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Ze Parisian Seamstress

Posted on 09 June 2011

I love this image of my friend Thuy Tien, I think it really captures the mood of 1960's fashion and reminds me of the Mad Men series that I'm crazy about. She is wearing a deep purple Thai silk dress which she designed, made the pattern for, and sewed by hand herself! I love her Parisian style, the simple and elegant way she wore it with a fetiche Brazilian necklace and an Envelope Clutch which is made from an obi from the 1960's. It features a bold hexagon and cloud design in a bright orange reminiscent of that era.
I'm inspired by her passion for textiles and it brings me back to the early days when I was sewing my first collection of obi clutchesinto the early hours.  I call her ze Parisian seamstress because she's been drawing, designing, paying immaculate attention to detail and sewing since we first met. Today is the debut of her children's wear brand Le Petit Caravane, which celebrates childhood through rich and vibrant colours and textures. I witnessed the whole process from infancy to launch, all the fittings done on her beautiful daughter Iris, and am so proud of her today!
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