Independent Business Review: Lolo Bamsey

Daines Atelier review Independent Bussiness; Lolo Bamsey on Youtube. Head over to our Youtube to see more reviews and exclusive content as well. Lolo Bamsey are a recent start-up and it is absolutely incredible to see the talent, craftsmanship and quality so early on in a business.

Daines Atelier review Crochet Brand Lolo Bamsey

Lolo Bamsey is a gorgeous new start-up Independent Business who creates crochet jewellery and accessories. My favourites are her crochet earrings, but she has also been introducing crochet bandanas, scrunchies and brooches.

Her colour palette is cheerful, yet not in your face. You see the amount of craftmanship and love which goes into every single item.

The owner, Zoe, is only 18 and about to start at university! She is definitely one to watch with her gorgeous creations and I can’t wait to see what the future has in hold for her, it is so exciting to see that she has started her own Independent Business venture.

THE PRODUCT.

I ordered Lolo Bamsey’s Star earrings, in a sparkly white wool. The main think I love is that you can tell the wool is quality as it doesn’t have that tacky kind of sparkle and it’s so soft and smooth.

The earrings are the perfect size! Not too big, not too small and not too dangly. I also noticed that the earrings didn’t irritate my ears at all, and they didn’t pull either. Perfect for every-day use.

When my parcel arrived, I was over the moon, lined with recycled orange tissue paper and a small box with the earrings inside. Lolo Bamsey also sent me a brooch and drumstick lolly as an extra!

I was overwhelmed with the kindness and enjoyed a handwritten note as well.

So if you’re looking for to support a local brand and Independent Business or to buy a gift for a friend… I would 10/10 recommend Lolo Bamsey!

Follow them on social media @lolo_bamsey.

Want to read more about a brand with a sustainable process? Why not take a look at our process!

Anisah Rahman, Sustainable Fashion, Sewing at The Silk Mill Studios. Independent Business.
Anisah Rahman sewing at the Daines Atelier Silk Mill Studios

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How to care for a hand-sewn item (No robot machines here)

How to care for a hand-sewn item (No robot machines here)

Hand-sewn are garments are very different to something which you might find on the high street. Every stitch tells a story and contains a lot of love. The techniques we use a more traditional and the process is a lot slower in comparison to a high-street company. So, we ask that you take a lot more care in looking after your garments than you might with a high-street item which is designed to be thrown around a washing machine for hours on end.

Stitches aren’t the strongest, especially using reclaimed threads the qualities can differ. You need to witty with your needle and repair a hole once it is noticed. We like to think that this adds to the characteristic and love you might be giving to your garment.

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An image of a Daines Atelier Care label

YOU MUST ADHERE WITH WASHING INSTRUCTIONS. I really cannot stress this enough. I once was commissioned to make a lady a beautiful dress, however she boils washed her garment causing it to shrink and to be damaged. You must treat your garment with affection. Washing on a low temperature for a short amount of time or even better handwashing. We make our own estimates as to the best washing instructions based on the type of material. But because of the nature of one-of-a-kind garments we can’t undergo an experimental process for every single garment.

Most of the fabrics we reclaim will have small holes, or weaker areas due to their age. If you start to notice damage, REPAIR! There are many create embroidery tutorials or even a small piece of bonda web can fix the smallest of holes. Get creative and continue the circular fashion movement!

Avoid Tumble drying and allow your clothing to air dry. This will allow any creases to fall (so less ironing) and less damage from being thrown around your tumble dryer at dangerous heats.

How do you care for your handmade garments? We would love to hear! Send us a message on social media with your hints and tips!

Anisah Rahman Handsewing a Daines Atelier Garment.

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Why Shopping at Daines Atelier is like Shopping at a High-Market Thrift Store.

Why Shopping at Daines Atelier is like Shopping at a High-Market Thrift Store.

Don’t worry, you are not alone with the inner guilt of not enjoying purchasing from a Charity Shop. There are thousands of others who want to shop for unique items, support their local community and generally just feel good about their purchase history.

But sometimes the stench of moth balls can be a little bit off-putting, or the unknown factor as to who this garment belonged to before and whether that is a stain, or it just needs washing? Not to mention the frustration of finding something you LOVE and it not being your size.

Don’t fret… We’re here to help. At Daines Atelier we give you a high-market thrift style store. The kind you might find down in Chelsea and the Kardashians wouldn’t turn their nose up to.

I know you’re puzzled. What on earth makes Daines Atelier a high-market thrift style store?

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  1. We hand-pick and reclaim the high-quality materials. Sourced from charitable locations, donations or deadstock (We save them just before they become landfill!) So, everything you purchase has already positively impacted the local community.
  2. We produce ONE-OFF garments. That’s right, being an uber slow fashion company ensures that the garment you purchase. NO-ONE ELSE will own! Now you’ll 100% have a wardrobe which David Bowie would have been jealous of.
  3. Everything is ethically produced locally. Our team of trained Seamstresses and tailors finish every garment to the highest of standard and are paid a fair wage! Doesn’t take make you feel good?
  4. Nothing is “fashionable”. We aim to create your perfect capsule wardrobe which suits YOU. YOUr personality, YOUr body shape, everything is all about YOU, YOU, YOU!
  5. YOU will know the entire history of your garment. Who put it together, where the fabric came from, something which has never been openly spoken about in the Fashion Industry before.
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On a trip with Depops @handpickedbyHannah, we visited Bologna in the hunt for inspiration and materials.

Let us help you to enjoy giving back to the community and the glee of knowing that you’re a conscious consumer. Head over to our store and look at our one-of-a-kind garments.

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