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2011 THE 2nd HALF On the 13th of July we departed for our Monaco adventur...
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2011 THE 2nd HALF

On the 13th of July we departed for our Monaco adventure and to be part of an historical event, the marriage of HSH Prince Albert of Monaco and his future princess Charlene Wittstock. We were transported on arrival in Nice to our accommodation in La Turbie a small village in France above Monaco; this was to be our base for the next three weeks. It is always difficult to focus on work in relaxing beautiful surroundings and also stressful left hand driving on very narrow roads trying to avoid the oncoming traffic and scooters, but Terrence had to get started on producing three garments for the mother of the bride Lynette Wittstock one for the civil ceremony one for the religious marriage service then one for the gala ball reception.
 
There are always so many exciting and interesting events that we are very privileged to be included in there are also those events that stand out. Terrence was part of a shoot with Karl Lagerfeld in his Paris studio, and then we both had another trip to Paris again meeting with Karl Lagerfeld which included a tour of the restored private apartment of Coco Chanel. There was lunch at Le Meurice hotel shopping and overnight in Paris. Nothing could compare to the historical marriage event on the 2nd July with us in our morning suit and then white tie and tails.
 
We returned home on the 6th July and had one day to prepare for the Durban event for Their Serene Highnesses at the Oyster Box Hotel with HSH Princess Charlene wearing the dress Terrence designed in collaboration with Woza Moya Hillcrest Aids Centre. Once again back to reality but with pride and excitement as we shipped our first American order for Treasure & Bond to our agent Diane.
Terrence has undertaken another project for Woza Moya Hillcrest Aids Centre the designing and sewing together the beaded pieces of a suit for the COP 17 ecology conference.

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2011 NEW BEGININGS Terrence returned home on the 29th December after a ve...
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2011 NEW BEGININGS

Terrence returned home on the 29th December after a very relaxed break with his family. Although we had a very uneventful New Year’s Eve at home, it was exciting for us as we planned and finalised our departure for Monaco on the 4th  of January. We flew SWISS AIR via Zurich which is the smoothest route and quickest. It was fantastic to be back in Monaco and it now feels like we are returning to our second home with each trip. We stayed in Monaco visiting our friends and discussing all the exciting events.  The last few days were spent in St Jean Cap Ferret at a friend’s home overlooking the Mediterranean.
 
Work commenced on the 18th January preparing additions to the winter range, and advertising material for our first Terrence Bray trade fair event in the United States in February. We have an absolutely amazing agent Diane that we met in late 2010 that will be representing Terrence and two other Durban designers at the MAGIC trade fair in las Vegas and the Capsule show in New York.( New beginnings for Terrence Bray.) http://www.bigcatdesigners.com/HOME_PAGE_BIGCAT_DESIGNERS_.html
 
February saw new beginnings for singer Melanie Lowe and her partner as they married on the beach in Knysna dressed in Terrence Bray, the second bride of the year was Margaret Van Der Westhuisen from the first S.A. big brother, East Coast radio DJ  and her groom Sean Westerhof both dressed by Terrence. There are a number of weddings in the first six months of 2011 including our friend actress Josette Eales who will be appearing in a new series THE WILD starting on M Net on 4th April and our big one in July. We also spent time with our friend Charlene Wittstock who was here for various charity events including the Midmar mile. Terrence dressed her for her Carte Blanche interview with Derek Watts.
 
March started with the unbelievable news from Diane that NORDSTROM a store chain in the USA are opening a new concept store in New York at 350 Broadway called TREASURE & BOND and have placed an order for a number of items from the Terrence Bray winter range. Terrence also decided that he would be showing his spring summer range at SOUTH AFRICAN FASHION W
SAFW: SUNDAY NIGHT’S FINALE  
 
Terrence Bray http://www.topbilling.com/lifestyle/diary-of-a-fashionista.html
Drawing inspiration from the East, Terrence Bray’s summer collection was a far departure from his somber Autumn/Winter show. Tropical shades of Lime, yellow, peach, and watermelon cotton, were used to craft an exquisite line up of designs where you would struggle to find fault. Tailored details included short fitted sleeves, A-line silhouettes, maxi lengths, asymmetrical shoulder styles, sashed waists and button up shirt-dresses. Trend surprise: crochet also made an appearance as a swimsuit and to add detail to a strappy dress; seems we may need to get knitting before spring… Noting that Terrence Bray is also a resident ‘Durbanite’, it’s good to know the surf town is still producing innovative talent.  Personally this finale was the most outstanding collection of the past few days – and the perfect high note to end SA Fashion Week Spring/Summer ’11.
 
