Italian-born Valli Colpani’s enthusiasm for fashion and her natural flair for pattern-cutting translated into a successful hat-making business during her early years in London. The range proved hugely popular at her base in Covent Garden. In 1999 the designer opened Atelier Colpani, a tailoring studio in the heart of Mayfair. In 2005 Valli opened a shop in Portobello.
“I started making clothes as a child, wrapping fabric around myself and cutting it. When I start a new project, this is still my preferred technique for creating clothes.”
As a self-taught tailor and experienced pattern-cutter, Valli’s initial philosophy to make stylish, distinctive, well-fitting pieces using only natural fabrics remains. The quality of fabric, attention to detail and versatility of her designs bring a unique, modern spark to the clothing.
The clothes are made at the Mayfair tailoring studio, a friendly environment where the expert team of tailors pride themselves on the highest standards of professionalism and care.
A designer conscious of sustainability, Valli often carefully sources fabrics leftover from other more established labels, as well as always recycling her own offcuts into accessories such as scarves.
“Being part of the Business Support Programme at CSFwas a total mind-opener. While I have always taken an ethical approach to the fashion industry, embracing fair trade and prioritising a good working environment for my assistants, the course provided me with a lot of important information regarding how to go about sourcing, and making the most of the natural fabrics on offer such as hemp, bamboo and seashells.
The Programme was also significant in helping me to focus on and develop my brand. I am preparing to rebrand for AW/11, the collection will be called ‘Ora’ (fashion makers).
I plan to create garments with longevity and am working towards a better way of creating and exploring fashion in sustainable terms, involving local manufacturers and sourcing local materials.”
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