Growing up in a house full of pins, I was always dressed in individual outfits created by my mother, who often recycled her own mothers clothes on account of their beautiful fabrics
So designing and sewing is in my blood…
A career in theatre and costume design then led via a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway to the creation of Alice & Co (link), a made-to-measure clothing business for women that also offered colour and style consultations. Now this is suddenly 21 years old and has grown to include Designer Raincoats [Link), which is devoted to magnificent macs made in bold PVC colours with a rich oriental brocade inside, and Madame Tra La La, (link) which takes vintage clothes and remakes them to fit the modern woman.
I’ve designed thousands of outfits, both for special occasions and to make clients feel wonderful even on a boring Monday morning. I’ve made clothes for the Lord Mayor’s wife and the head of security at No 10, wedding dresses from super-posh to rock’n'roll, kitted out tango dancers and the 50s-style singers The Tootsie Rollers (link). I’ve made clothes to wear when you need to sack people, go to Scottish dancing, get that top job, cruise the world − and, of course, seduce that certain someone…
Behind the scenes is my North London workshop where a skilled team of cutters and seamstresses beaver away to produce fantastic outfits that are fitted and collected in our Islington studio, where there also happens to be a resident milliner. And, fortunately, I get to travel a lot as my partner is a journalist who writes about hotels and holidays for publications such as the Daily Telegraph, Financial Times How to Spend it, Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Marie Claire. Which is inspiring, and means I have to a lot of lovely outfits myself, and often find myself hanging around in hotel lobbies thinking how if you have a nice dress or suit you really need to know Where To Wear It (link). Which is how this globetrotting blog came about, a source of free style advice, travel tips and motivation about how to get out there and look fabulous.
If you want to comment, ask a question or just say hi − or maybe discuss something new to wear − you can email me here (link)
Thanks for your time and safe travels,