Margo is the brain child of local entrepreneur Bonnie Fairbrass. Although Bonnie had an established a career as a radio producer and copy writer, she dreamt of being her own boss. Driven by a love of 1970's clothing - which saw her collecting vintage sewing patterns, design books and vintage fabrics - Bonnie taught herself to sew and made accessories such as bags and purses. As her confidence grew she began to make her own bag designs which she sold online and in Space, Ellesmere. Since then, with the help of her mother and mother in law - who taught her the basics of dressmaking - Bonnie has fully dedicated her time to remaking vintage designs, specialising in 1970's suburban clothing.
Now with the support of NatWest Business Banking, Bonnie has taken her business dream to the next level by opening Margo - named after Bonnie's fashion heroine, Margot Leadbetter from the Good life, ‘the best dressed TV Personality of 1970's British TV' - her own boutique.
The boutique - which caters for men and women - is based at Unit 4, Maypole Court, Wem, and stocks a mix of true vintage pieces alongside items by small UK designers such as Pop Boutique and Lady K Loves. It also sells reproduction and reconstructed vintage clothing under the Margo label and exclusive handmade jewellery by coveted local ceramic artist Jenny Foord as well as vintage inspired brooches by Glass designer Charlotte Clark. Margo also offers a dress agency for vintage & designer clothing, hosts workshops and holds private viewing evenings, both of which are available for small hen parties.
Bonnie Fairbrass, dress maker and owner of Margo, said: "When I first began sewing I never dreamed that I would run my own clothing boutique, it was always one of those dreams that most girls have, like owning a pony and marrying a prince! It's true what they say, do what you love and success will follow. I can't imagine doing anything else now! Margo is a perfect platform for me to be creative, not only with fashion but with the business skills I learnt in my previous employment."
Bonnie added: "I have been helped by the unwavering support of my NatWest business Manager Sue Turner whose faith and support have been crucial to my success. I would also like to thank my Business Link advisor and mentor Carol Ewels for all her great advice and ongoing expertise. I also need to give a big thank you to the Shropshire Business Development Fund who gave me a £1,000 grant for shop fittings."
Sue Turner, the NatWest Business Manager, who arranged the financial package for Margo, said: "Bonnie has proven she is not only a top designer and dress maker, she is also a great business woman. Following her on-line success, Bonnie has realised one of her ambitions in opening Margo and I'm delighted NatWest have been able to play a part in supporting this business venture."