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In 2008, while on holiday with friends Lisa and Zoe began discussing dream holiday wardrobes - and envisaging the fantasy kaftan and capsule holiday wardrobe. It took Lisa and Zoe two years to perfect the collection; to research fabric, cut, production processes - and to design the backbone of Tallulah & Hope, the definitive holiday-wear pieces. In 2010, they made their fantasy kaftan collection a reality.  It was a labour of love, passion - and desperation - because ultimately, they were making pieces they knew they needed.  You'll wonder how you ever survived without them.

Lisa Ispani and Zoe Holborough met 10 years ago, when they were introduced by Lisa's husband, restaurateur Patrick Clayton-Malone. At that time Lisa (who had trained in law but abandoned it for the infinitely more alluring world of fashion) was a PR, and Zoe (who studied fine art at Chelsea Art College and St Martins) was a stylist and costume designer. They became instant friends, but continued to work independently on various projects. Lisa worked for years with Versace among other luxe clients and also helped launch new designers and brands.  In 2006, she become freelance and worked with her husband’s award-winning restaurant group Canteen and launched his visionary product design studio Very Good & Proper.

Zoe, meanwhile, worked with Brit designer Russell Sage, Parisienne hipster and super-stylist Camille Bidault-Waddington and on award-winning TV programmes including Absolutely Fabulous and as a personal stylist to the Osborne family. Three years ago, following the birth of her daughter, she launched Lady Sew and Sew, a West London sewing class which rode the vanguard of the hip make-do-and-mend movement which quickly evolved into a scene – Zoe has held sessions at art previews and private events, and following an invitation from Josie Da Bank also has her own dedicated sewing tent at Camp Bestival. Zoe was the lead costume designer and stylist for the 2012 Olympics.

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