EPONINE WEDDING DRESSES

Every year we accept five wedding dress commissions. It's a huge honour to be asked and we absolutely love creating them.

We've made all sorts of different dresses over the years; we work very closely with our brides to make them their dream dress!

 A sketch of a previous wedding dress

A sketch of a previous wedding dress

If you would like to enquire about having an Eponine wedding dress, please contact hello@eponinelondon.com

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NEW READY-TO-WEAR COLLECTION HAS LAUNCHED!

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our brand new African cotton ready-to-wear collection!

 (Left) the Round Neck and (Right) the Square Neck

(Left) the Round Neck and (Right) the Square Neck

This collection is made up of two shapes - the Round Neck and the brand new Square Neck - and features nine colourful African fabrics and carefully sourced African trims.

As with all our ready-to-wear collections, we have made a limited number of pieces per print and shape.

 Jet and Nina wearing dresses from the new collection

Jet and Nina wearing dresses from the new collection

To visit the shop, please follow this link: http://www.eponinelondon.com/shop-by-style/ 

Enjoy! We hope you love this collection as much as we do.

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EPONINE LOVES > COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET

On a Sunday in London, there is absolutely nowhere better to visit than Columbia Road Flower Market. It's colourful, happy, energetic, and full to the brim with flowers and plants. 

We love flowers and plants at Eponine! Anyone who has been to our studio will know that it's full of them, and many of our prints also feature them.

If you haven't been to Columbia Road Flower Market, we very much recommend it. Particularly beautiful in the height of summer (amazing peonies) and at Christmas time. 

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Lotus Flower Shirtwaister Dress

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 Gold and Yellow Flowers Dropped Waist Dress

Gold and Yellow Flowers Dropped Waist Dress

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 Green Chicken and Leaves Round Neck Dress

Green Chicken and Leaves Round Neck Dress

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BESPOKE COTTON DRESSES

If you like our African cotton collection but don't feel the Ready-to-wear is for you, we are always very happy to take bespoke orders. Here are a few examples of bespoke dresses we've made in the past.

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We also take African cotton bespoke orders for skirts, suits and two pieces. To find out more about having something bespoke made in African cotton, please contact hello@eponinelondon.com

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EPONINE AT ROYAL ASCOT '18

We were delighted to spy a few Eponine outfits at Ascot last week!

 Deborah and Kara wearing dresses from our Bespoke collections. Deborah (left) wears a dress from our Hmong Bespoke collection, and Kara (right) wears a dress from our Couture Bespoke collection.

Deborah and Kara wearing dresses from our Bespoke collections. Deborah (left) wears a dress from our Hmong Bespoke collection, and Kara (right) wears a dress from our Couture Bespoke collection.

 Sian wears a Shirtwaister dress from our African cotton ready-to-wear collection with an added Hmong trim at the bottom. 

Sian wears a Shirtwaister dress from our African cotton ready-to-wear collection with an added Hmong trim at the bottom. 

 Helen wears a Round Neck dress from our African cotton ready-to-wear collection with an added Hmong trim at the bottom.

Helen wears a Round Neck dress from our African cotton ready-to-wear collection with an added Hmong trim at the bottom.

We were also thrilled to hear that Deborah (first photo) and Sian (second photo) were selected by The Telegraph as two of the best dressed in their article "Royal Ascot 2018: the most fabulous hats and best dressed racegoers" - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/events/royal-ascot-2018-best-outfits-hats/

For more information about any of these outfits, or if you would like to wear Eponine to an upcoming event, please contact hello@eponinelondon.com

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A THURSDAY THROWBACK

We love denim at Eponine. So much so that our entire AW15 collection was made in denim! Here is a denim suit from this collection with statement top stitching and a 60s inspired collar.

We always love making things from past collections. If you are interested in this suit, or any other pieces from previous collections, please contact hello@eponinelondon.com 

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AN EPONINE FAVOURITE > THE MAJORELLE GARDEN

If Eponine were a garden, perhaps it would be something like the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech. Colourful, bold, and features THE most beautiful blue.

