Why buy quality over quantity when it comes to clothing and the mindset around it.

Why buy quality over quantity when it comes to clothing and the mindset around it.

Its a no brainer how much fast fashion is out there now, on the high street and even online.

We are bombarded with sales and who has the best deals going and quite frankly I am bored of seeing it, shopping is just not so fun anymore. 

When I was younger I used to love going shopping,  a trip to Harrogate or York was a real treat because it was fun to see what we could find but now every single shop has the same and its like a blummin jumble sale. 

I saw this recently when I went shopping to Leeds, I spent time walking through different designer shops to walking through a few high street shops and I just had to get out of the high street shops I couldn’t stand being in there, which is such a shame. I could instantly see the difference between the both and made me realised why people do go for quality over quantity. 

The shopping experience, service and layout of the shop was so much of a better atmosphere. 

I’m totally over this fast fashion era! It has no personality to it or thought. I feel it’s just how much sales they can get to drive more faster products.

 Its got me thinking what can we do to spend more on quality items rather than just on impulse because its cheap or looks cool. 

It’s all about conscious consuming and I think this is the way forward to get back to a shopping experience we enjoy wether it be buying something handmade or shopping elsewhere. 

So what’s the best way to become  better at consuming quality clothing.

  • Don’t impulse buy

We tend to buy clothes because it looks cool or there is an offer/sale on it and out conscious somehow thinks that it’s the better deal but in reality do we really need it and is it actually going to last long? 

I think clothing in your wardrobe should really mean something to you. They are chosen with thought and really say something about you, align with your personality. 

  • take your time

Working on your new wardrobe doesn’t have to be scary it can be exciting. Pinterest is a great source to start looking at new ways to put a look together, make a vision board of what YOU want to look like, most of all have fun with it.

Explore new shops! Stray away from the norm you’ll be surprised what you will find and don’t be scared to go vintage and charity you will be surprised what you can find in there.

If your looking for real investment pieces then handmade is such an amazing option. Getting something made to your measurements is something so unique and nobody else will have it which is always a winner. 

Check out my bespoke service here if this something you are interested in. 

It’s a slow process but just think of the end outcome and kick ass wardrobe you will have. 

  • Know your quality

The more you start to look else where, the more you will find different quality clothing. Don’t be afraid to go into designer shops either.

Even if you can’t afford it just to feel the quality and see how something is made is just a treat, hey why not even try it on just to get that feel of quality and you deserve it. I do it all the time! 

Look for detailing get to know the garment, is there top stitching? Is there any beading or embroidery? How have the cuffs and hems been finished off differently? What is the lining like?

All these things play a big part into the finishing off of a garment and a clear point to high fashion rather than cheap fashion.  

A lot of this is to do with mindset and what we’ve been programmed to think what we should or shouldn’t buy 

You’ve just gotta push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new. 

 Im in no way to preach how you shouldn’t or should buy and everyone’s budget is completely different but if you are wanting to make a conscious change to your shopping habits then maybe think about saving those pennies to buy quality over getting the better bargain. 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments. Is spending more on clothing and buying less is the way forward? Or do you feel that buying cheaper clothing more often works better for you? 

Featured image by: Stockphoto

 

The inspiration behind my new designs

The inspiration behind my new designs

My new design have gone live! If you haven’t heard already if not where have you been.

I started working on the design development last summer whilst I was on holiday in Portugal. Trying to sit still and relax doesn’t last long with me and my mind is always going, always wanting to do the next thing.

So whilst I was sat sunning myself I pulled out my sketch book and started designing.

The main focus of on these new designs was the tailoring the fit and the purpose of them especially when it came to the jackets.

I also wanted to make them sustainable ad ethical as possible.  My whole business is based around slow fashion and creating quality investment pieces to your wardrobe and outfits that make YOU feel like da bomb! 

I’ve made many garments throughout the years but I always home back in on tailoring and the finished outcome so I went with my strengths on this one 

I wanted to steer away from custom designing the back of them, as much as love creating artwork for the back of them but there is a hell of a lot out there now and I wanted to offer something a bit different and unique. 

I will still be offering the custom design just on a smaller scale. 

Going a little off course a bit but here is a little back ground story of how I first started making biker jackets

Back in 2015 when I first started getting into making these jackets I never knew they would take me this far, from a tiny sample of fabric I saw to making actual real leather jackets. 

It has been a hell of a learning curve, the first ones I made the fabric was well not very good at all but you’ve got to start somewhere and I didn’t have the budget at the time to go for real leather. 

I had never made a leather jacket before so it was completely alien to me. Finding videos as well for guidance was very slim.

I had worked a little with leather before but not on a massive scale so I took one of my favourite jackets and created a pattern from scratch just by looking and measuring it. 

