A supplier feature today on the blog featuring the fantastic products of Nicola from ‘Silver sixpence in her shoe’. Over to Nicola…I started my business a year and a half ago after planning my own wedding. After a very random day out not intending to, I bought my wedding dress- the 1st and only I ever tried on! I knew it was the one as soon as I tried it on despite the lack of make up, shoes and a bad hair day! I had always imagined I would have a veil but it really didn’t look right with my dress. So I started looking for really soft fabric headresses with birdcage veils but I couldn’t find any I liked or that I felt were reasonably priced. I set about making this with the fabric saved from my dress alterations, some vintage ivory and pale blue pearls and some birdcage veiling. My background is fashion design and I spent 10 years as a buyer for the high street prior to running Silver Sixpence so I am not stranger to a needle and thread. It didn’t end there. Wedding garters out there on the high street are affordable but horrible! So I made that too from some vintage lace I had at home. Garters have actually become a real centre of my bespoke business now. The end result of the headress caused a bit of a stir and a lot of “you should leave your job and do that for a living” type comments and so a few months later I did! Never one to mess about with things! The Nicola headress which I wore on my wedding day is probably the most popular bespoke style that I do now.
It started with friends and family recommending me, a bridal headress with feathers and seed pearls bound for Sydney was my 1st order!
A couple of bespoke garters followed, some bridemaid headresses and a mother of the bride. I got my website sorted and did a photoshoot of the collection I had spent weeks designing and sewing between the orders. You have a lot of people to thank at the start! My friend Emily Bell a brill fashion photographer did my shoot, my own wedding make up artist did the hair and make up. I also started my blog and facebook page and ran a few competitions to try to generate interest. A mention on Rock and Roll bride was great after she featured our wedding on her blog and used one of my bespoke garters in her bridal prize giveaway last year. Blogs are a great way to get noticed now.
After a 9 month break to have my little boy and a move 200 miles north from London to Manchester Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe is back on a roll.
I have done 3 really good wedding fairs and have more booked for Sept/ Oct this year. The Vintage Wedding Fair http://www.vintageweddingfair.co.uk/ has been brilliant for me. I will be at the one in Harrogate on Sept 18th and Chester on Oct 16th. It really suits my style which is very vintage inspired and I use a lot of old pieces of jewellery, buttons and lace in my work. I invite people to bring me anything sentimental they really want included too- like a brooch from their grandmother etc.
I have been working with some really fab local suppliers too in Didsbury where I now live doing a new local wedding event which will be running again this autumn. Photoshoots and product placement have evolved from that but are being finalised so I can’t say too much. It’s all very exciting!
Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe now offer a bespoke service catering for brides, bridesmaid, wedding guests and mother of the bride. It needn’t just be weddings of course. Christenings and the races are just as important for headwear! We offer a constant range of styles but as fabrics and trimmings are nearly always vintage and one off these are always variable and of course unique to you! We like to have an initial consultation but so often now that is not even in person as we can work via email with photos. I have made things for brides from Leeds to Sydney! I also sell directly at wedding fairs and you will see some of work in a lovely bridal boutique soon.
I have added some new products to the range too. As well as headresses and garters I now do shoe clips made using vintage jewellery, ring pillows and bouquet charms ( little padded hearts decorated with vintage lace and accessories that hang from your bouquet) These are all really popular as gifts.
But the thing I am most excited about currently is my new venture into classes and parties. As of next week I am running classes where you peeps can learn to craft your own fabulous headwear- be it hairbands, embellished combs or fascinators. The classes will be a glamourous affair and have a little bit of a vintage feel. These classes are available as group bookings and I also run a class locally here http://www.classroomschoollane.com/get-personal. Click through at the bottom to book direct with me. All your materials are included in the price and you get to leave with something individual you have made yourslef! ( with a little help from moi of course!)