COVID 19 


Firstly, the Joanne Fleming Design studio showroom in central Brighton is completely self-contained with its own street entrance.

It is just a 15 minute walk from home, so I have been able to walk in every day as normal. All my designs are made here in the studio by myself, and I work on my own so have not had the complicated issues surrounding work colleague social distancing to consider. My embroiderer works from home in a neighbouring town, so although she would generally visit the studio every week or two to collect and deliver work (and for chats!), we have always been very used to conducting a lot of consultation and design work via email etc. This has continued much as usual over the last months, and when we do need to meet up in person this is easily done at the studio where we can maintain generous social distancing conditions.

After a brief period of uncertainty at the start of lockdown, most of my fabric and haberdashery suppliers are now operating largely as normal, although orders can take longer to arrive due to increased workload/reduced workforce at wholesalers and importers. There are also isolated instances of specific fabrics being temporarily unavailable, but generally these can be worked around.

Overseas orders, where clients would not be expected to visit the studio for in-person fittings, can therefore continue entirely as normal.

GENERAL HYGIENE

So far, due to much reduced footfall over the height of the pandemic, I have been able to keep to a single appointment a day, which has enabled a thorough clean of the showroom, fitting room and restroom to be carried out before and after each group visit. I would like to continue this as far as possible, so I would ask where possible that you try and book an appointment well in advance so I can accomodate your preferred date (especially important for Saturdays). Inevitably, as visitor numbers increase over the coming months I will probably find it necessary to start having more than one appointment per day, particularly on Saturdays....but rest assured the premises will still be disinfected between each visit.

On warm sunny days over recent weeks I have kept both the entrance door and the back door in to the studio garden ajar to allow a nice through draught, but as the weather gets chillier this will not always be possible.

If you are the only appointment of the day, you are welcome to try on several sample gowns, but I'm afraid if there are two or three appointments booked in the choice may be more limited due to the difficulties of disinfecting such delicate fabrics in the short time between sessions. It may be possible to 'reserve' a sample to try on or examine at close quarters in advance....it is worth enquiring about this at the time you book your appointment, and there will be more choice available if you are able to visit on a weekday rather than the ever popular Saturday.

Masks are mandatory for visitors to all retail premises for the foreseeable future, but I appreciate that some people may be exempt from the mandatory face covering rule for health reasons. I won't ask for proof of this, but respectfully request that you let me know in advance of your visit so I can make any additional adjustments to the environment.

INITIAL CONSULTATIONS

Since the end of July I have been welcoming new visitors to the showroom for appointments to discuss their ideas for their wedding gown.
As the space is relatively compact, I ask visitors to come in groups of no larger than 3 if they are from different households, or 4 if 3 or more group members are from the same household. This is to enable us all to maintain the recommended mutual spacing of two meters.
The door to the studio is down some little stone steps, with a porch area where masks can be donned, and a squirt of the supplied sanitiser applied.
Upon entrance to the studio I will take the opportunity to say hello without wearing my mask (from a safe distance of course!) and will ensure you can get comfortable on the couch and seats (and use the restroom if required), and then we can have an initial chat about your requirements.

Sample gowns, if relevant, can be tried on....and I will be putting my mask on at this point and keeping it on for the duration of the close quarters trying on session, so that I can assist you in fastening and adjusting the samples as needed.

Once you have finished trying on samples (not everyone does this), you can get dressed in the fitting room and return to the couch so we can have another chat to summarise and discuss further any next steps to be decided on.

When you are happy that we have discussed all we need to, please do take another squirt of hand sanitiser before leaving ready for your onward journey :)


FITTINGS

So many clients have had to sadly postpone their weddings and celebrations this year, and many many gowns have been put on hold, paused at various stages of completeness until we start to have a clearer idea of how things will unfold over the coming winter and spring. They are all safely hanging in their protective covers, ready to come back to life as soon as their owners feel ready and able to start visiting the studio again to pick up the fitting process where it had to of necessity so abruptly stop.

For any current clients concerned about how in-person fittings will work in a covid secure way, please read through the notes above for initial consultations....all precautions will essentially be the same, but of course I am very happy to give you a call to chat things through in more detail, and to work out an updated fitting schedule. I will be gradually contacting you all over the coming weeks anyway in order to do just that.



Lastly, I just want to say that I know how tough this has been for you all over the Spring and Summer, what should be a period of excitement and joyful anticipation has been overlaid by a global crisis of a nature and scale that has changed the world in a way that probably none of us fully understand yet.
However, something that I, and I'm sure many of you, have come to more fully appreciate over this time is that it is the personal affirmations, the intimate family pleasures, the small joyful moments we share with each other that will help us get past this.....and weddings and all that they symbolise are a hugely important part of that recovery.

I will be here to help and guide you in your journey towards those life defining celebrations, however large or small.




