Guest Author - Vicky Talbot
Fashion is always more interesting when there are real inspirations and stories to explain how budding ideas evolve into beautiful products people love to wear. In this special Mother’s Day article, we’re profiling up-and-coming accessories designer, Marala Tamprateep, whose inspiration stems from a touching family story, which lead to the creation of Teep Designs, a range of sensational accessories, all made by hand using delicate fresh flowers.
On a visit to Thailand in South East Asia where exotic blooms abound, Tamprateep’s children decided to make their grandmother a special birthday present using her favourite flowers. Hand-picking a selection of lilies, lotus and hibiscus from the mountains of Chiang Mai, the children crafted a floral bag, pressing the posies into plastic, creating a strong yet beautiful accessory. Being one of a kind, this handbag soon caught the eye of the locals: “When all of her friends saw her new handbag, they also had to have one. And the rest is history!”
Marala Tamprateep, a St Louis local now runs Teep Designs, a refreshing handmade accessories label that not only guarantees no two bags are ever the same, it also hits all the right trend buttons for this season, with flirty florals and perspex accessories a hot look for spring.
Wearing florals can be daunting for those of us who fear an ultra-girly takeover by romantic lace, frills, flowers and flowing fabrics. Floral fashion creates a pretty, feminine look perfect for spring/summer, but balance is key if you want to avoid looking like a floral fashion victim. Teep handbags, totes and clutches are a great way of introducing feminine florals to your summer wardrobe without overdoing the look. Keep it simple and subtle accessorising with gentle floral pieces to avoid complete girlification this spring.
The Large Teep Tote in clear is the perfect bag to brighten up your daytime look, large enough to carry all your daily essentials and pretty in pink with its rose petal and lotus blossom design. Or if you simply can’t do without your little black bag, choose a more classic design which embraces florals but remains sophisticated and chic in its structured design and sleek black finish – the Teep Half Moon in black with scarlet hibiscus will inject real style into evening encounters.
This beautiful selection of floral-inspired accessories, from totes to wallets, purses to cute clutches, Teep Designs really do have a pretty accessory for any occasion this spring. The transparent plastic design encases the blooms, preserving their colour and shape for years to come – choose from bags featuring fresh lilies, hibiscus, rose, pansy, lotus blossom, orchid or daffodil – with such an extensive range of flowers, it’s easy to choose the right bag for your favourite spring/summer outfit.
So if you’re ready to embrace the romantic floral fashion that is set to charm this season, take inspiration from Teep Designs and introduce the perfect, feminine, floral accessory to your wardrobe, or perhaps treating Mum to a pretty bag this Mother’s Day – why not give her some flowers she can keep forever this year (and we all know Mums love a new handbag).