Announcement Sustainable bespoke couture, lovingly designed and hand-made with eco luxury fabrics, in a mill in Manchester's northern Quarter (U.K.) by designer and maker Silvia Hoya-Mena. www.silviahoyamena.com
Sustainable bespoke couture, lovingly designed and hand-made with eco luxury fabrics, in a mill in Manchester's northern Quarter (U.K.) by designer and maker Silvia Hoya-Mena. www.silviahoyamena.com
My Sewing Box
My inspiration comes mainly from the adventures I have experienced traveling, the places where I ´ve lived and the people I have met. Stopping for a while to put into practice all my ideas, made my shop a reality. Having always been driven by the dream of an ideal world, I only use sustainable natural fabrics, recycle waste materials and manufacture fairly and locally with zero waste policy. I believe clothes should last for many years and should outlive trends.
My hard working attitude and collaborative style have already taken me further than I ever dreamt of: Two of my designs from my last collection were featured in Italian Vogue magazine in Nov. 2013.
I design every garment obsessively, and make it in my studio to the highest standards, in no rush, making sure they are perfectly finished and very importantly, they will be possible to alter if needed. I am a formally trained fashion designer, who started a long career at the age of 11, after years of making costumes for my dolls, my friends, and myself. I always knew I wanted to be a fashion designer, and was lucky to be born within an artistic family who supported me and my crazy ideals.
"My Sewing Box" was the name of my studio in a Listed II mill in industrial Manchester, as well as my virtual studio. First, I got a tiny space the size of a sewing box. After much work and dedication, I got busier and the studio grew bigger.
I started selling clothes because I have always made my own, and all my friends loved the style and gave me money to design and make clothes like mine, for them to wear, so I was actually almost forced into it, in a nice way. I have lost count of all the garments I have made since I started, but many of my friends, still have clothes made by myself, that maybe I made 10 years ago, and they still wear them and love them, and they don´t look like they belong to a different decade in fashion.
In 2012, I moved premises to be in the middle of Manchester, in Thorniley Studios, where I have started a community of creative local businesses, from photographers, to knitters, a jeweler, and even a music producer share a building from the industrial revolution, which was at the centre of the cotton trade, then became the main bespoke dressmakers and tailors business in town for many generations, until they moved premises back in the 1980s, and the building was neglected until two years ago, when I moved in and I was given the chance to find other businesses like mine, to occupy the premises.
Co-organizer of "slow fashion " show MEASURED, showcasing local independent designers and makers, I promote sustainable design in Manchester and beyond...
please check my website: WWW.SILVIAHOYAMENA.COM
Owner, Maker, Designer
I am Silvia, the owner and designer of this Etsy shop. I am a sustainable fashion designer based in Manchester (U.K.), where I design and handmade my designs.
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