Felicity was always obsessed with clothes and fabric. As a 15yr old schoolgirl she sewed them and sold them in her native New Zealand. At a time when string bikinis were hot items on the beaches of Auckland, Flick was producing them.
She was utterly Frenchified – in élan and language - when she spent two years living the Franco-centric expat life in Noumea.Then in her 20’s she founded a teen magazine, which became the go-to mag for a generation of New Zealand girls who instantly adopted the styles and looks that Flick created in the pages. She was fashion editor, stylist, art director and creative talent at the same time.
Once the mag was sold to the Murdoch media empire, Flick switched her publisher’s pen for the clever world of advertising agencies.Agency life sent her searching for the warm satisfaction of needle and thread again and she started sewing clothes for her daughters’. It started with cute kiddie play-suits and continued to beautiful ball gowns. Her cupboards and draws began to fill with virtual museum worthy collections of fabrics that she had acquired simply because they were beautiful.
But her greatest tailoring affair is with the white shirt, which has culminated in the creation of The Tailor and his Lover.
“White shirts look perfect with everything and nothing. You can roll out of bed into a man’s white shirt and it looks stunning,” she says.
At last count, Flick had an unapologetic ownership of 35 white shirts and freely admits that she only makes the other garments in her collection to pair with the shirts. Thankfully, Flick has extended her colour palette this season to embrace black, taupe, baby blues and aubergine.
Her shirts can be worn inside out; such is her infatuation with French seams and double French cuffs. She is the unrelenting quality control woman whose name sends shivers down the spines of countless seamstresses.
The Tailor and His Lover’s flagship store is in beautiful Bali, where Flick installed her creative force in 2011 and her designs are neither influenced by the island or tropical life.
“Our world is saturated in ‘resort wear’ so I make clothes that visitors probably won't wear here. They will take them home and love and cherish and wear them for the next 30 years,” she said. Such is the quality of fabric and rendering.
Well known among the fabric traders of India, Japan, Portugal and Indonesia for her impressive knowledge of the character of the yarns, Flick has a pathological attention to detail that aims for total fabulousness on every level from the hand selected shell buttons to hand crafted lace.
The Tailor and His Lover, is an atelier that imposes the beauty of the white shirt as the mainstay of every feminine wardrobe. This devotion is supported by a bespoke collection of tailored trousers, chic skirts, savvy lingerie and gorgeous accessories.
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The Tailor & his Lover
Jl Batu Belig No 1
Seminyak, Bali 80361
(+62) 361 934 8763