Meet the Maker

How did the Renné x Franky Collaboration begin?

The Renné x Franky friendship all started when the girls received Frankie & I Christmas presents! Hand made in North Yorkshire and keeping the local small businesses going we started talking about producing a line of jewellery purses for Renné!

Have you always been a maker?

My background started off with a 2 year GNVQ at Cleveland Collage of Art and Design specialising in fashion design, then headed over for a 4 year BA Degree at Northumbria University in Fashion Design.

Tell us about your design journey?

After Uni I went travelling all over Australia, Asia, Europe and Sweden!

Taking inspiration from the Scandinavian Style, as soon as I got back to the UK, my sister and I started the brand Frankie & I, named after my little Niece. A local company producing on-trend nursery pieces for the modern family.

What is your workspace like? Where are the purses made?

Our workshop is based in Marske by the Sea, in a little cottage in North Yorkshire! We hand made these purses using UK suppliers, 100% cotton velvet and real leather to give a beautiful quality to Renné’s designs!

What is the best thing about being creative for a living?

The best part of having a creative job is that we are always designing and making lovely things! I’ve loved meeting the Renné girls for our design meetings and now seeing the final products that they have designed, it’s been a pleasure to produce the Purse Collection that Renné wanted!