Lilly Isabella is a lifestyle and design business, born out of a desire to create an alternative and more authentic approach to modern living - to get beyond mass consumerism, re-discover our own uniqueness and to use the precious and beautiful materials, we are already surrounded by, should we choose to look.
My style is brave and eclectic, mixing the past with the present, to create a truly unique look for today's world. I search out artisan pieces, sumptuous vintage materials and cutting edge designs. Some of the objects and clothes I use are from the high-street, some are vintage finds and some are bespoke pieces, that I design and have made. The combination is original and charming.
My design process is driven by three core elements: function, theme and individuality.
Budgets can be stretched as my passion for up-cycling and flea markets can often result in truly precious finds.
Welcome to my world - doing your own thing, in your own way, without harming others.
I am passionate about the environment - we already have so much why pollute our world further? Therefore all of my designs are either recycled or up-cycled. I also adore the glamour of a bygone era - why compromise on quality when you don't have to? Very often vintage materials and items are true works of art - made to last and made with love.
The Lilly Isabella own label range is made by artisan dressmakers from the finest vintage fabrics. The designs are unique, eclectic and quite simply, beautiful.
One sample of each design is made from a vintage material. If the sample is sold, we can make another for you. Each piece is unique therefore we may not have the same material, but you will have a range to choose from. All of our pieces are made by hand in the UK, therefore we do need you to be patient. Our lead time is 2-3 weeks.
I am not producing clothes for a season but for life. They are all investment pieces, made to last, in timeless designs, with immaculate attention to detail.
If you want to blend into the crowd, my range is probably not for you, but if you want to express your personality and bring your creativity to life, I'm sure you will love my brave take on fashion.
But it's not just my ideas that matter - yours do too. I love to design for people. That does mean I need to get to know you a little. Please feel free to contact me or visit my workshop, so we can play around and create your world, in your way.
Please click below to see the current Spring and Summer range of clothes.
The Autumn and Winter range is being designed right now. There will be lots of ruffles, oversized blouses, structured coats, blazers and of course, my favourite maxi dresses in beautiful fabrics.
Clothes, shoes, jewellery, handbags, artwork - a wonderfully curated selection of extraordinary items built up over the years.
Some items are new, some are vintage and some are barely used but all are beautiful, different and bursting with personality, just waiting for someone to love and cherish them.
If you would like to browse the items in the detachment sale, you simply need to visit my ebay page.
You can also visit my facebook page for the latest inspiration or instagram - all of the links are below.
I wanted to share the reasons for my detachment sale with you all, as I think it might provide some food for thought and context.
For many years, I have had a toxic relationship with money. I have earned and spent enormous amounts, mainly on superficial, material things, to try and fill a void, that was never to be spoken of.
One day, I opened my eyes and saw the impact my addictive behaviour, was having on myself and my family. So, I decided to 'walk into the cave and face the fear'. I went into my own form of financial rehab. The first thing I did was write a brutally honest blog about it:
I then sat down with my husband, came clean (although he had already found my hidden debt but was waiting for me to be able to face it) and worked out a financial recovery plan, as well as some 'safety rules' to help me stay on track.
Christmas approached and I realised this was a risky time for me. So, I decided to embark upon a 30 day challenge in my nikdavis facebook group, entitled 'confessions of a financial addict'. This daily vlog kept me focused and shared the lessons and tips, I was learning going through this process, to help myself and others, who may also be in a similar situation. The vlogs can be found in the group - just click on the financial addiction topic button on the right of the page to see them or please do feel free to message me and I can send them to you.
During all of this time, I turned to others for inspiration and support. One of my main sources was Brené Brown, as her work on shame and vulnerability was in many ways, life saving for me. Her very first TED talk on vulnerability was transformational and I would urge you to watch it, no matter what addiction or baggage you may carry - it can only help, I promise:
Another significant source of inspiration was Gabby Berstein and her book 'The Universe has your back', her TED talk is also here:
Following this initial stage of my financial rehab, I finally found myself able to enter the 'detachment' phase. The process whereby I could start to let go of my addiction to material things.
And so, each day, I add 2-3 new items to my ebay page and also add 'editors picks' to my facebook page www.facebook.com/eccentricandunique and on my instagram feed: www.instagram.com/lillyisabellastye.
So far I have raised £900 - an amazing feeling as I was actually able to buy my husband a present for valentines day out of this money rather on a credit card - one of the most liberating feelings I have had for a while!
All of the items for sale have been brought because they are beautiful but for me, not actually required - I have accumulated hundreds of dresses, shoes, bags - you name it, over a 20 year plus spending addiction habit.
I would like others to enjoy the beauty of the things I have purchased but do not need myself. I am using the proceeds of this sale to fund my grand adventures, whatever they may be.
I am extremely grateful to all of you that have supported me in this venture and to those of you who have purchased some of my items, I hope they bring you much joy.
Please do feel free to share this story far and wide - not just to support the sale but also to share the story, which I so hope will help someone else too.
With much love
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