Spurred on to create bespoke pocket squares and ties after making a tie as a gift for her father who, in Kate’s words is “impossible to buy for” Kate found herself being asked to make more. We can never get enough of Liberty Print, so when we spied Kate’s beauties at the Etsy Wedding Fair, we made a beeline for her stand to eye-up her designs and talk a little more about her homegrown London enterprise.
My dad is completely impossible to buy for and so I made a tie as a present for him first, then family and friends started requesting them too. When I got married we spent ages traipsing around the shops trying to find the right colour tie and so it struck me that providing a bespoke tie making service might eliminate the pain of this for other people.
I love people-watching and living in London is great for this, there are some extraordinary combinations out there, and I guess that’s really where I get inspiration from for my designs.
I hand-stitch bespoke ties, which allows customers to dictate the length, width, lining fabric and colour and I make them from any fabric. Often people get in touch with a colour or idea in mind, I then collect some swatches based on their criteria, send them off in the post, they pick the fabric they like and then I make the ties. Sometimes they already have the fabric and then I just make the ties for them. It’s a really fun creative process and the result is so much more personal than a manufactured, shop-bought tie.
I like working with British-sourced, natural fabrics, cottons (especially Liberty print florals) and herring bone tweeds and wools.
One couple came to me requesting a tie for their wedding with a hidden, secret message in it, that was really romantic and was one of my favourite commissions. They hand wrote it and then I stitched it underneath the end so it was not visible, but could be read by them. Another guy came to me recently with some fabric which he wants incorporated in the lining of his tie, his mum passed away recently but had been a fabric designer and he wants to wear her fabric on the big day – I love designs that have a story behind them. I also really love my current range of herringbone woollen ties.
My advice for a couple getting married? Get saving now!
What would be the first and last thing I pack for a honeymoon or holiday? Ummm tricky… First would have to be sunscreen, I burn so easily, and last.. A big book, why pack a book when you could just take a kindle.. And besides who needs a book on honeymoon anyway? :0)
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