Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Liverpool in the 1960s was something else. While my old friends The Beatles topped the charts, my atelier in Bold Street produced intricate and highly inventive couture creations in leather and suede for celebrities, trendsetters and influencers. I developed an array of signature hand-finishes, including geometric patchwork, vermicelli ruffles, braiding and – my personal favourite - hand-cut “lace” detailing (this was years before laser-cutting became available). Occasionally, I remembered to take photos, some of which you see here.
As you can see, I have always loved making hats and caps; the 1960s were no exception. My most surreal commission was a collection of new cabin crew uniforms for Sabena (the national airline of Belgium) where A-line pastel leather mini skirts were teamed with matching pillbox hats.