Passion for fashion is driving force behind Tilney All Saints designer of clothing for classic cars
A passion for fashion, particularly of the vintage variety, set Isobel Halliday on the road to creating designer clothing for classic car fans five years ago.
Now her business British Motoring Apparel, which she runs from her parents Martin and Ann Halliday's home in Tilney All Saints, includes clients such as model, Yasmin Le Bon. She sported one of Isobel's designs at the London Brighton Veteran Car Run earlier this month.
Yasmin was pictured in the Daily Telegraph wearing an Ulster Lined coat, which is one of Isobel's best sellers.
Isobel told the Lynn News: "Yasmin phoned me up and was asking about buying a coat to wear at the event and I had something in stock which was suitable for her. The Ulster Lined coat is very popular and so, too, are my Marshall overalls. Some customers really love to have embroidery and they lend themselves really well for that."
Isobel was steered in the direction of designing and creating garments for behind the wheel by her father, Martin, a keen classic car enthusiast who encouraged her to research the market.
Said Isobel: "I have always been interested in vintage clothes and this business is a fantastic way for me to follow my interest by making garments I am passionate about.
"My partner, Simon Medley, has also been very central to the business. He has assisted with my website and also helps when we attend classic car events all over the country.
"My favourite design I think is the Marshall jacket – I really love the shape and the design touches of the pocket and the waistband."
Isobel lives and works at her parents' house, the old vicarage in the heart of the village, where she gets to work on her designs in the "spare room".
She grew up in West Norfolk, living in the same house when she was born and after moving to Gimmingham, moved back to live there when she was 11. Her parents have lived there ever since.
She attended King Edward VII High School, then Liverpool University, before living in Japan for two-and-half years. When she returned to the UK she began following her interest in costume and clothes making by attending the London College of Fashion and then the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
During this time she concentrated on using her skills for the high-quality production of clothing, both historical and contemporary.
British Motoring Apparel is based on Isobel’s belief in the value of hand-crafted items and she takes pride in paying attention to detail and quality. Information about her business and products can be seen on the website www.britishmotoringapparel.co.uk