We’re able to create our own exclusive fabric prints.
I’m Frances, I head up M&R and design and make all of the products in our studio in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Coming from a creative family I was taught to sew, draw, paint and create from a very young age but rather than pursue a career in the creative sector I had previously always kept it as a hobby and had a ‘proper’ job! Having done that since leaving university in 2003 I decided in early 2016 that it was time to bite the bullet and get back to my roots. I had been spending an increasing amount of time sewing and dressmaking both for myself and others and it seemed that the more I did the more I wanted to do. I decided that I needed to devote more time to creating things and the only way to do that was to make it my full time job.
Since the decision was made it’s been a full on family affair getting the wheels in motion.
I began by designing and making prototypes to decide which were items that I would want to buy myself and built up a core product range. My family and friends were indispensable in supplying feedback and giving homes to any test items that became available! My sister owns a digital fabric printing company so it was a no-brainer to source M&R fabrics from them. It also means that we’re able to design our own exclusive fabric designs which is where my partner Matt comes in handy too! As well as being in charge of web design and tech support, he has also designed some beautiful, original M&R fabric prints.
What does the future hold?
With so many one of a kind items, new pieces are constantly being added to the shop. There are always exclusive new fabric prints and products in development behind the scenes too! If you'd like to keep up to date with exciting new additions and offers you can subscribe to the newsletter or following me on social media. I’d love you to follow our progress!