Lace is so much a part of your signature – how do you source it?
Susien: We work two French lace mills that are over a hundred years old. They’ve been in those particular families for that long, and they have an archive of laces that they have used for furnishings and apparel as well. We’ve been to Paris before and met with the sales people there, and we also deal with locally based agents as well who show us the collections. We just hand select pieces or we might say to them on season “we really looking for something quite particular that’s quite bold”. But we work with them — so they might develop something for us or there might be something that we’ve seen that we want them build on. We work closely with them. It’s all handmade – I mean it’s made on machines — but it’s all hand finished, so they hand-clip … and they do the original lace artwork by hand. So we can definitely understand and appreciate the initiative that they’re promoting in the Strand — that is about that level of workmanship and craft and art.
Nic: There’s so much craftsmanship that goes into the lace and make it look really beautiful — but in this day and age there’s such a speed to want to have everything really quickly, so it’s like trying to find that balance. It’s two/three month turnaround for the lace? So if we sell out of a style — like we have with some of the White Magick pieces— then there’s a two to three month waiting list to wait for it to come back around. And in this day and age – that’s a long time!