Behind the Scenes
I started out making my own sweatshirts having sourced organic fabric from a company in Wales. I started out making a personalised t shirt with mine and my husband's name our granddaughter knew us by, but my real goal was to make a childrenswear collection. It didn't take long before I knew that I wanted to concentrate on sourcing amazing fabrics and the important design details I knew had to be included. This first off meant finding a manufacturer. Thanks to taking part in the first Make It British Manufacturing course, run by Kate Hills, I now not only have my pieces manufactured in the UK, but they are made in the same county as me! One day I'll share more my experiences with using people to manufacture and the rollercoaster ride I went through! In the meantime, I have tried to source sustainable fabrics, but more importantly, fabrics that will not only wear well but wash well too and be comfortable against a child's skin. Whether these pieces are for a special occasion or everyday enjoyment, I want the pieces to mix well together to increase wear and allow the opportunity to mix and match as well as a generous amount of growth room.
My research has meant talking to my daughter, asking her what she was and wasn't happy with her childrens clothes, asking my friends, many of whom buy for their grandchildren and generally people who had a view on childrenswear. I then took these opinions forward into the principles for my designs. There is much talk these days about slow fashion where adult clothes are concerned but the definition of this can still be applied to childrenswear.
Unfortunately we are all keen purchasers when that cute piece jumps out at us in a shop or online, but really how many clothes do our children really need? By buying less and buying well, garments that wear well and wash well can then be saved for the siblings or passed to cousins, friends children or stored for your children's children. So here I am re-launching Lacuna Child, the brand I always dreamed of... I hope you love it as much as I do.