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!


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!



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



How does Violet Flamingo create BESPOKE?



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

A Successful Flamboyance!

Well, what an amazing night!

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for This Flamboyance and helped make the night such a success.

An extra special thank you to:
Hairdresser Louise Rielly
MUA Chloe Louise Gorton
Gemma Hayley Daubney
Rachel Carline
Martha Lyons Haywood
Karen Lyons
Sarah Rielly
Danielle Troy

Here are some fabulous pictures from the evening, courtesy of Kate Vincent and Bob France…




Price Increase on Selected Stock

Hello Violet Flamingo followers!
Due to our products not being mass produced, we don’t buy our fabric in bulk, and as a result of this one of our suppliers has introduced a cutting charge.
This unfortunately means that we have also had to introduce a slight price increase on a few selected styles so that we are able to cover costs.

Any clients who have already ordered garments and are just waiting on their orders will be charged at the original price.
New prices will be effective from today!

We regret to inform you of this, but it will ensure that we are still able to produce all of our garments to the highest standard and with the highest quality materials.

Thank you for your continued support!

Violet Flamingo x

This Flamboyance!

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Flamboyance (Noun)
: 1. The quality or state of being flamboyant
           2. A group of Flamingos

THURSDAY 28TH JULY 2016// 7pm until Late

Come and join us for an evening of fun and frivolity at Ebor Studio, with an exciting collaboration of local creatives showcasing their talents.

Featuring an exhibition of past photoshoots and bespoke projects There will also be limited edition made-to-order fashion ranges on offer from Violet Flamingo.

A beauty demonstration will take place at 8:15pm, with hairdresser Louise Rielly and MUA Chloe Louise Gorton. The girls will also be around all evening offering advice along with a variety of hair and beauty products on sale.

A selection of canapés and prosecco will be served

Ebor Studio. William Street, Littleborough, Lancashire, OL15 8JP


For more information on this event and more, follow us on:
Facebook: Violetflamingo
Twitter: @Violetflamingo1
Instagram: Violetflamingobespoke

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An update for new Violet Flamingo followers!

Hello Violet Flamingo followers!
As you all may have noticed, things have been a little quiet recently here on the Violet Flamingo blog. But fear not, i am back!
It’s been a crazy busy few months here at the studio with the design and creation of the new Ready-To-Wear collection, which is now available on the Violet Flamingo website. And alongside that, it’s also been wedding and prom season, so lots of bespoke clients and budding brides!

The best way to keep up with all the latest news and updates is to follow our Facebook page: Violet Flamingo

With the Ready-To-Wear collections growing in popularity, if you’re new to Violet Flamingo, here is a little bit about what we stand for:

  • Violet Flamingo creates limited edition ready-to-wear clothing, with each style limited to fifty pieces. Some designs can be limited to as few as 3 pieces, therefore don’t make it on to our website and are only sold through Facebook.
  • Every garment is designed to be a versatile, unique addition to your wardrobe. With some garments designed to be worn in various ways, making the transition from day to evening much easier.
  • Violet Flamingo only uses good quality fabric and makes sure every piece is manufactured to the highest quality, guaranteeing a long life span for your garment.
  • From initial design concept, through to trims and finishing, every step of your garments journey takes place in the Violet Flamingo design studio in Littleborough.
  • There are a wide variety of styles within each range.
  • Each ready-to-wear piece is guaranteed to be with you in 14 days or less.
  • Violet Flamingo usually carries one sample size, and then each piece is made to suit each individual client. Giving you the added bonus of making the garment prefect for YOU!

As Violet Flamingo clothing is not trend lead or seasonal, sales don’t happen very often! As a result of this, the only way to find out about any promotions or discounts available is to sign up to our mailing list. You can do this by clicking here

Here’s a sneak peak at an item from the new ready-to-wear collection…
VF June 2016-047Cowl Fia Mini dress, coming soon to the online store!