About Christine Bec
Christine Bec is a London based company specializing in the design, development, production of both wholesale and individual Fashion accessories particularly millinery. Started in the early nineties, through her own shop/showroom in Notting Hill Gate, the label gradually expanded into other accessories, notably gloves and bags, defning a very personal and individual image both elegant and playful.
Along with the dedication required to a bespoke handmade product, Christine Bec has evolved her craft and sense of design through over a decade of twice yearly seasonal collections, a practise that has strongly developed her intuition in the sense of things to come but also increased her flair for colour and texture.
The actual making process involve sourcing, pattern cutting, sometimes dying, blocking, trimming, most of these operations being executed by hand according both to time proven and innovative techniques. The use of various material encompasses anything from straw, felts, tartans, drills, cottons, leathers, silk, cork, mohair, buttons .... A Master in Anglo-American literature (Aix en Provence) as well as her time spent at Central St Martins while learning millinery have shaped her perspective. The influence of her native Provence is also very present behind her aesthetic approach. Prior to her label, her experiences include working for The English Opera, Nantes Opera and Ossie Clarke.
Collaborations with labels as diverse as Hardy Amies, Jonathan Saunders, Brioni and Giles have culminated in a capsule hat collection for the relaunch of BIBA. She is currently designing a small range of gentlemen hats for the B-Store B collection. Her experience in this domain can range from a contribution to a show to the entire design, conception, manufacturing and delivery of a production. Regular extensive coverage in magazines including VOGUE, POP, HARPER & QUEEN, ELLE and TATLER as well as in the national press shows her designs standing among the most prestigious names in Fashion.