Bespoke Dressmakers@nortiershallow

Turn your #bridal vision into a reality. High end alteration and couturier.

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Bespoke Dressmakers

D A Y E I G H T - about our name
Ok, I know I’m massively behind some I’m going to rattle through some posts to catch up 🙈
I actually answered this question on day one, but our name is easy, we’re Adrien Nortier and Ben Shallow. We used to be called Bahbua but we got sick of having to explain what it meant (because it didn’t mean anything!)
#luxebridephotochallenge #nortiershallow #arosebyanyothernamewouldsmellassweet #branding


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D A Y S E V E N - oldest designer
Guess who missed yesterday? 🙈 Oh well, a double dose today!
Now technically we’ve only been stocking dresses for just under a year so I’ve gone for a designer that we have the longest history with and is (I believe) the oldest label we stock.
@palomablancabridal is a label we started working with in 2014 when we started doing alterations for Brides of Odiham. Established in Toronto in 1937, they are one of the longest running Bridal labels in the industry and their dresses are still produced in Canada today. Signature Paloma Blanca details include their gorgeous silk taffeta, box pleated skirts, their use of both Alençon and Chantilly lace and their simple, unfussy approach to design. We also stock they’re sister label @mikaellabridal, which has beautiful crepe and lace dresses as well as the tiered horsehair braid trimmed ball gowns that Paloma Blanca were also always know for.
We’ve featured one of our original PB brides, Emma, here, wearing style 4400 at @theelvetham we also made the mother-of-the-bride Joanne’s outfit, as well as maid-of-honour, Victoria’s dress.
Have you had a Paloma Blanca dress and worked with us? We’d love to see some pictures so please send them in!
#luxebridephotochallenge #palomablanca #weddingdressinspiration


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D A Y S I X - style icons
For today’s list, I’ve included anyone that I remember making me look at clothes in a different way. I remember seeing Princess Diana in the news as a child and I was always captivated by her and her beautiful clothes. At the time I thought she looked like my mum so I think that’s also why I warmed to her!
I’ve stolen Carrie Bradshaw (and it is Carrie, not SJP) from @exquisiteofwinchester because SATC was a massive reason I went back to study fashion. I was 16 when season six aired and all my GCSE notes were covered in sketches of her Paris outfits. In my head, I was wearing the big polka dot dress as I pranced down the corridors of my college.
@katemossagency was the girl I pretended to fancy so I could have an excuse to by @voguemagazine at university.
Isabella Blow (and @alexandermcqueen) and @ladygaga I discovered around the time I came out and they all had a very immediate effect on me as I had just started on a fashion design course, @florenceandthemachine and @lanadelrey I was listening to while designing (in fact, our FMP went down the catwalk to Spectum by Florence).
Drag has had a big impact on LGBT culture but also has had a big impact on how we look at silhouette. I’ve picked @sutanamrull and @ageofaquaria for the most influential in terms of their clothing.
@billieeilish represents to me a shift in perspective for silhouettes for future generations. She’s definitely one to watch!
#luxebridephotochallenge #styleicons


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D A Y F I V E - current favourite dress (pt 2)

From our own made-in-house collection we’ve picked ‘Blossom’, because who could resist that gorgeous lace? This dress has a much softer slipper satin and chiffon skirt with no petticoat, so the vibe is much more boho and dreamy.
The lace has tiny clear sequins buried in it, as well as being lined with a clear sequin sheet fabric, so it glistens beautifully in the sunshine.

The crossover straps are a pretty detail which allow for a low back without loss of support 👍🏻 #luxebridephotochallenge #nortiershallow #bohowedding


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D A Y F I V E - current favourite dress (pt 1)
This was a tough one and we’ve decided to pick one dress from our external designers and one dress from our own collection that have very similar silhouettes.
We felt 4802 by @palomablancabridal , with its romantically full organza skirt and delicately beaded guipure lace bodice was the perfect choice as we head into sunnier days.

Organza being sheer but more rigid than chiffon gives the dress a more formal feel, we think this dress would best suit a larger venue that can take the size of the skirt. If you’ve got a church ceremony, the bodice can be fully lined and would look pretty with a simple tulle and lace backwards cape if you wanted to be a little more covered.

The dress would also be great for a marquee if the skirt were to be the same length all the way round.
#luxebridephotochallenge #palomablanca #summerwedding #organzaskirt


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D A Y F O U R - flat lay
For today’s photo challenge I’ve decided to show you both ends of a bride’s journey with us with regards to the dressmaking spectrum: from the initial pattern cutting tools to the pretty little details that make for a finished result.
Everyone has their own way of approaching both tasks, but the end goal is the same: something that is the perfect fit for your client.
#luxebridephotochallenge #finishingtouches #patterncutting


