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Susan Porter-Thomas Designs

Exquisite Silk Scarf Collection

Trees Planted

Susan Porter-Thomas Designs

Extra Large Silk Scarves designed by Susan Porter-Thomas

Made in Britain ✔

Small runs of unique designs ✔

100% pure silk with perfect pin hemming✔

Perfect Drape ✔

Supports 3 local businesses ✔

Available in 3 sizes ✔

1 tree planted for every scarf ✔

Use as sarong, beach dress, skirt, blouse, head scarf, neck scarf, shawl, belt, face covering

Elevate your wardrobe to a whole new level!

Time for a Treat

Romantic and flattering colours, gorgeous elegant material, lets make ourselves feel better, dress better and look amazing.  Limited runs of unique designs..

And you realise that once you’ve got a gorgeous piece of silk, it’s not just your neck that’s going to be happy!!!  See some wonderful ways in which to wear the scarves in the How To Vids here

FAQ And Gift Cards

Why did you create this collection?

It's a story of time on my hands and a need to be creative really..  Being a portrait photographer and in the absence of any people to photograph during the lockdown this year, I took my macro lens on my daily constitutional walks to places like South Ealing Cemetary and Blondin Park in Ealing, West London and captured some close up macro images of my favourite wild flowers that were out at the time in London..Forget-me-nots, Cow Parsley, Wisteria (maybe not so wild but one of my favourite plants ever) and Bellflowers.

I had been searching for some extra large scarves like the ones from Louis Vuitton for a while having been inspired by Trinny Woodall who wears them all the time and to great effect, they really do take your outfit to a whole new level and help to blend top and bottom as well as hiding any tummy you may have, but they are just so expensive and large ones in colours that I love just don't crop up second hand very often...so I thought maybe I could produce one from my own images..  In my excitement I shared my creation on facebook and had such a great response I wondered if this might be a great add on to my photography business.

I work with colour every day, making sure my clients are wearing the right colours for the right backdrops, I do outside shoots a lot with families and understanding how colours work together has really elevated my work to a new level.  In the studio I use amazing chiffons and satin materials to enhance the colour of my pregnant clients skin and contrast the background.  I also know that my clients are all hugely stylish and well dressed women who may be interested in some elegant scarves as well as the wonderful Trinny Tribe that I've become a part of.  So it seemed like the perfect synergy for me.  Thankfully my husband has been wonderfully supportive and encouraging me all the way, making me believe I could do this.

For a Behind The Scenes view on how the scarves came to be, read my blog on the work that went into it all...

What is the material?

I am using a Gorgeous Crepe De Chine 100% pure Silk 67gsm for the best draping material.  It really does feel gorgeous, I can't wait for you to see them.

How big are the scarves?

They come in 3 sizes:

Extra Large Scarf - A whopping 135cm x 180cm

Large Square Scarf - 180x65cm

Headscarf - 65x65cm

I prefer the larger size as it can create that wonderful indulgent drape around your neck, or can be worn as a dress with clever knotting!

What if you run out of stock?

So as I am a small business I am not going to keep thousands of scarf in stock, mainly because our house is already full to the brim with photography equipment..  So if an item is out of stock please just sign up to the waitlist and I will let you know when the next batch arrives.  This will also allow me to adjust the numbers of each design as I get a feel for which ones are selling more.  If you're buying for a friend and I've run out of the scarf you want to buy, you could get a gift card to give her instead..

How does colour theory come into it?

As a photographer I have studied colour theory and use it in my work all the time.  It's basically a way of putting colours together that work well and don't compete with each other for attention.  Sometimes we see colours in a design and just love it but we are not sure why...  it's likely due to the fact that the designer thought about the colour wheel when designing it!!

So in designing these scarves I thought firstly about what colours we all like to wear, and our own skin tones..  I then created colour mixes that would compliment those colours and enhance our skin to really make us glow.  Take a look at my 'what to wear on a photo shoot' blog which will give you an idea of colour wheel theory.

I wanted one for myself in a soft blue and brown colour palette (a fantastic colour combo I use all the time), but I also love pink and grey..so I've created a first run of bespoke designs from which to choose from.  What Trinny does so well is putting colours together, using the colour wheel, but also her gut feeling.  I have used the colours I know will work well with skin tones but also with our favourite summer colours too.

