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Weʼre raising £3,000 to help support Bella Figura recover from fire damage

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On Tuesday 14 August 2018, Bella Figura was affected by a devastating house fire in which we lost 6 years of customer patterns and fabrics, our research library, cutting table, workshop equipment including sewing machines and all of Suzanne's personal possessions. The cause of the blaze is yet to be confirmed but it took hold incredibly quickly and caused total destruction to our workroom and smoke damage to the entire top floor in which we also stored seasonal stock and vintage clothing.

Over the last week there have been lots of amazingly generous offers of help in all kinds of ways and we are massively grateful for the food parcels, thoughtful cards, offers of interim accommodation and promises of muscle power for skip filling in future weeks. It's going to take us months to recover as we'll need to redraw all of our bespoke patterns in different sizes and it will inevitably take longer to carry out our orders. If you would like to help support our independent business during this tough time that would be incredible and we will also donate 10% of the funds raised to The Firefighter's Charity.

With much love, Teresa and Suzanne

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  • Teresa Whittaker6 days ago
    Teresa Whittaker

    Teresa Whittaker

    6 days ago

    It's now 5 weeks since the fateful fire so thought we'd update you on progress so far - much of our weekends and evenings have been spent dressed like the photo below! We've now processed and salvaged anything that can be saved from the ruins and removed everything that can't be. Thanks to your generous help, we've also started reordering our stock of dress patterns, essential tools and through the powers of the internet have managed to find all of the discontinued fabrics to honour our customer commissions. We can't thank you enough xxx

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  • Marge Ainsley

    Marge Ainsley

    Sep 21, 2018

    Sending lots of positive vibes and much love from over the hills. X


  • Ceris


    Sep 20, 2018

    You two are utterly inspiring ladies. Wishing I could do more and sending you much love and hugs xxxx


  • Mark & Caroline

    Mark & Caroline

    Sep 20, 2018

    You are both working so hard. Keep your spirits up. Love you.

  • Becca


    Sep 20, 2018

    "I get knocked down, I get up again. You're never going to keep me down." Sending some tubthumping vibes xxx


  • Marcia


    Sep 19, 2018

    Hope this helps x


  • Catherine Mailhac

    Catherine Mailhac

    Sep 14, 2018

    Sending lots of love to both of you, and to all the tough and beautiful ceramic survivors. Just shout if I can help with anything, any time x


  • Robin Johnson

    Robin Johnson

    Sep 4, 2018

    Stay positive ladies!


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