It’s festival season, which means we can finally let loose and have the best fun with fashion and style! A festival look is basically the grown-ups version of opening up your Mum’s wardrobe, trying on all her gowns and accessories at once and feeling truly fabulous.
Come on everyone, throw on your favourite lace bralette and the most extravagant pieces in your wardrobe and embrace your inner boho goddess.
Looking for some inspiration? We’ve teamed up with our favourite designers at FLOCK to show you how to get festival ready Brighton Lace style, with 4 statement festival looks that’ll carry you through your summer of music, movement and making memories that will last forever.
Not that anyone should ever really have to think twice about showing a bit of skin, but sadly as much as want to wear a see-through crop top to work it’s not always appropriate! The same can’t be said for festivals.
Team our Lou Lou White Lace Halter (this one comes with a cotton bandeau thrown in), a pair of classic denim cutoffs and layer with a silk kimono like this gorgeous batik piece from Pick Up Sticks Vintage for ethereal fairy queen vibe.
One Brighton Lace festival rule, never hold back on the jewellery or floral accessories. We love to pile on the statement jewellery like these awesome brass rings from Palomita Jewellery. Your hair is also the perfect canvas, how beautiful do these dried flowers look? Perfect for frolicking in the meadow flowers (or realistically in a muddy field full of people depending on where you go) to your favourite bands.
Unleash in your inner floral goddess with this decadent co-ord outfit. Team the vibrant reds, yellows and pinks of our newest creations – ditsy floral Rosie Crop Top and lace-edged shorts with this gold kimono from Pick Up Sticks for a look that’s dripping with a glamour that not even wellies will dampen!
Co-ord’s are ideal festival attire, as not only do they look gorgeous they also mean that you can pack light and switch up your look for the next day – wear our lace-trimmed bralette with your favourite skirt or pair of denim shorts, and the floral shorts with a different top on another occasion. Add bangles likes these and a gold Bee necklace from Palomita Jewellery and you’ll be festival-ready.
Choosing handmade and unique pieces from independent businesses means that you’re guaranteed to look special and will be wearing a statement look that’s truly yours. This outfit was made for dancing and singing your heart out with your friends, whilst watching the sun go down.
This third look is for the folky femme fatales who always co-ordinate their outfits with darker hues. Try layering up one of our simple and easy to wear lace tops. Let your delicate laces peeks through, adding dimension and texture to your outfit, both light enough to keep you cool during summer days and nights.
Team these with bold eye makeup and a pair of statement high waisted shorts – the more colourful the better. We are in love with this pair from The Emperors Old Clothes. And when the weather gets cooler, grab your Pick Up Sticks Vietnamese tribal jacket with embroidered detail – the coat like no other!
For the accessories we picked this awesome deep blue statement feathered headdress from Hapuska, a heart necklace by Izzie Artisan and tribal earrings and colour pop pom pom rings by Palomita Jewellery.
The fourth look evokes Queen of the Forest. Our racerback lace crop tops also work so well layered as a top underneath your favourite playsuit, we’re in love with this gold number from The Emperor’s Old Clothes! The vintage gold cotton is offset perfectly by this amazing sheer mesh and velvet floral Hearts and Guns kimono with its contrast of rich pinks and black and a Japanese silk crossbody from Vintage Victoriana to keep all your possessions safe while you party.
Remember that rule that you should take one piece of jewellery off before you leave the house? That definitely doesn’t apply to festival fashion. Go all out with two show-stopping accessories. The combination of the brass moth Izzie Artisan necklace and this Hapuska golden headdress will have you ruling over the crowds through the day and into the night – the sun glinting a halo of happiness and joy around you.
So this summer let out your inner festival faerie, dress up in your favourite boho looks and experiment, celebrating your unique personal style. We’d absolutely love to see your #brightonlace festival outfits, the more extravagant the better. Tag @brightonlace in your pictures and we’ll share them on our feed!
All items featured in this post can be found at FLOCK on 46 Sydney Street, Brighton!
#ShopSmallThinkBig – supporting small businesses can make a big difference. You can feel great about the fact that you’re enriching and supporting your local economy and communities, whilst purchasing an item that is unique and has been made with love. And that’s not all, here are our top 5 reasons to support small, independent businesses.
Did you know #TransparencyIsTrending? When you buy from a small business you are more often than not able to see the full story of how your purchase came to be. There are fewer stages in the supply chain and fewer people involved making much easier to find out how, where and by whom your clothes are made. This also means it is easier to upkeep ethical and sustainable standards, especially when the production is done in-house like we do here at Brighton Lace. We can tell you that our laces are sourced in England and France, and everything else is sourced from UK companies including our lingerie components like elastics, rings and sliders. Most of our packaging and stationery is also from UK suppliers. We’ve also just launched a little collection of crop tops which are made using vintage lace and crepe fabric remnants – reducing fashion industry waste.
