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Keeping up with The Jones’

1 May 2018 | Posted in: News

Written by: Rayannon Innes | Photography: Edwina Richards

Just like the old namesake, Laura Jones is one to keep up with.

As the self-taught seamstress and owner of vintage-style clothing label Pigtails and Pirates, Laura couldn’t be happier with where the independent business has come today. From its beginnings as children’s wear sewn from home to the impressive collection of quality women’s dresses extending the length of her Renew studio, Pigtails & Pirates has flourished through its seven-year journey.

Alongside fellow seamstress and Renew tenant Jessica Ledgerwood of menswear label Bippy Jean, Laura and her locally stitched designs continue to thrive in the Australian and US market. Despite Pigtails & Pirates’ global demand, Laura is determined to keep her business locally-based, enabling her to dedicate her time to careful, creative and fun design. As a mum and part-time science teacher, Laura also shares her time supporting Newcastle’s local workforce where two other employed seamstresses work in keeping the business running smoothly while she’s not in the studio.

Now in their third shared space together, Laura and Jess love their spacious Market Square studio. When time and creativity strike them, the friends will often collaborate in dreaming up designs or creating entirely new garments for the client wanting something extra special and representative of both Laura and Jess’ craftsmanship.

If you make an appointment to visit their vintage women’s and menswear studio, you’ll notice the sign above their door that reads ‘Mr and Mrs’ Jones’ paying homage to their creative friendship. As Laura sees it, they’re “always trying to look and be [their] best” – and in their bespoke hand-sewn garments, you can too.