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  • Love, Lace and Tropical Dreams

    We wanted to share with you this “Love, Lace and Tropical Dreams” collaboration we did with award-winning husband and wife photography team Virginie and Samuel, founders of SV Photograph.

    We don’t know about you, but the heat wave this summer has left us feeling sunkissed and blissfully content – like true boho goddesses prancing round in our lace sets. The dreamy shots below were taken in the tropical locations of Bora Bora and Moorea in French Polynesia and perfectly encapture that feeling.

    Virginie and Samuel are fashion and portrait photographers originally from France. Samuel was a Nurse and Virginie has a degree in Tourism and both were amateur, hobbyist photographers on the side. However, after one of the first wave terrorist attacks, they decided to give up their life in France and follow their dreams, making their passion their work.

    After gaining their first publication for an Asian Photography Magazine, they were firmly introduced into the industry and never looked back and their distinctive style of working is continuing to become more and more popular.

    They love working outside as much as they can and through their shoots aim to highlight the inextricable link between the physical beauty of humans and the natural beauty of the amazing landscapes that surround them. Free spirits who are grounded in nature, just like we are.

    Working in Moorea, Tahiti and Bora Bora for 4 years as wedding, boudoir and Commercial Photographers, the next stop for them will be Vancouver, Canada where they will continue to work with brands and shoot more incredible editorials and commercial photography.

    The first shoot was in Moorea in French Polynesia. Here they styled our White Lou Lou lace lingerie set and Sheer Peach lingerie in front of this incredible mountain range, and spotless beach. We can’t get over how you can lose yourself in these stunning views – the nomadic life of globe-trotting through the world never felt so tempting.

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    These next lot of shots were taken in the enchanting Bora Bora. We just love how they have encapsulated the wind whistling through the vegetation, and that combined with the stormy sky gives our Merlot Red Tigerlily Lace lingerie set a dramatic spin. The luscious green perfectly sets off the red of our hand dyed, limited edition lace.

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    The stormy theme continues – at one with the natural world, she lounges on the steps up to the hut in her Charcoal Sheer Lace Lingerie Set  looking out into the horizon. Hidden away from the rest of the world in this little pocket of paradise.

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    Back in Moorea again – these shots conjure up imagery of a greek goddess or woodland nymph. Dressed in our Black Lou Lou Lace Halterneck Lingerie set Maohi oozes the serenity and powerful happiness that comes with loving the skin your in and feeling totally at ease in your surroundings.

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    Emma explores the hidden waterfalls, pools and caves in the Nude Longline Lingerie set and Red Tiger Lily Lace Lingerie Set. We always say our lacies are like little celebrations every day, celebrating you and the joy of life – and we love how that our lingerie has become powerful, celebration of mother nature.

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    If you loved this shoot, you can find out more about Virginie and Samuel on their website https://www.svphotograph.com or follow them on Instagram @svphotograph.

    We absolutely love seeing you and your lacies in beautiful locations around the world, so tag @brightonlace in your pictures and we’ll feature our favourites on our feed.

     

    5 Ways to Wear Our Handmade Crop Tops

    Have you seen our limited edition crop tops floating around social media? We haven’t had much of an opportunity to showcase them yet because they keep selling out before we get to shoot them, but they’ve been such a success we’re going to be batch making them, starting this week.

    Each crop top is one-of-a-kind and totally unique. They are handcrafted out of beautiful vintage cotton, lace and linen remnants with pretty embroidered or applique detailing.

    By choosing pieces made from hand-picked vintage fabrics, not only are you helping to keep beautiful textiles in the loop you’re also buying a piece that tells a story and has gone a journey from the components materials to the final piece.

    Crop tops are versatile and perfect for summer. These are made from lightweight breathable fabrics the perfect pairing for a pair of washed out denim cut-offs or your favourite floaty trousers. From holidaying to festivals, our tops will take you from soaking up the sun in the day to summer nights drinking wine under the stars.

