A slow fashion house creating timeless quality pieces. Inspired by a love of Indian textiles, vintage silhouettes and old school craftsmanship. Each one of a kind piece is hand stitched in London from beautiful quality vintage silk, sourced in India.
In India, the cry of the kabadiwala calling out ‘scrap for cash’ is omnipresent. The kabadiwala ethos is based on the concept that rubbish is merely a resource in the wrong place, and we agree. Our vision is to honour Indian craftsmanship, to showcase Indian textile design and celebrate the age old Indian tradition of repurposing.
Bougainvillea dresses are handcrafted from pre-existing silk with early 20th century, hand cut, mother of pearl buttons. Our seasonless pieces characterise the slow fashion movement based on the ethos of no waste, no virgin materials and no factories. We source the vintage silk from textile dealers in India. This high quality natural fibre is luxurious, extremely durable and biodegradable. Silk regulates ones body temperature, making it an ideal cover up in the extreme heat and paradoxically perfect for layering to retain warmth.
We endeavour to make clothes with integrity, beautifully handcrafted to be worn time and time again. The ‘Amande Atelier’ as it is affectionately known, near Battersea Park, includes Ava, her mother, a local seamstress and the hardest working member, a 50yr old Singer sewing machine.
Bougainvillea, a slow fashion house, started with a dress Ava designed from a vintage silk sari, tailor made while in India visiting her partner's relatives. From there, a family business blossomed.