BUST Craftacular London Vendor Highlight: dAKOTA raE dUST

by Victoria Woodcock

Get ready to rave with dAKOTA rAE dUST‘s super-embellished designs.

Based in Bristol, Bec opened dAKOTA rAE dUST in 2014, ten years after graduating from a degree in surface design, after which she worked in the womenswear industry for five years, designing prints and embroideries.

She says: “dAKOTA rAE dUST allows me to continue… my passion for pattern and texture in fashion. I definitely take color inspiration from my current job at a rave-wear company, where I work a lot with UV-reactive fluoro rubbers and paints!”

Bec makes incredible clutch purses and bags, coin purses and rosettes, as well as embellishing sweaters, T-shirts and baby gros.

Bec’s bold designs are crafted on the computer and cut by hand from bright-colored vinyl, mixed carefully chosen vintage and unusual materials. For Bec, sustainability is all-important so her clothing items are either upcycled or repurposed from ethical brands.

She specializes in head-turning colour combos, bold designs and rich embellishments, inspired by jewels, snowflakes and tons of neon and fluoro.

A fan of the best-quality components, Bec says: “I believe that handmade should mean WELL MADE.”

She adds: “What I love best about my business is that nearly all my customer interactions are very personal. Selling at markets and on Etsy means that I often know exactly who I am making a birthday present for or where clutch will be used. Getting sent a photo of a happy customer sporting their purchase a few weeks later is always a treat!”

Catch dAKOTA rAE dUST  at the Bust Christmas Craftacular, where she will be bringing  “a selection of clutch purses and bags, a tree full of rosettes and a some beautifully embellished garments. . . as well as some special Christmassy goodies!”

The Bust Christmas Craftacular London is held on 22 November at York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green London E2 9PJ.

Entrance is £3 on the door, with free goodie bags for the first 100 shoppers. Click here for more info. 

By Katie Allen

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