ELLen downes – FOUNDER
Ellen finds beautiful vintage swimming costumes for One-piece Boutique and then works with a local tailor in Hanoi to make alterations to them.
20% of profits are donated to Fashion Revolution Vietnam. This project acts as much as a business as to promote an alternative to fast fashion in the city
She has a shop space at the vintage shop at Hanoi Social Club and restocks her collection monthly.
Chan Con Cong Vintage Store 14 Duong Thanh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi where Ellen sells her One-piece Boutique collection
Mi Founder of Chan Con Cong Vintage Store at Fashion Revolution Exhibition organised by Ellen, April 2019
Ellen finds beautiful vintage swimming costumes and works with a local tailor in Hanoi to make alterations to them.
20% of profits are donated to Fashion Revolution Vietnam and this project acts as much as a business as to promote an alternative to fast fashion in the city. She has a shop space at the vintage shop at Hanoi Social Club and restocks her collection monthly.
One-Piece Boutique was featured in an article in Urbanist Hanoi
“Ellen Downes is on the hunt for bathing suits. She trawls the narrow alleys of the Old Quarter for vintage and second-hand shops, scours the aisles of the used market on Dong Tac Street…” Read the full article on Urbanist Hanoi
“Ellen is such a joy to work with. She makes sure you’re comfortable with everything and also makes sure the whole team is having fun on shoot. She’s creative and passionate about what she does. It’s always amazing meeting and working with someone who really cares, and Ellen does just that.”
Leah Jacobs, Model
“It was lovely to take part in Ellen’s latest project and be the photographer for One-Piece Boutique. The whole concept is a great alternative to the fast fashion industry. All the details, design, textures and fabrics have been so carefully chosen. Working and collaborating with Ellen has been a pleasure and I’m excited to do more projects with her in the future!”
Bui Vu, Photographer
“Besides having a great ethos, One-piece Boutique is curated beautifully with a selection of vintage cuts and prints. It’s rooted in the idea that your swimsuits should be as fun, as considered and as conscious as the rest of your wardrobe!!”
Londiwe Ncube, Stylist