Francis & Louise is a luxury accessories brand for both men & women with a passion for colour and print. Each of their thoughtfully crafted pieces displays both a playful element and a sophisticated edge, just perfect if you’re looking for that special something for your wedding.
Each collection is handmade in small quantities giving you that lovely feeling that comes with owning a limited edition piece rather than something mass produced by the million.
Alongside their individually curated ranges, Francis & Louise offer a bespoke design service, which works so well for weddings. Taking your wedding theme and colours as their starting point, why not let Francis & Louise design something delightfully different and unique for your maids, your groomsmen and indeed any key member of your wedding party?
This gives the whole group a wonderfully pulled together look, with the advantage that everything from dresses and scarves for the ladies to bow ties and pocket squares for the men can be worn and enjoyed long after your big day has passed.
Over to Kerri now to tell us more about how Francis & Louise can offer something truly unique for your bridal party.
Tell us a little about yourself and your business
We make accessories for men and women using original artwork designed in our East London studio; we also have a small women’s bridal fashion line.
I am a textile designer and have over 10 years of experience working in the industry. I have a strong passion for anything printed and love the way colour and print can be used on the body to express a mood or feeling.
What motivated you to start your business?
It all started when trying to find something unique and original for my husband and bridesmaids to wear for our wedding. I couldn’t find anything original and different, so I decided to design and make our groomsmen’s accessories and have the bridesmaids and flower girl dresses made from the matching printed fabric.
This got me thinking how nice it would be to fulfil this for other couples getting married so they too could add that personal touch to their wedding.
Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business
It is a mix of wearing many different hats, answering emails, organizing production, press releases, searching for new inspiration, designing new styles and original artwork and helping to advise and brainstorm ideas for customers bespoke wedding accessories.
If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?
A fast friendly professional service tailored to their personal requirements. All our products come in a bespoke box to keep your items safe; included is a bespoke printed box note for you to add a personal note, which is great if presenting as gifts for your groomsmen and bridesmaids.
How can couples judge if a company is the right fit for their wedding?
If you are looking for something sophisticated, original with a printed theme we would be a good fit. We have many print combinations from our collection and we work closely with the groom and bride to help match colour and style to their wedding themes.
We have a Bespoke design service where we can create an original print just for your requirements or we can colour change any print that is in our collection.
What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?
One of my first weddings was a bespoke order for a lovely couple in New York. I loved working with them from start to finish because they really knew what they liked. I worked closely with the groom to create the print he wanted. Seeing it all come together when they shared their beautiful wedding video and wedding pictures was amazing. With everyone looking so happy was a wonderful moment, knowing how much preparation had gone it to it all. It was so nice to be part of their story.
Another favorite wedding was for a close friend, we went to design school together so we know each others style very well. I had the privilege to be given free reign to design a print I felt suited them and even a bowtie for their dog! The pictures were so cute.
The bigger picture – does your business offer goods/services outside of the wedding world? Tell us more
With in our bridal collection you can add a subtle splash of print and colour to your bridal party. It could be by matching to the groomsmen accessories with a scarf to compliment the colour of their dresses.
We can also have meterage of fabric printed to make dresses or skirts from any print in the collection or again a bespoke print can be created. There is the choice of many different natural fabrics to print on from silks to cottons to wool.
The scarves are great as gift ideas for your bridesmaids and the added bonus they can be worn again. Every product is presented in bespoke gift boxes with personalised box notes.
Our collections are very versatile so can be worn for everyday or for that special event, where you are looking for that something unique and different to wear.
Included within our bespoke print design service we can create prints for any special project – from homewear, fashion, swimwear, stationary and bags.
What have you got planned for the next 12 months?
We are busy growing the brand with wedding and artisan fairs meeting many lovely people, and working on new prints and products for the collection.
And finally, what or who inspires you and why?
Personally and professionally I get inspired from everything around me, even the small things we sometimes miss from day to day. Have you ever walked into a vintage store or flea market looking for that something new? You catch a glimpse of a pattern , colour or shape that can have the potential for a new idea or piece for your wardrobe. This is the excited feeling we want to evoke for our customers when they buy from us.
We love creating timeless fashion / art pieces with newness and originality, hand touched and created by great craftsmen.
All images courtesy of Francis & Louise