Nicola Woods - Beautiful Soul
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Profession / role:
Creative Director and Founder of 'Beautiful Soul'
Company / organisation:
'Beautiful Soul'
Website (if you have one):
www.beautiful-soul.co.uk
My primary role in relation to fashion is:
Designer
I am looking to discover or buy
Networking with like minded friends
About me / About business or organisation:
Beautiful Soul is an eco-aware, luxury label with a primary focus on womenswear that also designs and carries a capsule menswear range.

Comprehending the impact that the fashion industry alone has on our environment is something of an eye opener and my charge is to delve below the surface of fashion, discovering new ways to incorporate responsibility through use of distinctive materials while adding exclusivity and a spirit of conversation.

Beautiful Soul aims to source and recycle the most exquisite fabrics from around the globe, and has made a name for itself with its unique use of vintage Japanese kimonos, which are upcycled into expertly tailored garments.

We also carry a ready-to-wear collection, incorporating our own original prints, in addition to sustainable organic fabric and end of line factory waste. This allows for wholesale orders but sits comfortably alongside the rest of the brands exclusive designs.

Beautiful Soul already has a strong following including international model and VOGUE.COM contributor, Laura Bailey, world-renowned model and actress, Lily Cole, the Prime Minister’s wife, Samantha Cameron, fashion and celebrity stylist, Rebekah Roy and singer/songwriter Gabby Young. Stockists of Beautiful Soul include our own e-commerce offering and the esteemed V&A.

I was trained at the prestigious London College of Fashion and I have recently won the Future 100 Award for changing the face of everyday business and improving commerce's impact on the wider world. I was short-listed for the Hospital Club 100 Award 2010 in association with the Independent Newspaper, won the Ethical Fashion Forum's INNOVATION award in 2009, and was a finalist at Fashioning the future 2009.

Beautiful Soul has attracted mass press attention through involvement in major fashion exhibitions including London Fashion Week and Interstoff Asia in Hong Kong.

Our objective is to build a brand that offers transparency and a triple bottom line, of treating people, planet and profit with equal respect. Taking responsibility for the planet is not a trend, it is the only way forward and it takes innovative, pioneering individuals to make changes.
Career history / Company history:
A skilled and successful businesswoman, I spent eleven years in the insurance industry, before refocusing my passion and talent to a market segment that is underexplored and in its infancy of development. With unbridled determination to launch and grow my own sustainable fashion business, Beautiful Soul became a reality in November 2008.

You just have to *believe*... stay positive and work hard!

Nicola Woods - Beautiful Soul's Blog

Fabric Sale! : Organic/fairtrade fabrics.

Posted on April 18, 2011 at 17:37 0 Comments

Hi All,



Beautiful Soul has a selection of organic/fairtrade fabrics that we are no longer using in our collections and they need a good home!



Please email us at Beautiful Soul's Studio : info@beautiful-soul.co.uk for swatches.



Gold Cotton Jacquard

20 Meters. The fabric width is 2.8 Meters, so it is really good value for money.

£9.00 per meter.



White Cotton Jacquard

46 Meters. The fabric width is 2.8 Meters, so it is really good…

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Beautiful Soul's Blog for Fashion Capital & Daisy Green.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 18:50 0 Comments

Beautiful Soul is now writing a Monthly Blog for Fashion Capital and Daisy Green Magazine.



It will give an insight in to the world of Beautiful Soul, and the journey of a new fashion label;

designing and tackling issues with a compassionate outlook. We are… Continue

Beautiful Soul at the V&A!

Posted on March 10, 2010 at 12:15 0 Comments



Beautiful Soul's Spring/Summer 2010 Collection, Miss Butterfly is now available to buy at the V&A and our Online Boutique. http://www.beautiful-soul.co.uk…



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'Beautiful Soul' is off to the V&A !

Posted on November 17, 2009 at 22:31 0 Comments

‘Beautiful Soul’ wants to share its good news :



Nicola Woods has been Awarded by Future 100 : 'Budding Entrepreneur on the Horizon 2009' and is a finalist of 'Fashioning the Future 2009'.



In addition, ‘Beautiful Soul’ will be stocked at the V&A (gift shops) from Spring 2010.



Exciting things are starting to happen! xxx



Preview of 'Miss Butterfly' - S/S 2010 can be viewed at:… Continue

'Beautiful Soul's' Debut Collection and New Website.

Posted on August 26, 2009 at 15:00 0 Comments

Dear all,



It gives me *great* pleasure to introduce the launch of 'Beautiful Souls' debut collection, new website and online boutique.



‘Beautiful Soul’ is an eco luxury fashion label and has gained recognition for its creative, intelligent and open minded approach to design, winning the Ethical Fashion Forum’s Innovation award, in February 2009 and was a finalist at the Fashioning the Future Summit in November 2008. In addition, ‘Beautiful Soul’ has been selected to show… Continue

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At 14:32 on August 8, 2010, Katrina O'Brien said…
Hello there, my name is Katrina O’Brien and I am currently doing primary research for my Dissertation. My question is: “Could the Fashion and Textile Industry be greener by using modern technology?
A brief intro: I will be doing my dissertation on sustainability; I am a strong believer that the Industry cannot continue on its present course. I will give a quick over view on clothes then paper. My point about technology and paper is that we all know Fashion is not only clothes but magazines and books and so on. Fashion magazines are a huge part of the Fashion and Textile industry; tragically they do as much damage as the clothes. But sadly magazine companies aren't really being that helpful when I ask them about environmental awareness.
I was wondering if you knew anyone that could point me in the right direction or if you yourself knew anything that could help me? If you want I can also do a case study about your company to prove my point. Thanks! If you would like to email me, my address is katrina.obrien@commsone.com
Take care and thank you for your time
Kitty
At 11:06 on July 2, 2009, Kate Louise Hutchinson said…
Hi Nicola,

I've noticed that you worked as a designer for a charity in South Africa. Therefore I would like to invite you to join the Africa group. I'm the group administrator and will keep you informed of upcoming events as well as sending you relevant information that I find. See you there :)
At 10:12 on June 28, 2009, Katy Murray said…
Heya Nicola, was lovely to see you on friday, I hope you had a lovely time after I left and the wine kept flowing! See you soon. k. x
At 16:58 on June 24, 2009, Ishwari Vijay Thopte said…
Hi Nicola!
Im a Fashion Designer by profession and i plan to do my Masters in Design Management for Fashion Industries from London College of Fashion this fall. Your work background is quite colorful and interesting! and so are ur beautiful designs.
My research will mainly be in Ethical Fashion and Sustainable business practices. I was hoping to build contacts here. Can we be friends?
 
 
 

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