Firstly, the Joanne Fleming Design studio showroom in central Brighton is completely self-contained with its own street entrance. 

It is just a 15 minute walk from home, so I have been able to walk in every day as normal. All my designs are made here in the studio by myself, and I work on my own so have not had the complicated issues surrounding work colleague social distancing to consider. My embroiderer works from home in a neighbouring town, so although she would generally visit the studio every week or two to collect and deliver work (and for chats!), we have always been very used to conducting a lot of consultation and design work via email etc. This has continued much as usual over the last months, and when we do need to meet up in person this is easily done at the studio where we can maintain generous social distancing conditions.

After a brief period of uncertainty at the start of lockdown, most of my fabric and haberdashery suppliers are now operating largely as normal, although orders can take longer to arrive due to increased workload/reduced workforce at wholesalers and importers. There are also isolated instances of specific fabrics being temporarily unavailable, but generally these can be worked around.

Overseas orders, where clients would not be expected to visit the studio for in-person fittings, can therefore continue entirely as normal.  

GENERAL HYGIENE

So far, due to much reduced footfall over the height of the pandemic, I have been able to keep to a single appointment a day, which has enabled a thorough clean of the showroom, fitting room and restroom to be carried out before and after each group visit. I would like to continue this as far as possible, so I would ask where possible that you try and book an appointment well in advance so I can accomodate your preferred date (especially important for Saturdays). Inevitably, as visitor numbers increase over the coming months I will probably find it necessary to start having more than one appointment per day, particularly on Saturdays....but rest assured the premises will still be disinfected between each visit.

On warm sunny days over recent weeks I have kept both the entrance door and the back door in to the studio garden ajar to allow a nice through draught, but as the weather gets chillier this will not always be possible.

If you are the only appointment of the day, you are welcome to try on several sample gowns, but I'm afraid if there are two or three appointments booked in the choice may be more limited due to the difficulties of disinfecting such delicate fabrics in the short time between sessions. It may be possible to 'reserve' a sample to try on or examine at close quarters in advance....it is worth enquiring about this at the time you book your appointment, and there will be more choice available if you are able to visit on a weekday rather than the ever popular Saturday.

Masks are mandatory for visitors to all retail premises for the foreseeable future, but I appreciate that some people may be exempt from the mandatory face covering rule for health reasons. I won't ask for proof of this, but respectfully request that you let me know in advance of your visit so I can make any additional adjustments to the environment. 

INITIAL CONSULTATIONS

Since the end of July I have been welcoming new visitors to the showroom for appointments to discuss their ideas for their wedding gown. 
As the space is relatively compact, I ask visitors to come in groups of no larger than 3 if they are from different households, or 4 if 3 or more group members are from the same household. This is to enable us all to maintain the recommended mutual spacing  of two meters. 
The door to the studio is down some little stone steps, with a porch area where masks can be donned, and a squirt of the supplied sanitiser applied.
Upon entrance to the studio I will take the opportunity to say hello without wearing my mask (from a safe distance of course!) and will ensure you can get comfortable on the couch and seats (and use the restroom if required), and then we can have an initial chat about your requirements.

Sample gowns, if relevant, can be tried on....and I will be putting my mask on at this point and keeping it on for the duration of the close quarters trying on session, so that I can assist you in fastening and adjusting the samples as needed.

Once you have finished trying on samples (not everyone does this), you can get dressed in the fitting room and return to the couch so we can have another chat to summarise and discuss further any next steps to be decided on.

When you are happy that we have discussed all we need to, please do take another squirt of hand sanitiser before leaving ready for your onward journey :)


FITTINGS

So many clients have had to sadly postpone their weddings and celebrations this year, and many many gowns have been put on hold, paused at various stages of completeness until we start to have a clearer idea of how things will unfold over the coming winter and spring. They are all safely hanging in their protective covers, ready to come back to life as soon as their owners feel ready and able to start visiting the studio again to pick up the fitting process where it had to of necessity so abruptly stop.

For any current clients concerned about how in-person fittings will work in a covid secure way, please read through the notes above for initial consultations....all precautions will essentially be the same, but of course I am very happy to give you a call to chat things through in more detail, and to work out an updated fitting schedule. I will be gradually contacting you all over the coming weeks anyway in order to do just that.



Lastly, I just want to say that I know how tough this has been for you all over the Spring and Summer, what should be a period of excitement and joyful anticipation has been overlaid by a global crisis of a nature and scale that has changed the world in a way that probably none of us fully understand yet. 
However, something that I, and I'm sure many of you, have come to more fully appreciate over this time is that it is the personal affirmations, the intimate family pleasures, the small joyful moments we share with each other that will help us get past this.....and weddings and all that they symbolise are a hugely important part of that recovery.

I will be here to help and guide you in this small but important part of your journey towards those life defining celebrations, however large or small.


 

Covid secure operation of the JFD studio showroom 

Covid Secure Operation 

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