Frances Pryce Lewis is a small South African slow fashion label, founded in 2020 by me, Frances Pryce Lewis.
Every item is completely designed and handmade to order by me in my studio in Cape Town, South Africa.
FPL is a one woman show. My making process includes designing, fabric sourcing, pattern cutting, sewing, customer service, packaging and distribution of each order.
All items are handmade in very limited quantities meaning each piece is truly unique and individual. Most pieces take between 4-7 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 sheer beauty of nature in South Africa and draw emphasis to it through prints, colours and textures.
I love looking back and referring to previous fashion eras, particularly the 1850’s. The voluminous sleeves, eccentric hats, off the shoulder cuts and gathered details.
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 very thankful to those that have supported me throughout 2020. The new year brings new opportunities, I am looking forward to what 2021 has in store.
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 craftmanship. 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.