Frankly, The Folksy Magazine

Meet the Maker… Morven Mulgrew, With Love from Paris

by Emily. Average Reading Time: about 2 minutes.

morven collar

Talk us through your collection.

I am a designer who loves texture. I work with materials that inspire me and the WithLoveFromParis is a collection of accessories made out of old lace and natural leather.


Tell us the story behind the lace and how you got started?

WithLoveFromParis started when I was living in Paris and discovered a fabulous old haberdashers in the old Jewish district of the Marais. It was an amazing place full of ribbons buttons and beads with gorgeous old ladies in pinafores- like stepping back to the fifties! I started making collars out of lace and then began to make other small accessories out of leather. Both come from a love of material, texture and natural products. I want to make items that are totally modern, but from ancient and vintage materials.

Tell us about your practice and making process.

I am a designer based between Paris and East London, I have a small studio in East london where I make everything by hand, I have a treasure trove of tools and boxes of interesting leathers, lace, fabric and I try to put together simply designed items which work.

Where do you draw your inspiration?

Again, my inspiration comes from materials and the making process itself, I am very inspired by materials, and also by very simple design. I always look for the simplest way to do something.

What’s on your Christmas wish list from Folksy?

Well, we have to go Christmassy so…

Paper Ornaments by Bookity £15.50

Merry Christmas sack by Peris & Corr £12.50

And just an expensive one because its so beautiful-

Mid century Parker Knoll rocking chair by Hopper & Space £595

What’s your favourite book at the moment?

Just finished a book called Half Of A Yellow Sun- about 1960s Nigeria, its amazing

Do you have a craft hero?

Got to be Debbie Stoller from stitch n bitch

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Get on with it!

Studded leather iPhone case by With Love from Paris £14

Vintage lace collar by With Love from Paris £12

Do you see your collection expanding?

I have an idea for leather laser cut collars… watch this space..

Have a nosey at Morven’s collection here.