We are proud to be an ethical and sustainable fashion brand and want our lacies and other pieces to be little celebrations enjoyed by women everywhere, without coming at the cost of the environment or its inhabitants.
Fashion should be about empowering people, giving everyone across the planet a decent wage and working environment and using materials that cause as minimal impact on the planet as possible whether that is vintage materials like ours, materials made from post-consumer waste or new natural materials.
This is why one of our values here at Brighton Lace is to create beautiful lace lingerie sets, tops and loungewear which are perfect for conscious women who care about how their clothing came to life.
Being an ethical and sustainable fashion brand is incredibly important to us
Our vision with Brighton Lace has always been to create feel-good lingerie handmade by empowered women, exactly what fashion should be. The sad truth is, a lot of what we’ve come to see as ‘fashion’ has been made under shocking conditions in factories around the world. Lots of companies outsource their clothing which means that even the fashion brand themselves may not even know (or turn a blind eye) to what extent garment workers are being exploited, allowing them to claim ignorance and take responsibility.
This was brought to the public attention with the Rana Plaza Collapse in 2013, an event that shocked so many of us immensely and kicked many people into action to campaign about the way we produce our clothes including Fashion Revolution, a really inspiring organisation.
A lot of this can be blamed on the increasing pressure for factory owners to produce cheap clothing at a ridiculous pace, this is why we are huge advocates of paying a fair price for slow fashion, steering away from fast-fashion and looking to beautiful products that have been crafted with the creativity and longevity that has been lost.
What makes us an ethical fashion brand?
Our business is based in Brighton, England and this is where our three women team design, hand-make, hand-dye and package all our pieces. Everyone involved is paid a living wage, and we are able to work in comfortable conditions doing something we love.
Traditional crafts were moved away from the UK abroad and were blown up into large-scale production. Making clothes has become associated with speed, convenience and cheapness in a system that is exploitative for everyone involved. What was once seen as an artisanal, highly creative and skilled craft that was an integral part of local economies and community has been lost. This is something that we find incredibly sad.
Everyone deserves to be paid an empowering living wage and their work valued in the same way. Choosing to buy handmade products like our lacies means that not only are you buying beautiful clothing you are supporting a creative skill, helping makers earn a living from a livelihood they are passionate about.
We want to create beautiful lingerie that supports women to enjoy being themselves and our pieces are made with love and care, to be loved and cherished by the wearer. We adore creating slow fashion, taking our time to choose new designs, pick our beautiful colours and see our visions come to life in front of our eyes. You can follow this whole process on our Instagram @brightonlace where we’re always posting behind the scenes videos and pictures.
You can also meet some of us in the flesh! Every Saturday Lou takes Brighton Lace to the Portabello Market in London!
Our products are made in England and materials sourced from Europe This means that it is much easier to track all parts of our supply chain – making being a conscious business a lot easier this also helps us control our environmental impact too.
Why we’re a sustainable fashion brand too
Sustainable fashion spans a lot of things including providing fair wages and having a positive social impact as mentioned above. It also refers to environmental impact too. The fast-fashion industry is one of the biggest pollutants in the world and one that comes at a huge cost to our environment. The impact is significant throughout the life cycle of many garments we’ve come to love including the production of the raw materials, the creation of the garment, how it’s used and cared for, and finally how its disposed of. That’s why it’s so important to keep materials and garments in the loop.
In a recent BBC documentary where Stacie Dooley explores ‘Fashions Dirty Secrets’, she talks about a lot these issues including the terrifying impact the fashion industry has had on the Aral Sea. It’s definitely a must watch.
We’re so inspired by the natural world around us and care deeply about our beautiful planet. Thinking about how much we are all polluting our surroundings is heartbreaking. This is why we try and be as zero waste as possible and reduce our impact as much as we can. There really is so much pre-existing material out there already – from second-hand clothing, to end of line and offcuts, all of which are sitting there waiting to be used. But, they do always say one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.
How our lacies come to life
All our lingerie and other pieces are made from gorgeous remnant laces and vintage fabrics leftover from the British fashion industry. We’re proud to be reusing, recycling and saving these beautiful materials from going to waste – instead, crafting them into something beautiful. After we’ve found the perfect laces for our collections we then hand dye them here in Sussex in our specially chosen colour combinations and make them up. The best thing about using vintage materials and remnants is that our lovely lacies are not only environmentally friendly, they are also limited edition and completely unique.
We believe it is a business’s responsibility to be more sustainable in their practices and allow people the options to buy beautiful things that don’t come at a cost to the environment.
Clothing purchases have massively increased in the last few years – we’re paying less, buying more and only keeping things for a short amount of time. According to WRAP ‘on average, clothing lasts for 3.3 years before they are discarded or passed on’ to make way for the new. A lot of clothing ends up going straight into landfill after only a few years of wear, a shocking fact when most clothing causes such significant pollution during its production. This attitude isn’t sustainable and is devaluing our clothing.
We want to provide you with an alternative, handcrafting special pieces that you will want to love and cherish forever.
But how do you know if a company is actually ethical or sustainable?
