Trader spotlight: Masato Jones

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Read on to find out more about London based fashion line, Masato London, who will be joining us on Sunday April 12th 2015.  The label has links to Bath and is fronted by designer Japanese born Masato Jones (pictured). Interview by Carla Stobbs.

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 Who are you and where are you based?

Masato is a brand based in Paddington, London, that creates T-shirts & sweatshirts that fund our 1st line of women’s & menswear.

 Where do you get your inspiration?

The line which we sell in Bath is based on anything that takes my fancy. Usually quirky drawings of animals such as the popular penguin to a Guitar or a Sax. I try to do different designs at different times and hope they like it. The current T-shirt Steer (above) comes from a steer skull, which I tried to make it look not so gruesome.

 

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What is your link to Bath?
We had a boutique in Milsom Place before as part of a company called British Designers & happy to say we have retained those customers.
What will you be selling on April 12th? 

We will have new T-shirt lines at £25 clearance sweatshirts at £25 & clearance T-shirts at £15.

 

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What is your best seller?

All our products are limited edition however our best seller of all time is our Penguin sweatshirt (see above).

 

See Masato on Sunday April 12th at the Bath Artisan Market or join their 156K followers on Twitter @masatostudio

 

Meet the stallholders #3: Amy Laws, Bath-based dressmaker and designer

We’ve not even been going a year but are already honoured to have several traders who have been with us since the very first market in October 2012. We’ve seen them grow as we have – just like our lovely dressmaker and designer, Amy Laws from Bath who you will find in the main market square. She’s becoming well-known for her ice-cream screenprint pattern and 1950’s style dress designs and her label is called There’s Only One Amy Laws. Here’s a little bit about her, in her own words.
The gorgeous Amy Laws at The Bath Artisan Market

The gorgeous Amy Laws at The Bath Artisan Market

Hi Amy, for those who don’t know you yet, can you describe your work and your inspiration?

I sell handmade and hand screenprinted womens’ and girls’ clothing. My designs have a vintage cut, from a bold colour palette and a printed motif around the hemlines that will hopefully make people smile.

Amy's famous in bath for her ice-cream screenprint
Amy’s famous for her ice-cream screenprint

My grandma taught me to sew at a very young age and I grew up sewing in my spare time making clothing just for myself. It was after making my friend’s wedding dress that I realised I could make clothing for other people so I enrolled for a BTEC in Pattern Cutting, studying in the evenings whilst working full time.

Amy screenprints her fabric at home in Bath
Amy screenprints her fabric at home in Bath

I started my clothing line after quitting my job and moving from London to Bath. I now work part-time in a cafe to pay the rent and have been developing my brand over the last year selling at local markets like The Bath Artisan Market and online.

I have so far had my clothing featured in Pretty Nostalgic and in Mollie Makes magazines.

Amy's work featured in this issue of Mollie Makes

Amy's work has most recently been in the fabulous designer-maker bible, Mollie Makes

Tell us about your experiences at the Bath Artisan Market.

I love it! I’m a regular trader and have sold there every month since it started. There’s such a huge range of stalls and you can speak face to face with the person who has made each product. Every month there is different entertainment put on and there is a lovely, bustling, friendly atmosphere to the whole day. There’s also an amazing selection of food stalls! I’ll next be there on Sunday August 11th for the Bath Folk Festival special.

We're linking up with Bath Folk Festival for our August market - free live music all day plus stalls
We’re linking up with Bath Folk Festival for our August market – free live music all day plus stalls

Sunflower print dress by Amy Laws

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For more information about Amy follow her on Twitter @onlyoneamylaws, like her on Facebook  or visit her website  www.theresonlyoneamylaws.co.uk.