#2 Supporting Your Local Economy
Choosing a local business has positive effects on local economies, pumping money into your local community and helping it grow. When you shop at Brighton Lace, not only are you supporting us, as a local and UK based business, you’re also helping us support other people in the local economy too. We employ two seamstresses who live locally to help make our lacies, and we also work with other local people across the rest of the business from marketers to photographers and buy our fabric and other materials from people in the UK. This means that any money you spend with us goes back into circulation, enriching local communities.
#3 Meeting The Maker
You can find out exactly who it is who made your clothes and know that personal passion and love has gone directly into every aspect of the business. Building your trust is important. Alongside many other local makers and business, we recently took part in March #meetthemaker on our social media. Don’t worry if you missed it, you can also meet me, the founder of Brighton Lace, on our blog post here. We also love to keep you updated and involved with what’s going on in our bi-monthly newsletters. Not only that, you can meet us in person at local markets, or contact us directly over social media and email and chat to us about our products – feedback from you all is always welcome!
#4 Championing Traditional and Artisanal Craft
Through shopping with small, local businesses and designers you are supporting talented local makers, designers and suppliers – championing local skills, traditional techniques and craft that shouldn’t be lost, but unfortunately, have started to disappear due to outsourcing. There are many talented makers in the UK who don’t get the support and recognition they deserve. By supporting businesses like Brighton Lace you are allowing local artisans and creatives with a passion for their craft, make a living from doing what they love.
#5 Uniqueness and individuality
Small independent businesses can offer you products that have a personal story and reasoning behind their creation. Furthermore, by choosing to shop small you are able to purchase something individual and unique that hasn’t been mass produced. All our lacies are limited edition as well as being handmade – when you buy from a small business like us you are getting something that’s truly special. Shop small and let your individuality shine!
Our Favourite Small Businesses
We love shopping independent! Here are our favourite UK based small businesses, all of which sell beautiful products which we highly recommend you check out…
Bespoke and handmade fashion created from vintage & limited edition fabrics. See more.
Handmade and designed industrial furniture, homewares and interiors. See more.
Handmade organic and cruelty-free aromatherapy products. See more.
Conscious footwear brand that creates luxurious, handcrafted clogs. See more.
Printed accessories, stationery and art prints. See more.
Vintage inspired clothing made in London. See more.
Our Favourite Independent Shop in Brighton: FLOCK
And our favourite independent shop in Brighton is Flock – a boutique full of vintage and handmade treasures by local designers.
It’s Fashion Revolution week and we thought we’d celebrate by talking to the two pioneers Ella Grace Denton and Jemma Finch who are the force behind Stories Behind Things. The work these two women do for the sustainable fashion movement is absolutely incredible and we’re honoured to be able to catch up with them!
We absolutely love the work you guys do at Stories Behind Things, what was the idea behind it? Do you have a mission?
Our mission is to make sustainable living easy! We are made aware of all these issues that are portrayed through the media, they are often shown in a negative light and a lot of the time there are no easy solutions out there. We aim to put the power back into our hands and share ways that we can all make change in our day to day lives.
Did you have you have an ‘Ah Ha’ moment that kickstarted you into action? What’s your journey been like since the start of SBT?
I think when we first started our Instagram we were dedicated to creating a space for our creativity. We didn’t know how we were going to thrive within that creative space but we were dedicated to expressing ourselves & our combined passions of sustainability and fashion. I think the act of making an Instagram page that we were both committed to allowed us to grow ideas and really follow our own journey.
Fashion Revolution week is one of the most important weeks in the year for us and for the Fashion Industry as a whole, what have you been up to celebrate?
We’ve been asked to speak at 2 panels this week!!
We loved the meeting at Hoxton hotel on Wednesday, and we’re excited for tonight! We’re heading to London College of Fashion alongside Agatha our friend who runs the luxury sustainable marketplace Antibad.
We love the way you speak out for ethical fashion and care for the planet. What does the #whomadeyourclothes campaign mean to you?
We think it’s important that brands are able to track back through every stage of their production line. Its each brands responsibility to make choices when implementing decisions that will affect other peoples livelihoods. We don’t believe in cutting corners of diving through loopholes. We pride ourselves on highlighting brands that we come across that take full accountability for their decisions throughout their production line. Transparency is key to succeed in the market today.
