Best Independent Brands – J C Middlebrook

You may remember during fashion week we came across J C Middlebrook, a Nottinghamshire based lace maker, well today we thought we’d bring you a look at the collections of beautiful work she has produced. We fell in love with the independent nature of the business as much as the elegant and beautifully crafted items available.

Nottingham is the heart of lace making in the UK, if not Europe or the World at one point, it’s an area steeped in the heritage and history of the fabric and here we have a designer that understands that heritage and is giving it life once more. We adored the nods to history being mixed with a modern feel and look to create an elegant collection.

We also love the silver collection mixing the elements of both her work and her collaboration partner Brigitte Adolph to reinterpret lace via the medium of silverwork, building on vintage patterns from the archives at Nottingham Trent University.

(I will point out this is a small world, I went to Trent though I’ll never be regarded as distinguished alumni, and when talking at LFW it turns out we both used to go to the same place at the same time and never met, but I apologise if I ever accidentally spilled your drink ;-p)

We often have a worry here at FW Towers that history and the future can struggle to co-exist but with J C Middlebrook they have both found a home.

So go and take a look at the site, and look at the pieces available.


Photos by Ashley Brown,









About Ross Pollard

Since starting writing on my 31st birthday in 2011 I have held a number of positions at magazines and websites as well as regularly producing articles for numerous publications alongside contributing to TV & radio shows as a freelance fashion journalist including Hoxton Radio & Fashion One TV. Alongside writing, I have worked in other industries helping to design & grow digital platforms, develop businesses and support operations practices. This experience has proved invaluable in building an understanding of how businesses work, and the landscape in which retail, B2B commerce and other commercial operations develop. Knowledge of commercial interests has helped shape my fashion industry insights beyond critiquing of garments

One comment

  1. Every single one of these items is absolutely beautiful

    Oh, I have a giveaway at the moment! Would love you to enter. Kelly from | Daydreams & Daisychains

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