subversive clothing and accessories

Montreal, Canada | 40 Sales


subversive clothing and accessories

Montreal, Canada 40 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Last updated on Nov 10, 2018

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Lord Violet

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DIY glamour!!

It all started with belt making- high waisted belts- which were a hit but I have always wanted to do clothing. When I was young I was all about dress-up, wearing as much make-up and as little clothing as I could get away with. So last year, I finally started Lord Violet. I wanted to create something powerful. Garments that make people lust, desire, respect. The clothing is playful, showing subtle peeks of thigh, midriff or chest.

The design is a rebellion against the conservative political climate, being the capital city of a province with strong right wing history. Due to the pervasive constraining modesty, Edmonton has many flourishing underground subcultures which seek to explore culture in unconventional ways. Frustrated with limited options for glamorous, yet practical garments in Edmonton, Lord Violet was created a line in hopes of filling this niche. Lord Violet seeks to empower women through subversive clothing.

The metal mesh jewelry all started with a trip to Chicago. Thrift store shopping in Pilsen I came across a brown vintage dress with a small piece of gold metal mesh under the collar. I couldn't stop thinking about it, and wanted to incorporate mesh into my designs. To keep my clothing designs simple, I decided to start making jewelry with it, so it could be an affordable accessory that could add some boldness to an outfit. And it has evolved from there ever since!! The best part is finding the mesh. It wasn't easy at first, I had no idea where to start. It was virtually impossible to buy it in sheets. I scoured Etsy for days!!! Eventually I realized that the Whiting and Davis purses might be the only solution. I was lucky enough to find my first silver purse at the Antique Mall in Edmonton, so I could see how the mesh worked. I then bought my first one off Etsy and tore it apart to make my first piece of jewelry, a triangle piece of grey mesh with a brass diamond hanging from the bottom. My first Royal Bison market, I didn't know how the style would be received. But it was a total success! I sold alot of the pieces I made, each one with a slight variation. Finding mesh at thrift stores in Edmonton, or on my travels has become an obsession now. I'm always searching for a new color, or a purse that has a matching enameled snake chain strap. I use the different colored straps to create other pieces, like 'I'M SULTRY', with the grey enameled chain, and a brass bead.

Lord Violet is independently owned and operated out of Edmonton, Alberta circa 2016. It is operated out of Nicola’s home studio. Fabric and other garment supplies are Canadian sourced. Jewelry materials are sourced internationally, but a large majority of materials are vintage, sourced from Edmonton thrift stores or on Nicola’s travels. Garments are designed, drafted, graded and sewn with comfort, and practicality in mind.

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    Nicola grew up in a household where DIY was the norm and crafting the main form of entertainment. Sheltered from mainstream pop culture allowed her to develop her own aesthetic driven by queer feminist politics, and a fascination with sexuality.

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