Visit London Blog » parrilladas del sur http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:06:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Ecuador in London: Fashion Designer Soraya Fernandez http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/09/ecuador-in-london-fashion-designer-soraya-fernandez/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/09/ecuador-in-london-fashion-designer-soraya-fernandez/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2011 09:00:23 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=22749 Soraya Fernandez is a fashion designer inspired by the colourful cultural art of her home country, Ecuador. She lives and works in London, creating unique designs for her own fashion label, Soraya Fernandez DF.

Why did you leave Ecuador for London?

I love London, it is a city that always hypnotised me. I came to live in London more than one year ago because I feel it is one of those perfect places to experience a new life and is ideal for me to develop my profession – there are many opportunities.  I always search for a historical aspect to the places where I walk, and find a lot of inspiration.

Is there an Ecuadorian community in London?

Yes, there is a very large Ecuadorian community in London. I am more connected to communities based in South East London, where I live. I am involved with a group known as Nueva Generacion, which is a workshop for Latin American people who raise awareness of social issues, stimulating change and promoting our culture.

Do you know of any Ecuadorian places to visit in London?

Around Elephant and Castle there are some very good restaurants and shops specialising in Ecuadorian food. On the weekend at La Tienda Latina in the shopping centre you can taste typical food. And there are some very good live bands on the weekend at Costa Azul restaurant and Parrilladas del Sur on Old Kent Road.

How would you describe your designs? Are influenced by Ecuador?

My designs are a reflection of my vision of the Andean world view. In Ecuador we have many ethnic groups which provide a colourful magic and allegory in their traditional costumes and handicrafts.

I like that people are not dressed for reasons of fashion or trend – clothing is something that identifies each individual. So I don’t repeat my designs, they are each unique.

How can people buy your clothes?

I sell my work online and to individual customers. My work includes designing and making tailored suits, cocktail dresses, wedding dresses, luxury dresses – all to suit an individual style and made with the highest quality.  

What do you hope to do next?

I’m currently working on the release of my autumn/winter collection for stores that sell work of independent fashion designers in London. I’m also working on a project called Almas del Cuarto Oscuro (Souls of the Darkroom) with Fotosynthesis,  which is a community project founded by a group of photographers.

Where else can you find Ecuadorian culture in London? Tell us in the comments below.

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Bolivia in London: Parrilladas del Sur with The Hungry Cyclist http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/02/bolivia-in-london-parrilladas-del-sur-with-the-hungry-cyclist/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/02/bolivia-in-london-parrilladas-del-sur-with-the-hungry-cyclist/#comments Thu, 24 Feb 2011 13:00:01 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=19690

For the Bolivian post in our World in London challenge, we’d like to share with you this fantastic video called B is for Bolivia: an A to Z of World Foods of London from Tom Kevill Davies on Vimeo.

Tom is a journalist and photographer who’s currently eating his way from A to Z around London. You can find out more about his project at London’s World of Food: A to Z.

In his own words:

“I love riding my bicycle and I love to eat. It really is that simple. As a journalist, author and photographer I enjoy writing and photography almost as much as eating and cycling, which basically means, I bicycle to wherever I can find good, well prepared, locally produced, fresh and traditional food before eating it and writing about it.”

You can keep up with Tom on his blog, The Hungry Cyclist, and if you fancy joining him, why not look into his Tandem Tours; as he says, “It’s a pretty unique way to see the city!”

Do you know any more places where you can enjoy Bolivian culture in London? Let us know in the comments below.

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