-http://www.elle.co.za/fashion/safw-sunday-nights-finale/
 
And finally Terrance Bray left us feeling optimistic about the upcoming summer season. Terrance was inspired by his garden. He explained, ‘I laser-printed pictures from my garden onto fabric, to celebrate the small things in life.’ We loved the green palm print dress and the shapes of the garments, which were modern, yet extremely feminine with the cap sleeves and belted waists. Kirsty said, ‘there was a definite hint of oriental inspiration, girls get your wooden platforms ready!’
 
blogs.timeslive.co.za/thefrockreport/
 
As always thank you to our friend Gary Weber from CHUCRHILLS our courrier for his ongoing support www.churchillsinternational.com 
For the spring summer collection the shoes were again crafted and sponsored by DANIELE DI MAURO http://www.ddmcollection.co.za/
 
Great news for Durban Mr Price are sponsoring a new fashion event  19th 20th 21st May 2011 www.031collection.com  Terrence will be one of the invited designers featured at this event where he will launch his new exciting high fashion  active wear range BRAYVE www.brayve.com

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2010

2010 2010 A BUSY YEAR FILLED WITH NEW ADVENTURES AND INTERESTING EVENTS ...
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2010

2010

2010 A BUSY YEAR FILLED WITH NEW ADVENTURES AND INTERESTING EVENTS
 
January saw us easing back into work routine following the holiday season break, and assessing our commitments for the year ahead.
 
Late February we departed for Monaco to meet with friends and a trending trip.  The highlight during this visit was attending the Monte Carlo Opera production of the marriage of Figaro.
 
At the end of March Terrence showed his Spring Summer 2011 collection at South African Fashion Week review by Ceilidah Simpson
 
During May Terrence travelled around the country with the Vodacom team selecting entrants for the VODACOM DURBAN JULY fashion events.
 
Terrence was an invited judge, and we were guests at the VODACOM DURBAN JULY event. This event is always great for media coverage of the brand, with newspaper editorials and television interviews. There were a number of celebrities wearing TerrenceBray including Tatum keshwar  Karen Senore of Vodacom and Tiffany Prior from ICE MODEL MANAGEMENT fashion director for the event
 
September we were back at South African Fashion Week this time to show the Autumn Winter collection showing both women and men’s wear.  This collection was very well received and led to a number of requests from boutique owners to stock the brand. Terrence collaborated with Daniele di Mauro for our shoes for this event.  Review by Angie Hattingh.
 
Terrence visited selected stores in the Eastern Cape area in October obtaining orders in St Francis bay Plettenberg bay, Port Elizabeth and Knysna. We also supplied two stores in Johannesburg.
 
November and early December all the yearend orders were worked on and delivered before Terrence set off to join his family at their holiday home in Knysna for a short and well-earned break. I decided to stay home and relax with the five cats and the dog.
 
Thank you to our friends and family for their support, and the on-going and committed support from our sponsors.
 
We look forward to sharing an even more exciting 2011 with you.
 
Terrence and John

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Click here to view ELLE BLOG POST FASHION WEEK SPRING SUMMER 2011 / 2012
 
SA Fashion Week Winter 2011 Best Looks
 
Written by Angie Hattingh
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 
 
The SA Fashion Week Winter 2011 collections were held recently at Arts on Main, in downtown Johannesburg and featured 37 South African designers. These are our favourite looks hot off the catwalks. 
 
 
 
 
Terrence Bray just seems to keep delivering outstanding, slightly edgy, ready-to-wear collections. For winter '11 he layered shirts, a-line skirts, cropped trousers and jackets in a combination of fabric weights and neutral colours. He very cleverly used trompe l'oeil prints of the garment's corresponding body part to create the illusion of transparency, while his use of geometrically cut panels and high contrast black added a layer of dynamism to an easy-to-wear collection
 

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SA Fashion Week Review by Ceilidh Simpson

As the Terrence Bray label begins its second decade the designer has taken advantage of the Spring/Summer shows by using them as a platform to showcase his return to retail focused collections.
 
terrencebray.jpgSince closing the doors to his flagship store about four years ago, Bray has focused intensely on the more 'couture' side of the business, particularly specializing in bridal gowns. It has been a spectacular success for the brand and has given him a respected name when it comes to any and all 'occasion wear', both at home and in Europe.
 
Keen to delve deeper back into the business of woman's and men's wear, areas in which is he is also well regarded, he presented a small collection entitled 'Urban Fashionista on Safari'. He explained the collection being defined by words and concepts such as ultra-modern and sophisticated and combining them with a utilitarian but still feminine air.
 
"It's just about the simple beauty of nature and women who exude confidence and the wish to feel beautiful every day through the use of natural fabrics," says Bray of his inspiration. While this does come through in the collection, these are certainly not bare-footed earth mothers. Rather they are those who manage to look elegant even at the end of a long journey, when everyone else is dusty and slightly dishevelled.
 
