Last Thursday amidst the chaos brought by Storm Doris, the best of Liverpool’s up and coming fashion labels¬†took to the catwalk¬†at the fabulous 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic to showcase their spring summer collections – just in time to start planning those race day outfits!
Alongside the beautiful outfits Laura James Millinery made its catwalk debt with a monochrome millinery collection. The rain and the wind didn’t put us off and by show time the sun had even come out!
First to take to the catwalk was Coco & Veve; designed and created by Ria, her latest¬†SS17 presentation is¬†a collection of one off and¬†vintage inspired pieces with a modern edge. These limited edition styles can be made to order in various prints and fabrics; our favourite is this silver/grey halter dress – perfect for a spring wedding!
Kitty Butler was next on the catwalk with her new and pre loved designer offerings; curated by Paula this handpicked collection of amazing designer dresses, bags and shoes from Versace to Dolce & Gabana is sure to turn heads¬†on race day! We love this bold bodycon dress by Versace.
Cheryl and Alison from The Vintage Corner wowed the audience with their unique vintage stylings and showed¬†us all¬†how to do modern¬†day¬†vintage dressing! With an eye for fabulous prints and timeless¬†designs their boutique in Crosby is bursting with amazing vintage pieces – that can be perfectly styled for a unique modern day look.
Kitten Beachwear opened the second half of the catwalk show¬†with a sumptuous display of their latest printed silk kaftans and beach cover ups. Designed and created by Gail these luxury printed and beaded kaftans are available all year round – perfect if you need something fabulous for a winter getaway, or to relax by the pool on a pre races spa break!
The 8th Sign were next to take to the catwalk with their capsule collection of beautiful and innovative pieces. The 8th Sign is made for women, by women; designers Melissa and Yasmin pride themselves on body-perfecting shape, cutting edge construction and colour ‚Äď print combination you won‚Äôt see on the high street. The girls are confident that their collection will prove itself to be the missing piece of the jigsaw; the clothes you always knew you needed!
Katherine Davidson,¬†a luxury womenswear label created and handmade by designer Katie Heaton, was up next on the catwalk. Katie’s showcase of her Emeraldi line¬†was a lesson in how¬†to do modular dressing; her beautifully made to measure classic strapless dresses were styled as totally different outfits by adding ruffled skirts, sheer floor sweeping kaftans and tailored jackets – you can choose as many different ways to wear it as you can think of! From roaring 20s style flapper dresses to sweeping chiffon maxi skirts and¬†everything made to fit the customer perfectly –¬†this collection might just change your way of dress shopping!
Closing our first catwalk showcase was CC Couture by¬†designer Claudia Croazzo.¬†The luxury pieces in her collection are all designed, fabric sourced and hand made in the UK.¬†Their unique, sleek and sophisticated style is one of a kind, taking inspiration from designer Claudia’s Italian heritage with each collection telling a story – perfect for summer parties!
It may still be a few months off but it’s never too early to start planning your Grand National Weekend outfit! Most importantly, it’s never too early to start thinking about the hat.
We’ve teamed up with some of Liverpool’s top designers and boutiques to bring you a fashion filled evening where you can shop in style and plan that all important outfit!
Hosted in association with Signature Living at the fabulous 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic this is an evening not to be missed. We will be showcasing our Spring millinery collection on the evening with 10% off all bespoke orders placed on the night.
Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite; each ticket bought enters you into a prize draw to win your own bespoke hat worth up to ¬£300.
We’ll be updating our blog soon with all the designers and boutiques who will be showcasing on the night; plus a sneak peek of our millinery collection!
Nothing says ‘festive season’ quite like a Christmas market!
Before opening our first boutique in Liverpool City Centre, Laura James could be regularly found at vintage, craft and artisan fairs around the North West. Now we have our own shop and studio its harder to pack up shop to attend the fairs like we used to. However, every winter we love to get in the festive spirit and take part in some of Liverpool’s best Christmas markets!
