Behind the name
My great grandmother Sybil Margaret Zinzan, lovingly nicknamed Billie, came from a time when clothes were made slowly with care, the purpose and wearability were considered, and they were made to last. I grew up being told of her renowned sewing talents and tales of fabric piled high on the dining table ready to sew pyjamas for the war effort.
To this day, I still have one of her tops made in the most beautiful metallic fabric. It must be at least 50 years old - proving that well-made, loved clothes really do last. Her ethos and dedication to her craft are what has inspired Billie Zinzan.
Pictured here on the far right, she is with her husband Martin Brooke (whom she called Eric after her mother decided it was a far better name), and her four children. My grandfather is in the back middle.