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We collaborated with the wonderful Pam Weinstock to make exclusive Eponine fabrics. Photographer Pam took the images of the Majorelle Garden that can be seen on one of the dresses from our SS18 collection.

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The Majorelle dress, from our Eponine x Pam Weinstock collection 

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The Majorelle Garden in Marrakech

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The Majorelle dress, from our Eponine x Pam Weinstock collection

For more information about the Majorelle dress or any other pieces in our SS18 collection, please email hello@eponinelondon.

To find out more about Pam, follow the link to her website: https://www.pamweinstock.com

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READY-TO-WEAR SALE!

We are delighted to announce that we are having a 30% off sale of the first collection of our African cotton ready-to-wear dresses!

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To go to the shop, please follow this link: http://www.eponinelondon.com/shop-by-style/

Alternatively, please email hello@eponinelondon.com to book an appointment to come and see the collection.

Happy shopping!

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EPONINE IN STELLA MAGAZINE

We were thrilled to see that our Pink Wave Round Neck had been featured in Stella magazine this weekend as part of their "10 No-Regrets Spring Buys" feature. 

The Pink Wave Round Neck is from our African cotton ready-to-wear collection, available both online and in our studio.

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 Pink Wave Round Neck

Pink Wave Round Neck

Please email hello@eponinelondon.com to book an appointment to come see us, or follow this link to shop online: http://www.eponinelondon.com/shop-by-style/ 

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EPONINE MEETS > LAURA CATHCART

MILLINER LAURA CATHCART

We caught up with Laura Cathcart - Eponine client and milliner - about her work and inspiration. 

 Laura wearing Eponine and one of her hats from her Butterfly House Collection at Ascot

Laura wearing Eponine and one of her hats from her Butterfly House Collection at Ascot

1. Your hats are absolutely beautiful, Laura! How did you get into millinery?

It actually started as a hobby as I had always had a passion for wearing hats myself. I love making things with my hands and found I had an interest in traditional techniques. I picked it up very quickly! Following that I took on an apprenticeship with milliner Gina Foster. 

 A hat from Laura's Ballerina Collection

A hat from Laura's Ballerina Collection

2. Is there a collection of yours that you feel is most “you”?

I love The Butterfly House Collection for special occasions as I have always had a passion for bold colour. I find myself being drawn to wearing these most in the Spring and Summer. 

At home I wear my cowgirl hats from The Prairie Collection as I can throw them on with just about anything. 

 Laura's model wearing a hat from her Prairie Collection and an Eponine dress from our Hmong collection.

Laura's model wearing a hat from her Prairie Collection and an Eponine dress from our Hmong collection.

 Laura's model wearing a hat from her Butterfly House Collection and an Eponine Yellow and Grey Zig Zag Round Neck

Laura's model wearing a hat from her Butterfly House Collection and an Eponine Yellow and Grey Zig Zag Round Neck

3. Like Eponine, you use lots of colour in your hats. Is this what drew you to Eponine? And if not, what did?

Funnily enough, the first dress I brought from Eponine was in blue denim. It was the cut of the dress and the nod to the 50's and 60's style of the collections that drew me to the brand. I have always bought a lot of vintage clothes for their cut, so its lucky to have found a brand I feel combines these wonderful classic cuts with a more modern choice of fabrics!

4. Is there a collection or piece that you like most from the Eponine archive?

I am still in love with the yellow hounds tooth dress you made me about 3 years ago. I wear it time and time again and always get a compliment without fail.

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5. You’ve recently purchased a Round Neck Eponine ready-to-wear cotton dress, which of your hats will you wear it with?

I chose this dress in particular as it had so many bright colours within the print which means it will give me huge scope when it comes to choosing my hats. The first hat I'll wear with it is my classic 'Jessica' pill box in poppy pink. Its a simple flattering piece allowing the dress to do the talking as it were.

 Laura working on a hat from her Millinery Garden Collection

Laura working on a hat from her Millinery Garden Collection

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AN EPONINE BRIDE > LOCKET

Last year we were lucky enough to make this very beautiful bride Locket's wedding dress.