Below is a list of the events we will be taking part in this year; why not come along and start (or finish, depending on how organised you are!) the Christmas shopping with some of the best local independent retailers. At these events you can find amazing unique gifts that can’t be found on the high street! Stuck for a gift idea? Particularly difficult person to buy for? Not a problem! There’s something to suit all tastes and budgets. Now that will definitely beat another Gillette gift set….
Artisans in the Palm House¬†
25th – 27th November¬†
Join us for our 4th Winter Celebration at the Palm House, here is your invitation to immerse yourself in three days of pure indulgence. Sharing with you up to 300 independent creatives over 3 days, this is your opportunity to purchase everything on your ‚Äúwish‚ÄĚ list.
25th November 2016 – A unique atmospheric shopping evening, with heated marquee, music, street foods & prosecco bar complete with handcrafted ales – Imagine festive lighting, naughty boozy puddings & steaming mugs of gl√ľhwein. 5pm till Late.
26th & 27th November 2016 12pm -6pm Full of surprises & suitable for every member of your family!‚Ä¶. fun, creative & educational workshops for all ages & abilities with drumming sessions, make & take pottery workshops & face painting.
Each day will welcome a different combination of creatives resulting in shopping with the Wow factor, with diversity that will delight – so definitely worth attending all 3 days to see the highest quality handmade items & products such as quirky alternative fashion, bespoke jewellery, textiles, gorgeous children’s clothing, natural cosmetics, original art, glassware, sculpture, Christmas decorations & ceramics ‚Ä¶ join us to discover our legendary ‚Äústress free‚ÄĚ experience.
Delicious goodies to savour‚Ä¶ homemade jams & chutneys, delicious fudge, artisan cheese, gourmet marshmallows, freshly baked cakes, local honey, creamy cheesecakes, decadent chocolates, specialist coffee & gourmet pies…
Sample incredible world cuisine from carefully selected street food chefs who will be spoiling you with the tastiest freshly prepared foods along with areas to sit, listen to music & watch the world go by (after all what‚Äôs the hurry you have the luxury of time as you will have found all your gifts in one place)!
Wrapped or personalised‚Ä¶ the perfect gift is always found with the Artisans!
Winter Arts Market
Saturday 3 December 2016
10am – 7pm
Merseyside‚Äôs largest arts and crafts market, the Winter Arts Market will return for an eighth year on Saturday 3 December 2016. Staged this year in the breathtaking surroundings of Liverpool Cathedral the market will see this incredible space, one of the most beautiful in the city, transformed into a bustling independent shopping experience that‚Äôs the perfect place to pick up unique Christmas gifts.
This year‚Äôs market will feature work from more than 200 of the region‚Äôs best artists, designers and makers with everything you can imagine for sale ‚Äď from paintings and jewellery to screenprints, Christmas decorations, cards, photography, homewares, glassware, textiles and handmade beauty products. There will also be a vintage fair downstairs in the Cathedral‚Äôs Concert Room, and a food fair offering everything from homemade jams and chutneys to handcrafted chocolates and unique blended teas.
The Cathedral Welsford Cafe will be on hand to provide tasty festive treats and hot drinks throughout the day, and the young and young at heart alike can drop into the Craft Lab for Christmassy crafting fun with the Super Silly Scientists.
We’ll see you there!
Kazimier Festive Arkade
Invisible Wind Factory
Sunday 11th December¬†
10:30 – 8pm
Live music, hot food, warm drinks, local brewers, doers, makers and bakers all congregating in our main venue space for a seasonal indoor market-party.
The Invisible Wind Factory will host a seasonal Festive Arkade market on Sunday 11th December, in the spirit of the Kazimier club’s Christmas Kazmarts over the past few winters.
Making use of our large indoor space, the IWF will provide a trading zone for all manner of local doing-it-themselves makers, sellers, food-and-craft-venders. The cathedral will become the marketplace. IWF Studio members will be exhibiting, along with a selection of in-house gift ideas, too.
Our trademark mulls and other hot drinks will be available on arrival.
