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MEET THE BRAND SCHLUMBERGERFashion Week parties, new collection...

August 31 2017


Fashion Week parties, new collection launches, openings and other special nights - there is always something to celebrate! And what better way to do that with the clinking sound of bubbly glasses? Let us introduce our new sponsor of delicious classic Sekt, Schlumberger, the brand, that finds modernity in tradition.

Please introduce the brand!

The History of the Schlumberger family business begins with Robert Alwin Schlumberger, a 19th century pioneer who revolutionized the production of wine and sparkling wine in Austria. Schlumberger previously spent many years as a cellar master and production manager of Ruinart Père et Fils, France’s oldest Champagne house established in 1729. He then brought the Champagne method to Austria and founded the first and most traditional sparkling wine cellar in 1842. Talented and respected, he managed to get his “Sparkling Vöslauer” selected for the wine list of Queen Victoria of England at the 1862 World Fair in London. 

In Vienna, Schlumberger became the “Royal beverage” and a favorite in Vienna high society. Robert A. Schlumberger was appointed a supplier to the Royal and Imperial Court (k.u k. Hoflieferant), and in 1887, he ascended to hereditary nobility as “Edler von Goldeck”.


Please tell us a bit more about the concept behind the brand and your products!

The elegant cuvee is carefully blended in Bad Vöslau, from wines from distinctive Austrian winemakers, vintages and wines made from a selection of grape varieties and specific vineyard sites. The elaborate union of several wines makes it possible to blend the properties of the base wines to a desired optimum. 


This is archived by the cellar master and enologist, who apply their knowledge and highly trained palates to make fine adjustments to the diverse character of the wine, combined with their wealth of many years of experience. The aim is to produce consistently high quality and the characteristics, distinctive Schlumberger house taste through the fine balance of the character of the wines.

After the fermentation of the yeast is completed, the bottle leave Bad Vöslau and are brought to the 300 year old Schlumberger cellar in Vienna, where the further steps for the high quality sparkling wines take place. After carefully riddling and disgorgement, the dosage – a well-kept secret of our cellar master – completes the sparkling delight.


Schlumberger White Secco is part of Schlumberger’s Lifestyle range designed for the youthful and modern consumer.  Strictly modern with the highest promise of brand quality is a sparkling delight of a new generation, méthode traditionelle and a dry taste united. It’s made out of the domestic grape variety Welschriesling, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay entirely grown in Lower Austria. Its delicate bouquet and high complexity comes with a refreshing character and invigorating fruitiness.


What makes Schlumberger unique?

Schlumberger is the leading and most successful premium sparkling wine producer in Austria with a long history, among the top 10 worldwide and was the first that produced sparkling wine by méthode traditionnelle (champagne method) in Austria.

The range involves sparkling wine for every taste and occasion. From sophisticated products to youthful state-of-the-art bubbles Schlumberger sparkling wines meet everyone’s needs. Every single bottle is distinguished with the cellar mark as a quality promise.


What is the most important factor for you when introducing new products?

Most important for Schlumberger is, keeping pace with changing trends without disregarding the long tradition and company’s history. Highest standard of quality and state-of-the-art production technology are essential.


Which of your great products would you recommend for hot, breezy summer evenings, and which are best for luxurious fashion parties?

For a hot and breezy summer evening Schlumberger On Ice range is a must. This range implies a white and rosé off-dry sparkling with a higher dosage (higher level of residual sugar) specially designed to enjoy on ice in big glasses. Due to the melting process of the ice cubes the sparkling wine dilutes slightly which enhances the fruity and fresh character. Schlumberger On Ice is also much appreciated within bar culture as a perfect base for fancy cocktails or a perfect match to fresh fruits like pineapple and honey melon (white) or fresh wild berries (rosé).

For a luxurious fashion party the perfect aperitif is Schlumberger DOM T.FX.T, the Austrian answer to champagne, which also includes a white and rosé sparkling brut. Born from a collaboration with three exceptional Austrian winemakers personalities: Manfred Tement, F.X. Pichler and Illa Szemes. This range embodies the super-premium category and a glamorous lifestyle. Both are made with champagne grape varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The vinification of the base wines took place in oak barrels on fine yeast and the aging duration on the yeast has been for at least 36 month. This long aging process gives this sparkling wine an elegant and creamy palate and an extraordinary fine mousseaux. Pure luxury!