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D A Y T H R E E - meet the owners
We actually get asked a lot about the name of our business - it’s actually nothing more interesting than our surnames! He’s Adrien Nortier and I’m Ben Shallow. We used to be called Bahbua but that literally was a made up work that circled around B’s and A’s and we decided to rebrand in line with moving locations and setting up on our own in 2017.
Adrien, as you may have guessed, is French (born in Paris but insistently NOT a Parisian- apparently that’s very important). He moved to the U.K. in 2007 when he was 19 and met me in 2010 while I was studying fashion. Girls were dropping off the course like flies and I convinced him to join the course. Our final major project was a 6 outfit collection of ‘male bridal wear’ entitled ‘Unbridled’.
I’ve always lived in Basingstoke, as have both sides of my family (mum mum’s side since the 60s and my dad’s since about the 1700s as far as we can gather!) I moved out for 3 1/2 years while I was at uni (@oxfordbrookes ) where I studied English Literature.
We got into working in Bridal in 2012 when Adrien approach Barbara, the then owner of Brides of Odiham (now @boobridalboutique ) and we started making little bespoke pieces like fur capes and jackets. In 2013, when Anna became the new owner, we did more alterations work, eventually taking over full time in April 2013 when Barbara retired.
In August 2014 we opened Boo in Hartley Wintney as a joint venture with Anna. For the first year we did all the alterations from the back of the shop but decided to turn this into a bridesmaids’ retail area after this and we moved into a premises next door for all the sewing work.
In 2017 we made the move to Basingstoke as our first solo venture and became Nortier Shallow.
Work wise, Adrien will do the bulk of the sewing with help from our two amazing seamstresses @sophierosebridal (with us since 2015!) and Julie (who started this year). I tend to do the bespoke consultations, mobile fittings, marketing etc. With help from our PA Katy.
So that’s a bit about us! Head to our stories if you want to ask us a question about the varied world of bridal!
#luxebridephotochallenge #ourhistory #meettheowner


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D A Y T W O - where are we?
This really should have gone up yesterday, but head to our stories to see a bit more about the town we are in!
Basingstoke actually does have its own history of clothing manufacturing, being the original home of Burberry and Harry Hall (later bought by Austin Reed) where my paternal grandmother worked from the age of 15!
Our business was actually set up in the attic of my maternal grandmother’s house in Basingstoke town centre; you can see the window of our original studio in the fourth picture, just above the balcony!
We are now based on Essex Road in an old Victorian Dairy (Basingstoke natives will remember being the Co-op many years ago) which is home to many small businesses, including hosting the wardrobe department of @batsbasingstoke, an am dram group we both belong to and for whom we have done costumes in the past!
#luxebridephotochallenge #basingstoke #ourhistory


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Have you entered @lulabeeweddings amazing giveaway? Only 100 followers to go until the winner is announced!

Even if you don’t win, you should definitely check out Laura’s beautiful stationery and prop hire service. Lots of our brides have used Lulabee and absolutely raved about it, and that’s before they find out that Laura and I are cousins (in fact, Laura’s dad and my mum are brother and sister who share the same birthday but 4 years apart!) If you’ve used both Nortier Shallow and Lulabee we’d love to hear from you!
#keepingitinthefamily
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G I V E A W A Y //
I’ve been feeling very mushy this week, maybe it’s the weather, maybe I just have the loveliest clients but I honestly just love my job! So I’m very excited to do my biggest giveaway ever! 🌟 1st Place: Lulabees flower wall free of charge worth £300!
🌟 Second Place: £100 off Lulabee’s flower wall
🌟 Third Place: £50 off Lulabee’s flower wall
HOW TO ENTER:
🍓 Like @lulabeeweddings Instagram page
🍓 comment on this post why you’d like to win
🍓 For an extra entry tag a friend!
GIVEAWAY CLOSES ONCE I REACH 2000 INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS.
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Terms and Conditions apply. Please also note this is subject to availability and does NOT cover the delivery and set up charges. I am based in the postcode SP5 and will generally cover an 80mile radius. .
GOOD LUCK! 🍓🍓🍓
Ps. Dog not included 🤓


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D A Y O N E - Our Boutique
Here is the shop side (technically this is Unit 5 and the Studio is Unit 4). When I was designing the interior I wanted it to feel light and fresh and essentially like my own lounge, partly so all our visitors would feel relaxed and partly because we spend so much time here (maybe even 100 hours some weeks!) is that it had to be somewhere we loved being.
In case you’re interested, the leafy wall is one of two big gym mirrors on wheels that we use to show you all angles of your dress.
We have a big picture wall and I have made sure to include a photo of my grandparents’ wedding from 1951, just as a little reminder that though you may only wear your dress for 8-12 hours, its legacy lives on in photographs for future generations!
#luxebridephotochallenge #ourboutique #nortiershallow #ukbridalshop #weddingdressinspiration


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We’re now very proud members of @luxebrideuk and we’ll be trying our very best to complete all 30 of these photos this month! Now I’m off to tidy the studio so I can actually photograph it 🤦🏼‍♂️ #luxebridephotochallenge


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Had to repost the gorgeous Lucie’s #weddingwednesday. How gorg do these two look? #weddinggoals #bespokedress


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