PROCESS Posted in: Process – Tags: accessories, beads, crafted, diamante, hand-stitching, Italian, luxury, pearls, process, quilting, sculptural, slowfashion, understated, unique
Crafted is our first brand aesthetic and at Pamela_P HQ the crafting process is something we really love. I develop all of our processes through prototyping them. It’s a very long, labour intensive undertaking but when I’m happy with the results, and can use them, then it’s worth all of the effort.
I was really inspired by the Art Deco period when I was designing the embellished bags. The style of the period, with its geometric shapes and bold colours, really appeals to me and the pamela_p aesthetic. Diamonds were really popular and were often accompanied by the bright colours of rubies, sapphires and emeralds. A defining style of the period was the use of black onyx in contrast with rock crystal and white diamonds (vintage monochrome). Art Deco, also called ‘style moderne’, was a movement in the decorative arts and architecture that originated in the 1920s and developed into a major style in western Europe and the United States during the 1930s. Its name was derived from the Exposition International des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris in 1925, where the style was first exhibited. Art Deco design represented modernism turned into fashion. Its products included both individually crafted luxury items and mass-produced wares, but, in either case, the intention was to create a sleek and antitraditional elegance that symbolised wealth and sophistication.
Our Special pieces feature vintage diamante bracelets that have been dismantled and sewn onto the Duchesse silk satin panels. They’re surrounded by Japanese glass beads and pearls, and the panels for each bag take six hours to create. We use a very strong sewing thread and special Beading needles. They look like normal sewing needles except they are more flexible, thin and have much smaller thread holes (eyes).
The silk satin that we use for these bags is from a British company that I’ve been purchasing material from for many years. Their quality is fantastic and service efficient and friendly. The linings for our bags are offcuts that I buy from a couturier in London. These offcuts are also known as cabbage, which is the surplus fabric that is usually discarded by the factory. As the sections of our bags are relatively small we’re able to make use of something that would typically be thrown away.
We’re passionate about slow fashion at Pamela_P. Processes that take time to produce products that will last.