You would instantly recognise an Ebony Bromfield design, standing out from the everyday wear of humdrum mass produced clothing. Her designs characterised by strong angular shapes, minimal lines and signature monochrome tones are not for the shrinking violets but are created for both men and women who reflect “a sense of fashion forward,” says the designer, “men and women who have a sense of their own style and are not afraid to wear bold statement pieces.”
The largely outwear fashion label also known as ELBo (Ebony Lea Bromfield Outerwear) offers both designed and bespoke tailoring of coats, jackets, trousers, skirts and dresses. Ebony describes them as highly structured pieces which experiment with body shapes, geometric lines and naturally occurring patterns. The concept coupled with excellent tailoring means that the label has found its niche.
To date, Ebony has shown her original creations at fashion shows which support new designers such as the Clothes Show Live in Birmingham which happened soon after graduating from Somerset College of Arts and Technology and Plymouth University. “We were encouraged to experiment a lot at college to find our true style and I discovered I liked working with abstract shapes and silhouettes.’
Currently the garments are available through her website at firstname.lastname@example.org and EbonyLeaBromfield@etsy.com where the full range of tailored pieces can be viewed. “Clients come to me with either a clear idea of what they want or they view my designs and order a replica or it can be a bit of mix and match to create a bespoke outfit,” explains Ebony. “The whole process is easy and relaxed and we carry out a number of fittings until the client is satisfied.”
Prices for her collection start at a throwaway price of £25 for stylish clutch bags which have just been added to her range and extends to bespoke coats priced at £250 at the top end. All in all it is a stylish and exclusive service which will not hurt the pocket if what you are after is a unique but classy look.
In the near future Ebony intends to sell her clothing through established retail outlets and boutiques but for now she is happy to hone her craft through the added tailoring service which she says is a good way to perfect pattern cutting. “I’d also like to master textile design and print images using photography.” She explains, “For me it is often the fabric which will determine the design. I’m known for using fabrics in unconventional ways. I like to change things up a bit. ” Which is just as well for the seriously fashion conscious. The new ELBo fashion label is a much needed breath of fresh air and marks the arrival of a totally new creative vision.