If they could change one thing about the current fashion industry what would it be?
That marketing has made so many people feel like they are not enough as they are. We feel very strongly about the fact you have everything you need to get through this life as you are. Expressing yourself through the clothes you wear we believe should be an extension of your already existing value.
Why do you think small fashion companies like Brighton Lace are important for the future of fashion?
Interaction is important to us, having a close community of like-minded people is key to a successful fashion brand in today’s climate. We have a strong connection to brands that are grassroots based, that share their journey and are relatable! No bullshit:)!
Finally, can you give us 5 tips for anyone who wants to dress more consciously?
Start with cutting out low-quality fabrics that are derived from plastics! These are found in the cheap high street stores, compromising on quality and environmental & social aspects. Shop second hand or invest in pieces that you can keep for a lifetime, not just single use.
Mend your clothes, if a button falls off try and sew it back on, embroider onto it to revamp clothes to inject some love! Don’t throw it away.
Attend a Clothes Switch! We host a plethora of events you can check out at www.storiesbehindthings.com
Connect with like-minded communities, the online sphere is great for connecting with like-minded people. Its always easier to pursue a different avenue of fashion when you are able to gain inspiration from your friends!
We are holding a Kickstarter for a project we are launching on 29th April. Its secret at the moment but keep your eyes peeled on the 29th on our channel @StoriesBehindThings.
To find out more about FASHION REVOLUTION and how you can get involved visit www.fashionrevolution.org
Stories Behind Things Photo credit @Antibad
Spring Lookbook: Luxury Silk Sleepwear. It’s Spring 2018, and here at Brighton Lace, we’re celebrating!
We’ve just launched our Silk Sleepwear collection, handmade with Limited Edition luxury Italian Silk and beautiful white English lace – this is our most indulgent collection to date!
From our gorgeously soft Silk Robe with sheer lace sleeves to the Rosie Crop Top sleep set – our new silk and lace sleepwear has that oh so feminine feel. This is the kind of nightwear you’ll want to wear on your honeymoon or to with a new lover…and it’s got the feel-good factor too because it’s all produced with precious remnant fabrics.
Enjoy the silky browsing – you can click on any image to shop the new collection.
Happy International Women’s Day to all the incredible women out there. We love you all!
In light of #MarchMeetTheMaker and IWD we thought we’d give you the opportunity to learn more about the stories and motivations behind Brighton Lace. We chatted to Lou Michel – Brighton Lace’s founder on her journey as a female entrepreneur, her passion for social equality, women’s rights and ethical fashion, and how she wants to empower women through her underwear.
What was your motive for starting Brighton lace?
Lou: I have always really loved colour, particularly how shades of colour look next to each other. Both my parents have worked in the fashion industry for many years and through them I developed a passion for design, fabric, and print. Brighton Lace started on a market stall five years ago. I was dyeing lace vests I’d sourced from a knitwear manufacturer in the north of England and customers were asking for matching knickers – that was when the underwear started!
What was your journey in starting your own business?
Lou: I’m a creative person and I love the idea that you can earn your living through what you make. Before Brighton Lace I had a raw chocolate company – I can’t describe the joy l experience in running my own business – holding a creative vision and just going for it! Of course, running a small business is stressful too. I’m still learning all the time about how best to juggle the many hats I have to wear each day, but I love being my own boss and I’m proud of how far we’ve come. I wake up in the morning and immediately I think of what we’re currently working on, or what our customers are saying, how best to respond to particular problems…every day is different.
What do you love most about working within a three-woman team?
Our little team of women is lovely. We all work from our separate kitchen tables but when we’re designing new collections we get together. – that’s always where the magic happens. We definitely share a collective love of colour and fabrics, but we do also have such individual tastes – it’s quite funny. I’m more of a ‘minimal is best’ kind-of-girl, but both Lou and Louisa are majorly into vibrant colours and prints – they push me out of my comfort zone!
And working with other women must also naturally create spaces for conversations about female body positivity in the ways that you promote Brighton Lace?
Lou: Yes. We constantly consider different body types and tastes, particularly in the research and design stages. I always like to ask the team’s opinions, I find so much insight there, you know; “Would you wear that?”, “How would you style this?”, or “What colour do you think I should dye the detail on this lace?”. I think that is one of the great things about working with women – it always feels like such a team effort and there is an open feedback loop which allows us to respond quickly to customer suggestions or upgrade to new solutions when they’re needed.
Tell us about Brighton Lace’s ‘enjoy being you’ motto and why this is important to you?