    Here are our 5 favourite ways to style them:
     

    The Cute ‘Summer Days’ Dungaree Look

    This first look is perfect for those of us who love wearing pretty, summer clothes but require something a little more practical for the day to day activities. The delicate straps mean that you can get a bit of sun on your shoulders and the light and airy fit will keep you feeling cool and comfortable all day.

    Team your crop top with a pair of loose dungarees or romper in a light fabric. The minty green and the delicate print of the crop top paired with the more tomboyish one piece gives the outfit a playful and relaxed vibe.

    The ‘Ready-for-Adventures’ Outfit

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    A strappy crop top teamed with a pair of loose fit trousers is a summer classic – ideal for summer adventuring! The best thing about palazzo pants is you can find different shapes and styles to suit your body shape plus they are super comfortable – we particularly love an elasticated waistband!

    Perfectly offset your tan with pale linen strap top. This one is a special one-of-a-kind piece made with a pretty vintage cut out panel. The best thing about these tops is that they can be dressed up or down.
     

    The Boho Maxi Skirt and Crop Top Look


     
    For the ultimate boho goddess chic, get floaty with this ethereal look that will take you dancing into the night. Simply pick your favourite long maxi skirt and pair with one of our cropped t-shirt style pieces.

    These two come with are made from vintage embroidered and lace remnants, adding intricate detailing and texture, giving this festival classic a unique spin. Crop tops are incredibly flattering when paired with a loose, high waisted skirt like this one, as they finish at the waistband, skimming the top of the hips creating an elegant silhouette and adding dimension to the outfit.

    We’d recommend this effortless and carefree look for summer evenings.
     

    The ‘Relaxed Weekend’ High Waisted Jeans and Crop Top Look

    Cropped and hemmed to finish just above the waistband, our crops are cut in a boxy style which looks lovely with a pair of low rise boyfriend jeans. We love the juxtaposition of the sheer, delicate lace with tomboyish denim.

    The top keeps the look light and summery and we’ve chosen fabrics and laces in earthy, natural tones – perfectly offset by a peak of a lace bralette in a similar shade underneath. Wear this outfit walking around the town, or on mild evenings exploring pub gardens.

    The ‘City Girl’ outfit

    You can also wear our vintage crop tops under a strappy dress to keep your shoulders out of the sun, or for when the days get a little bit cooler. This vintage white lace works really well as a layering piece and is a spin on the classic white t-shirt and dress combination.

    We love using these stunning vintage laces to make our crop tops and lacies. They’re all limited edition and totally unique, making special pieces you’ll want to keep forever. Simply add your favourite pieces of jewellery and you’ll be ready to stroll!

    We love to see how you style your Brighton Lace crop tops tag @brightonlace in your pictures on Instagram and we’ll feature our favourites on our feed.

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    4 Festival Looks For Summer 2018

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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| 5 Reasons To Support Small Independent Businesses

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    #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.

    #1 Transparency

    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.

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    #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…

    The Emperor’s Old Clothes

    Bespoke and handmade fashion created from vintage & limited edition fabrics. See more.

    The Little Deer

    Handmade and designed industrial furniture, homewares and interiors. See more.


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    Handmade homewears

    Corinne Taylor Holistic Therapy

    Handmade organic and cruelty-free aromatherapy products. See more.

    Kittys Clogs

    Conscious footwear brand that creates luxurious, handcrafted clogs. See more. 

    Nikki Strange Design

    Printed accessories, stationery and art prints. See more. 

    Feather and Bone

    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.

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    It’s Fashion Revolution and we’re talking to the awesome women behind Stories Behind Things

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    Ella Grace Denton and Jemma Finch

    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.

     

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    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.

    Who Made My Clothes

    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:)!

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    Finally, can you give us 5 tips for anyone who wants to dress more consciously?

     

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. Attend a Clothes Switch! We host a plethora of events you can check out at www.storiesbehindthings.com

    4. 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!

    5. 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

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