty Sunday lunch buffets to its minimal beach design, it’s the perfect place to spend your day when on vacation.

Finally, What’s On Your Autumn Wishlist?

Lara: Turtleneck sweaters are a favourite of mine for the colder months, and I’m a big fan of the colour palette on this Alanui Antarctic Circle Intarsia-Knit jumper. I’d pair it with these cool Alanui’s California patchwork jeans. This whole look has such a fun feel to it and embraces the warmth of autumn colours. 

Bercis: Khaite’s Lotus Mini suede tote bag is on my wishlist at the moment. I love when style and practicality come together, and this elegant tote is the perfect size to fit all my essentials. Suede is such a chic and timeless fabric, and this caramel brown is a classic shade for autumn.

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