Welcome to 1968accessories where I’m finally realising my lifelong dream to be a fashion designer.
Fashion has always been a part of my life, starting with a dressmaking Grandmother, using pocket money at 12 to buy Vogue, started modelling at 17 and eventually gaining a diploma in fashion. On turning 50, I felt it was time to set up my own fashion business.
The name came about from the celebration of that birthday and the year I was born.
To design and make a full clothing collection would take some doing with money and space. As both of these are limited, thought I would start first with designing Fashion Jewellery and accessories, which I love wearing.
All the jewellery and accessories are designed and handcrafted by me in my little she-shed in Dorset. I work with Resin, Clay, Copper and Silver. Loving how these mediums start out either as a clear liquid or a flat piece of raw material that I can shape into whatever happens to be spinning around in my imagination.
I love keeping an eye on the latest fashion trends and add elements to my designs. Many designs just happen, by seeing a shape or a colour that I can use in a collection.
At the start of 2020, my plan was to launch the website in April, ready for Spring and all the events I had booked.
Then we are all hit with the Corona virus and for many of us working life come to a sudden halt.
Instead of launching this shop in April 2020, I volunteered to make scrubs bags for NHS and facemasks for local care home workers, here in Dorset.
Coming into 2021, I believe the early part will be much the same for me, no events until at least Autumn.
That doesn't mean I'm sitting at home twiddling my thumbs, 2020 has taught us all many things, one for me is looking and learning different areas for my fashion business.
I'm looking forward to it getting back to some normal. However I think in many ways 2021 is going to be a lot harder for many than 2020, but with PANTONE announcing 'Color of the year' 2021 is going to be Yellow hopefully we can all have some sunshine in our lives...
Very best wishes