How long will it take to come?

Usually allow a week for delivery

Can I return it if I don't like it?

Yes of course, that's fine.  I want you to love your scarf so if you're in any way unhappy I will certainly refund you

What are the care instructions?

These are 100% pure silk so hand wash in cold water with mild detergent, soak up to 5-10 minutes.  Gently squeeze water until it runs clear, do not wring or twist. Lay flat onto clean towel and roll up to rid of excess moisture, then leave to air dry natural.

Or dry clean

What's with the tree planting?

So I think we all realise the impact we're all having on our beautiful world, I wanted to have a percentage of the profits of these scarves go to a charity and what better way than to plant a tree for every scarf ordered.  So I'll split my tree planting offering between UK and third world using the Tree Council and One Tree Planted 

What are your Eco credentials?

Apart from planting a tree for every scarf sold, my gorgeous tailor Larysa will be donating 50p per scarf to the Ealing Wildlife Trust. 

My packaging is all biodegradeable with corn postage bags and cardboard boxes. 

The Scarves were printed in Evesham so the carbon footprints is pretty good as that's only 80 miles away.  

Doing what I can, one small step at a time

The work behind the silk..

I felt strongly that I wanted the scarves to be British made of British flowers, if you search the internet, most of the silk scarves are proudly Italian...well I'm here to tell you that British is best!!! I used a wonderful company called The Silk Bureau based in Evesham just south of Birmingham, and despite my ignorance of the fashion world they've managed to steer me through the process and produced the most amazing silk ..I'm thrilled..

I then wanted to find a local tailor to help hem the scarves and make up some facemasks to a very high standard.  These are exquisite silk scarves and need to be finished off perfectly, so I tried 5 different tailors locally and found Larysa of Cushions&Creations and she is brilliant at what she does, she made it look so easy...wow.  She also understands the need to give back and my wanting to plant a tree for every scarf, we're the perfect match.  She also makes stunning facemasks, so I'm really excited to be working with her.