After creating a sample from the pattern I had done I was hooked and was truly excited by what I had created just by eye.

From this I took the pattern and graded up the sizes to a size 8 to 18 this tested all my knowledge of pattern cutting making sure everything was accurate.  

I started with making sleeveless design with what I can say now not very good back designs at all, I was still finding my feet and handling the fabric.

I sat down and developed on these patterns and found these were more popular so bye bye sleeveless jackets.

Roll onto now and back to the original story I was telling you about my new designs.

Each pattern has been developed again to ensure a great fit and I now have a short waisted jacket and a longer length jacket. 

I wanted these designs to be made sustainably as possible and with everything being made in house by myself and all the materials being ethically sourced it has really brought the whole look together. 

LEATHER

I have two leather options available —  real leather and vegan leather. 

I have sourced high quality real leather from GH Leathers in Northampton who are a well recognised for their fabric been ethical and that was a big factor for me.

The warehouse was like an Aladdins cave when I went to look around, I literally spent three hours there easily. 

The iridescent and matt black jacket fabric have been made from the GH Leather. 

Now the vegan leather I was using for the sleeveless jackets had to go that was non negotiable, I disliked it and didn’t show off my jackets to the full potential. 

So I searched for what seemed like forever to find the perfect PU vegan leather to keep this as an option for people. 

After many samples and feeling like I was never going to find the one, I stumbled across a fabric company that I already had an account with just never really used, so I checked out there selection and low and behold they had it all along. It’s soft, slightly stretchy and has a matt finish to it; It could almost pass for being real leather, but it’s not. 

Lining

I have always been a fan of leopard print so I took to procreate to design my own fabric which I could use as a design for my linings.

This has always been a massive goal for me to create a unique design that would stand out and is recognised for been a BTT garment. So the fabric has been designed by me and printed in the UK. I’m hoping to have a few more selections in the future.

Zips 

I had this thought how cool would it be to have black zips, it took me forever to find nice looking ones and companies that actually do them. I then stumbled across a place that makes zips by hand and had an array of colours, They did black, YEY! 

So even my zips have all been handmade within the UK which I am very proud to support these business and not have sourced overseas. 

Boxes.

The final touch was to create a luxury box for my garments to be sent out in, I knew in my head what I wanted but finding the right dimensions was a tricky one.

Luckily I had used the Tiny Box Company before and they didn’t fail to deliver. It was a big cost and with all of my money going back into developing everything it was do I don’t I kinda move and they are made from recyclable products which is a winner and they are handy to reuse after 

I bite the bullet and went for it and I am so glad I did because the perfect and just what I wanted.

All my jackets are now posted in a bespoke black and pink foil Born to Thread reusable box which snaps shut with an internal magnet fastening. 

Which brings me to the inspiration behind it.

If anyone know me you’ll know how much I love the 80’s not just the fashion move in movies and music kinda way so when I was researching the key person that stood out for me was Madonna, I mean what’s not to love about her style which has changed many of times.

It was interesting to see how there was a lot of leather and lace mixed together around that era which is why I have a lace coat dress in my collection 

Another era I absolutely adore is the 50’s not just for the cute dresses but mainly the tailoring that carried on from the 40’s its amazing how fitted and tailored garments used to be. 

Prime example of this is Dior swooooooon in fact I’m going to see the Dior exhibition at the V&A later this year and I’m beyond excited, to see the garment up personal is going to be a real treat for the eyes. 

I also did a lot of research into leather jackets, looking how they were made and all the different style features they had. 

Come follow me on Pinterest to see what else inspires me

With mixing the two together it helped me create the look I was going for and also in keeping with the present day too. 

I pride myself in making garments that make you feel empowered when wearing them and with these particular designs I wanted YOU to feel wild and free whilst wearing them. 

Now to introduce to you my new designs, there may only be three but I didn’t want people to feel overwhelmed and with the leather being a big cost I had to narrow down my choices to begin with.

Also I’m all about slow fashion so I can launch more jackets later when I want. 

I teamed up with the incredible Natalie Pluck who takes the most dreamiest of photos and Gemma Rimmington MUA who’s make up skills are just amazing. 

We styled the shoot at Saltburn by the sea on what was the most foggiest day ever, after such a glorious week of sunshine we were baffled when we were graced with this on the day but I have to say it gave the pictures a more depth and atmospheric.

I thought the beach would be the perfect setting with feeling wild and free. I believe you should be carefree about what you wear,  your style is YOU and don’t let anyone tell you any different. 

LOOK 1 
Iridescent short waisted leather jacket
LOOK 2
Black frill leather jacket
LOOK 3 
Heavy corded lace coat dress.

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