Leaving school at 15, sewing was all Suzie knew. ‘My mother ran a soft furnishings business, so I was using an industrial sewing machine at age 12. When I left school and headed to the Job centre, it dawned on me that I didn’t have any other skills beyond sewing; I couldn’t read or write. So I applied to work at a tailors.’ Working 14-hour shifts, six days a week, helped Suzie learn the full grammar of tailoring, and she was determined to master every element.
It was the endless appeal of love stories that drew Suzie to bridal. ‘Everyone deserves their moment, and it’s an incredible pleasure that I can be a part of that. It’s so special that I can help a bride realise their dream, and that my designs will also always be part of the recollection.’
Because each piece is one of the kind, it’s the perfect canvas for adding personal touches. ‘I’ll often embroider a message insidea dress,’ Suzie explains.‘For one,I
turned the wedding vows into a poem and embroidered that onto the fabric. I often encourage brides toalso consider scent when designing their gowns.Fragrance and fashion are entwined–you wouldn’t wear one without the other.’ We couldn’t agree more, but when it comes to which scent to choose to match your wedding style, Suzie recommends an explorative approach. ‘You have to be open minded as a bride. But what’s more special than combining two scents to create your own bespoke fragrance that will always bring you back to that day.’ For Suzie, the most romantic scent is Velvet Rose & Oud Cologne. In fact,it’s so resonant for her that she keeps it private: ‘I only wear it for my significant other. It’s a scent I save just for him,which I love.’
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