Extra Large Silk Scarves

Designed and made in UK

British Wildflower designs

Romantic Colours

100 Pure Silk

A Tree Planted for each Scarf Sold

tel:+447815864884
susan@sptphotography.com

RECENT REVIEWS

karen Mulvihill
karen Mulvihill
17:44 19 Jun 20
I have been looking for an extra large scarf for a long time. They seem hard to find and terribly expensive. But today I lucked out and purchased an extra large forget me knot scarf. I am absolutely thrilled. it is absolutely exquisite and beautifully made and good quality silk. I wish I could buy all of them, they look amazing with dress up/ down casual and event pieces. I am going to float around in all my outfits with my lovely scarf, to show my friends. When they see it, they will also want to buy one too, Thank you Susan!
Marina Gordeeva
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22:21 15 May 20
Great experience throughout and fantastic pictures - from the professional communication, friendly welcome in the studio, fast turnaround of the images from the photo shoot and absolutely stunning pictures - I definitely recommend Susan to other moms-to-be.
Jasvin S
Jasvin S
21:39 07 Mar 20
We had a great time at Susan's studio and loved the style of photography and quality of the shots. Would definitely use again.
C J
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The whole experience with Susan was amazing. She was great and flexible around the booking for the shooting session. The session itself was smooth and fun and while we were worried about how our toddler would behave, everything went so well thanks to Susan’s experience ! We have then received the pictures within few days only (other photographers usually take much longer). Last but not least, the pictures were astonishing ! We never had pictures like these ones. We, and more particularly our toddler, looked so naturally beautiful in the pictures! Not only we will recommend Susan to all our friends but we will definitely use her again in the future
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Sugha Murugesu
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A true professional. Her work speaks for itself. 10/10
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19:35 06 Apr 19
Susan was absolutely brilliant -- we did 2 sessions with her, and in both cases, she went out of her way to make us comfortable. She's an absolute pleasure to work with, and the final result is exactly what we were hoping for!
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14:35 06 Apr 19
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18:03 03 Apr 19
We had a family photo shoot with our eight month old baby and absolutely enjoyed the experience! Susan made us feel very comfortable and the photos turned out amazing! We couldn’t pick just 5 so ended up going for 15. Expensive but so worth the price, they’re a work of art and will be treasured for many years to come.
Hazel Tang
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Susan is lovely! We went to her for a maternity shooting when I'm 36 weeks pregnant. My husband is quiet nervous when we have no idea what to do in front of camera . Susan was very patient and kind that guide us to pose a couple pose and the result is brilliant. We are having so much fun while shooting. She's friendly and accommodating. I would highly recommend!
Chanda Brae
Chanda Brae
13:38 08 Feb 19
I took a workshop with Susan and was so thrilled with the knowledge that I gained from just one day! I feel reinspired and cant wait to start applying the new lighting techniques into my business. Susan is patient and professional, I would recommend her to anyone looking for fine art portraits or looking to learn from her at one of her workshops. She is worth every penny!
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21:09 14 Jan 19
My partner and I had a delightful day with Susan. She spent the time teaching us some of the skills of portrait photography in studio settings and natural light. Her warmth and enthusiasm was infectious and we came away thrilled with the photos we had taken under her guidance.
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Ian Saxon
11:28 05 Jan 19
Great photographer, great assistant, lovely studio where we were made to feel comfortable throughout. True professionals. We did maternity and newborn and were very pleased with both.
Rachel Faber
Rachel Faber
14:49 27 Dec 18
If you're looking for a modern portrait photographer who can capture your family in an authentic vs staged environment, then Susan is a perfect choice. We were blown away with our maternity and newborn photoshoots with Susan. Both the experience and pictures were more than we could have hoped for. We were made to feel totally comfortable and cannot wait to capture more memories with our beautiful family.
Ganna Yevtushenko
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I would recommend any pregnant woman to enjoy the experience of maternity photoshoot! After months of changing body shape, focusing on having a healthy pregnancy, clothes that stop fitting and scrutiny from the outside world - it is amazing to have a few hours dedicated just to you and beauty of your pregnancy. Susan made me and my husband feel extremely comfortable during the whole photoshoot and final images are just stunning memories of our pregnancy journey.
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Was so impressed by my pregnancy photoshoot that I went back to Susan for our newborn pictures despite living right across London from her - they were even better! Susan is fun to work with and is completely open to suggestions and ideas. Highly recommended.
Rüdiger Kloss
Rüdiger Kloss
18:04 15 May 18
Susan made us comfortable and we were able to do many different types of shots. We are very glad with the outcome and would highly recommend her!
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Yvonne Ogorek-Zarate
10:43 08 May 18
Susan was such a professional and made the whole experience very, very memorable. From offering me a fresh strong coffee after a tricky night with my little one, to making her big sister feel very special and included, it was a day and show to remember. The pictures are magnificent and they will be treasured for a lifetime. Worth every penny.
