Violet Flamingo Celebrates 13/6.5


FRIDAY 15th JUNE
6pm – 9pm

SATURDAY 16th JUNE
10am – 4pm

This summer marks two significant anniversaries for the founder of Violet Flamingo, Lindsey James.

It will be 13 years since the launch of her final university collection, and also 6.5 years since the creation of Violet Flamingo!

To celebrate, we invite you to come and join us, with an exhibition of her final collection including; sketchbooks, design boards, photography and final garments.
Alongside the exhibition there will be a selection of current Violet Flamingo collections available to try and buy in the usual pop-up shop style.

With BRAND NEW products and huge promotions on selected styles!

So come down and talk to Lindsey about your design ideas, her current work, past exhibitions or just for a general chit chat.

On the Friday night we will also have stalls by the wonderful Dotty Red and Tropic with Danielle.

There will be a raffle on the night with some super prizes up for grabs!
So come and join us for some fun, fizz and frivolities!

EBOR STUDIO, WILLIAM STREET, LITTLEBOROUGH, OL158JP

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Fashion Revolution Week 2018

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The 24th April marked the 5 year anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, where 1,138 innocent lives were taken with thousands more injured in the worst ever industrial accident to hit the fashion industry. This tragedy sparked the creation of ‘Fashion Revolution’ and the beginning of a movement to strive for a transparent fashion industry where nobody has to suffer. However, despite all of these attempts, we still see little change to the bigger brands, with throwaway fast fashion still dominating the high streets.

Fashion Revolution Week is aiming to bring people together from across the globe to raise awareness about such an important matter that is constantly ignored.

To find out more about joining the Fashion Revolution then follow this link (https://www.fashionrevolution.org/) and ask your favourite brands:
‘Who made my clothes?’

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Lindsey James, the face behind Violet Flamingo…

As far as fashion goes, large scale mass production of garments has never interested me. The knock on effect of producing cheap clothing damages our planet and can also negatively affect the people behind the scenes within the industry. Everyone deserves to earn a decent wage from the skilled jobs they have, and I can tell you from experience that working in the fashion industry isn’t easy!
That’s why here at Violet Flamingo we aim to produce everything ethically and with as little environmental impact as possible. 
We believe in slow fashion, which is why our garments are created locally, bespoke to fit, and made to last!

New Website & how to buy Ready-to-wear

Hello Violet Flamingo followers!

I hope you all love the new look Violet Flamingo site as much as I do, and are enjoying all of the creative photoshoots and product images available to see!

You’ll notice now that there is no longer an online store available at violetflamingo.co.uk, I have chosen to drop the store in favour of selling through social media avenues instead.
As my pieces are now so limited edition, it just makes more sense to cut out the middle man and sell to all of my lovely customers directly through social media such as Instagram and Facebook.

This also means you’re able to get more creative and hands on directly with me in regards to your garments. If you see a style you like, why not get in touch and we can discuss alternate fabrics, patterns or design alterations.
Everything is now made to order so we can get the perfect fit for you!

Follow Violet Flamingo Bespoke on Instagram at @violetflamingobespoke to keep updated!

 

KAI HOODED JACKET – £95.00

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Kai hooded jacket in (left)a lightweight B&W chevron outer with a heavyweight black jersey lining, also in (right) a heavyweight unicorn clouds with a lightweight bubble pink jersey.
This double layered draped hoodie is so warm and comfortable!

MIA DRAPE DRESS – £80.00

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Mia drape dress in (left) a soft black jersey and (right) a new teal jersey.
Cute, comfortable and stylish, also this piece has hidden arm warmer cuffs!

MORT MULTIWAY HOODED CARDIGAN – £65.00

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Mort multiway hooded cardigan in (left) gold and (right) silver metallic jersey.
This functional but stylish cardigan also features VF arm warmer cuffs.

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Ebor Christmas Bazaar & New VF Products!

We welcome you all to join us in an early celebration of this festive season!

Saturday 25th November … 10am – 4pm

Ebor Studio / William Street / Littleborough / OL15 8JP

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Come and join us for Minced Pies, Mulled Wine and a chance to purchase some amazing Christmas Prezzies from our resident artists and designers.
Our annual Christmas party has a Bazaar twist this year as we will be taking over the gallery space on the ground floor with market stalls of beautiful gift ideas, or just presents for yourself. From clothing accessories to baubles, from arts to crafts…we’ll have everything!

