Hello and welcome to my first instalment for The Arb. I came across the publication a few months ago, and after a few hazy gin-fuelled meetings and some friendly banter, I managed to convince Jonesy to let me put pen to paper. I’m a designer-tailor based on Savile Row and I’m passionate about creating beautifully fitting garments exclusively for ladies. Whether you choose to be swathed in the finest of silks or suitably bedecked in Super-130s, my passion is to create clothes that fit and flatter.
I love Savile Row and I get that same jovial feeling every time I turn the corner and take my first few steps, enjoying the entirety of the cut-make-trade process while taking inspiration from various ateliers: Ozwald Boateng for his use of bold colour which radiates out the door, and the simplistic beauty of a classic cut suit tailored by Gieves and Hawkes. As one of the few female tailors on The Row, I’m very pleased with my position on this Golden Mile of bespoke couture.
In a bid to share my enthusiasm and passion for tailoring, beautiful fabrics, trimmings and everything else that interests me, I intend to write my muses here for you all to share. I would love your comments, feedback, ideas and anything else mutually enjoyed in London town or further afield.
Where to begin? My week has begun extremely well. I received my new spring / summer fabric bunches that were wrapped and waiting for me when I arrived in Savile Row this morning. This is a very exciting time of year for a tailor, with the chance to show your clients new fabrics, prints and designs often unavailable on the high street.
The fabric bunches opened up like a box of Quality Street, the focus here of course being on the ‘quality’ part, as an array of 8-9oz fabrics were revealed; dashing colours in check, herringbone and tartan, in every possible colour. Fortunately, tartan is one of my favourite designs; I’m currently donning a tartan cape jacket with velvet green cuff detail and covered buttons; bliss!
To complete my S/S collection, my new silks arrived. Shocking pinks, ocean greens and cobalt blues emerged, not forgetting of course this season’s hot-tipped colour, tangerine, in just about every shade. Now this may sound a tad over the top but these silks really are something special and have to be seen (and felt) to be believed. Indian douppian, silk taffeta and one of the most glamorously forgiving fabrics – crepe satin – in colours akin to that of a Moroccan market, giving my latest collection a real colour boost. In honour of this, the new season and because I can’t help myself, I have decided to extend the collection once again, creating two dresses and a new jacket in these vibrant colours. They are set to preview at a few fashion shows this March so I will let you know how they go down.
I couldn’t finish without a quickly mentioning Liberty’s. They have stepped up once again this season with their new collection of floral and highly printed silks, perfect for shirts and summer elegance, together with an array of flowered poplins for those who want to pep up their spring attire.
What I also love about Liberty’s is their button collection. Row upon row of some of the most beautiful and decadent colours and styles, perfect for hand-sourcing the finishing touches for my clients’ garments.
So as the evenings draw out and the promise of warmer climes are on the horizon, spring gives us all a perfect excuse to brighten up and inject some colour into our wardrobes. Hopefully you’ve been inspired.