Style and Sustainability with designer Ally Capellino (Alison Lloyd) – plus a subscriber giveaway May 4th 2021 — by Alyson Walsh To view this content, you must be a member of Alyson's Patreon at £2.5 or more Unlock with PatreonAlready a qualifying Patreon member? Refresh to access this content. Discussion (18 Comments) Bev says: May 4, 2021 at 9:54 pm The lovely Ally ‘little hat’ was sustainable before it was even a ‘thing’ and has stayed true to her ideals all the way through the decades. There is something quintessentially ‘British’ about her use of colours, hide leathers, linings, fab hardware on bags that make their appeal last forever. Plus ‘weather friendly’ to boot. All her designs stand the test of time and develop such a lovely patina that wild horses would not make me part with any of my small collection. They become tactile friends that have been with me for years and I would never part with them……….. although not TOTALLY averse to a new addition! Reply Susanna says: May 4, 2021 at 11:39 pm I love that check shirt and green pants combo – inspiring! And the bag is perfect in so many ways. Reply Steph says: May 5, 2021 at 8:00 am I love the colour combination of this bag and the philosophy of using up ‘waste’ is so important in fashion. Coincidentally yesterday I was using a small canvas and leather Ally Capellino envelope bag which I’ve had for decades. It’s like having an external pocket and so useful with clothes that don’t have any. Even more essential these days with the need for masks a d sanitizer! Reply Claire says: May 5, 2021 at 10:48 am I love the quirky British aesthetic, and the practice of using stuff which would otherwise presumably go to landfill makes these lovely items even more desirable! Fabulous colour combinations too! Reply Jennifer says: May 5, 2021 at 2:19 pm I love the blue bag with the brown trim – it would go with lots of things in my wardrobe .I also very love Ally’s yellow skirt outfit – very cool but she is right it does have a bit of a teacher vibe! Reply Julie says: May 5, 2021 at 7:49 pm I have an Ally Capellino t-shirt from around 1994 which is navy with “a midsummer night’s dream” on it in gold lettering. It’s still going strong more than 25 years later! I wish I’d bought more of her clothes back then. I love the tank top in the picture with the bike, where is it from please? I’m looking for something like that and to wear over t-shirts instead of a cardigan to keep the chill off and the colour’s great. It would also look good with the bag! Reply Ally says: May 12, 2021 at 9:31 pm The tank top was made for the ss99 ally capellino collection. Sadly didn’t make production, but the sample is still working for me. Reply Miki says: May 5, 2021 at 7:49 pm Colours are so cleverly put together by Ally- even the hair slides exude joy! Reply Mrs Tonia says: May 6, 2021 at 12:01 pm Thanks for this interview with Alison Lloyd. I’ve long admired the aesthetic of Ally Capellino clothing. I bought and wore them in the nineties. I loved the prints and quality of the fabrics. Still going strong. I wear some still and have given others too tight now to a friend. The bags and backpacks always look enticing. Only thing preventing my choosing one is the huge quantity of handbags I own and now scarcely use. Lockdown has pointed out preference for one bag with separate pocket for mask etc in particular. Hope to buy one of her coloured handbags at some point. Reply Helen says: May 7, 2021 at 10:19 am Am forever looking for the perfect bag. This looks as if it might be it! I love the beautiful sky-blue colour and the simple, elegant shape. Reply Catriona says: May 8, 2021 at 8:30 am Such an interesting article. I particularly like the idea of ‘resting’ clothes for a few years. There is so much advice to get rid of items you haven’t worn for a year but I am currently wearing a 12 year old silk maxi skirt that had sat in the spare room wardrobe for years. That bag is beautiful and perfect for spring. Reply katherine says: May 9, 2021 at 11:31 am Beautiful bag – the colours of my flower border as I sit with my coffee! X Reply Stephanie says: May 9, 2021 at 1:56 pm Ageless,timeless.I remember Ally Capellino shop in Soho from the 1990’s.Now I love to visit Calvert Avenue.A quick few circuits around Arnold Circus on my bicycle ,just because I can.In fact I have an Ally Capellino x Tokyo Bikes jacket that is perfect for this purpose.It would look very well with the cross body bag. Reply Alyson Walsh says: May 9, 2021 at 2:49 pm I remember going to the Soho shop, too. Must be 25-30 years ago; blimey, time flies and all that… Reply Lorna says: May 10, 2021 at 7:18 am Little cross body bags are just SO practical. Besides, this one is the colour of my eyes. Happy springtime! Reply Gillian says: May 10, 2021 at 11:46 am Love the mantra of ‘dress-like-toddler’ – might just rejuvenate my making the most out of the clothes I already have. though the little blue cross body bag would be the perfect match with a new skirt bought from Thought (another of your great recommendations)! Reply Agnieszka says: May 11, 2021 at 10:18 pm Such a beautiful bag , dream colour and great design. Even to look at it it makes me feel optimistic. Have a lovely spring everyone. Reply Catherine says: May 11, 2021 at 10:47 pm Ooh would love some leftover leather in my post lockdown life. Really interesting to read about the association with Tusting. I had noticed the subtle changes without the loss of their traditional style. Love their bags. 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