CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Sussex Life today CLICK HERE

Framfield-born couture designer Lisa Redman

PUBLISHED: 10:52 10 August 2015 | UPDATED: 10:52 10 August 2015

Lisa Redman's latest collection

Lisa Redman's latest collection

Fiona Garden

Couture designer Lisa Redman is heavily influenced by her downland childhood, with her designs reflecting her early interest in Charleston and wartime photographer Lee Miller. Jenny Mark-Bell visited her Notting Hill atelier to find out more

Lisa Redman's latest collectionLisa Redman's latest collection

Lisa Redman, the Framfield-born and bred couture designer, epitomises that old Coco Chanel quote, “Fashion changes, but style endures.”

Lisa’s fashion education began, like the best adventure stories, with a treasure chest. But all that glistened was not gold: the flash and sparkle was of sequins and beading on little capes; fine silks and leather gloves. This was a legacy of her grandmother, whom Lisa cites as a serious fashion heroine. “She was just super-glamorous. She used to have her hair rolled on top of her head and she would wear these great big Fifties prom dresses and tiny white leather gloves. She just looked amazing, so cool.”

Casting my eye around Lisa’s Notting Hill atelier, I take in the nipped-in waists, cropped swing jackets and embellished leather gloves, and reflect that early lessons die hard.

Longevity is very important to a designer like Lisa, whose pieces are, there’s no getting around it, a serious investment. She designs for wealthy and aristrocratic women who require a wardrobe that won’t let them down. They might build a bespoke wardrobe around a handful of colours that suit them, knowing that every piece works with another. And most of her clients keep their clothes beautifully, says Lisa: “A lot of my clients are like that: you will go to their home and everything is wrapped in tissue paper, the arms are stuffed, they keep everything pristine. I like the idea that they are made for them and they are little works of craftsmanship. That was what I always wanted to do: make things that people would keep forever and maybe unearth in however many years’ time and they would still be beautiful.”

Lisa’s clothes speak a certain language: they are feminine, in the finest fabric and shades of pastel. Embellishment and beadwork is a bit of a signature.

In fact, it is the visual vernacular of her downland childhood. “I have been obsessed with Charleston since I was really young…like, obsessed. I think it might be where my love of pastel comes from: all those pastel painted rooms.” It was a preoccupation that was to last throughout her years at Uckfield Comprehensive (she’s still in touch with her art teacher). “When I was at school, my major study was the whole Charleston thing. Just being in that peace and quiet and those rolling hills, where it’s all soft and pretty…

“I always used to drive from my parents’ down to Brighton every day, and there’s that bit where you’ve just passed Glynde, and there’s the chalk pit and those great stripes of colour, where you have the rapeseed. It’s just beautiful. It was a fairly idyllic childhood – our home was an oast house and it’s covered in wisteria.”

It all translates into these beautiful clothes. I run my hands wistfully over the butter-soft leather of gloves in myriad pastel shades – isn’t this one just the exact colour of wisteria? – and learn that the love of a finely worked glove can be traced to Sussex days too.

After school, she did a Foundation course at Brighton Art College before progressing to Chelsea to do Textiles. Her degree show was sponsored by Cornelia James, glovemaker to the Queen and mother of our columnist, crime writer Peter James. Lisa worked alongside the late Mrs James for months, making the gloves for her show.

Now Lisa would like to get her embellished leather dress gloves, which are beyond beautiful, into Fortnum and Mason. “I need to make sure I am in the right places and it feels like the right fit,” she says. “At the minute our bespoke clients are ordering our gloves and they seem to be going to the right people. I’m intent that by the winter my gloves will be seen at all the best parties.”

The bespoke couture business has been established for nine years this summer and Lisa wants to “get to new people and do new things. I love bespoke and I want to keep doing it, but I want to see the business do something.” She is currently exploring new opportunities. Personally, Lisa, her husband and their young son Joseph are looking into splitting their time between town and country, which means more time in the Sussex countryside. I can’t wait to see what designs our staggeringly beautiful scenery will continue to inspire.

Lisa Redman, 2-4 Exmoor Street, London; 020 8968 1234; www.lisaredman.co.uk

***

READ ON

12 of the best wedding dresses available in Sussex - The very best bridal fashion from Sussex and beyond...

Meet Brighton-based personal trainer and barefoot runner Joe Addison - Brighton-based personal trainer Joe Addison loves running along the seafront. His style of running, known as barefoot, involves a fore to mid-foot landing (as opposed to a heel-first landing), and is done completely barefoot or in minimal shoes.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sussex Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sussex Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sussex Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Shop with us at Great British Life

More from Style

Friday, November 2, 2018

With the help of The McIndoe Centre in East Grinstead, we take a look at some skin cancer symptoms, signs of skin damage, the treatment/mole removal on offer and ways to protect yourself from the sun

Read more
Friday, November 2, 2018

With the Christmas celebrations seemingly starting earlier every year, it all feels a little too ‘soon’ sometimes, but what if you want to look your best for Christmas & New year celebrations and are considering having cosmetic non-surgical procedures? The Bella Vou Pantiles Clinic offers surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures and treatments from a purpose-built private clinic in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells

Read more
Thursday, July 12, 2018

If your skin is loose, developing deep lines, sagging or creating the appearance of jowls you may be a good candidate for the Concept™ Facelift. This type of facelift surgery is unique as the procedure is performed under local anaesthetic, and is far less invasive than traditional methods, meaning the procedure requires minimal down time.

Read more
Thursday, July 5, 2018

As the weather hots up give your look a modern boho twist

Read more
Monday, May 21, 2018

Most people in the local catchment area will be touched by the care of St Wilfrid’s at some point in their lives, whether through personal experience of hospice services or through the care of a family member, friend or colleague.

Read more
Thursday, May 10, 2018

It’s the wedding season and that means one thing – a new outfit. Janet Reeder picks out the dresses and accessories with the wow factor

Read more
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

For people in their 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond, cosmetic surgery clinic Bella Vou in Tunbridge Wells has provided a new lease of life with its groundbreaking Concept™ Facelift. We hear one woman’s story of how the procedure helped to make her look and feel younger, feel happier and restore her confidence

Read more
Monday, April 16, 2018

Best friends Rachel Skinner and Sarah Lomax created their millinery business in Lewes five years ago. Rachel tells Harry Maddock what sets their work apart

Read more
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hospice care can help people live well until the end of their lives, but one third of those who would benefit from the support of St Wilfrid’s Hospice are currently unable to access the care they need

Read more
Monday, March 19, 2018

Which experts do you need to have in your little black book this year? Jenny Mark-Bell nominates four of the local beauty industry’s leading lights, encompassing disciplines as diverse as dermatology and hairdressing

Read more
Friday, March 2, 2018

She’s always on the end of the phone and she loves you to bits. Let her know how much she means with a treat this Mother’s Day. Hazel Sillver has some suggestions

Read more
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

At this time of year it is all to easy to slip into bad habits and elasticated waistbands. So the idea of rebooting one’s system at one of the area’s spa and detox retreats has appeal

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory


Property Search