To keep up to date with the event and find more details on Facebook
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Violet Flamingo will be there selling lots of lovely winter layers for the chilly festive period, including; Capes, cardigans, snoods and much more!

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Here’s some examples of work from some of the other lovely Ebor artists that will be available to purchase on the day…

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Guns to Goods
Karen Lyons and Paul Haywood have worked along side activist Erinma Bell and many others to create a movement towards peace in our communities. Their soul aim is to raise awareness and combat gun crime in the North West and beyond.

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Dan Dan our baubles and glass man!
Our ever popular glass blower is back with yet more beautiful baubles, vases and other glass objects to make your festive homes shine this winter.

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Angela Tait
From the practical to the quirky, from soap dishes to porcelain fruit. Angela will be selling some of her ceramic goodies at our Christmas Bazaar.

Jen Driver
These beautiful master pieces are paintings from our Ebor Artist Jen Driver. She will be selling her beautiful works in prints and postcards so if you love beautiful, skillful and nostalgic paintings then this is for you.

NEW from Violet Flamingo...

Here at Violet Flamingo we’ve been working on some new products for the festive period, from party pieces to winter warmers…

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The Kira Mac & Trench Coat
One of a kind! This Kira Mac jacket in a Forest Green and Gold wool with a contrast VF Aubergine lining. These are quite free sizing due to the cut. Warm, stylish and a jacket you can be wearing for many Winters to come!
Size 12-16, £225
The Burnt Orange Kira Trench coat has now sold, however I do have enough Forest Green/Gold wool left to make either one Kira Mac or a Kira Trench in any size. So feel free to email me with any enquiries!
Sizing: 8-10, 12-14 & 16-18
Kira Mac: £225
Kira Trench: £275

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Mia Dress
This beautiful draped dress is available in Black, Dove Grey and Blood Red. If you’re in between sizes clients are going down a size as you can with this style due to all the drape. Versatile, comfortable and warm!
Sizing: 8-10, 12-14 & 16-18
Price: £80

Fia Dress

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The beautiful asymmetric Fia Dress is back in my favourite shade of black! This is the perfect party piece for the festive season.
Sizing: 8-10, 12-14 & 16-18
Price: £80

Trip to London and new designs!

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you’ll have noticed recently I’ve had a trip to London with my hairdresser and friend Louise. Louise works on a lot of the VF shoots with me and also has to put up with me!

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The main reason for our visit was to check out a fabric and trim trade show. There are lots of suppliers out there but I’m looking for UK based companies which offer small quantity’s to little brands like mine. I did look at a lot of bridal companies for my bespoke clients but what I really wanted is new fabrics for the ready-to-wear. I think it’s time to shake things up a bit by sourcing new materials and introducing new styles!

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I do look at what is on trend each season but Violet Flamingo has never been about fast moving fashion. I want to create pieces that can be worn season after season, that can be worn the various occasions, creating a capsule collection in your wardrobe.

Current top four trends I love for Spring/Summer 2017 are –

  • *** Statement sleeves – Now if you’ve spoken to me at the studio you may know my favourite garments to make are jackets. I love pattern cutting them, making them, they’re just so satisfying to create! I really enjoy a good sleeve and shoulder, the more statement the better. So this is something I constantly think about when I’m designing, I have recently purchased some amazing 40’s style shoulder pads and I’m hope to bring these into the range soon.
  • *** Sheer dresses – Well I love layers and sheer mesh and lace are always one of my favourites, especially black! If we have never met before I actually wear all black most of the time, the main reason is I love layers plus combining fabric and textures. For example mixing wet look with knitwear, sheer lace with heavy structured cotton or sequins with mesh. I think layering in this way is really interesting and black always looks smart for work.
  • *** White – OK so this is a trend, lets be honest when is white not on trend for Summer! I really do love white dresses in the warmer months as you can’t have a fresher look than that.
  • *** Stripes – I love stripes and lots of people are scared of them due to the idea of the pattern making them look bigger. If I ever uses stripes I think very carefully of the direction and cut of the garment, if they’re done right they can be very slimming. My personal favourite is black and white stripe but that may be the Beetlejuice fan in me!

Like I mentioned before I live in black with hints of violet and grey, you can see this strong theme in my work but you guys just love and keep requesting colour. Colours that I like and will happily work with are always strong jewel tones, so you have something new in store this Spring. Always remember though if you like a design you can have it made in any custom colour or print for a small extra charge, just get in touch to discus ideas.

