A fleeting meeting with... Antonia Barath

A Fleeting Meeting...


Antonia splits her time between her studies, for a degree in fashion marketing, and a retail associate position at our Covent Garden Menswear branch. Alongside her take on style, she tells us a little about her steer away from fast fashion, fake designer gear and why we should all watch Queer Eye... 

I find it difficult to describe my style. In general, I prefer feminine, modern and clean cutsBut there are days when I am happy wearing only black, on other days I proudly wear my checked rust-blue Scabal suit (It’s all about balance, isn’t it?!) I find it easy to transform my work clothing into everyday wear and like to experiment and mix traditional fabrics and garments—like a checked tweed jacket with my studded boyfriend jeans, and sneakers or high heels. During summer, I love to wear my pink linen WS suit which I simply match with a white shirt, or a crop top if I go out. I think it is fascinating to find a balance between formal and casual wear. Just have fun with clothing! 

One of my style icons is Oscar de la Renta. He had a great eye for creating strong but, at the same time, feminine looks.  

Fortunatelythere isn’t much of my style-past I look back on and think ‘why?!’. Although, during primary school I used to wear fake designer belts with big buckles, as well as fake designer bags. Horrible... 

As a fashion student I am highly aware of the fashion industry’s impact on the environment. haven’t bought from fast-fashion or non-ethical brands for over a year. At the beginning, I thought it would be challenging to find alternatives, but lots of companies are getting more eco-conscious nowadays. It may seem like spending more on fashion, however people are more likely to purchase cheap items more frequently and end up spending more money overall, than eco-conscious ‘fashionistas’ do. 

I sometimes visit second-hand and vintage shopsthis is how I found my favourite Burberry trench coatbut mainly gravitate towards WS items which are ethically sourced and biodegradable. Unfortunately, I have sensitive skin, so I avoid the heavier tweeds and opt for softer fabrics, like cashmere-wool, merino and finer lambswools. 

One thing I will never forget—steam your tweed! 

I just finished watching Queer Eye on Netflix. It is so much more than ‘just’ beauty and fashion... Those guys really change people’s lives.  

The best way to spend a Sunday is on the beach with a cocktail. 


Outfit: Pink plain linen Abby jacket (£285) and Westray trouser (£125) - not currently available online, please contact us for further details.

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