Lyndsey Page may have fallen pregnant during her final year of University, but that didn’t stop her from following her dreams of becoming a fashion designer.
The 25-year-old is a Fashion Design and Marketing Graduate from Newcastle, who has her own business, Tailored Tinkers. Her brand specialises in the design and creation of handmade clothing for children, ranging in sizes from newborn to eight years old.
The talented mother took a year out of her degree at Newcastle University where she studied fashion design and marketing, to give birth to her now two-year-old daughter, Naomi. With more time on her hands, the fashion designer started her business.
When her daughter turned one, Lyndsey returned to her studies to finish her degree, before starting Tailored Tinkers back up again. Lyndsey describes the year as a whirlwind!
Of course, running a business and raising daughter at the same time doesn’t come easy, “it’s very stressful at times” Lyndsey said, “at the same time though, it’s very handy because I have a guinea pig to test out all the clothes and sizing on her,
“It’s harder as she gets older because she used to be happy on her play mat, but now she wants to join in so I have to keep her busy with her pencils and paper. I always restrict my orders so I can fit them in while she’s at nursery or on a nighttime when she’s asleep. I try not to work when I have her as I always get Mam guilt so I have to leave time to play with her.”
When asked what the most rewarding part of her business, she told me that it’s in fact raising awareness for The Rainbow Trust charity, which works to support children who are terminally ill or have a life threatening condition. They bring support and help to families who so desperately need it, with Lyndsey claiming “for each garment I sell, 5% of the profit goes to the charity. It’s an amazing charity and if anything ever happened to Naomi, I know I would love the support they give to their patients.”
She continued, “another proud moment is when I was doing my A/W photoshoot, I got a mixed variety of children to model and one of the boys had down syndrome. (pictured below) He was so good at taking photos that his mam put the photos forward to the agency that shoots for River Island and Topshop! Now he’s got offers for more photo shoots, so I was over the moon about that.”
What’s the hardest part?
Definitely organising everything to fit it all in. It’s just me running the business so I have to do the research, designing, comparison with competitors, make the garments and then market it to the right audience and then do all the promotions. It’s a lot, but I enjoy it. I think the key is to just keep going. I have off days where I have lost interest and wonder why on earth I do it, but other days you just feel so proud of how far you’ve came and it gives you another kick up the bum!
How do you find inspiration?
I find it from all over to be honest! I mainly get inspired from clothes that adults wear, children’s clothes always have little patterns on or are made so the child is attracted to it, I wanted to make my collection quite plain but if it was in a bigger size, the adult would want to buy it. I also get slot of inspiration from the Kardashians children, they always wear oversized and comfortable clothes. My aim was always to make comfortable and practical clothes that are stylish. Especially when it’s for children as you don’t need something over the top if it’s going to have beans all over it by the end of the day!
* photos belong to Tailored Tinkers *
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