Gemma Sangwine

Unique and bespoke millinery, fascinators and bridal tiaras

Hels Belles!

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Tucked away behind the pedestrianised Southgate Street in Gloucester is the stunning Blackfriars Priory, it dates from the early 13th century and is the finest surviving example of a Dominican Friary in Britain.

Last Saturday it played host to the Vintage and Craft Fair organised by Hels Belles Vintage. I had a stall there, sharing a pitch with my local vintage shop Strangeness and Charm Vintage Boutique.

Gloucester vintage.

Photograph by Stephen Moore Photography

We were lucky it was a beautiful, sunny day, but the main hall we were in had thick Cotswold stone walls and was so cold most of us kept our furry coats on to stay warm!

It was a busy fair with a friendly atmosphere, I met lots of lovely vintage fans and my work was much admired!

I enjoy getting out and interacting at these fairs as working away in my studio can be a solitary experience, and as most of my products are sold through Made in Stroud it’s not often I get to meet my customers and chat about what they like, and take special orders and commissions.

The next fair here is on the 6th July

hels belles july 6th

Author: Gemma Sangwine

I am designer & milliner based in the Cotswolds, UK. My work focuses on making quirky and wearable head wear and accessories from vintage, natural and recycled materials.

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