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Euphemia, an inspiration

Tender is the Night

Our Euphemia Silk Slip from recent collection, Tender is the Night, is named after Olivia's grandmother, who also designed and made lingerie back in the 1930s in a small studio on Bond Street, London. 

We are lucky to have a few of her garments, one being a gorgeous silk playsuit. We took inspiration from its design lines to create our Euphemia Silk Slip. 

We wanted to acknowledge Euphemia's life and work in this collection - not only for her beautiful designs - but we were inspired by the strong independent character she was. She was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1909, and lived a full life during a very turbulent time in European history. 

Before marrying, she made the most of the single life (like all the ladies should)- she learned cooking in Switzerland at Le Cordon Bleu, studied design under a Parisian dressmaker in London and gambled in Monte-Carlo.

In her early twenties, she met her first husband and was stationed with him, only being married a year, Austen Keen, was killed by a torpedo onboard a naval ship off the coast of Gilbratar. Heart-broken, and things didn't get easier, with the outbreak of WWII, now a widow returned to London to assist the troops, she became a WREN transporting soliders and supplies.

She later met her second husband, a cornel in the British Army, Roland, who she married in 1945 and moved to the Isle of Mull, far north of Scotland. She had five children, ran a hotel and among many other things drove around in a Rolls Royce!

Her life reads a little like a movie, and her ability to live a life pursuing her own interests, travelling as well as serving her country, and raising a family is an extraordinary feat in any era. So, here's to you, Effie, a true inspiriation! 

Still from her favourite movie, Doctor Zhivago

 

Her favourite book, The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico (1940)

 



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