One bride’s quest to find a unique and colourful vintage headpiece prompted much more than just her bridal look.
Yorkshire Rose Brides Editor Louise Lavigueur interviews Knot and Bloom Creative Director Jo Pull, to hear how her love of vintage prints inspired her bespoke headpieces creations.
After hours of searching you’ve found your dream vintage dress but where does that leave your accessories?
You don’t fancy a veil and you’re not into bling.
That’s exactly how Jo felt when planning her own bridal look but undeterred she set to work sourcing exquisite vintage fabrics and details to make her own wedding headpiece.
And fortunately for those brides whose talents lie elsewhere, Jo established Knot and Bloom designing handmade headdresses, combs and hair adornments.
Jo explains: “I love colour and knew I wanted a blue headpiece. I had a brilliant dress maker design my fabulous vintage empire line dress. At the time I was living in London and looked everywhere but nothing was right.
“I didn’t want a veil and I’m not a bling girl. That’s when I decided to make my own headpiece.”
A Chelsea Arts school graduate, Jo specialised in textile prints before landing a dream job at Liberty of London, helping establish their textiles archive.
“I’ve always loved vintage.” she said. “All the pieces I create are inspired by history.
“I’ve just been involved in a styling shoot at Betty’s in York and our model wore a red cherry bomb piece.
“It has velvet grapes and cherries and huge silk roses.
“I think it’s my star piece and I’ve had so many compliments.”
“I spent a lot of time thinking about the name and Knot and Bloom came as favourite.
“You tie the knot and then your marriage blooms and that’s the reasoning behind it.
“It also feels contemporary and flexible.”
“My headpieces are a one-off unique item that is yours to keep forever!
“There’s a trend for real flower crowns at the moment which do look great but a lot of brides don’t realise is they can be really heavy and uncomfortable.”They also can’t be preserved in the same way.
“My designs focus on a bit of drama often using colour and can be quite theatrical.
“There are plenty of other stockists who make sparkly head pieces so Knot and Bloom isn’t replicating what’s already out there.
“I had a bride recently who loved sunflowers and we worked on designs which focused on that.”
After Liberty, Jo was pulled into the corporate world and worked for global firms including Disney and Viacom before making the move to Yorkshire.
“I’m fortunate to have connections with great antique specialists all over the country. I’ve just sourced some fantastic Edwardian pieces from Devon.
“It’s an amazing sea green shell piece of textile which I’ve combined with a 1920’s hat pin.
“I like the idea of giving a new purpose to vintage items.”
Knot and Bloom’s eye-catching accessories definitely captured brides and fellow suppliers attention at Wedstock Festival wedding fayre recently.
And they’re are exhibiting at a number of events in the autumn.
Jo added: “You can buy pieces online in our boutique but we understand that it’s great to be able to try them on.
“I also do bespoke pieces so brides come to me with an idea and we sit down and talk through how the headpiece will work with their skin tone, hair styling and colour, dress and even wedding venue. We are happy to travel to discuss ideas as we love meeting brides face to face!”
Knot and Bloom will be exhibiting at The Bridal Market Wedding Fair on September 17th at the National Centre for Early Music, York.
Additionally they’ll also be attending the Britain does Vintage Wedding Fair at the Merchant Adventurers Hall, York on September 24th and Victoria Hall 2017 Wedding Fair, Saltaire on October 29.
Feature Image credits: All You Need Is Love Photography