Fast fashion is still the worlds largest polluter shortly after the oil industry, causing mass devastation to our planet and people involved, with many local communities affected, the pain is endless.
The history and hands that are behind every item of clothing are to be respected, taken care of and cherished. To mend rather than discard and to protect rather than trash.
When clothing is made properly, it lasts longer and is a little more expensive.
Learning to treat our clothing as an investment rather than disposable will be a major key in turning this issue around.
Our mission is to create beauty from ashes, healing the planet and people through fashion recreation.
Creating hand tailored luxury pieces made from preexisting clothing, vintage creations, fabric offcuts and scrap remnants.
We want to help combat fast fashion by restoring the art of real fashion, back to the days of our true couturiers.
Living art worn everyday, you can take home your very own piece of modern history.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
One of the best ways to help combat this global issue today, is to simply re-wear, re-style or
re-create clothing you already have in your own wardrobe.
If you’d like to buy something to wear that no one has seen before, vintage recreation is one of the best and most affordable ways.
Our ready to wear collections are hand made from carefully selected vintage pieces, beautiful unused clothing and sleek fabric offcuts.
Bringing you the most unique one of a kind pieces you wont find anywhere else.
There’s only one per size, so first in, literally best dressed!
Our couture collections are hand tailored with passion over a number of weeks and months per piece.
Incorporating beautiful fabric remnants, past creations and fabric offcuts, carefully re-shaped and pieced together one tiny remnant at a time, bringing you the most extravagant and unique creations.
Wow the crowd every time in your own custom made creation.
JOIN THE NEW REVOLUTION
We are creating tirelessly around the clock to bring you the most unique sustainable collections.
When you wear Lakshmi Bee you can wear your style proudly, knowing that you have made your mark in helping combat fast fashion and made a step towards protecting our people and planet.
We are grateful to be a part of the new revolution.
LAKSHMI BEE IS BORN
Susan and Lakshmi both had a strong draw towards fashion design and art from very early ages. Susan began life as a ballet dancer, creating costumes and clothing with a dream of opening a business. Fashion design was not seen as a ‘proper career’ in her upbringing and her direction was shifted. She left her home in Australia for a new life in London and married young, leaving her dream where it was. Lakshmi was born shortly after and showed an early interest in art and fashion design over the years.
Lakshmi as early as 5 years old, together with mother Susan, created costumes for the school competitions and won every single one for twelve years straight.
Susan had always received great encouragement from her late english father Cecil Boston, who had a family history of artists and called her by the name ‘Bee’. Lakshmi’s late Indian Grandmother with whom she was named after had a gift for clothing creation, making a new dress for her daughter every day. She never got the opportunity to pursue a business due to traditional family customs of a woman’s role in the home. Late Grandmother Lakshmi was also the only encourager to Lakshmi’s father, to get out into the world and live his best life.
With great gratitude to these two loving and talented encouragers, the name and brand Lakshmi Bee was born.
Where to start? What a crazy journey it’s been so far.
I have been sewing and creating from as young as I can remember. Watching my Mum make our clothes out of whatever she had, to then learning to make clothing for my dolls, eventually myself, then friends and people we met on the streets!
It was a passion and dream that never went away, no matter how put down or encouraged I was.
To pursuing the art professionally, studying fashion design and technology for three years, interning with a great Australian designer, to dressing people from many backgrounds and showcasing on multiple runways. At age 15, my Mum and I decided it was time to create Lakshmi Bee.
Suffering long term depression and anxiety growing up, it was music and fashion design that helped pull me out of the dark spaces and gave me back the life and light I was losing. It’s been a long ride, a fight to keep the vision alive and will keep fighting for.
My life has been a whirlwind of experiences besides the fashion industry, pursing art, events planning, DJing, hosting events and radio, media promotions, property development, face to face sales and youth work.
I have always had itchy feet growing up, with a passion for learning about the world and different industries.
But in the end, it’s always service through fashion that I come back to.
To see the smile on someones face, that I could help make them feel beautiful both inside and outside through our creations and time spent in the process.
To know that we have made something special that doesn’t harm the planet or people, helping to combat the global devastation of fast fashion one garment at a time.
My prayer and hope is to see this great change take place and an end to slave labour in my life time.
My name is Susan Gowda,
I've always loved the creative pursuits, from drawing to baking, and began sewing at a young age, eagerly awaiting the bags of fabric scraps my aunty sometimes sent me , leftover from her sewing projects.
l loved to piece these together to make clothes and accessories for my stuffed toys. My favourite, a walrus had an outfit for every occasion.
At age 12 l started to make clothes for myself, until I was designing and making most of my outfits. l've always loved the unique colours, patterns, and textures that can be achieved by piecing together many different types of fabrics, and also adding in hand painting, knitting, crochet, and beading make pieces that are truly unique.
Fast fashion has seen clothing turned into a throwaway item rather than something of value. We need to return to the era where clothes were respected and treasured. Thus, we should make use of what we already have by giving old clothes a facelift, using scrap fabric to create something new and exciting, and buying vintage instead of fast fashion.
I'm delighted that my daughter Lakshmi has inherited this love of fashion, so I can continue my fashion journey with her, and together we can work towards transforming this industry to make fashion sustainable, cruelty free, and valuable, as well as beautiful and enjoyable.