Frances Pryce Lewis is a small South African slow fashion label, founded in 2020.
Every item is completely designed and handmade to order, by me in my studio in Cape Town, South Africa.
FPL is a one woman brand – I do everything from designing, fabric sourcing, pattern cutting, sewing, customer service, packaging and distribution of each order.
All items are individually handcrafted in very limited quantities, meaning each piece is truly unique and individual. Most pieces take between 4-9 hours to be made. I source and purchase all my fabrics in and around Cape Town in small amounts.
I’ve always been deeply inspired by the beauty of our natural landscapes in South Africa and draw emphasis to the colours and textures of nature in my work. I mostly use a soft, pastel colour palette and manipulate plant textures through the use of shirring, gathering and pleating.
Surface design has always been a love of mine and something I have been experimenting with for years. I love how feminine and luxurious beading and embroidery can make clothing look and feel. I believe it transforms a piece of clothing into something that is elevated and enriched.
My brand is an expression of my personality – I love getting dressed up, wearing soft pastel colours, feminine details and romantic silhouettes.
It is this personal connection with my work that inspires me to design and create garments that will make you feel confident and whimsical.
I’m Frances, the designer and maker behind everything Frances Pryce Lewis.
From a young age I have always been intrigued by textures and colours. I loved creating collages and messing around with paint. With both my parents in the creative industry, I grew up surrounded by constant conversation about design.
During school I focused most of my time on subjects like art, design and pottery and began to develop my own signature design style.
Fast forward to graduating from FEDISA Cape Town with a BA in Fashion Design in 2017, I learnt how to make and create wearable pieces of art.
Shortly after graduating, I moved to London where I was fortunate enough to work for Haute Couture brand, Ralph & Russo, in their Couture Embroidery Department.
I worked there for three years surrounded by incredible colleagues, mentors and the highest level of couture craftsmanship. The passion, devotion and countless hours that are spent to perfect each couture dress is truly a unique form of art.
I had the privilege of working on numerous Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week collections, client orders, bridal and many red carpet and celebrity dresses with the likes of Angelina Jolie, Penelope Cruz, Kylie Jenner, Beyoncé and Amal Clooney.
Having developed a huge amount of skill and knowledge, I felt it was time to create my own brand back home. Being pushed to come back home due to Lockdown in early 2020, it gave me the time and space to launch the brand.