Making use of a colour palette based on khaki's, ivory and muted coppery tones tells the story well, while appearances of navy blue and brown broken up by hints of dirty purple, green and yellow-gold provide interesting contrast detail. Antiqued, brassy metal buttons were used functionally as well as decoratively, playing on the use of beads by creating a 'gold necklace' built into the neckline of a dress or sewn onto fabrics as embellishment.
 
Most of the fabrics were cottons; often with a very visible weave, although others were extremely fine and ranged from heavy twills to soft, stretch sateen - which featured prominently. A silk chiffon with a dark khaki and brown-red abstract print allowed for some softer silhouettes and fine pieces of detailing. A gold, navy and orange-brown Persian carpet patterned silk fabric, along with a navy and white striped one, added the glamour to the safari.
 
Various widths of ribbed cotton tape were used to great effect in trim detail, panel illusions and even as belts. It was a perfect example of a simple, fairly un-expensive material being put to use with a good idea and excellent execution – something we'd all love to see more of, and a lesson all designers should take to heart. Elsewhere, contrast seam binding on the inside of garments and delicate lines of perfect embroidery along strategic lines spoke to a certain level of attention – the kind that can make the difference between your brand and somebody else's!
 
 
While the designs on show were an equal mix of casual day wear and cocktail dresses, all seemed absolutely wearable in real life. The simple styling; flat gladiator sandals in a range of browns and small French plaits down the right side of the face, sealed the story and lent a little bit of honesty to a world you wouldn't expect it to be.
 
The Terrence Bray website will be re-launching soon, in the shape of a fully-fledged online store so that anyone can buy pieces 'off the shelf' straight from home. Bray feels strongly that this is a fantastic way for consumers to have access to shopping. It also helps the business by letting the designer focus on creating and allows more items and a wider variety to be on offer while not having the tremendous overheads associated with a physical shop and storage place to worry about.
 
Already being a well-established and respected designer and brand should help Bray make inroads. While in Europe around 60% of the population has quick, regular access to the internet and most are happy to buy goods online, South Africa is another story. We only have about 9.5% of our population online and the majority are still quite reluctant to shop online.
 
Clearly there is a long way to go, but as with so much in our fashion industry we have to realize that the insiders are the ones who need to keep pushing forward if we are ever going to be able to compete on an international level. 

 

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2009

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2009

2009

Sanlam South African Fashion Week
18th September 2009
 
Terrence was invited to show at SSAFW on the 18th September at the Sandton Convention centre. This year the range from Monaco was used with additional garments added. An additional invitation was extended to design garments for the 50th birthday of Barbie (click to see Terrence's Barbie designs)
 
Special thanks to Kinky Hair for the wigs www.kinkyhair.co.za again to our courier www.churchillsinternational.com  Tiffany Prior, and Claire.  
 
Vodacom Durban July
4th July 2009
 
This year Terrence was an invited designer for this event producing 3 garments for the various shows that form part of race day. Terrence and John were guests of Vodacom on the day and enjoyed the event.
 
Thanks to Mumtaz at Optitec optometrists 27 31 2072165 for the contact lenses.
 
Monaco show
27th June 2009
 
After accepting the invitation in January to show in Mote –Carlo it took weeks of planning, hard work from Terrence the team and great support from Durban Ice Model Management boss Tiffany Prior www.icemodels.co.za  who travelled to Monaco to produce our show. Another great sponsor that accompanied us was our friend and courier Gary Weber of Churchills international who made it possible for Miss South Africa Tatum Keshwar to travel with us and model in the show. www.churchillsinternational.com
 
On the 23rd June we all departed for Monaco with great excitement for our big adventure. The show was held at Monte-Carlo Beach Club with a 23m ramp across the width of the pool.
 
 
Celebrity model, actress and former Miss Turkey Tugba Ozay with Miss South Africa Tatum Keshwar headed the models.  There was a dinner and auction prior to the show for 280 guests with main guest of honour HSH Prince Albert.
 
 
L-R Terrence Bray, Tugba Ozay, HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, Miss South Africa Tatum Keshwar
 
The event raised €110,000.00 for the charity. The dress Terrence designed for the auction was bought by the Barroness Donatella de Massey. Terrence would like to thank Labora Shoes +27 31 4010021 for sponsoring and hand crafting the shoes for the show and Claire Mc Kenzie for all the extra help and hours of work. Eunice van der Vloed of Exhibit Gallery for the wonderful handcrafted neck, wrist and hair jewellery.
 
There were two days of meetings following the event and then back to Durban for the Vodacom Durban July On the 4th July.
 

 
Mid January Terrence & John attended functions in Cape Town, and departed for Paris on the 24th to attend the Haute Couture Armani Privé show at Palais de Chaillot on 26th January. Accommodation was provided by the Armani group at the Four Seasons George V Hotel, which was an amazing experience.
 
A private dinner for 28 followed the show hosted by Giorgio Armani at the Hotel Costes. Guests included Glenn Close, Claudia Cardinale, Lady Helen Taylor, Roberta Armani and others.
 
