Enienay: Reworking Vintage Clothing into New Classics


We've covered plenty of funky design houses specialising in reworking existing garments before, many of which appear to originate from London. Take, for example, our post on Junky Styling and TRAID, or the ever-popular footwear and bags of Worn Again. Now we find yet another London-based designer bringing new life to old garments.

Enienay (apparently pronounced N.I.N.A.) is the creation of Nina Dewey, winner of the Clothes Show Young Designer of the Year 2003-2004. Nina creates unique, one-off designs from vintage garments by pinching, twisting and reshaping them into contemporary styles, often combining two or three garments into one. One of Nina's specialities is creating bespoke bridalwear. As she explained in a recent press article featured on her website, this often involves incorporating personal items of particular significance to the customer:

"Something that is important to the bride or the relationship can be incorporated into the dress — perhaps a piece of fabric from the bride's grandmother's dress. It's a special thing for the bride to wear and there's an emotional connection."

Enienay clothing can be found at a number of UK outlets, including Tatters in Chelmsford, Golightly's Vintage in Cambridge, Aqua Couture at the Corn Exchange in Leeds, and Just Maude in Cirencester (addresses can be found on the Enienay website. Alternatively, the designer herself can be found at her stall in Spitalfields Market. ::Enienay::via Site Visit::

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