Finally at this months pop up shop on the 25th of March, I will be discontinuing lots of items in the range and selling off some one of a kind pieces. It’s time to make room for lovely new designs, this new collection will start being released at the end of April.

x Lindsey x

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How does Violet Flamingo create BESPOKE?

 

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The bespoke process is beautiful, we are here to make your ideas come to life, whether it’s your perfect workwear piece, or you want that special gown for your big day! Violet Flamingo is here to make your dream come true.

After contacting us through our online form, we will then begin an online consultation process. We want to know what makes you tick, do you want a beautifully draped grecian gown or a flawlessly suit with eccentric touches. Send us pictures of things you’ve seen that you really love, from necklines, shapes to fabrics, everything helps get the creativity and the design process going. Generally we ask for 6 months from your first message to deliver you the final product, its during the online consultation where you should mention if you need it in 3 months, if it can’t be done, it gives us chance to let you know, we do get very busy and perfection can take time! Once we have a good idea what you want, we’ll send you an estimated quote.

You will be invited to the studio at Ebor Studio, where you will meet Lindsey, you will discuss in much finer detail how we can make you your perfect garment, don’t be afraid, that’s the best advice we can give, this is your creation and we love the daring and crazy! Lindsey will guide you, give you advice, tell you if something can’t be done. Once your creation is becoming clear, sketches will be done, altered, until the garment is visually correct. Then it’s time to begin selecting fabrics.

Here in the studio we have a large number of fabric samples, you will be guided through them to help you find what will make your perfect look. If we don’t have a sample of the fabric you really want, Lindsey knows her game and will get an idea of what you like, and hunt down your perfect fabric. We can also provide custom digitally printed fabrics and custom embroidery. You will go through trimmings and the finishes, every tiny detail will be decided by you. After the decisions are made, and you’re happy with everything, we will take your measurements and you will begin the exciting wait for your exclusive garment to be created.

After an exciting wait you will be invited back to the studio for a fitting, at this stage your garment will be in a mock up material similar to the finished fabric you’ve selected. This fitting process is to make sure you look and feel as perfect as you should and so any alterations can be made. Once we’re happy with it Lindsey will then begin the finished look, you’ll then return to try on your finished piece. If we need to tweak a few bits, you’ll have a short wait for the final touches to be made, then it’s all yours.

Your dream is now a reality, you have a work outfit worthy of a promotion, a jaw dropping number for that special occasion in or the wedding dress to bring your husband to be to tears. Enjoy it, treasure it, it’s your design, it’s Bespoke from Violet Flamingo.

The video below is Owner, Designer and Dressmaker, Lindsey, discussing our latest bespoke photoshoot, brand views and her 3 top tips when ordering bespoke!

 

What is Violet Flamingo?

For those who don’t know anything about Violet Flamingo, or those who aren’t completely sure, this is a little overview of the brand our motive and what we actually do. We are a small, independent womenswear brand, based in Littleborough, Lancashire and are run by designer and pattern cutter, Lindsey James.

What do we stand for?

We Believe in making anybody happy in womenswear, we don’t care what size, shape or sex,  man or a woman, if you want a garment to make you feel fabulously feminine, we’re here to make it for you.

What do we do?

We provide two services here at Violet Flamingo, we have our ready to wear collections, and also a completely bespoke service, and all of our garments are made from scratch, in the studio.

What is Ready to Wear?

Our ready to wear collections are available to purchase online, and are available to view by appointment, each style of garment is never made more than 50 times, and comes with its own personal numbered tag, Garments generally range from size 8-18 however if you’d like a different size or would like a different colour/fabric, feel free to get in touch, Lindsey will be happy to help find something to work for you and make you happy.

Browse the collection here

What is Bespoke?

A bespoke garment is a personal garment, it’s unique, its special, its YOURS, you design it. Your initial consultation will be online (Click here to Contact) where we will see your rough ideas and send you an estimate quote. We then will invite you to the studio, where we ask you to bring pictures and ideas of things you want your garment to have, colour schemes, neck lines you like, we want to see your style, we will then sketch with you, and discuss fabric choices. Once we have a finalised design, we will begin production of your completely unique item. Roughly we ask for 6 months from your first message until delivery, however if something unexpected pops up, we know it happens, we will tell you in your first consultation whether we can help you or not.

View our Bespoke Service here