We may also be trading as part of a pop up shopping experience on board The Danny, a former Ferry Boat moored in the Albert Dock¬†in December – watch this space for more details!
October and November have been busy months for us so far! We have been busy working on our Winter Millinery Collection and, as it’s never too early to think about Christmas, booking the events we’ll be attending this festive season (Christmas Event dates to follow in the next post..)
After much planning and a fair few late nights our Winter collection was finally ready to be photographed!
The collection has a subtle Spanish theme running though it; identified by the use of classic large red silk roses, as well as hand crafted leather roses in a variety of colours. The classic fedora has been reinvented with metallic and leather hat bands and furry pom poms in three different colours, while the vintage style pillbox hat is given a modern update¬†when blocked in leather.
Thanks to a great team the shoot went smoothly and the outcome is some fabulous images that will soon be uploaded to our home page.
Here’s some ‘behind the scenes’ action from our latest winter shoot…
Photography : Corin Dickinson Photography
MUA: Nadine Wilson
Hair Stylist: Jess @ JS Hairdressing
Models: Lauren Ianson & Kerin Dowling
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Earlier this week I was fortunate enough to spend two days learning all about how ¬†to use leather in hat making from the lovely Justine Bradley Hill at her home studio¬†in Yorkshire.
I’ve loved the look of leather hats ever since I came across Australian milliners using it to create cute little leather pillbox hats on Pinterest. Without Justine’s guidance and expert knowledge I’d never have known how to go about blocking ¬†with leather or how to make stunning leather flowers!
After two days hard work (my fingers have the callouses and cramp to prove it!) I managed to create a beautiful white leather button hat with handcrafted black leather flowers. Using a button block is my favourite as I love the shape and I think they are really easy to wear. They can be trimmed with almost anything; think Sarah Jessica Parker in Philip Treacy – the sky’s the limit!
I chose white leather for a change as I usually go for a dark base, and with the black flowers it creates a very classic, monochrome look. It‚Äôs not 100% finished yet though; I’m thinking of adding some veiling to this particular piece, ready for me to wear to a friend‚Äôs wedding in October.
I’ll be using leather in different shapes and sizes in my upcoming AW16 collection that is currently A Work in Progress. Can’t wait to photograph it and share the pictures on here!
Take a look at some of our fabulous customers wearing custom Laura James Millinery at the Aintree Grand National festival this year.
Our unique percher hats are proving popular for 2016! These styles are inspired by Australian millinery and can be worn in a variety of ways, and with so many possibilities for decorations, feathers, and trimmings these styles are guaranteed to have our customers standing out from the crowds!
After weeks of hard work early in the New Year¬†our first millinery boutique opened its doors in March in the heart of Liverpool City Centre.
Open weekly from Wednesday – Saturday our small (but perfectly formed!) shop & studio space can be found in the Gostins building on Hanover Street, close to the Liverpool 1 shopping complex.
We have a variety of ready to wear hats, fascinators and hair accessories available to purchase and are now taking bespoke orders for custom headwear creations. Having our very own shop space means that customers are able to have a personal consultation where they can bring any outfit or accessory and have something unique made to match.
If you would like a bespoke hat making for an upcoming event please get in touch!¬†
Hello! and welcome to our brand new website! Thanks for stopping by and we hope you find something you like.
Laura James is an independent retailer of bespoke handmade hats & fascinators, unique vintage inspired headwear, hair accessories and jewellery.
Born from a love of hats and all things vintage, Laura James launched its first collection in 2015. Taking inspiration from oriental design and 1940s fashions the collection includes felt pillboxes, orchid veil fascinators and glamorous velvet turbans.
In the New Year we‚Äôll be taking bespoke orders for the 2016 race season! We can make fascinators and hats to match any outfit and are happy to create something unique just for you. If you‚Äôd like to enquire about bespoke orders please contact us.
To celebrate the launch of our new website we‚Äôre offering 10% off every order! Enter the code ‚ÄėWELCOME10‚Äô at the checkout to get 10% of your order today.