Abbie Walsh accessories are the perfect match, for both, vintage and modern garments. The limited collections, as well as one-off pieces, are all handmade and embellished with beautiful beads and dreamy embroidery. And what makes them even more special is the original artwork created by the tattoo artist Heather Moore.
I find Abbie’s bespoke neckties to be a real work of art, a collector’s items and I know that I’m not the only one! Her dazzling gems are worn by the bold and the beautiful, both men and women, and are favoured amongst the stars. Lana Del Rey, Lucy Boynton, Karlie Kloss and the list goes on and on. And that’s what Abbie has to say about her clients.
They know how to dress for themselves, they are playful with their looks and life, they are creative and always appreciate that love and time that goes into creating each piece. My accessories can be worn with a simple outfit, which is how I like to wear mine, a necktie paired with a simple jumpsuit can transform an entire look.
Every single one of my clients has been lovely! I enjoy the process of working with each person and if I’m working on a larger piece for them, I love getting to know them, to get the feel of their personality, which I then translate into the comissioned piece.
Stripes and Leopard Print
As you can see, I’m a big fan of leopard print and I definitely need more stripes in my life! Abbie Walsh accessories go great paired with both, vintage and contemporary pieces.
In the photograph on the left, I’m wearing an Agent Provocateur body paired with Christian Louboutin pumps. On the right, I’m wearing a 1940s skirt suit paired with French Sole ballet flats with a matching purse. Photography Gregory Michael King.
Abbie Walsh Bow Brooch is the perfect accessory to complete the “All About Eve” look.
Close-up of one of the beautiful showgirl flowers! Something tells me that MM would definitely give her nod of approval.
Abbie finds inspiration for her designs in…
I love things that tell a story. My inspiration comes from fashion and fashion photography books, both vintage and modern. I’m a big fan of photographers; Tim Walker, Louie Banks and Nadia Lee Cohen.
I find stylists such as Leith Clark and Lucinda Chambers very inspiring. I always enjoy sending my work for fashion shoots, love to see how they translate my pieces. Love The Marvellous Mrs. Maisiel, the costume designer Donna Zakowska is dreamy. I find a lot of inspiration during my travels. Other artisan talents who inspire me are; potters, chefs, I’ve recently met a natural fabric dyer who uses only natural ingredients to dye the most beautiful silk ribbons in the dreamiest of colours.
I adore the artist-performer Mosh. Her costumes are incredible, and her personal style is perfection. I also find the LA artists community wonderful, very colourful, a great match with my pieces.
The Queen Bee
Abbie’s inspiration for embroidery comes from…
Inspiration for embroidery comes from the 1930s, the Hollywood era was particularly magnificent for sparkle! Antique/vintage fabric samples I collect – dating from the 1800s to 1930s. Let’s not forget about books and exhibitions. Whatever I’m working on, that in itself inspires me, if I’m embellishing a lion, I research into real lions, how they move, shades of the mains, facial features.
Scuttle Bug Neckties
To make one of Abbie Walsh beautiful neckties it takes…
For a new embellishment, the design process takes a few weeks. The construction, cutting out the fabric artwork, sourcing the embellishment elements and hand sewing, can take anywhere between a day and three days. Sometimes more than that, as I like to step away from the project and come back with fresh eyes to make sure I’m 100% happy. If I’m not, I’ll redo parts.
Knickers and hair-ties
The fabrics and beads used in Abbie Walsh collections come from…
I have a large collection of materials, all from my travels, vintage fairs (love Hammersmith and Frock Me), vintage dealers who know I love beads and embellishments save them for me. I often buy items where the fabric has disintegrated but the beads and sequins are perfect so I can save them. Love car boots, there are particular ones I like to go too. Vintage shops, I get to know the owners and they call me when they have pieces I might be interested in.
The Mermaid Jacket
The Cherry Jacket
Abbie is currently working on…
I’m also working on a new line of t-shirts available through my online store, a new series of Neckties for the autumn and some one-off pieces in time for the festive season. All top secret though so can’t give too much away!
I’m already waiting with huge anticipation for the new Abbie Walsh collection, which I’ll be sharing with you all, so stay tuned!
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