WHY BRITISH MADE CLOTHING?
Posted on 29 August 2018
My garment creation journey started when I spent a year only buying clothes if I could meet the maker. I learned something fundamental: Most of the people who make our clothes are women. Most are unseen and unheard. Most live below the breadline. That was 2014, I've now started buying from shops again, but in terms of ethics I haven't looked back. I buy less, but I buy better. Whenever I can I buy from independents, I favour organic fabrics and fairly traded items. I've also learned something about myself- I can create things that empower women all the way through my supply chain.
My silk clothing collection was born from a desire to create special every-day classics with a difference. They should always be ethically made and always surprising and delightful. One of my favourite pieces has to be the Bunny Shirt Dress, which is the perfect tall woman's dress. I'm 5 '11 myself and I always struggle to find dresses long enough.
Apart from designing the collection, styling my ultimate muse Pam Lucas in the Bunny print shirt dress has to be one of the highlights of the past couple of years as a designer. She stands for everything the brand holds close: ageless style, activism and character. The subtle naughty cuff and collar on this dress were perfect on Pam. My original inspiration for the print was my friend Cecilia, a mask maker and fellow stockist of Coco de Mer, who was partner in crime back in the days when I made naughty scarves for the Covent Garden shop.
The tiny collar and cuff print features frolicking nudes wearing bunny masks dotted through a floral ditzy design. We’ve brought a small number of these silk dresses back. Hand crafted in the UK by seamstress Nicola in Yorkshire, and finished without belt loops for ultimate styling flexibility. This is my go to dress when I mean business but also want to be very much me.