We believe that accessories are a great way to inject some personality to an everyday handbag, such as our Dahlia. Not only does it elevate and lift the whole outfit, it also is a great conversation starter. So we thought we would approach one of our favourite go-to labels - Bianca Elgar who produce beautiful silk scarves - to see their ideas for dressing up our Dahlia to create another look for your handbag. We also thought you might be interested in hearing all about her inspiration to get her brand up and running.
Bianca Elgar came up with the idea for her business when she relocated to Belgium for six months with her two teenage sons. With limited space she had to pack light and keep her own clothing to a minimum. She decided on her favourite black basics, and a variety of bright scarves to dress them up with. Inspired by the opportunity of creating a variety of looks with just a few items, as well as showing off scarf prints in a new way, she decided to start her own fashion brand once back in the UK.
What has been your journey so far and your background?
I have always been artistic. My background is in silk-screen printing, which led me to producing a range of soft furnishings for the home from my Oxford workshop. I previously studied upholstery and furnishing and also did a textile design course too.
What is different about your brand?
The brand sets out to merge classic elegance and modern art, creating pieces that encourage you to have fun with fashion. Our scarves come in deeply vibrant colours and statement prints. They are expertly crafted with delicate stitching and attention to detail. I’m proud that my collections are 100% British. The items are all heirlooms, designed and made to last for generations.
What was your biggest challenge when setting up your business?
My biggest challenge was that I had no experience in fashion or business. I had to learn on “the job” by making mistakes, lots of them. I suppose the other biggest challenge is to not lose the passion for what you are doing.
How did you overcome the fear of failure and any insecurities you had?
I work with a great team. By doing lots of research, keeping up to date with what is going on in the industry, constantly learning and hard work. Just the notion of knowing that there is an answer for anything, if you look hard enough, helps me with overcoming anything that is in front of me.
What has been your biggest business lesson so far?
Do it because you believe in it! It has to be meaningful and relate to what you are trying to express. The quality, the product and the creativity always come first. Know who you are, be yourself and believe in your own values – they can be universal, if they are true. Then you’ll be confident in what you stand for and in the excellence of your work. The customer understands that, which is the main point at the end of the day. I have unchanging values; dedication to style, creativity, craftsmanship and quality.
Stay tuned for more styling ideas with scarves coming soon...