 
Seated front row left to right:
Glenn Close, Roberta Armani, Charlene Wittstock (Terrence behind Charlene Wittstock)
 
Terrence, John and Charlene Wittstock travelled to Monaco where Terrence worked until February the 3rd. During this visit Terrence was approached by the Baroness Cecile de Massey to be the guest designer at the anniversary gala for the Ladies Lunch Charity www.ladieslunchmontecarlo.org. This show will take place on 27th June 2009 in Monaco.
 
Terrence and John are brand ambassadors for Japanese cosmetic house Kanebo and in March Terrence presented workshops in Cape Town and Johannesburg for the new Sensai colour launch  www.sensai-cosmetics.co.za
 
Terrence has been invited to participate as an invited designer for the Vodacom Durban July Showcase 2009. 

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2008

2008 On the 13th March 2008 Terrence showed his Autumn / Winter range at ...
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2008

2008

On the 13th March 2008 Terrence showed his Autumn / Winter range at Museum Africa Newtown JHB.
 
The Department of Arts and Culture sponsored the spring /summer 2008/2009 SSAFW show this year, and during May Terrence started the first of 3 workshops with KwaZulu rural crafters teaching them new ways to use their skills (safashionweek / fusion).
 
During June Terrence Toured South Africa as the National Judge for the Vodacom Durban July young designer competition.
 
In early July Terrence presented a show at Bean Bag Bohemia and was  a guest of Vodacom at the Durban July.
 
At the end of July he visited Europe and was a special guest at the Armani Privé store in Milan Italy where he had a private tour and meeting with the Armani Director of communication and VIP PR. He received a personal invitation to attend the summer 2009 show on the 22nd September in Milan Italy.
 
On the 1st of August Terrence and partner John Bleach were invited guests at the 60th Red Cross Ball in Monaco. Charlene Wittstock is pictured below wearing Terrence Bray.
 
On 30th August the SSAFW summer show was held at the Sandton Conventin Centre (see spring/summer 2008/09).
 
 
A huge thank you to FOOTWARE TRADING (http://(www.footwaretrading.co.za) for sponsoring the shoes from Levi's and to ETHIX eyewear (www.ethixeyewear.com).
 
There was a Durban regional show on the 25th September.
 
 
 
Terrence returned to Monaco and together with Charlene Wittstock attended the Armani show on 22nd September in Milan, Italy where he met with Mr Armani. He returned home and completed the dress Miss Wittstock wore to the Princess Grace Awards in New York on October 15th.
 
The first week of October, Terrence was assisting with his 3rd year Durban University of Technology students' final show.
 
In November he had a meeting in Monaco and on returning will prepare for the holiday season.
 
WISHING ALL OUR CLIENTS AND FRIENDS A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON

 

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2007

2007 Terrence returned home in mid February from a very successful showin...
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2007

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Terrence returned home in mid February from a very successful showing of his winter range at the IGEDO FASHION FAIR in DÜSSELDORF Germany www.igedo.com which was sponsored by the Southern African German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. At this event he made some very useful contacts, met interesting people and secured orders to supply a German boutique. The highlight of this trip was attending a lecture by and meeting the acclaimed British celebrity milliner Phillip Treacy, and his muse Isabella Blow (fashion editor for TATLER MAGAZINE) who sadly died earlier this month.
 
During March Terrence extended his winter range and on the 24th March 2007 showed the range at SANLAM SOUTH AFRICAN FASHION WEEK held at the African Museum in New Town Johannesburg www.safashionweek.co.za   this event was well received by the media and public.  Click here to see the pics.
 
April saw Terrence travelling to Rustenburg in the North West Province to work with rural crafters in conjunction with the Department of Arts and Culture and SSAFW. Some of the work created with the crafters will be used in the Spring Summer 2008 range Terrence will be showing at SSAFW on the 31st August 2007 at Sandton Convention Centre.
 
Durban clients will be able to attend and purchase garments at open day showings to be held once a month at a new venue “eat me gourmet café” opening in June 2007 at 100 Clarence Road. This is an exciting concept were Terrence will maintain an exhibition space and hold special events in conjunction with the restaurant and a renowned beauty salon & spa that will be at this venue.
 
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July is fast approaching and once again Terrence will participate in the VODACOM DURBAN JULY as an invited designer, this is a well established event on the South African calendar and draws good media coverage. Watch local media for event details. www.vodacomdurbanjuly.co.za/ids.html
 
During the second half of the year the TERRENCE BRAY brand should be available in Johannesburg through a new retail outlet.
 
THANK YOU TO THE SPONSORS
 
MR PRICE GROUP shoes at the SSAFW winter show.
CHURCHILLS INTERNATIONAL www.churchillsinternational.com   courier

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