Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Distress To Impress and Don't Spend, Mend.

Many of us on here are drawn together by our love of vintage style, recycling, upcycling, whatever you choose to call it. I know a lot of artists that use found objects in their work or creative people who decorate their homes fabulously, using only charity/thrift shop buys.

However, there are always a few who rise above everyone else for their astonishing skill, creativity and vision. Below are some of my favourite designers, who take the discarded and forgotten and turn them into something fabulous.

First is a designer  Gem (NattyBoho), from Suffolk, England, whose beautiful designs are in the style of tattered, Dickensian and punked up Victoriana. Beautifully tailored jackets with bustles and fabulous Dodger style hats in silks and lace. Introducing.......

Gem's designs and beautiful photographs can be found on Etsy and Facebook
All images courtesy of  Naturally Bohemian

Next we go across the pond to Alaska and enter the wonderful world of the Slippery Slope Bloomer Co
Designer Jess, creates incredibly unique underwear using upholstery fabric, which, when you get to my age is exactly what you need!

She is also inspired by the illustrations of John James Audubon and draws his ornithological images onto some of her designs.

The photos used to model the pieces are also a visual feast. Pretty, grungy, tough, yet always feminine.
All images courtesy of Slippery Slope Bloomer Co.

Other sites of interest- Gibbous Fashion


  1. fantastic post- thanks for sharing! great inspiration.

  2. Slippery Slope Bloomer .... love the name and the visual feast.

  3. What a great post filled with fun filled fashions! Those upholstery wares are really fabulous looking. I especially love the photo of the undergarments on the laundry line. Precious! You added a great smile to my face as well!

  4. Hiya!!going to check out Slippery Slope Bloomer Co right now! WOW I love the fabric in the under corset style thingy..& I want one! Hope you're well my lovely friend and hoping that Brother Si is painting those walls forya as opposed to driving you UP them! ;) xx

  5. ooh, this is a gorgeous post with so many stunning photos. i pretty much want ALL of those in my closet! so wish i could sew and envy those who can. those bloomers are to die for and the little swim suits -- yummy! i also super-want the items from the 5th, 6th/7th and 8th photos. i'm so cleaning out my studio this weekend to make room to sew, and cleaning out my closet to find things to beautify! :)

    thanks so much, lovely one. i hope you are well, my sweet. i have a parcel i've been meaning to get out but things here (with the start of school) have been insane! i hope to post it next week. xx