Over the past 25 years, Brora has been enjoyed by customers of all ages, shapes and sizes. Here, we introduce some of those people and share their stories.
Poppy, 24 is a Figurative Sculptor at the Florence Academy of Art and loves the versatility of our tennis dresses.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
There is a weight of responsibility when casting in bronze because it is virtually indestructible unless melted down. It is both incredibly humbling and rewarding to know that the works I cast in bronze will be seen beyond my own lifetime.
What achievement are you most proud of?
I am proud to be a QEST Scholar. The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) champions excellence in British craftsmanship and has enabled close to 450 scholars and apprentices to develop their skills by working with masters of their craft. It was established to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Royal Warrant Holders Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.
What is your earliest fashion memory?
My late grandmother had fantastic taste; she always looked elegant. She loved to sew and her dressmaker’s dummy and antique sewing table are now two of my most treasured possessions. My grandmother was a firm believer in dressing to a season; hers was autumn. Mine is winter. She taught me about colour palettes and how to judge the quality of a fabric long before I was old enough to comprehend what fashion was. She also believed that quality was more important than quantity and encouraged me to develop my own style. As a child, I would pour over the Sunday Times ‘Style’ supplement that she brought to me each weekend. There would already be a copy in my parent’s home, but this second copy was for me to cut up as I pleased. I would make the most garish collages of fashion models and that week’s key pieces!
What are your earliest memories of Brora?
Brora’s lace trim camisoles were the must-have staple during my teenage years.
Why do you shop Brora?
I admire the emphasis that Brora places upon the importance of British manufacturing and supporting local craftsmanship. I also love that Brora delivers timeless designs as well as new and exciting pieces each season. Brora clothes cross the generationsand my mother, sister and baby niece all have their own favourite pieces!
What is your favourite Brora piece you own?
I have a pair of black tie front trousers that I delight in wearing in the studio. They are practical, comfortable and hard wearing - all the things a sculptor needs. I have had them for a few years now and they have definitely weathered the test of time and life in a busy Florentine studio.
“I admire the emphasis that Brora places upon the importance of British manufacturing and supporting local craftsmanship.”
Take a closer look at Poppy’s work on her website www.poppyfieldfineart.com