Recreating the dresses my mum made for me & my sister as young girls
I learnt the art of pattern design and dressmaking from both my mother and grandmother, both incredibly talented seamstresses, and have been sewing since a young age. Drawn to vintage archived sewing patterns and traditional tailoring techniques, dressmaking has always been a particularly special process for me; a process of exploring the notion of femininity, of uncovering new silhouettes and recognising the skill and patience required in the process of handmaking the dresses we wear.
Inspired by vintage sewing patterns, particularly the silhouettes of 1970s nightwear, and the dresses my mother handmade for me and my sister when we were young girls, the world of Benjamin Fox is one of nostalgia and romanticism.
Founded in 2020, I started the brand after graduating with an LLB from UCL. Entirely disillusioned with the prospect of pursing a career in Law, I left London, started sewing again, and Benjamin Fox was born.
Each piece is handmade in the UK, either by myself in my North Norfolk studio, or by one of a small team of skilled seamstresses and dressmakers across the UK. The made to order process is at the heart of how we work; not only because it evokes the time old traditional way that seamstresses and tailors have always worked, according to the client’s specifications and measurements, but it also reduces the possibility of being left with excess stock and contributing to the huge problem of waste so prevalent in the fashion industry.
At Benjamin Fox one of our most important focuses is sourcing fabrics of the highest quality. We work with high quality, unique and beautiful cloth, the majority of which originates from the UK and Europe and is reclaimed, deadstock, vintage or otherwise leftover.
Welcome to Benjamin Fox.