THE CURIOUS COURTYARD
Hand-Crafted Fashion from Vintage Materials
We are delighted to award ‘Featured New Business’ to The Curious Courtyard in Lemona Village near Paphos. The business was set up by Juliet Gathercole in October 2019, when she and her husband relocated to this picturesque village set amongst rolling hills and vineyards. Juliet is working on a new Autumn Collection with all items available for sale online at CuriousCourtyard.com. All with 30% Discount!
Reopening to public and private clients in July 2020 via Appointment Only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Background in Fashion…
Juliet has a strong background in fashion as her mother was a dressmaker and tailoress of high distinction. Following her degree in fashion and textiles in the UK, she worked in the fashion business as a designer. During this time, she worked with some major high street brands including Marks and Spencers and Next. Following her work in this high-pressure environment with extensive travel around the world, Juliet went on to lecture in fashion and textiles. She also started her own fashion label in the UK.
During her career as a lecturer, and inspired by her pupils, she became more ethically aware of the materials used in fashion production. She could also see the damaging effects of mass manufacturing and the inherent value in repurposing beautiful, used fabrics.
As Juliet states, “I have this in-built enthusiasm and passion for the curious, whether it be vintage finds that can be incorporated into a new garment or an old black and white photograph that inspires a new fashion design. I always find myself returning to the quality and importance of the homespun, artisan skills I first learnt as a pattern cutter. I have a constant drive to produce garments that others will treasure while using fabrics from the past”.
Hence, The Curious Courtyard was established in Lemona as a showcase for Juliet’s work. A selection of her work is on display there, and she has had a busy season working away in her studio. Juliet told us, “This winter has seen a fantastic range of repurposed, vintage Indian cotton sarees, which have been Kantha stitched in Jaipur and then I cut and redesign into stylish coats. I am very excited about developing my new range for spring and summer. I will be using lighter fabrics, including silks and linens. The clothes are designed for climates like ours. Each item is unique and has a story to tell.”
Using the Island’s Resources wherever Possible…
The buttons for her jackets are made of olive wood which is sourced from the village of Lemona. The Curious Courtyard, as a brand, has made a deliberate decision to use the Island’s resources wherever possible. This means that the ethos of creating genuinely unique items can be adhered to. No two are ever the same.
The Courtyard is well worth a visit to see the latest fashion creations and a selection of accessories, including vintage furnishing bags, driftwood jewellery, hand-painted Balinese cotton kimonos for the summer, scarves made from Indian fabrics, boho aprons made from post-war tablecloths and garden aprons made from vintage sugar and flour sacks.
For contact details and opening hours, please see their website www.curiouscourtyard.com. The Curious Courtyard plans to hold pop up events which will start in the near future.