I have a friend who is very dear to me, we have many things in common, we share some of our inner most secrets. Spiritually we are of a similar mould, we both are mother's of two boys and share a love of Spain and flamenco. We have written to each other, exchanged gifts and phone calls, yet we have never met. The only reason is purely geographical, she lives in New York and I live in Wales, without the internet we would not know each other and yet our friendship is now longer than ten years, longer and closer than a lot of my terrestrial acquaintances. My friend is a dancer, a very talented dancer she specialises in Flamenco, she also makes her own costumes and commissions some for others too. It was when I was looking through her portfolio that I realised that the shirt that I had in my mind and had been searching for, was very similar to one of her own designs.
My Flamenco Shirt
So using the wonderful fabric shop The Berwick Street Cloth Shop which came highly recommended by Fee Doran" Mrs Jones " I purchased some fabric. Shopping with them was a wonderful experience, I rang them and asked them to send me a selection of swatches of heavy silk to make a flamenco shirt in shades of orange and red. The next day they were here, 12 strips of fabric, all labelled and priced, different weights and stunning shades.. I was totally spoilt for choice. Once the decision was made, I was able to place the order over the phone and they sent it via courier, directly to my friend who was living in Sevilla last summer.
Self covered buttons
I have to say it is the most wonderful shirt that I own, probably as it is made to measure, and each little detail is wonderful. Like the little self covered buttons and the depth of the neckline, we were able to discuss everything little detail as to how I wanted it to fit ..I think it is perfect. I wore it with my J Brand waxed Agness jeans and some sparkly black Pedro Garcia shoes at Christmas.
J Brand waxed Agness jeans available from Net a Porter
I think it would look equally as good with some really distressed jeans..
There is definitely something wonderful about having something made just for you