As some of you may already know, on December 28th we had a garage fire – a faulty socket started a rather unexpected conflagration. The fire was discovered by our neighbours and the fire brigade was called….
The firemen did a sterling job, and an hour later the garage was soaked in water, steaming like hell, but secure – and so the boys left, bearing quite a lot of our post Christmas posh choccies – at least a token of gratitude.
The next morning we inspected the damage…. there was a lot of personal items there, bikes, re-enactment stuff, tools, tents, camping gear, furniture etc – but also almost all my stock – both finished items ( including the gowns from the Autumn Bride collection) and wool, silk and linen awaiting their turn to be sewn up into lovely costumes. It also contained quite a lot of other people’s items, things left behind, or brought for re sizing, embellishment etc…
The inspection did not bring good news – just a few pictures here…
Fortunately we were insured – unfortunately I didn’t realize that in order to cover the 3rd party items i need to have an additional third party option – public liability was apparently no good, as the folks who lost their things would have to claim on their own insurances and prove that I was liable – negligent, or actually starting the fire. Since it was plain I wasn’t – they would lose the case. So now it looks like the money the insurance is going to pay for the stock and business equipment is going to be mostly spent on paying up other people. The insurers were a bit surprised that that ‘s what I intended to do – they clearly though that was other people’s loss and nothing to do with me. It was just as clear to me, that I cannot afford to treat my clients so – and they are all being reimbursed ( about 4 grand…) as soon as the money arrives.. lesson to other costumers etc – do check your insurances for the 3rd party damage! I have learnt my lesson….
I will just have enough to pay up for the new fabrics to help me rebuild the stock ( will take a few years…). oh well. Not a good start of the year, but nobody was hurt – and most of the possessions are just that – possessions….
There was a silver lining though – we decided that the lovely charred wall in the garage and all the damaged items are only too good not to take advantage of, so we held 2 photo shoots in the garage, exploring the post apocalyptic, distressed ideas, letting the gowns shine one last time….
Many, many thanks to the models who come over and got dirty with us!
photography – Pitcheresque Imagery
models: Miss Lilian Love, Helen Underwood, Jenny Bowers, Izabela Pitcher, Lucas Pitcher