Louise Grahame

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Place Category: Clothing, Designer, Hats, Men's, and Men's/Women's

  • Profile

    I’VE MOVED !

    After 38 years I’ve ceased trade at Salamanca Market.

    2018 – I have relocated to shop 36 Quail Street, St Helens 7216. Phone 0497320811


    DESIGNER MAKER Est. 1979

    Sustainable, exclusive, local.

    Original Salamanca retailer of funky fairtrade unisex clothing. Frocks, Jeans, handknits, accessories, incorporate modern and unique unused, uncut vintage fabric lengths, remnants and yarns purchased from charitable organisations since 1970s.

    . 1980s – studied fashion design, textiles, pattern and garment construction (2 years). Mum crochets. Patternmaker, cutter, seamster, knitter, launderer, dyer, buyer, Louise assembles garments on treadle sewing machines in solar powered house built of recycled materials.

    . Also stocks Vintage Collectables

    Mobile shop (with change room)

    Sorry, no custom orders!
    An excerpt from an interview with Louise Grahame…….I had my first stall at a nascent Salamanca Market in 1977, selling vintage clothing I had laundered, repaired, altered. By 1982 I was marketing full season. In 1984 I sold my first garment made at TAFE (fashion & design), a skirt, launching my Louise Grahame design label. All future designs including various first prize fashion show outfits, I sold, initially via local boutiques. By 1990 my expanding label spilled into my market stock. Small ranges and one off pieces gradually superseded vintage. Designing and making my own label became my main focus and stock. 1996-2008 I also ran my own inner city store (CLEO best shopper guide 1999). My style is cyclic, eclectic, colourful, incorporating most textiles. 1980s I made leather – jackets, skirts, bags. 1990s – my own jeans label. Since 2000, my output remains mixed; one off knits, patchworks and basic ranges….” read the full interview HERE