- Social graces. Redefined | MIEN Magazine - http://www.mienmagazine.com -

Foxy Tweed: Interview with Rosalie Eustace from Timothy Foxx

Posted By admin On December 3, 2010 @ 2:00 pm In Style | No Comments

Interview by Katie Antoniou

Tweed is quintessentially British, and never goes out of style - in the city or the countryside. Rosalie Eustace is the founder of [1] Timothy Foxx, ‘exceptionally eccentric’ clothing for those who appreciate the quality of traditional tweed combined with a quirky, modern twist.

How did you start working with tweed?

It all began with one of my father’s jackets, he is and always has been a wearer of Traditional tweed; a proper English gentleman. I grew up wearing Horse riding jackets made of tweed too. But when I found this Jacket of Dads which had a large and useless hole in the front of it, (no doubt it was created by a jagged barbed wire fence) I knew it wouldn’t be missed, so I decided to make something from it. I was studying Industrial Design at Loughborough University (aged 20) so having product design in my blood, I set about creating a small mini skirt from the recycled fabric, relining it with some funky looking fabrics, to give the tweed a youthful look. I loved it, and so did my house mates, so I  began making skirts for my friends who also appreciated something unique.

[2]

You’ve taken a look traditionally associated with the countryside, and made it suitable for youngsters and urban life; was this hard to do?

It was great fun, and challenging- Tweed is such a British fabric with so much history; I wanted to emphasise its qualities. So I tweaked it, throwing in some crazy patterns and beautiful silks, and made a few designs like our mini skirts and our hotpants that were not styles normally associated with tweed. These look brilliant in the field with a pair of wellies, or in town with a pair of heels!

[3]

How are your pieces made?

They are now produced for me in Wales by a small group of ladies who have some beautiful manufacturing skills, as I couldn’t keep up with the demand on my own.

[4]

Are there any plans to add more pieces to your collection; dresses for example? Or maybe more menswear?

Yes; lots of plans in the pipeline for next season; it’s a very exciting time! We have plans for new ladies’ wear including more skirts, jackets casualwear and accessories, and our new men’s range.

[5]

[6]

Who are your favourite tweed wearers, from the past or present?

I am a massive fan of Vivienne Westwood she is fabulous, and I love eccentric people. Also, my good friend called George who is a complete hoot.

Who would you most like to see wearing Timothy Foxx?

I would love to see Kate Middleton in any of my gear: she is so beautiful and classic, young and sophisticated. Jodie Kidd bought a jacket from me last Christmas, and that was very exciting.

What is your favourite Christmas tradition?

I love waking the tree fairy up from her 12-month sleep, to pop her on top of our tree. She is a bit of an antique doll whose eyes close when she lies down so it really feels like she is awakening when her eyes open. But I love all aspects of the festive season, it’s such a lovely time of the year.


Article printed from Social graces. Redefined | MIEN Magazine: http://www.mienmagazine.com

URL to article: http://www.mienmagazine.com/style/foxy-tweed-interview-with-rosalie-eustace-from-timothy-foxx/

URLs in this post:
[1] Timothy Foxx: http://www.timothyfoxx.co.uk/
[2] Image: http://www.mienmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/timothy-foxx-tweed-flatcap.jpg
[3] Image: http://www.mienmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/timothy-foxx-tweed-croquet.jpg
[4] Image: http://www.mienmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/timothy-foxx-tweed-lady-lucy.jpg
[5] Image: http://www.mienmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/timothy-foxx-tweed-skirt.jpg
[6] Image: http://www.mienmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/timothy-foxx-tweed-shorts.jpg

Copyright © 2008 MIEN Magazine. All rights reserved.