Ethical and Sustainable fashion has now become a buzzword that has been getting more and more mainstream usage. This is great in terms of awareness, but with so many big brands jumping on this bandwagon and claiming that they are sustainable, it can be hard to know who is genuine and who isn’t, this is called ‘Greenwashing’. ‘Sustainable fashion’ as a term is tricky because it can mean a variety of things.
The most valuable thing a business can offer you is transparency, if a company is transparent in their practices then this allows you to make sure that they align with your values. Small independent businesses like ours that make locally and promote slow fashion are a great place to start, especially if you are able to meet the designers and makers in person. Find out more about why it’s great to shop at small independent businesses here.
Remember, never be afraid to ask questions about where your clothes have come from, who they’re made by and how they’ve been made – if they won’t tell you, they’ve probably got something to hide.
If you have any questions at all about Brighton Lace, our practices and our materials feel free to send us a message and we’ll be more than happy to answer them. Also, we know we’re not perfect and always looking for ways to improve and grow as a business, your feedback and ideas are more than welcome.
If you want to learn more about ethical and sustainable fashion check out organisations like Labour Behind the Label and Fashion Revolution. Also, for more inspiration follow our favourite Instagrammers @storiesbehindthings.
We’re so excited to be able to share with you our gorgeous new AW18 lookbook. This season we’re introducing some beautiful new tones alongside our favourite Charcoal, White and Cornflower Blue laces … including Dusty Rose, Cherry Pink, Fig and Guava as shown in our shoot below.
Our limited edition vintage laces are hand picked by us from sources in England and Europe and are hand-dyed and hand-crafted by our 3 women team in Brighton, Sussex. We are always being inspired by the stunning nature around us – especially the soft, rich and vibrant tones of seasonal blooms and our favourite fruits. This is reflected in the colours we choose to dye our laces and this AW18 collection is all about natural, gorgeous tones.
If like us you’re feeling wistful about leaving such a beautiful summer behind, don’t worry, our new tones have been chosen especially to inject a warmth and subtle vibrancy into greyer days.
We all deserve to wake up to a little celebration every morning to help us feel positive, full of self-love and ready to take on the day. This is why we are so passionate about making feel-good lingerie to empower all you wonderful women and celebrate your natural beauty – both inside and out.
The delicate rose tone of the bralette and matching knickers is particularly beautiful against the skin. With it’s flattering scallop-edged lace straps and vintage-inspired band under the bust, this bralette has a comfortable and supportive fit, especially for those with a smaller bust.
The pairing the longline bralette and matching high waisted knickers create a lovely feminine look and protects your tummy from the autumnal air.
How lovely is the creamy deep pink of our Cherry Pink bralette set Cherry blossoms are said to reflect femininity, sensuality and women’s natural beauty, and this tone is perfectly offset by the sweetest semi-sheer English Lace.
This style of bralette is shorter, with a small stretch band under the bust for support. It also has adjustable lace straps so is practical as well as pretty. Our low rise panties are made to sit flatteringly on the hips enhancing your natural silhouette.
Our new sheer Mulberry set is the perfect choice for autumnal brides. This beautiful purple lace is an absolute favourite of ours this season. It’s soft, delicate and very feminine. The aesthetic lace detailing on the straps also adds an extra special touch.
Our sets are hand-made from limited-edition vintage laces, so they are as special as the occasion. What we love about this style of bralette and panties is that they are practical for everyday wear too – so you’ll be able to wear them time and time again, reminding you of the joy and happiness you felt on your big day.
The subtle tones of the smokey purple-grey of our Fig set are perfect for sleepy weekends snuggling up in a cosy cardigan on the sofa. This smokey purple lace bralette comes with a matching thong – a simple yet sexy set that has been designed to make you feel amazing both in and out your clothes. Our thong style knickers are designed to feel soft and delicate against your body and look perfect with our best-selling Tiger Lily Bralette.
Charcoal is one of our all-time favourite colours – and we can’t get enough of the detailing of the exquisite lace that we’ve used to make the Charcoal Bralette and High Waisted Knicker Set. The weaving of beautiful florals across the sheer bluey-grey bralette and high waisted knickers is just beautiful and is perfectly complemented by the delicate scalloped edges that also run up the straps.
Go vintage with our boho sheer Black lace longline set with classic bra strapping. This one is perfect for every day wear.
Our Guava Green Lace Lingerie Set is a vibrant, breath of fresh air – perfect for those who love colour. Green is associated with life, growth, and energy and this fruity tone will give you that ‘Va-Va-Voom feeling!’ to get you up and out of bed.
This set has been handmade by us in Sussex from an eye-catching two-tone floral lace – a unique colour combination you won’t find anywhere else.
For added comfort, we don’t use clasps on the back of our bralettes but all our lacies have a bit of stretch for a better fit. They are also incredibly smooth against the skin, which means you can wear your prettiest underwear, every day of the year.
Whether you’re cosying up on the sofa with your favourite book, working, socialising or preparing for a special occasion, our lacies are designed to make you feel like the goddess that you are, whilst also prioritising comfort and support. A lot of people don’t realise this at first, but our lacies are actually incredibly soft and gentle against the skin, so are perfect for wearing any day of the week.
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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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.
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
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.
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!