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Saturday 31 July 2010

Q and A with Brat and Suzie

Designer Polly Vickery and Illustrator Louise Boulter are the duo behind Brat and Suzie, a British Label kicking up a storm with their printed men and women's illustrated t-shirts, vests and canvas bags. With their original, quirky illustrations set against bright bold colours and a range of interesting shapes and styles, their pieces are a welcome addition to your summer wardrobe.

How did Brat and Suzie start? 
We started 2 years ago, first we made a small range of t-shirts to sell at the back yard market in Brick Lane and it grew from there.

Who's behind Brat and Suzie?
Polly Vickery is the main driving force behind the brand. Louise Boulter provided the first illustrations and her drawings still dominate the main range along with some new illustrators we’ve met along the way. 

Were there any particular challenges starting up?
No money, no time, no space!

Who is the Brat and Suzie customer? 
Our customers are hard to pin down, our main target is fashionable girls and guys aged between 14-35 but we find our appeal is much wider. Our prints have been spotted on Vanessa from the Saturdays, Daisy Lowe and Drew from Babyshambles, so pretty varied.

Where do you get your inspiration from for your designs?  
All over! Maybe a dog on the street, fairy tales, flicker, blogs and old books we pick up.

What techniques do you use for printing your t shirts? 
All our garments are screen printed by hand.

What's your best seller from your range?
The Catbow is the best seller.

What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment we are working on sweatshirts and winter prints for when the weather take a turn for the worst. Later in the year we are hoping to develop a clothing line to sit alongside the tee’s and vests.

Are you an eco-friendly company? 
Yes all our garments are made by manufactures that encourage and assist the entire supply chain to adopt environmentally sustainable and ethical production methods.

Are there any British designers which you admire? 
Peter Jensen (based in England), Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood.

What comes to mind when you think Quintessentially British?
Love of animals, Cups of tea, patterned tablecloths, Michael Caine,
talking about the weather, fish and chips, Brighton beach.

How did you get involved with FiveGoMad?
We met at a craft sale.

What's next for Brat and Suzie? 
Clothing range, opening more stores in Europe and the World!

By Liz Appleby


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