Illustration by Mina Bach
Victoria Geary and Rebecca Goddard – aka Toria and Beck; two countryside dwelling, entrepreneurial women, with enormous talent in making gorgeous, ethical clothes and accessories for both men and women. Meet Pretty Rubbish.
I went to university with Toria and Beck, surrounded by the bright lights that are Cornwall county. I met them in a pub (jovial Jacobs), through my boyfriend when we started seeing each other. I thought they were beautiful woodland creatures as we all danced a merry jig in the pub that night. I quickly found them to be gorgeous people too. Fabulous times were had with the creative darlings, dancing around their house and discussing everything and nothing. They were always sporting splendid garments and accessories. As textile designers, fabric is of course a creative tool for them, but with Toria and Beck, their clothing also illustrates their personalities and innate creativity. They are SO talented. It was no surprise that they started a business together in Hereford after we graduated. They work inspiring others and making utterly stunning clothing, bespoke and awe-inspiring, for the ethical and beauty loving men and women of the world.
What inspires your designs?
Our designs are inspired by many things, Beck and I work in slightly different ways now, which I think makes each one of our items more unique. History and storytelling plays a massive part in what we do. Personally, I am inspired by historical costume, the cut of a jacket or a bustle, the shape of a neckline or drape of a skirt. I love visiting vintage shops and museums, finding old pattern books and costumes to examine. All the while being inspired also by the garment I’m working with, its own history and design features.
Illustration by Abby Wright
Beck loves vintage fabrics, lace buttons and beads. She’s a fabulous with embellishment, and has a natural eye for colour and combining fabrics, and much like myself; believes that each item we use has a past story and a tale yet to tell. Fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen have been a big inspiration for us… High street companies like Traid and All Saints are also great, and we probably wouldn’t be here without inspiration from the Brighton based Company ‘Sow’s Ear’ who we came across in Falmouth. They really showed us that creating a recycled fashion business was a real possibility, and here we are now.