Decoration and Dogs

After years of reading other
people's great blogs here I am making my own. My name is Stephanie Murray and I
am highland Scottish. Although my roots are very important to me in everything
I do in daily life I have chosen to live in France since leaving St. Martin's
school of art in London some hundred years ago ! After more than thirty years
of working in Haute Couture in Paris France I moved to Brazil where I created
my own label and then to China to design embroideries and purses and then back
'home' to France. I settled in the south of France before moving once more
inevitably back to Paris and back to fashion. In the south of France I took a
huge step back and tried to live a bit. I visited dozens of junk shops and flea
markets with my great friend and artist Britt Erlanson who has since created
her own label called Haekel Haus Company producing high end scarves and
fabrics. Both of us have Jack Russells which was initially the way we met and quickly
became inseparable. After some months in the sun I headed back to Paris I fell
once more into the world of high end fashion working with the Libanese designer
Rabih Kayrouz whose talent knows no bounds such is his gift for simplicity and
cut. He trusted me with his tailoring and his exclusive haute couture allowing
me to travel to Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and around Europe following royalty wherever
their whims took them. In 2016 I received an invitation to work with Ines de la
Fressange again and create the ready to wear department for her reborn label
before transferring to a newly refurbished store on the rue de Grenelle. I was
sorry to leave Rabih who had become a friend but he totally understood and even
gave me a diamond necklace which has never left me since. Working with Ines de
la Fressange is easy; she has such an amazing eye for mixing up styles and
having fun through the process. I had the joy of working with her in the 1990’s
before her name was pulled from under her feet. Britt produced our prints and
exclusive buttons for Ines to coordinate the fabrics I sourced from a dealer in
end stock from such famous houses as Vuitton, Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent. I
met this wonderful young woman called Florence Barrett who did all the knitwear
working alongside Fleur Demery in the design studio. Florence in one of the
most charming girls I have ever had the pleasure to work with in the fashion
As I write this I have again
stepped back from the fast fashion world and am unofficially retired although
very much active creatively. I live in a huge old house where I can finally
surround myself with furniture, books, art and the most desirable of things, a
WORKSHOP !! In Paris space is at a premium but here in deep Pays de Loire space
is abundant albeit slightly isolated! The other attraction being a terrace, a
huge garden for my three dogs and a garage and outbuilding for storage. Those
who know me know about that! So enough written, I hope that you reader enjoy
these few posts.

lundi 18 avril 2011

The latest adventure from my workroom!

 After spending a lot of time on pillows I decided to have a go at totes! Always in search of the perfect bag I had made a few in my past collections in Brazil that people love a lot so this year I tried to make something different and see the reaction. These totes are seemingly small but in fact contain masses of stuff and are sooooooo well sewn that you can go to the beach and pick up a ton of stuff for your shelves and it wont give way. I made a black one for myself from a piece of 'Robert le Hero' fabric picked up at the market in Paris and kept under my bonnet.

 The black one is MINE, so don't bother looking too closely !! a one off !
 Love this deck chair stripe, the fabric is so strong!! it is French designer fabric picked up in Paris and lined in a great bight red coton.
This has to be a favorite, everyone who has seen it loves it. The fabric is great, too heavy for clothes and anyway not much of it unfortunately, it is perfect for totes. Lined in a lovely pink striped coton, both fabrics are vintage.
 This modern fabric was white until Britt got her hands on it and dyed it this lovely duck blue !! I lined it with a French thirties toile de Jouy coton depicting a beach scene, very Deauville !!
 Kept this for ages, never sure what to do with it, made a pillow in fifties patchwork but wasn't really totally pleased. I think that it makes a great tote. I lined it in a fab fifties red based coton in the same style.
 This one is 'chic' as the French say. There is something 'Ralph Laurenish' about it, a perfect summer tote lined in a vintage floral print in coton.
 Loved this fabric but oh so hard to know what to do with it !! makes a great tote but knowing me I would lose it on the stony beach rock hunting!

 This huge one was a trial as girls these days seem to need bags big enough to carry their lives in !!! If I were to do this my tote would be a mile high ! I added a bow to make it more 'it' than 'was' and lined it in a great linen/coton mix in mid grey. I am sure that someone will fall for it, we will see how the battle of the totes rages and who wins !! Must make a micro tote one of these days for fun.
Here you can see the difference in size. The large one mesures 43 centimetres high against 35 for the smaller one and has a circumference of 98 against 73 for the one on the right. Both bags can be worn on the shoulder as their straps are respectively 36 and 43 cms,,, yes only 36 for the big one but the opening is larger so it easily fits on the shoulder.

Next project, DOLLS !!!

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