Lou: I’m passionate about women’s empowerment – in all aspects of life, and Brighton Lace is very much an expression of that. The vision for the business is to make beautiful lingerie that supports women to enjoy being themselves, spreading the message of body positivity, supporting myself and all women to love the bodies we live in. That’s why, as a company, we specifically focus on making soft lingerie. We don’t ‘add’ much to our pieces, they are simple, pared-back, designed to celebrate what is there already. We don’t use padding or wires in any of our designs, instead we keep the focus on the beauty of each lace we work with, and the natural beauty of the shape of the woman who will be wearing it.
How do you want your lacies to make women feel?
Lou: Comfortable in their own skin, ready to get up in the morning and give to the world! Having lovely underwear is such a great way of celebrating yourself. I like to think of our lacies as little everyday celebrations.
Given how many women are exploited at the expense of fashion, ethical fashion can be seen to be a feminist issue – in light of this, is it important to you that you have created an artisanal brand that is ethical in its practices?
Lou: I don’t think ethical fashion is just a feminist issue, it’s a global issue. We know how much the fast fashion costs the earth, we know about the polluted rivers, the exploited people (mostly women) around the world who are forced to eek out a tiny living working all hours of the day and night, we know what their working conditions are probably like, and we also know that the items they make will probably just end up in a landfill a few years down the line. Change is long overdue.
I think what is currently a niche issue [ethical fashion] is fast becoming a normal issue because it has to be. For me, it’s like organic food, what is the most natural and most beneficial for the planet and for it’s people should be the most normal, and empowering people, providing a decent wage and a decent working environment, using materials that are either produced sustainably or recycled is just an obvious. We literally cannot go on abusing the place we live and the people we live beside. We’re all in this together.
Do you have any advice for any women looking to start their own business and be their own boss?
Lou: Absolutely. Do what you love and the rest will follow. Of course, there are going to be bumps along the way, but there’s nothing like getting up in the morning and working on something you love with a passion, creating something that feels like a contribution to the world and having amazing customers confirm to you that they love what you produce.
You do a lot of collaborations with other female designers and women led brands. Tell us more about the power of these collaborations and why you think they are so significant?
Lou: Yes, a lot of what we do behind the scenes are projects with other women across the fashion industry. I’m so pleased to be able to collaborate with fellow designers, women who run magazines, sustainability campaigners, charity organisers, and not forgetting all the amazing female entrepreneurs and fellow small business owners. It’s a bit of a passion of mine to work with inspiring women who show up in the world in meaningful ways, and who like to share their skills generously.
I’m a great believer in #collaborationovercompetition. The internet has changed the landscape for small business, it has made what was previously impossible, possible. It allows us to be intimately connected to a global community and work together on amazing things, regardless of where we are in the world. I also love the fact that we can be part of a social change conversation even though we are a small brand.
Who are you currently working with?
Lou: We collaborate with people all over the world, in fact, I’ve just sent some pieces to a wonderful husband and wife photography team who are about to shoot in Death Valley! There is another collaboration happening in a few weeks in Barcelona too. It’s amazing really, a testament to the power of Instagram. I haven’t met any of these photographers in ‘real life’ but we love to regularly collaborate. We pool our skills and make exciting things happen together, and we literally couldn’t do this without each other! That just couldn’t have happened even 15 years ago.
We’ve just celebrated 100 years of getting vote – why is this important to you?
Lou: We’ve come a long, long way in the last 100 years. I think about grandmothers and all they must have been though. I think about my mum and the immense changes that have happened in her lifetime. I find it incredibly moving to consider what the women just in my own family must have experienced and fought for so that I can enjoy the freedoms I do today.
I feel immensely grateful, for all that has gone before, for the women who have repeatedly spoken out when no one wanted to hear. It’s thanks to them that today I can be can be a woman in business, I can employ other skilled women, deal with suppliers, work with people across the industry and show up in the world with as much right to a voice as anyone else.
This years theme for International Women’s Day is #pushforprogress in ending gender parity and motivating and uniting friends, families and colleagues etc. to be more gender inclusive. Why do you think movements such as this are so important?
Lou: Honestly, in the maker’s scene that I’m in, I don’t experience much inequality, although I do hear from friends in the corporate world that sadly it’s still prevalent. To me, gender is no longer the issue of the day, it’s humanity that feels so much more significant. It’s about respect for each and every individual, it’s about better support and care for one another. We are all such amazing beings, each blessed with our own individual talents, and I believe sharing those skills to support unity, find solutions and make collective change is what is so needed at this time on our planet.