Bohemian Rhapsody – Willow and Wild

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Over the festive season, I was transported into a whirlwind of whimsy served up in a perfect bohemiam rhapsody by working with the Irish designer Yvonne Crotty, known to her regulars as Bonzie. With the likes of Irish designers such as Simone Rocha, Danielle Romeril, Helen Steele, Sorcha O’ Raghallaigh and Zoe Jordan making their mark on the international scene in a major way, I decided what better way to learn about the industry I love than to immerse myself in the world of the designer? My new year’s resolution is to learn about an Irish designer every fortnight. Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Niamh O’ Neill for Irish Tatler magazine and I learned so much from her about the machinations of the industry. Although it is such a creative career pursuit, one has to achieve the perfect marriage of business savvy and creative musings. So having one’s own eponymous label, like Bonzie, is no mean feat.

Willow and Wild
Willow and Wild

Working with Bonzie was a real eye-opener. Her retail store ‘Willow and Wild’ is a treasure trove of vintage-inspired accessories and adornments for weddings and special occasions that doubles up as a studio and Bonzie and her assistant work from the premises on Bailey’s New Street in Waterford, stitching and embellishing each and every item by hand. The store has a specialised bridal area upstairs which is the epitome of Grace-Kelly chic! Not only does Bonzie stock all her own specialised accessories, she also sells the convertible dresses recently seen on TV3’s Expose.

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Bonzie herself is a local treasure and the customers love popping in to listen to her old-school jazz tunes and have some friendly banter. She will always have a needle and thread or some new-fangled instrument at hand. Some of the items on display include bridal headpieces, boho veils, juliet caps, birdcage Veils, Vintage Pillbox, Rhinestone Combs and much more meaning that the Bonzie customer always gets a unique, custom-made piece. image-4

‘Willow and Wild’ by Bonzie is open to visitors each Thursday, Friday and Saturday from ten to five each day. She re-opens on January 15th this year. Pop by and choose from a unique range of handcrafted and carefully selected pieces for a wedding, communion, birthday or any special occasion that demands some vintage-themed glamour. image-5

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. I really enjoyed reading this!! Nice post!!

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  2. Jacinta Mulcahy says:

    Bonzie is an amazing Irish designer , we are so lucky to have her on our door step in the south, a beautiful person and so very very creative, friendly, has amazing vision when creating a wonderful piece, once you enter the door to willow and wild you are transformed to another world where you are the most important person in that world, I know this because last year Bonzie made my entire wedding outfit down to adding to my shoes, as a result of this apart having the most fantastic wedding dress we were featured on RockNRoll bride

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    1. No way! Wow. Do you have any pics Jacinta, I’d love to see them!

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  3. Jacinta Mulcahy says:

    I have amazing blogging pics taken of each piece Bonzie made, taken by another Irish gifted person from cork Claire ORorke,

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    1. Nice one! where could I see them, can you send a link? I love to support other Irish creative types! x

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  4. Jacinta Mulcahy says:

    Bonzie has them or you can log on to Claire ORorke photography she also did blog and shared it with Barnabrow country house where we got married

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  5. Sarah says:

    This place looks so enchanting! I just love all of the gorgeous fascinators – we need to make it more of a thing in the US to wear these to weddings!

    – Sarah 🙂
    http://www.thecrownbijoux.blogspot.com

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