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The True Cost

Romany Kemp-Ghani

Part of the ethos of Found is respect for nature, and humanity is also a given when it comes to not just our brand, but our very lifestyle and moral code. Mahatma Gandhi once said "there is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness", and we couldn't feel more strongly about that. 

So when the Birmingham City University Fashion Society managed to get hold of the upcoming film 'The True Cost', for the only screening in Birmingham, it was a pretty big deal, not only to get such a great viewing as a way to end the year, but to bring to light a very real and serious problem in the Fashion Industry, one that the Slow Fashion movement is trying to combat by pioneering ethical treatment to workers, by giving them fair trade and conditions, and by working with reusing and recycling fashion in as many different ways as possible. 

From the website description:

"This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?"

What was even more exciting about this screening was the fact the ECO by BCUSU and the Fashion Society asked if we'd premiere our fashion film Found (which is not online yet but will be soon, as good things come to those who wait!) as a trailer before the screening of The True Cost. Of course we had to say yes! 

Support of the cause for change is always a good thing, and with a secret garden after-party at Edible Eastside in Digbeth, the only thing that should be stopping you from going is "I haven't got anything ethical to wear!" :) 

find out more details here, and have a fabulous night out! 

Much love, 

Romany xoxo

Still from 'The True Cost' Documentary by Andrew Morgan, 2015

Still from 'The True Cost' Documentary by Andrew Morgan, 2015


Treasure Hunts

Romany Kemp-Ghani

When creating a garment, the perfect fabrics are always a struggle to find, waiting and wandering for that right one, that moment where you know it when you see it... Sound familiar in anything more than just fabrics?!

However, it becomes even more complex when one needs to search through the overlooked, the pre-loved, and the misguided fabrics, trinkets and pieces of clothing. Limits suddenly become applied, designs need to be thought out carefully and the time taken to find such pieces is doubled instantly. It certainly adds a tricksome element to the whole process. 

And yet, there is something ultimately magical about it all. 

What sounds like a struggle is an infinite treasure hunt, but sourcing for me has always been about intuition and adventure, and there is nothing more rewarding than finding particular pieces of clothing that can be made anew, worn trinkets that that can become precious embellishments and the overcoming of challenges posed by limits of items, in order to create the perfect garment. 

Stories become the heart of the clothing. 

When searching for these lost loves, the human element becomes apparent in each piece; there is a tale in each necklace or gown, and when queried about the objects I find (and there are often inquisitive discussions started in the most surreal places), there is a real sense of enthusiasm handed over with the items found. People are keen to know how their unusable items will be given a new life, inspired by the ethos of Found. 

There is a well-wishing within each piece before it is even made into an ensemble, threads of a story woven together to create entirely unique items just for you. Ultimately, there is a treasure trove just waiting for you to choose what calls to you, to make your own unique piece of art. 

Find out more on the bespoke process and the way you can create your own unique garment at Found's Bespoke Process

  

You found us...

Romany Kemp-Ghani

Welcome to the Blog of 'Found' bespoke bridal and occasionwear! 

Found's Blog is dedicated to showing you the inspiration, design and bespoke hand-crafting that goes into each and every one of your garments, and our journey of creating them and showcasing them along the way! Found is a project born of  wanderlust, a love for natural beauty and a respect for the environment.

Even as a child, I have always been in love with the notion of salvaging treasures, of taking something a little worn and from days long since gone, and creating something beautiful from it. What inspires me is the free-spirited, the daring and passionate, and the enchanting souls that can see true beauty in a piece of wearable art, and it is for these people that I create one-off pieces.

It's good to be a little different, and with the bespoke process that I have employed from training in Costume Design, brides will have a garment suited to their uniqueness in silhouette and in style.  What I also am fond of is the eco-friendly aspect of a garment, it is in the ethos of the brand to care for nature fiercely, as it grounds us, inspires us, and cares for us. We should do the same, and with the repurposing aspect of fabric and embellishment sourcing, your unique choices lessen the impact of mass production of products. 

Found has sparked a  community of different souls, each with their own dream of the perfect pieces of wearable art, and we hope you follow us on the journeys we go on with each of these people... what can we say, we're so glad you 'Found' us! 

Much love and luck, 

Romany xoxo