Flock’s Guest Maker April 2017 – Vintage Victoriana
11th April 2017
We are delighted to introduce Miss Julia of Vintage Victoriana the first of our Guest Makers in residence. You can find a range of Julia’s beautiful bags and purses exclusively at Flock for this month only.
We took some time to catch up with Julia and find out more about her making process:
How long have you been creating your bags?
I began creating my handbags 15 years ago as a result of being inspired by my large collection of vintage bags of all shapes and sizes. My aim was to design and create a range of handbags infusing a modern twist with a nod to a bygone era of glamour and style.
The Miss Julia bag is all about a collaboration of unique beautiful fabrics, wearable design and vintage button fastenings. A statement one off piece and a bag for all occasions which will never leave your side.
All designs are original and made with love.
Wrist purses in a variety of beautiful fabrics from £45
‘Miss Molly’ large clutch – £65
How many designs do you have?
I have 10 designs including shoulder bags, clutches and wrist purses.
‘Miss Dolly’ shoulder bag in vintage kimono silk – £140
Do you have a favourite design, and if so why?
The Dolly Bag is my favourite because it has enough room for everyday life and can translate easily for any occasion.The shoulder strap is a comfortable length with the bag feeling secure under the arm. The Dolly bag feels like a friend that is always there!
What materials do you use and which is your favourite to work with?
My background is printed textiles and fashion so I have a history of passion for unusual textured fabrics and print. I work in a variety of materials including heavy chenille, vintage printed mohair, hand woven tapestries,wools,embossed velvets, vintage Japanese obi woven silks, suede and light skins.
All my bags are interlined adding volume to shape and are fully lined with a heavy cotton or silk.
I have a large collection of vintage buttons in a variety of shapes and sizes that I choose carefully to sit with the fabrics used in construction.
If there was a favourite fabric to work with it would have to be the Japanese woven obi silks as these are interesting pieces to mix with other fabrics and the colours are stunning.
Where do you work from?
I work from home which I have turned into a studio living space with a Victorian backdrop. Many of my vintage bags dress the walls so I am constantly being inspired and reminded of my passion.
What attracted you to Flock?
The attraction to Flock for me was that I admired and was familiar with the makers and contributers who were already established in Brighton.
There is a unique atmosphere and essence that works extremely well as a whole within the shop and aestheticly this sets a wonderful stage for fabulous displays on the shop floor. Each section is complimentary to all who contribute to Flock and I feel that my handbags would sit well aside the other makers and contributors enhancing the creative story.
‘Miss Dolly’ shoulder bag in black silk £135
Where else can people find you online?
Etsy shop is coming soon!
Thanks Julia. This wonderful collection is certainly getting a lot of love in store. Make sure you head to Flock before the end of April to check them out for yourselves… Every piece is a one-off – once it’s gone, it’s gone!
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