Fashion City York – Pop Up Village

I hope you had a lovely weekend.  Mine was exciting as I finally got to see the finished Yorkshire Kimono and I really couldn’t be happier with the result!  For those of you who have managed to miss out on all my ramblings lately about the wonderful recent collaboration I took part in with the lovely ladies at Smith and Downes, you can read more about it here but in a nutshell, Rebecca and Marie approached me earlier this year to see if I was interested in creating a fabric print for their next Kimono and of course I said yes!  They already design and manufacture beautiful, vintage inspired, Bridal Kimonos from gorgeous Liberty fabrics (see here), so to have been asked to design a fabric print for their new Kimonos was a huge honour!  So without further ado, here’s the finished Yorkshire Kimono on display at last weekends Fashion City York event……tada!

Yorkshire Kimono fabric design by Rebecca Stoner for Smith and Downes

And below is a close up of the fabric design “Whippets and Roses” which features (of course!) elegant whippets jumping about on my take of the Yorkshire Rose.  With both our businesses being based in York, we really wanted the design to have a strong Yorkshire theme but still be a beautiful garment that people would feel special in.  I also created the ditsy flower design that features on the arms and trim of the Kimonos.

Yorkshire Kimono fabric design by Rebecca Stoner for Smith and Downes

The response we’ve had so far has been amazing and we can’t wait to get these in our shops, which hopefully won’t be long but if you’d like to know when that is then you can subscribe to my newsletter here so you don’t miss out.  The Kimonos are made from beautiful Crepe de Chine Silk, which as you can see drapes lovely and has a little cheeky sheerness about it! They will be available in a shorter length version, similar to the one seen here, which by the way we think would look great with a pretty cami underneath and worn with jeans and also a full length version which will be perfect for covering up and still feeling special in.

Smith and Downes were also exhibiting their beautiful Liberty Kimonos at the weekend which you can see here.  I loooove Liberty fabrics and their prints and it felt so good seeing the Kimono side by side with them.

Liberty Kimonos by Smith and Downes

Also exhibiting at the pop up village was my very good friend Jo Bagshaw Jewellery Designer who designs and makes the most beautiful silver jewellery and her stand looked gorgeous. My phone photos really don’t do it justice, sorry Jo!

Jo Bagshaw Jewellery

And here’s a close up of one of my favourite pieces which is from her Flying Bird Collection.  How beautiful is this?

Jo Bagshaw Jewellery


There were lots of other stands exhibiting their beautiful wares and one of them was Jules from Love You Sew, who I met and who makes the most adorable children’s clothes.  I even spotted lots of Dashwood Studio fabrics in her collection, including this pretty dress made from their recent Rain or Shine collection.  How cute is it?

Love You Sew

Well I hope you enjoyed my whistle stop tour of the pop up village and seeing more of the Yorkshire Kimonos.  I’ll let you know as soon as they are availble so do watch this space!
Have a lovely week,
Rebecca x

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