I have always loved beautiful things. As a student I would rummage through sales looking for classically tailored vintage clothing. I once found a Dior ball gown from the 1950’s in a Norwich shop and the workmanship alone was a marvel to behold. To this day, an object lovingly crafted and finished with care and passion can still take my breath away.
Really well-made items though, are increasingly difficult to come by, especially in a world where so many things are manufactured to be disposable.True craftsmanship is often sacrificed for expediency and whilst we are still capable of recognising the value of something that has been expertly constructed, the cheap and easy option is often chosen instead.
How many times have any of us been lured by a low price only to find that it lasts for five minutes? A garment that doesn’t fit properly or loses colour after a few washes, or an item with a value so low that you simply don’t care about ruining it because it doesn’t really matter. Ironically, these “bargains” can end up being the more expensive option in the long run as constant replacement purchases outstrip the cost of having bought a well-crafted product in the first place.
However, despite our uncertain times we are seeing a quiet uprising. People are starting to realise the impact of our throwaway culture and are looking for more in terms of quality and longevity. Consumers are questioning how products are made and understanding that sustainability must be about making well-crafted items that last.
Something made by the hand of a skilled artisan is unique. No two pieces will be the same and in this way every product has its own story woven and stitched into it by the passion and attention to detail of the maker. After decades of cheap, faceless mass produced “stuff” I like to think that customers are looking for products with a bit of character and personality that respect the beauty of the raw materials.
We like to think that this is what we offer from our atelier. Beautifully made products using beautiful materials . It doesn’t get more satisfying than that!