I remember the first time I walked into Gertrude's house.
It was pure magic like stepping back into time.
There stood before me in all its glory a perfectly curated museum like film set for a Wes Anderson film that has yet to be discovered.
Filled with vintage silk brocade chaise lounges, damask wall paper, porcelain tea ware, mixed with baroque and art nouveau influences in total pristine condition.
Such class, such charm, such elegance...I was visually blissed out. I knew I had to figure out a way to preserve this relic of a style long forgotten. So when the opportunity to do a photo shoot in this magical place came up, I of course jumped on right on it.
Just to back up a little bit. You might be asking yourself "Who's Gertrude" and "How did I come across her house" Good questions!
Gertrude is a fabulously stylish woman who lived a legacy in the fashion world in her own day.
She was a high end lingerie boutique owner, importing lingerie from from France & Italy back in the 70's and up, she was a world traveller among many other things and also the Grandmother of my husband who resides in a small village north of Frankfurt Germany. The same village my husband was born in, grew up in and also the same place where we got married last summer.
To make things even more special, I got dressed in her home on the day of my marriage, last August alongside my bridesmaids and my mother, where my good friend Cindy Labrecque took some lovely photo's with her film camera to commemorate the day.
Here are the images we came up with from our Spring-Summer 2018 Collection all of which are now currently available on our Etsy shop.
As usual, all of the up-cycled designs in this collection are one-of-a-kind because they are made with an assortment of vintage materials like lace, embroidered cashmere, silk, vintage kimono fabric, men's dress shirts and many other special hand sourced treasures so if you see something you like you know what do!
Find this lovely vintage lace dress design on our Etsy shop
We're crazy about kimonos!
Find this lovely lightweight Japanese inspired blouse made with vintage kimono fabrics on our Etsy shop while quantities last
Find this whimsical red infused frock (with pockets!) on our Etsy shop
Channel your inner sultry lounge singer in our Lady Sings the Blues dress,
now available on our Etsy shop
This lovely Pashmina infused embroidered wool kimono jacket is also reversible and has pockets!
A real work of art and a great stylish Spring alternative to a lightweight jacket this season.
Totally one-of-a-kind and now up for grabs on our Etsy shop
This one-size dress design is made in part from an amazing flexible black accordion pleated fabric with a wonderful drape. A seasonless style that looks great layered in cooler weather.
Spring-Summer 2018 Creative Team Credits
Photography - Thomas Ruppel
Model - Rebecca Krause
Make Up Artistry - Christine Raab
Shot on location in
Königstein - Im Taunus, Northern Germany