Our name was inspired by the French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (the author of Gigi), who wrote
" You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm....." which motivated us to launch our silk scarf collection.
And, my favourite all time fashion and style boutique, the iconic Colette in Paris which sadly is no more.
I've spent most of my working life designing clothing and accessories for major High Street stores and many Corporate clients. I've always had a great love of design in both fashion and interiors, but never really had the outlet to express many of my ideas for scarves and print design until now. This beautiful collection is inspired by art and designs of the past and also contemporary graphic designs but always with fashion colour trends in mind. All our scarves are 100% silk and produced in very small quantities to create scarves for both wear and wall art.
Having worked for many years in High End Retail Fashion management i've gained an eye for great clothing design and together with my wife Katrina, share a love of art and fashion. We have now taken the opportunity to work together as Colletesilk, by developing this range of silk scarves which we believe looks equally good on the runway as it does adorning the walls of any home or office.
We have many different influences in our design range ranging from the Minimalist Artist and Sculptor Frank Stella, 60's -80's Op Art, Art Deco prints of the twenties and thirties right back to the Paisley pattern which was made popular in the west in the 18th/19th centuries. I have links below if you are interested in finding out a little more yourselves.