Ethically made and hand loomed by master weavers, the Luks collection of Turkish towels and blankets are endlessly versatile and lifetime lasting. Every purchase has purpose as not only are you investing in amazing quality and design you are also helping to support small business and the preservation of this centuries old craft..
As a brand who champion ethical production, they are proud to partner with local family run ateliers who use locally grown cotton which is spun, dyed and woven in the area in which it was cultivated, cutting down on transportation and the carbon footprint.
Who /what is your inspiration? Who - my family for sure. I grew up surrounded by and taught by makers, my Grandad and my Dad were both carpenters by trade, my Granny taught me to knit and my Mum is a genius with a needle and a sewing machine. We didn't have much money growing up and I learnt from them the joy that can be found creating something new from something old and the importance of utility - so it's no surprise I ended up running my own textile business.
How did you get to where you are today? Certainly not the conventional way...I worked in design and advertising for nearly 20 years, mainly managing entertainment brands. It was a chance trip to Turkey 6 years ago where I discovered the peshtemal that called for a much needed career change and a move into textiles.
What task do you prefer to delegate? Bookkeeping and VAT returns!
If we asked you to pick your favourite product, what would it be and why?Right now it's our new Defne in Pickle. Jacquard woven it's a sumptuous deluxe organic cotton peshtemal that is a real all rounder. I use it in the bathroom, as an oversized scarf and as an individual (one woman) throw for these chillier evenings. The Defne range is woven by a woman led atelier championing women in craft which is a huge plus for us as a brand.
What is the most exciting thing that has happened since you began your journey with Luks? There's been a number of high points over the last 5 years but the one I think I was most excited about was when Lüks featured as one of the UK's best online shops in Elle Decoration - that magazine has been a bible for me over the years and to appear in it...well there was a lot of desk dancing that day!
Which famous person would you love to buy your products and why? Phoebe Waller Bridge - a woman after my own heart and humour.
Do you prefer sketchbook or laptop? Whilst a laptop is imminently more efficient I much prefer the freedom of pencil and paper
Which is your favourite process - Design or Make? Design for work and make for pleasure.
What do you use everyday that you wish you had designed? It's a toss up between the Eames Moulded plastic chair or your common or garden veg peeler (the first one comfortable and aesthetically pleasing and the latter, one of the great time saving devices of our time)!
Tell us a little about your makers… Primarily we work with family run ateliers (weaving houses) where the tradition and craft of weaving has been passed down through the generations. These weavers often work from their homes using semi automatic and handlooms which can produce around 15-20 pieces per day. Using natural materials our products are finished by hand by the elder women in the family whose skill and speed in twisting and knotting is a sight to behold. For our GOTS certified products we need to work with larger ateliers who can afford the annual certification costs - the processes don't change it's simply that their scale allows us to offer organic products which has always been important to us.
What constitutes your perfect day off? Ooh a lie in and a bath which in the morning always feels like a real indulgence then brunch somewhere in the Laines in Brighton and then off to London for an afternoon of art gallery/museum mooching which would include a trip to the Barbican which always makes me feel like I'm in a Kubrick film.
Do you have a favourite small brand you are loving at the moment? Tricky to pick one but I am loving Columbian textile brand Zuahaza - a social enterprise company who work with amazingly talented women weavers as well as Maitoinen which is a beautiful small ceramics brand based in Istanbul that make the most wonderfully simple and tactile pieces.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I'd love to be a professional horticulturist. Getting paid for playing with plants is my idea of heaven.
Do you have a studio playlist… Of course - it's an ever evolving beast of guilty pleasures and fab finds courtesy of 6 Music...
Tea or coffee in the studio? Tea in all its forms
What can we expect in the future? More utility, more organic ranges and more loungewear.
A huge thank you to Rachel for taking the time to answer our questions.