Temperley London has grown in to one of London’s best loved brands. Alice Temperley launched the fashion label with her boyfriend (now husband) Lars von Bennigsen in 2000 before taking it across the Atlantic to New York Fashion Week in 2005. Alice brought the label back to London last season and presented at the beautiful British Museum. Here are some facts that you might not know about Alice and her fashion house:
* Her son is called Fox London Temperley von Bennigsen Mackiewicz
* The house (which includes the Alice diffusion line) produces an impressive 13 collections per year including bridal, cruise, and pre-fall.
* Alice sympathises with John Galliano. She recently said, “I feel sorry for Galliano. He was a creative genius tortured by a very difficult industry. I think what happened to both Alexander McQueen and John Galliano was terrible. It just proves how much pressure people in the fashion industry are under.”
* She recently designed a bike in collaboration with the W London hotel to support the Elton John Aids Foundation. It has a basket on the front and is very cute.
* Her parents make cider in Somerset.
* She studied Textile Design with a Focus in Print at Central Saint Martins. Amongst her contemporaries were Alexander McQueen and Roland Mouret.
* Alice once created a collection for Target which included knitwear and berets.
* She has dressed many brides including herself and Justine Thornton (Ed Miliband’s wife). Her own dress ended up being “covered in sheep-shit and raspberries.” Alessandra Ambrosio also reportedly wants a Temperley dress for her wedding.
There will be a sample sale of Temperley goods at the end of this month at the 20th Century Theatre (where Temperley London first debuted), 291 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2QA. Last time I went to one of these sales, I got a pair of black patent Brian Atwood heels for £40! (They were used in a show). I strongly recommend checking it out.
Thursday 29th Sept: Open to the public 8am – 7pm
Friday 30th Sept: Open to the public 9am – 7pm.