I have been in the wedding industry for 20 years now. In that time I have gained a reputation for quality of design, an eye for details and friendly professionalism.
Perfection is always my goal whether it be working on a commission of making sure an order from on of the stock designers fits perfectly.
I first studied in Northampton, learning the skills of flat pattern cutting and manufacture techniques. With this great foundation I expanded my design capabilities, all the while keeping my technical skills up-to-date. I am always researching new couture techniques that I can use.
After 4 years of study in Northampton I was offered one of 12 places at the Royal College of Art in Kensington, London. Specialising in Womenswear. While studying I did design work for a number of design houses and labels, including Karl Lagerfeld, Nicol Farhi and high street names like Marks & Spencers.
When I graduated in 1996 I was offered a job as design assistant to Gianni Versace in Milan. This was a great opportunity for me but I soon tired of drawing all day. I missed the feel of fabric and the drafting of a pattern and transferring it into a 3D garment.
“You never stop learning in a job you love.” –Martin Charles
When my contract was up I returned to the UK and started a fashion label, producing high end occasion wear for Ascott, Henley and other special events. I started to get approached directly by clients in London and soon found myself doing private commissions.
When my daughter was born in 1999 I needed to stay more local and wanted to find a market for the kind of work I could create. It seemed a natural progression to start working on wedding gowns.
First I worked form a studio and planned my working hours around looking after my daughter. In 2011 she was old enough for me to start thinking what I wanted to do next. I needed a more social business so I opened my shop in Oundle where I have been extremely happy working with brides making, making sure their experience has been second to none.
I recently celebrated the shops sixth anniversary and hope to enjoy many more as I continue to serve brides for many more years to come.