Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Hannah Makes Things

If you didn't already know, Hannah makes things. Beautiful things. 

In case your confused, the Hannah in question is a self taught costume designer with a accessories collection to die for. By Combining her BA in 3D design and her MA in Industrial Design from Central Saint Martins in London, Hannah has created a brainchild which is taking the fash pack by storm. 

Quirky, fun and quite unlike anything else currently on the market, Hannah has made accessorizing fun again.  So expect cute heart necklaces (which come with a key, tres cute!), anchors, birds and russian dolls. 

Below Hannah tells me whats inspiring her right now and what trend she will mostly be donning this summer.

Can you describe what the style of your Hannah makes things collection for who have never seen it before?
I love making jewellery thats just that little bit different from the usual things you see. I always aim to mix gorgeous shiny trinkets, eye catching designs, bright colours and a little bit of our taste for all things quirky!

Where did you get the inspiration for the collection? 

I find inspiration in day to day things, for example our last collection had a cute golden pretzel necklace and I wanted to take something that was just everyday and make it into something precious. I'm always on the look out for stupid stuff like spotting a cute little birdy in the park, then I go away, make some sketches and try and build a design around it. I also collect loads of random things like old photo albums and kitsch trinkets, all of these go on to inspire me in one way or another!

What Trend will you be mostly wearing this summer?

Im a bit of a shoe girl, so summer is the perfect time for stocking up on amazing sandals and flats, I have the urge for something glitzy at the moment, anything with big chunky studs or diamantes gets my vote!

If you could only keep 5 items of clothing from your wardrobe, what would they be??

It would have to be my mega-large jewellery collection that I've built up over the years, all my Vivienne Westwood jelly shoes, my fave black dress, my vintage rolling stones t-shirt and my comfy jeans.

If money or location was no object where would you be visiting on your next shopping trip?? 

I really, really love New York, but I'd love to go to on a special trip to the states, finding out of town thrift stores and visiting flea markets. I always get inspiration from going to markets, I love how such random things end up together and I've got a magpie eye for hunting out quirky old treasures!
What inspired you to be a designer?

I just love making things, I've always made things since I was a child and some of my earliest memories are of my mum teaching me various different crafts. It was always my dream to go to Central Saint Martins too, I graduated from there in 2005 with an MA in Industrial Design, it gave me the experience and inspiration to build my own brand based on what I loved doing.

What is your favourite clothing era??

I love the sixties and seventies because i'm always amazed by the gorgeous patterns and colours that surrounded the decade, also it was an era where new styles really did emerge. Everything from punk style to maxi dresses came from then, people really did push boundaries with their outfits. Fashion today owes so much to those two decades.

Whereabouts are you residing these days? Any shopping tips for the area?

I live and work in Manchester. I'm based in Afflecks, an alternative shopping centre based in the heart of Manchesters very cool Northern Quarter. Our building and the surrounding streets are home to loads of vintage shops, cute cafes, record shops and quirky bars. Theres always celebs popping into Afflecks as its quite a cool little place recently we've had Kate Nash, Pete Doherty,Johnny Vegas, Anna Friel and Agyness Deyn through, to name just a few :)

What was the last Item of clothing you brought??

A Gorgeous black jersey jacket

What do you currently have your eye on? 

More Vivienne Westwood Melissa shoes and a nice shirt dress for the summer.

Hannahs Make Things is available online now and can be purchased or viewed here.


  1. Hannah Makes Things is indeed ace! I got a unicorn necklace and I love it.

  2. owww I really love her jewellery - I need some!!

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