Abbie Walsh creates made to order playful and sentimental hand embellishments, consisting of intricate beadwork and embroidery on her line of accessories and clothing. Abbie Walsh produces one of a kind pieces for clients, collaborating with stylists, working with luxury designers across all fields; fashion, bridal, lingerie and swimwear, creating exclusive beadwork and embroidery.
Abbie Walsh continues her 20 year career in costume, creating appliqués and beadwork for London’s Westend theatre productions and around the globe.
“Working with Abbie is a joy. She is incredibly detailed and focused. Her work always exceeds expectations. I’m always excited to get started on projects with her, she sprinkles everything she touches with a little magic”
Sara Burn, Design Director.
Abbie’s bespoke embellishments tell a story, working closely with you to create something truly unique for your wardrobe. Each embellishment is tailored to celebrate you, working from her studio in Faversham, Kent, Abbie’s bead laboratory creates a concoction of beautifully designed beadwork and embroidery. Collaborating with tattoo artist Heather Moore, using original tattoo artwork to hand embellish decorative designs. At times, elements of vintage and antique materials are used, elevating the design, all other materials are sensibly sourced, making each piece all the more exclusive.
A collection of exclusive Abbie Walsh pieces are available from LoveShackFancy in their Sag Harbour, NY store and Bleecker St store in the heart of New York City.
Other Abbie Walsh work also includes; Sample hand embroidery for Luxury bed to streetwear London label Les Boys Les Girls. Bespoke hand embroidery for luxury bridalwear Halfpenny London and Pearl Lowe vintage inspired womenswear.
“It was a pleasure to work with Abbie, her care and attention to detail made the job run smoothly and she was able to work to my incredibly short deadline, not only providing the minimum required but also sending options and suggestions of ways to make the project even more magical. I love working with her.’’
Kate Halfpenny, Halfpenny London, Luxury Bridalwear.
For Miami Swim week Abbie Walsh worked with Californian based swim wear label KAOHS for their western theme runway show, creating exclusive hand embroidered, bandanas and tops.
Abbie’s designs have graced the pages of Vogue (British), Porter Magazine, Town & Country (USA), Cosmopolitan (UK), Marie Claire (China), Observer Magazine, Russh, Conde Nast Brides, L’Officiel (Netherlands), Glamour (British, French & Italian), Guardian Weekend, Harper’s Bazaar (China), Harper’s Bazaar Bride (India), A Part Publications, Sister, Material Girl and Metal Magazine.
Has been worn by Rosamund Pike, Helena Bonham Carter, Lana Del Rey, Nadia Lee Cohen, Karlie Kloss, Leomie Anderson, Caroline Flack, Vaani Kapoor, The 1975, Lucy Boynton and Brie Larson.
“I have worked with Abbie over a number of years, during that time she’s always delivered on time and to brief, adding her own unique flair. Her creativity and quality is perfect. She’s a joy to work with.”
Lucy Bower, Fashion Stylist
Alongside her designs, Abbie Walsh also incorporates her 20 year career working in costume for theatre. Most recent costume beadwork in London Westend’s 42nd Street, Dreamgirls, Kinky Boots and Anastasia in Spain, Germany & Netherlands, for Pretty Woman in Germany. Producing repeat sets of beaded appliqués, one off appliqués, and full cover costumes, using beads, stones, sequins and hot stones, often working to tight deadlines.
“I have worked with Abbie over the years on several different productions and her standard of work never fails to impress me or the costume designer. Her work is an excellent standard, she delivers on time and is a delight to deal with.’’
Karen Short, Costume Supervisor.
Abbie Walsh is based in Faversham, Kent, UK, where she works from her studio. Abbie Walsh graduated in 1998 with a BTEC NDD in Fashion from Rochester KIAD art college, went on to gain a BA Hons degree in Costume Production at Rose Bruford Theatre College, graduating in 2001. Since then Abbie Walsh has worked freelance in costume on over 40 productions, including Westend musicals, plays and operas, toured the U.K. and USA, and television.
Alongside her work in costume, Abbie Walsh strengthened her love for vintage by working at the renowned Vintage Store Steinberg & Tolkien on Kings Road, London on days off from theatre.
In that time Abbie Walsh also worked for clothing label One Vintage as a seamstress reworking and designing beautiful vintage clothing.
Since gaining experience across these fields, bringing together all her knowledge and skills, 2009 saw Abbie Walsh launch as a freelance designer and has worked continuously combining both the fashion and costume industries, specialising in hand beadwork and embroidery.
Much attention and thought goes into creating each piece, truly one of a kind.