INTRODUCING, MRS LANG: CUSTOMISING QUEEN
“Now we’re sharing the same dream (uh-huh) And our hearts just beat as one. No more love on the run. Customising queen!”
SORRY!!!! *puts on serious face
When recently asked to describe my style in one sentence, my response was that I was drawn to the different. Which is probably why, I’ve got a thing about customised clothing, innit! And it’s the reason I’m writing this blog post about the beautiful, boutique label, MRS LANG.
For me, customised clothing is the ultimate style rule-breaker.
It brings together different elements and eras, textures and trends in order to recreate something so spectacularly eclectic, indie and unique. Plus let’s not forget, in a world of fast fashion, it’s always good to slow things down and re-work wherever we can, right?
With its contemporary twist on camouflage and denim jackets (and as photographed here) vintage velvet blazers too, MRS LANG is a label you need to know if you’re looking for an investment, outerwear piece that will truly stand-out from the puffer jacket pack.
Rosettes and ribbons, appliqués and antique embellishments (the Japanese silk used in the collection date back to the 50s and 60s) are all signature details to this handcrafted label that specialise in sourcing vintage jackets and military wear, recreating them into unique original womenswear pieces.
Roni Lang, the designer and creator behind the brand says:
“My coats and jackets fuse elements of east meets west, casual with glamour, intelligence with style.”
With a running narrative of inspiration and respect for antique silks alongside utility fabrics, the essence to MRS LANG is about being inspired by trends, rather than being led by them, Roni adds: “It’s about taking on something casual and giving it a feeling of luxury, a sense of grandeur; with a modern edge.”
Already with a wide demographic appeal, Roni (who used to be the womenswear design co-ordinator at Next) is keen for her label to encompass all ages. She says:
“I believe that style has no age.”
Handcrafted in a 17th Century workspace in West Malling, Kent you can view more MRS LANG styles over on her Instagram account mrs_lang1 plus there’s a totally bespoke service too if you’re looking for something really unique and one-of-a-kind.
Updating and breathing new life into existing items in our wardrobe is something we can ALL do, innit? I know we’re all a bit “where’s the faarrking time-shop” these days but any excuse to go into Liberty London and gently browse their haberdashery department for even just 20 minutes is good enough for me, ha! (That and their stationery hall are my utter credit card downfall!)
I’ve been rocking this Missguided coat for a good couple of years now but slowly and surely all the buttons have fallen off – except one!
Rather than buy a new set of four, I went for non-matching silver buttons instead. REBEL!
Now get this, I was also given some brilliant advice when in there about sewing buttons – use beeswax (run it along the cotton) as it’ll reinforce the thread and to also use a poly-cotton for extra durability too.
Who knew? I didn’t. Good evening, friend Brownie but you did not teach me that.
Ooh, and while I had the sewing box out (it’s never been touched since the eldest left scouts three years ago) you’ll be pleased to know that I also FINALLY hemmed up said teenage son’s school trousers that were hanging up in the front room for about two months and the second borns cuddly toy finally got her five minutes on the O.R. sewing table, too. Aaah! Nothing like ticking things off your to-do list, eh? Winning, innit!
What do you think? Isn’t MRS LANG amazing? I’m truly excited about this label.
Look out for another blog post coming soon on their camouflage shirt jackets too – or SHACKETS (!) as I recently read somewhere… (*eyeroll* who makes this stuff up, eh? Actually, to be fair, when I used to work on magazines, it was probably me, ha!)
And what about my super sewing skills? Did you like how I breathed-button-life-back into my boring (but very classic) blazer coat? Shall I sew some on for you? I’ve got enough tailors wax to re-sew buttons on an entire secondary schools worth of blazers. (Don’t. Even. Think. About. It!)
Aaah, but thank you for reading and if you’re on Instagram there’s a brilliant competition to win one of these amazing MRS LANG Freya velvet jackets worth £150, so head over there now for more details on how to enter.