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Patchwork tote

We all know about the evils of plastic bags … aside from their inherent ugliness, and the fact that they cut into your hands something beastly when they’re full, the environmental impact outweighs all of these by some distance. Their manufacture is carbon intensive, they take hundreds of years to degrade in landfill, and they’re a menace to flora and fauna if dropped and left to blow around the place.

How about an attractive alternative?

Patchworked from reclaimed denim and corduroy jeans, this tote is a monochrome dream with a flash of purple to lift it out of sombre winter dullness … purple silk trim around the top and on the handles, and an abstract machine-embroidered floral design to complement the colour.







I’ve left pocket details from the original garments on each end of the bag … handy little receptacles for phones, keys, and the other small but vital bits and pieces that inevitably sink to the bottom of big bags!

It’s lined in a sturdy black cotton … I love the way the purple embroidery really pops colour on the black … and it makes the bag reversible, should you fancy a change of mood.

But would you want to, with these gorgeous, sweetly patterned, appliqued cotton jersey roses on the outside?

And look … another pocket on the front …

I love this bag … it’s costing me a real pang to part with it! But it’s available right now in my Etsy shop – a completely unique, one of a kind bag that’s practical, stylish and environmentally friendly.

Summer Accessories – Urban

A collection of summer accessories with a more urban feel, giving a darker twist to florals with smoky colours, vivid accents of colour or highlights of metal or gemstone; strong, sculptural geometric shapes that yet soften the tailored. ultrafitted look for a hint of femininity.

Summer Accessories ... dark-toned flowers with an urban edge

Versatile clips and corsages – make a bold statement with a giant stiffened silk 40’s inspired headpiece, or go for the understated elegance of the small diamante clip, and in between a dark khaki silk rosette with a dull metal button centre, a denim and tulle corsage and the filigree effect of the silver ribbon rose on an olive-green bow.

sombre, statement, lace jewellery

Vintage lace, dyed and structured and combined with vintage costume jewellery remnants to make stunning pieces of everyday jewellery. At the back, a collar in smoky grey crochet lace makes a bold statement with its spiderweb-like structure. Moving forward, an asymmetric necklet in russian blue lace on a silver chain, with a matching wrist-cuff, and more of the grey crochet, this time in a triangular ‘breastplate’ design on chunky grey vintage beads. A strip of edging lace makes a glorious beaded choker, and a section of stiffened black lace on a silver chain finishes the collection with its mesh-like florals.

 A simple, geometric messenger bag in suede and faded black denim is given an edge with a sequin trim and a modern floral lining:

 And finally … an old suit jacket is repurposed as a tote – the austere and serious pinstripe given a jolt with the vivid crimson lining and quilted rose design:

You can see these and more in my Etsy shop … or if you’d like a bespoke service, please do contact me