My little boy and I were lucky enough to get invited to Flax Emporium’s summer relaunch, which included a glance at their fab new summer range.
The independent clothing emporium within the Brighton Laines features some very unique and gorgeous pieces from small, UK designers. The emporium’s owner, Clare Bryant, even designs and hand sews some of the pieces herself, as she has had her own bespoke label for 14 years.
Clare can create costumes, wedding dresses, corsets and even lingerie. For this summer range she created some stunning dresses, I just wish I could afford them!
The shop was decorated with balloons, and had some yummy cake, brownies, popcorn and even cocktails for us to enjoy as we browsed the products. My son was in heaven when he got some cake, and to be honest, so was I- not helping the diet!
Clare took the time to explain to me that she began in the business as a wedding dress designer, before moving onto making corsets for all shapes and sizes, before expanding into dresses and accessories. Clare can tailor each piece to your body, and the fabric is great quality, so it’s easy to see why they cost what they do.
Here are my favourite pieces, from both the men and women’s sections that are now on my wish list:
For the party, Clare’s friend and fellow businesswoman Claire Montgomery brought her stunning handmade accessories for us to see. I loved her Carousel Collection, which was inspired by our very own Brighton beach. The pieces are laser cut, handmade and even hand painted and my favourites were the ice cream cones!
Overall, we had a lovely time, and I was even given a little gift, again handmade by Clare, and it was inspired by her dog Nigel, so he was drawn and even stitched onto the goodie bag, and there were some gorgeous earrings in there from Cat A Cake and a candle. It was such a lovely end to a fun party!