“Sentiment and my love for dressing up inspired me to create Darcybow”
My mother will tell you, as a child I was obsessed with clothes, dresses to be more specific. I knew exactly what I liked and what I didn’t! I was quite particular about the colours, the fabric; how it felt against my skin, how the cuff closed and where the ribbons were placed, to be honest not a lot has changed!!
Throughout my career I've been lucky enough to travel. When time allows, I head straight to the local garment districts to explore. The quality of the fabrics, unlike anything I could source at home, ignited a passion in me and so I began to design one off pieces; a dress for my god-daughter, a christening outfit for my sister’s first born, special birthday gifts …….
As the mum of three young boys there were less opportunities to dress them in sumptuous velvets and glorious gingham then I would have liked! I loved creating these one-off pieces and very quickly I realised I wasn’t the only one who delighted in hand smocked dresses and peter pan collars!
I love ‘the good dress’, that item of clothing that was a very special purchase for a very special occasion, chosen with much care and love. My designs are inspired by the bygone era of ‘The Little Princess’, there is a timeless classic essence to them that induces a warm sense of nostalgia. This is clothing that you might almost believe had been handed down through the generations, yet with those modern touches and a nod to comfort.
Each item has been handmade and is part of a limited edition. I want each girl who receives one of my creations to treasure it, remember who gave it to them and each time they wore it.
I hope the little person in your life enjoys wearing their dress or cape as much as I loved designing it!