Carrie and James Lewis and their fashion website Little Moose
PUBLISHED: 15:23 27 May 2014
Erika Szostak 2013
Carrie Lewis and her husband James run Brighton fashion website Little Moose. The website stocks a wide range of accessories and curiosities, including Carrie's own designs
Carrie Lewis grew up in Brighton, moving to Farnham in Surrey to complete a Design degree before coming back and landing a job at Disaster Designs, a handbag and accessories wholesaler.
Three years ago she set up Little Moose with her now husband, James. Running the business from Brighton was an easy choice: “Brighton has a well-deserved reputation for being a hub of creative freedom and expression and it is really inspirational – there is always something going on somewhere and you can walk around the Lanes and see something new every time.”
As well as ranges from other designers, Little Moose stocks Carrie’s own Doodllery collection, all based on her own sketches and doodles. “They all started out as little characters in sketchbooks and scraps of paper and when I first started doodling, for fun, I didn’t imagine they would ever leap from the page to become jewellery. I’m influenced by Japanese culture quite a lot, so my doodles tend to have a youthful, kawaii [cute] feel to them. I like to think that they appeal to women and girls of all ages who love character design and like to show off a quirky, unique side of themselves.”
Carrie ran a Doodllery-making workshop at London’s Southbank Centre late last year, which she remembers as a great experience. She has been invited to run further, smaller workshops and hopes to develop this part of the business in future. Further jewellery and accessory collections are set to launch on Little Moose later this year - www.littlemoose.co.uk
I love going into Snooper’s Paradise and all of the pop-up flea markets because you never know what you’re going to find. Little things can trigger an idea, so they’re great to get the creative juices flowing. Castor & Pollux on the seafront is wonderful as well – so many books and work by great artists. If you haven’t been, be sure to pop into Makers’ Boutique (www.makersboutique.co.uk) or Craftaganza (brightoncraftaganza.wordpress.com) when they’re on to get a glimpse of some local crafters and makers.