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Re-Generating Made In Britain with Sustainable Clothing by Lacuna Child

The wonderful Carole from Lacuna Child shares her story with a love of Made in Britain, and sustainable clothing in mind, her hand made pieces truly stand the test of the time and create a wonderful capsule collection of versatile outfits and effortless style. True natural links to the Life Styling Ethos, its felt like a natural fit to share her wonderful story….

From as long as I can remember I’ve loved clothes. I get it from my mother, who, age nearly 90, still loves a new find whether it’s in a charity shop or in M&S!

From around 9, I was bought a sewing machine, a Singer treadle machine actually. With scraps of fabric from my brothers godmother, I would create an outfit during her visit so that I could show her before she left. Sindy had quite a wardrobe and all those memories came flooding back last year when I discovered that both Sindy and I turned 60!

When I became a Glammy to my first grandchild, I saw my opportunity to combine my love of clothes with my overwhelming love at gaining a grand-daughter. Given that she lived in the States I felt this would become the glue that kept her constantly in my thoughts (not that she wasn’t!)

From there Lacuna Child was born, Lacuna meaning something missing.  My non negotiables were that the clothes had to be British made and I was to have sustainably at the heart of every decision.  This remains the constant today some 3 years from the first design. Sometimes reality has to come into play as you have to consider benefit over price points. For example, elastic is biodegradable and all waists are adjustable, whereas my zips are plastic but are chunky and promote independent dressing. Where possible scraps are used for scrunchies. I have to say that working with my manufacturer, I see a man with over 40 years experience knowing how to cut fabric with the absolute minimum waste.

I started out making my own sweatshirts having sourced organic fabric from a company in Wales.  I started out making a personalised t shirt with mine and my husband’s name our granddaughter knew us by, but my real goal was to make a childrenswear collection.  It didn’t take long before I knew that I wanted to concentrate on sourcing amazing fabrics and the important design details I knew had to be included. This first off meant finding a manufacturer. Thanks to taking part in the first Make It British Manufacturing course, run by Kate Hills, I now not only have my pieces manufactured in the UK, but they are made in the same county as me! One day I’ll share more my experiences with using people to manufacture and the rollercoaster ride I went through!  In the meantime, I have tried to source sustainable fabrics, but more importantly, fabrics that will not only wear well but wash well too and be comfortable against a child’s skin. Whether these pieces are for a special occasion or everyday enjoyment, I want the pieces to mix well together to increase wear and allow the opportunity to mix and match as well as a generous amount of growth room.

My research has meant talking to my daughter, asking her what she was and wasn’t happy with her children’s clothes, asking my friends, many of whom buy for their grandchildren and generally people who had a view on childrenswear.  I then took these opinions forward into the principles for my designs.  There is much talk these days about slow fashion where adult clothes are concerned but the definition of this can still be applied to childrenswear.

Unfortunately we are all keen purchasers when that cute piece jumps out at us in a shop or online, but really how many clothes do our children really need? By buying less and buying well, garments that wear well and wash well can then be saved for the siblings or passed to cousins, friends children or stored for your children’s children. So here I am re-launching Lacuna Child, the brand I always dreamed of… I hope you love it as much as I do.

It was been the hugest learning curve but the most rewarding time spurred on even more by the fact that I now have 2 gorgeous grand-daughters.

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