What exciting projects have you planned for 2017?

We have launched Schlumberger On Ice range at beginning of this year and a special blend for the 175th anniversary of Schlumberger Wein- und Sektkellerei. But there are more exciting projects to come this year announced later.

MEET THE DESIGNER EDWARD MONGZARCould you please introduce...

August 29 2017


Could you please introduce yourself and your brand?

Of course! My name is Edward Mongzar and I am the designer behind the luxury ethical womenswear label of the same name based in the UK. I was born in the North-Eastern state of Nagaland in India. Nagaland is known for its rich heritage and culture; it’s a melting pot of traditional and contemporary, with its diverse tribal communities and the rapid pace at which the state is developing and modernizing.

I have studied all over India whilst growing up and completed my MA degree in Fashion Design here in the UK, where both my label and I are now based. Under my label, I create luxury ready-to-wear handcrafted garments that are ethically made. I hold very strong beliefs in honouring the artisanal crafts from which most contemporary fashion has been derived and therefore incorporate two timeworn crafts into my collections; Naga hand loom weaving and marble hand dyeing.


What is the most important consideration when designing a new collection?

There are several factors that influence my design process when it comes down to creating a collection. One speaks to my desire to create pieces that are simple and feminine, I want to create pieces that are functional; I am a big believer in ergonomics and though I like to innovate with the crafts I use, I always aim to keep my pieces wearable.

Another factor speaks to my commitment to artisanal crafts and ethical practices. I design with my artisans in mind to continue to discover new ways to incorporate the crafts of marble hand dyeing and Naga hand weaving into my collections. My goal is to give Naga hand weaving a new lease of life and so I always keep my weavers in the forefront of my mind when making a collection. This factor also brings me to hand marble dyeing and my commitment to continue to pioneer the use of hand marble dye on clothing. Historically, marble dyeing has been exclusive to paper but with growing interest in marbling on fabrics, our label has been able to bring the mediums of marbling and luxury fashion together.


Your roots belong to India but you have studied fashion design in the United Kingdom. How do these different cultures influence your designs?

I’ve been very lucky to have studied and lived in both countries and through each of them; I have had my eyes opened to new cultures, new points of view and therefore a very unique outlook on fashion. The rich cultural background I have experienced growing up in Nagaland and several other states of India has allowed me to appreciate the beauty of traditional and artisanal crafts; whilst my time spent in the UK and my travels elsewhere in Europe have taught me to appreciate the rich history in art and culture. Amongst this chaos of information and exposure, I have found a very comforting balance in which I am able to express my design aesthetic.


You use traditional techniques to create your pieces. Could you please describe how do these fit to your design universe?

For me, the Naga hand weaving that I have adopted into my AW 17/18 collection is a part of my tribal heritage, it’s a practice that has long been a part of our culture, I grew to realise whilst studying my MA in Fashion Design that, if the craft were not re-purposed and given a new lease of life, it could quite easily die out. This is something that would not only be a shame for me, but for the whole of my community, it’s a vital part of our state heritage and something that is ours. That’s really what made me decide to use the weaving in a more contemporary way, so for me, the weaving is something to explore and also to protect.


Your luxurious pieces are created under sustainable and ethically conscious practices. Could you let us know about the production process?

We have taken great effort to ensure that every aspect of our production is responsible and treats people with dignity and respect. We employ several widowed women as weavers in my home state of Nagaland in India, the women have all been weaving to support their families and so we wanted to give them a steady income source to ensure they could do that with fair wages, safe working conditions and sustenance. We also make a point of letting them know that they are valued, that their work is appreciated and that we respect both them and their traditional craft of Naga hand weaving.


We also maintain this commitment to ethical and sustainable design through the production house we use. We went to great lengths to make sure that we worked with a production house which respected sustainable practice and maintains a commitment to high ethical standards. It has really helped to be working with a production house which is ethically minded and works for sustainability.


What exciting plans do you have for the year ahead?

We are so excited about our next collection; we will be continuing to work with lots of silk as we have previously. We will be focusing on really re-phrasing our SS17 in SS18, using a new way of marbling and with my belief in honouring traditional artisanal crafts, we will maintain our commitment to ethically made pieces and supporting our artisans, and finally a fashion week might be in our calendar. Keep an eye out for that!


Social Media Links:

Instagram: @EdwardMongzar

Twitter: @EdwardMongzar



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