ABOUT ­čî┤BANCROFT

On August 14th 2023,┬á­čî┤Bancroft debuts, a sophisticated boxy top.

The feeling of releasing doubt, confusion, and block from the mind and body, has breathed a collection of confidence through comfort.

Named 'Clarity' , the collection consists of three styles; relaxed fit, and a single fun statement print.

Boxy tops detailed with soft draping, with a sexy off the shoulder neckline and semi dip hemlines. Constructed in beautiful, soft jersey textures.

The Shantell Bancroft Label was founded in 2011 by women's wear designer Shantell Bancroft. From 'The Urban Tiger' to the eponymous name, the company re-branded in 2020.

The debut collection of Lace boleros was followed by a very popular shift dress.

Conveying freedom, ease, culture and sensuality have always been at the for front of the labels design aesthetic.

In response to the imagination and creativity of it's designer, the the label playfully experimented with up-cycling techniques. And the collection expanded to one- of a kind pieces.

Pieces included; a knit dress, jumper dress, denim jeggins and jersey cardigan. Each featuring hand applied prints.

Print influences for the collection were a blending of Womens Dance hall fashion ,14th century Arawak earrings and 80's Womens London punk fashion.

Images within the prints, from this collection have become iconic symbols for the┬á­čî┤Bancroft label.

Experimentation with crochet techniques resulted in the label producing colorful and dynamic accessories collections- including; hair accessorizes, fascinators, and textile earrings.

Shantell's original textile illustration was developed into series and produced as a collection in 2015.

The label debuted a 25 piece collection of sterling silver earrings in 2019. Inspired by the cave art of the indigenous tribes of the Caribbean, the collection featured sustainably forested, hand painted beach wood. 

The oversize boxy top collection debuts this year, to continue to convey freedom and ease.

Integral to the­čî┤Bancroft culture is alignment between┬ásophistication, sensuality, artistry, simplicity and heritage.

The ­čî┤Bancroft label pursues to blend Island lifestyle, 80'styling and soft touch textures within its silhouettes.┬á

­čî┤Bancroft excitedly continues to heavily root print design inspiration, in Barbadian┬áculture,heritage, pre-slavery Caribbean history, the Afro, the cosmos, nature, wildlife, experimentation and playfulness.

­čî┤Bancroft textile prints are hand illustrated. Everything is lovingly produced in the teeniest weeniest fashion studio in North London.

The ­čî┤Bancroft collection of luxury┬ároomy boxy tops are┬ápuuurfect for the modern entrepreneur...who is transitioning┬áinto 'the face' of her brand. And desires to stay comfortable, and stay sophisticated for her on-camera appearances.

ABOUT SHANTELL BANCROFT

Born to Barbadian parents, and to the sound of Bow Bells, Shantell Bancroft BA was raised in Stoke Newington N16.

A student of Kent Institute of Art and Design (now UCA) she graduated with a degree in Fashion Product Development in 2004.

At age 11, Shantell became interested in jewellery making. Learning how to make her first pair of beaded earrings, at after school club. 

The London-Bajan designer, began teaching herself how to metal smith earrings in 2018.

A lover of traditional art, Shantell is a classically trained visual artist. Pencil is her specialism.

Her mom, taught her how to both hand sew and sew on a domestic machine at a very very young age.

Should holes turn up in their knickers, her mom would have her sew elastic back to the fabric as way to learn how to hand stitch.

Her grandmother's domestic, green, 1950's, Brother ,was Shantell's debut to using a machine, and what she was taught to sew on.

Shantell's skills in women's wear design, drawing, painting, print illustration and sewing, collectively, spans, over 30 years.

She listens to soca all year round, is a member of the Bey Hive , a wildlife enthusiast, a Leopard Print Lady, and proud Plant Mom.

Shantell has held design, and production positions for independent luxury apparel brands, and major menswear brand, each based in London. 

Shantell established her women's wear label in 2011, with faith, with love, with tears with determination and with the last £25 of her JSA.