Contrary to the new trend that experiences are better than material things - a new study shows that buying things can actually lead to happiness.

In a study that was published in Psychological Science in April, researchers found that people were happier if they spent on things that matched their personality.

The researchers looked at bank transactions of more than 600 individuals, all of whom anonymously filled out a questionnaire about their personality type and life satisfaction.

The happiest people in the study seemed to be ones who spent more on things or services that were in sync with their personality type, for e.g. a person who was more extrovert enjoys spending his money at a pub or restaurant, but a more introverted person is likely to be happier spending his money on books.

Additionally, a 2014 study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology found that products that helped buyers create an experience—the so-called "experiential purchases"—were as good at providing happiness as life experiences. so for e.g an object like a bicycle or a book can provide a lifetime of valuable experiences.

Carmen & Rafaele's new SS2017 range aims to bridge the gap between life experience's and material objects. The ethos of the company has always been to try and bridge art into fashion by using HD photographs from around the world. Our aim is to make people connect with their clothing again for inspiration and as aspirational pieces of art.

We need to revert back to the aspiring to fashion pieces instead of treating fashion as throw away cheap objects of very little value.

Which is why we only use premium natural fabrics made and printed in Europe and make them into classic timeless garments that will never go out of fashion and that are comfortable to wear and are completely unique.

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Carmen & Rafaele is a British lifestyle brand offering affordable luxury and catering for the discerning modern women who wants stylish, timeless and comfortable clothes for all occasions.

We specialise in high definition exclusive prints based on manipulated photographic images with each print inspired by nature or a specific location around the world …. Every print has a story! 

The ranges are designed so that the styles can be mixed and matched and therefore appropriate for an evening occasion by using heels and accessories, or dressed down for the school run by using sneakers and t-shirts or even made formal by mixing with tailored trousers or skirts.

We print only on premium quality natural fabrics that are washable and have dedicated 2 years of R&D to develop our new exclusive block patterns to ensure a comfortable fit in every garment which are made in the best certified factories in the world.

Carmen & Rafaele has at present two ranges comprising of the Carmen & Rafaele "Premium woven’s range” forward order and the Carmen & Rafaele  jersey tops range "T-shirts & Gladrags” in stock and short order.

We can also offer exclusivity of styles and bespoke design for clients subject to minimum order quantity.