Maria Harris founder of St.Hilaire London
Spans over twenty years designing for some of London’s popular Fashion Houses.
later went on to teach fashion and textile related courses having
achieved a CERT ED Post Compulsory Cert at Westminster University
A statement from Maria:
have long wanted to create a brand that would not just be meaningful to
me but one that would be meaningful to many other women who are
passionate about their clothing. The big question is “how”?
touched by what was unfolded to me via the research I carried out while
studying on a master’s program about sustainable fashion. This is a
large and controversial subject which at first I found daunting.
However, having gotten over the initial shock of what I discovered,
regarding landfills and how certain fibers, fashion items and other
materials effect these areas, mainly in the third world. I started to
think hard about how I could be one of the fashion designers who could
contribute to bring about change, no matter how small it’s still a
starting point right?
idea thus far has been to firstly think about a woman’s form, crafting
shapes and lines fit for “real women” an overused term I agree but
appropriate never the less.
All to often I have listened
to clients, students’ and friends blame their bodies saying they cannot
where the on trend apparel they desire. Truth is it’s not always the
case, it is often the cut of fast fashion trends as they are mainly
aimed at teenagers or younger women.
I also discovered that It has been scientifically proven that color can enhance ones well-being.
my colorful natural fiber collection. Which to date incorporates
cotton, raw silk and linen that are in some cases combined together in
one fashion item, which complement each other in a creative way.
line is considerately formed and crafted for women. The style, colors
and prints will take you on a journey of well-being to enable you to
feel confident as you go about your daily lives.
particularly cotton works with your body, not just for comfort but also
to detract the reaction that hot weather climates create. layered up in
the winter months works equally well.