Set in Stone x

Mason_Bentley_white_shadow_rope_greyWe have set – gulp – a date for out first-ever showing of our first-ever MasonBentley Collection which feels hugely daunting and very exciting at the same time..

It’s been eighteen months since Anna and I first came up with our Grand Plan..it was a dark, cold December night and knocking back the wine on the steps of my utility room we were both bemoaning the creative frustration we were feeling.  Mix into that a computer, a shared love of vintage and a bit more Chablis..and MasonBentley was born. Right from the start we knew that a business just based on vintage would limit us – we wanted to create – truly create.  But we had to start somewhere..and we had to find out if our idea for selling the clothes via Direct Selling would work.

Roll on eighteen months..and here we are with our own embryonic range..still learning, still loving it..and discovering that the more we do, the more ideas we have..sometimes, just sometimes from little acorns big oak trees grow.

The actual concept behind this collection is very simple – we wanted flexible, cool, effortless British style.

We have shirts because we believe they are the true transseasonal item worn all year round.  There’s no time limit on these babies.

We have stunning ‘dickies’ that either sit on our shirts..or on a jumper..or on a t-shirt..adaptable, aspirational and clever.

We have cotton dresses because they are the ultimate in capsule wardrobe dressing. Posh them up with a pair of sky high heels..or dress them right down with flip-flops, insouciance and a bit of attitude..these dresses don’t need to wait in a cupboard for the right occasion.

We have a kaftan and a bikini as a taster of our vision for Summer 14 because we are always thinking ahead.

But rather than me tell you, have a look at our first round of photos (with more to follow)..

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The Harper.

IMG_2038IMG_2042 IMG_2046IMG_2048 IMG_2049Check out the gorgeous buttons.

IMG_2023 The Trilby in tusk crepe de chine.

IMG_2064 IMG_2062IMG_2096 The Macaroon.

IMG_2102 IMG_2105IMG_1471 Our ‘Dickie’, that can sit on top of a shirt like the macaroon – or be worn separately to Jazz up a jumper..

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With a black bow..IMG_1473IMG_1475 Or with a Dickie-link.

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The Billie.

IMG_2095The (Frilly) Billie.

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Our Kaftan.

IMG_2149So if any of you can get to SW London on 11 June from 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm, drop me a mail at kate@masonbentley.com and I will send you an invite.

It’s going to be a special night and we would love to see you there!

Laters, Kate x

60 comments

  1. Fashion Mayann

    These pieces are fabulous, especially the “Macaroon” and the kaftan (love this pattern !). I definitely wish you the best for your June presentation !

  2. Lia in Brussels

    Now you really make me wish I was there… but I’ll be in Greece, or at least that’s the plan. All the bestest for your first showing! I’m already fan of the harper and all the versions of the dickie x

  3. thelinencat

    It’s all looking rather amazing, I love the cuffs on The Harper! Hope you have a fabulous evening and all goes according to plan, it must be both an exciting and scary experience x

  4. TexasDawn

    Those are amazing. I wish there was a way to get them in the U.S. Best of luck!

  5. lavenderloafers

    I love all of them! BCZ I’m shopaholic I would buy all of them!!!! Fabulous! Especially collars , would mix them with leather tops, omg its going to be a best ever piece!

    • MasonBentley

      Thank you – Anna is our muse and designer and we only make clothes that she is prepared to wear..it means we are always making for a real person and keeps our feet firmly on the ground. xxx

  6. Kailin V

    It takes hard work, passion and determination to go forward with your dreams. I admire all that you have done just by reading your posts. Best of luck in threads and creativity, your brand will go far!

    -Kailin

    • MasonBentley

      I’ve always loved the first star rhyme..star light, star bright, first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might have the wish I wish tonight.. xxx

  7. Candy Blackham

    I am pleased you enjoyed my blog, suffolkdiary.wordpress.com. I will be travelling in Sicily in September and am starting to plan a travel wardrobe. It is so hard to find appropriate clothes, which are smart, and I am planning to make mine

  8. saraouteiral

    I wish you very good luck next 11th June. The bows, the three first blouses, the pattern that you used in the kaftan… all of them are incredible! I cannot wait to see the rest of your collection: I had enjoyed this snippet a lot. 🙂

  9. lduncan2

    Just wanted to wish you luck with this(dickies!) and your future collections(more dickies!!), and to thank you just for liking some things on my blog. i’ve just starting out blogging my work and your posts are so inspiring.

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