Her dress was made using cotton with a silk satin slip.

For more information about having an Eponine wedding dress, please contact hello@eponinelondon.com 

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CRESSIDA BONAS WEARS EPONINE

We were delighted to see the beautiful Cressida Bonas wearing Eponine to the Royal wedding last weekend. 

Cressida wore a bespoke dress from our Hmong collection. This dress was made using strips of hand loomed Hmong cotton fabric.

For more information or to book an appointment to come and see us, please email hello@eponinelondon.

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ANOTHER EPONINE THROWBACK

Where the love story between and Eponine and African cottons began! This is the first ever piece we made using African cotton. It was a shirtwaister ballgown with a collar and belt.

We are always delighted to make pieces from our previous collections. While this fabric is no longer available, we would be delighted to make it again using a different print.

The ultimate alternative to the ballgown! Please email hello@eponinelondon.com for more information.

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NEW COLLECTION OF COTTON DRESSES ONLINE!

We are thrilled to announce that our brand new ready-to-wear collection is available online!

We have sourced another selection of beautiful and eye catching African cottons to remake our Shirtwaister and Round Neck dresses.

Like before, this collection is limited edition with only one, two or maximum three pieces per size, style and fabric!

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Click on this link to go to the shop: http://www.eponinelondon.com/shop-by-style/ or email hellp@eponinelondon.com to arrange to come and see them at the studio.

Happy shopping!

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CUSTOMISE YOUR COTTON DRESS

We are always very happy to customise our ready-to-wear African cotton dresses as shown below. 

This dress, originally a Blue Mosaic Round Neck, has had the sleeves made short, and had a tribal trim attached to the bottom.

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 The original Round Reck Blue Mosaic African cotton ready-to-wear dress

The original Round Reck Blue Mosaic African cotton ready-to-wear dress

 Jet wearing her customised African cotton dress

Jet wearing her customised African cotton dress

For more information or to customise your cotton dress, please contact hello@eponinelondon.com

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AN EPONINE ARTIST > SIMON BIRCH

SIMON BIRCH

Anyone who has been to our studio will have seen the fabulous drawings hanging on the walls by the brilliant Simon Birch.

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These drawings are available to buy, so do email hello@eponinelondon.com if you would like any more information.

See more of Simon's work here: http://the14thfactory.com/artists/simon-birch/

 Simon's drawings hanging in the studio

Simon's drawings hanging in the studio

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 Simon standing by one of his installations in his most recent exhibition  The 14th Factory

Simon standing by one of his installations in his most recent exhibition The 14th Factory

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AN EPONINE BRIDE > JOSEPHINE

We are so pleased to share these photos of Josephine, one of our beautiful brides from last year. Her dress was made using silk satin and lace.

At Eponine we work very closely with our brides to make their dream dress. We make a limited number of dresses per year so please contact hello@eponinelondon.com to organise a consultation.

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EPONINE MEETS > KAI

KAI

If you have ever purchased anything from Eponine, you'll know that we attach a little charm to to each piece (as well as a Catholic Miraculous Medal blessed by Jet's priest). These charms are made by Kai, a lovely lady based in Thailand who designs and produces them herself with her family and ladies in her village. We caught up with her, and found out more about what she does.

 A selection of Kai's charms with the Catholic Miraculous Medals blessed by Jet's priests attached

A selection of Kai's charms with the Catholic Miraculous Medals blessed by Jet's priests attached

1. Where do you make the charms?

I currently make everything in my home (I live in a village near Uttaradit which is near Chiang Mai), but I dream about opening a shop! I would love for the shop to also double up as a restaurant as I love to cook.

2. How did you start making the charms?

I started by selling to Thai locals via a Facebook page. They loved it and word spread - I was so surprised!

3. Who makes the charms?

Me! I love making things and feel very blessed that I am based in a place where I can source such beautiful pieces and vintage textiles to make the charms with. Chiang Mai is the best place to source things.

I do have some help though - my Mum does some of the sewing and other ladies from my village make the tassles for the charms. My shop is very important for the local community as it brings an income for my family and the village!

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Kai

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