Divine Devine #tattytalk

I thought it was about time I got myself on Twitter (@ethelbeetroot if anyone’s interested!) I’ve been running my “proper” work’s account for a couple of years, which involves following and tweeting about lots of lovely bars slash restaurants slash hotels in London. I’ve found so many good places through using it and  obviously I tweet a photo the next day to legitimise the whole thing.

It’s got to the point where I wanted to follow people but couldn’t because it the link to work was rather tenuous. So here we are.

I soon found out that acrylic jewellery heroes Tatty Devine were giving a talk at The V&A. I grabbed a friend and we popped down to South Ken to listen to the story of Harriet & Rosie, the creative minds behind Tatty.

I think I first heard of the designers when I moved to London for uni. All I know is I have been aware of them for a long time. I remember going to London Fashion Weekend and seeing their stand (in my memory, although could be making this up) alongside Luella Bartley, who was another hero. What a dream! People elbowing each other out the way to get their hands on samples. Not what one is used to coming from a sleepy Hertfordshire village. Actually, that’s not true, you should see the grannies at the local jumble sale, scrapping over God knows what!

Below: The name necklaces I bought my sisters-in-law for Christmas.

What instantly strikes you about this pair is how positive their outlook on life is; I would hate to say it was all down to luck as they are both clearly very talented, but I was shocked at how laid-back they were about risk-taking! I know my weakness is needing the approval of others (needless to say I don’t get it) which often holds me back. It’s wonderful how Harriet and Rosie have had the support of each other throughout their friendship, as well as the 15 years they have worked together. It sounds like they’re always on the same page and both allow the business to grow organically which is why they work so well as business partners.

We hugely enjoyed the stories of the early days of Tatty and the challenges of sourcing material pre-internet (one is hardly able to imagine!) I’m sure this success couldn’t have come to two nicer people and I wish them every success in the future.

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