About Margaret Wray
I am Jamie Richards. Originally from a quaint town in New Zealand. I’ve always loved clothes, trinkets; special things that make women smile. Growing up it has been important for me to seek inspiration not only where I have come from, but from places, cultures, countries and other inspiring people around me.
Two of these people have been my grandmothers – beautiful and different within their own way but each with an elegant style. This was my inspiration and what has been the genesis of my company – Margaret Wray, a combination of my two grandmothers first and maiden names, who I naturally have many characteristic of and whom have been inspirational in developing my own unique style.
I studied Fashion Design and Technology in Wellington, New Zealand, then after graduating began my career with a designer where I learned many underlying skills and techniques referred to in my life today. After four exciting years in my very first job I moved to London and opened my eyes to a new world. Now after 12 years in London and while extending my skills and experience in the technical area through my positions within leading brands and designers it is time I do something my grandmothers would be very proud of.
The ambition of Margaret Wray is to create beautiful gowns and one off pieces with a contemporary finish and feel. A gown that is unique to you and myself as the designer. A gown created from the knowledge and experience I have attained through all who have inspired me and have led me to create a business with craftsmanship and individuality at its heart. I am passionate about beautiful creations and elegant dresses and with each client I ensure that from sketch to finished garment the process is an exciting, inspiring and personal journey.
So if your looking for a unique creation for any occasion then Margaret Wray can design and deliver the perfect dress for you. This would make both of my grandmothers very happy.
What to expect
Buying a dress from a picture online can be a difficult thing to do, but is a great place to start. Browse through my styles and book an appointment to try on your favourite ones. During your appointment we’ll discuss your ideas and agenda for your day, explore different styles to complement your vision and try on dresses for style ideas, then the fun really begins as together we will create the perfect gown designed specially for you by selecting fabrics and trims to suit you individually and the style you have chosen. I’ll make sure you feel comfortable and make well-informed choices with design and fabrics which will work best for your day and after 2-3 fittings your dress will be ready for collection.
Garments are crafted using silk and natural fibres with pricing reflecting the high quality fabrics and workmanship. As the decisions are being made through the consultation process any additional costs will be highlighted. Once selections have been made and exact requirements of your bespoke garment are confirmed a final quote will be offered. Payment terms are 50% deposit and 50% on completion. Please allow at least 8 months before your special day to ensure there is enough time to source fabrics, trims and embellishments and to create a unique dress especially for you.