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Qian Yu
22:17 19 Mar 18
It has been great experience to have Susan capturing both the bump and newborn sessions for us. Susan is professional, lovely and easy to work with. These impressive shoots from her mean so much to us.
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Eliza Moldovan
20:58 05 Mar 18
Having a baby is such an amazing and wonderful experience. Susan managed to capture this happiness. I am so pleased with our newborn and family pictures. Again and again, Susan proves herself to be a professional photographer and I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants the perfect photoshoot experience. Thank you Susan.
Helen Lin-Chhatpar
Helen Lin-Chhatpar
20:41 31 Jan 18
Susan is an incredibly talented and professional photographer with a gorgeous elegant yet demure style. She is fun to work with, and very understanding and supportive of what you want to get out of your portrait experience. I absolutely love how my maternity portraits turned out and 100% recommend her to anyone that wants a keepsake with some "wow" factor.
Anne Raleigh Rees
Anne Raleigh Rees
18:01 22 Jan 18
my sons got me the most wonderful gift- a family photo shoot! Susan was lovely to work with and we are all happy with the finished product- thank you for capturing the family so beautifully and accurately- you even managed to get the dog in a few photos!
Aspa Psaradellis
Aspa Psaradellis
11:02 06 Jan 18
Thank you once again Susan for a great photoshoot! We used Susan for a newborn photoshoot with our firstborn. We did it in our house so definitely more challenging for a photographer compared to being in a studio. Susan was amazing! Second time, again a family photoshoot with our second baby in our home. As always, Susan was great with the kids, and super efficient! We love our pictures! She managed to capture spontaneous moments full of laughter and happiness that to us are very precious! Thank you once again!
hpoonie
hpoonie
18:08 26 Dec 17
had a fab time at the shoot. Susan put us at ease.
Anna Maggioli
Anna Maggioli
16:20 14 Dec 17
Susan is the perfect photographer to create beautiful memories of your family! We truly love her pictures, full of personality and love. We also enjoyed very much the shoot at her studio. She is simply professional and highly recommendable! We look forward for our next shoot with her!
Kelly Wu
Kelly Wu
00:30 30 Nov 17
We had lovely photo section with Susan, Susan was friendly and helpful. The images taken with Holland park in Autumn were gorgeous ! They are even better than I was imagined. Thank you so much Susan !
Nadia Strone
Nadia Strone
10:19 22 Nov 17
Its a pleasure working with Susan. Our exchanges before the shoot were great - I knew exactly what to expect and we got good advice on location and what to wear. The shoot went very smoothly, and Susan was able to capture fabulous shots, ticking off everything on my wish list. She was flexible and worked well with my two-year old daughter, dog, and husband - who does not like posing for the camera! I cant wait to work with her again.
Junya Hosaka
Junya Hosaka
15:27 18 Nov 17
We had great experience with Susan. The shoot place were primrose hill. Her arrangements were perfect. Especially, she instructed us just right position and took us with sunlight filtering through the trees ingeniously. Our sons really enjoyed the photo shooting. The photos are so good and much exceeded our expectations. The photos and the experience are our precious memories in London !
danielle wright
danielle wright
13:51 10 Oct 17
We've just had our third photoshoot with Susan and are delighted with the photos yet again. Susan always makes us feel comfortable during the photo shoots and has captured some amazing images of our children.
Iivika Considine
Iivika Considine
18:35 04 Oct 17
We really enjoyed the entire session with the excellent Susan. She was prepared and patient (an essential skill when working with newborns) and was able to help Mom and Dad to enjoy the experience also! I'd have no hesitation in recommending Susan to capture those never to be replicated moments with your new arrival!
Miguel Oliveira
Miguel Oliveira
22:24 18 Sep 17
Susan was amazing through the entire journey: the photo session was delightful, in a very relaxed environment and it was a truly pleasant experience for both of us. The resulting pictures were absolutely fantastic: the attention to detail and expertise Susan put in the whole process made us feel more than happy with the pictures we chose.We highly recommend Susan's photo sessions.
Eliza Moldovan
Eliza Moldovan
10:24 17 Sep 17
Once again, we had such an amazing experience. Susan has a great personality and a spot on eye, able to improvise at any minute while we were outdoors. My daughter felt relaxed and happy and so did we. The pictures were fabulous and that is why I keep coming back to Susan for more and more photo sessions. I would recommend Susan to anyone who would want long lasting, quality memories.Thank you Susan, you've been brilliant again! xx
Steph
Steph
17:12 15 Sep 17
I really enjoyed my maternity photo session with Susan last weekend. She is warm, friendly and immediately made us feel comfortable. I wasn't really sure what I wanted, other than for us to capture 'the bump', but I love the varied, beautifully lit images she has produced. I'm happy we'll have these to look back on and remember this time. Definitely recommended!
Allegra Hardy
Allegra Hardy
13:47 08 Sep 17
Susan is – extraordinary.It’s not just her astonishing ability to catch light that sets her images apart but also her innate skill at immortalising the relationships her subjects share. While her artistry is undoubtedly a well-honed gift, her easy going, welcoming and truly practical approach puts her subjects at ease and allows her to deliver startling portraits. Thank you Susan. Cannot wait till next time!
古見祐梨
古見祐梨
09:06 08 Sep 17
Susan is such a lovely lady. She was so kind and friendly to our kids. We all really enjoyed the photo shoot. It was relaxing and so much fun! And all the photos came out amazingly beautiful. I definitely recommend her:))
Cátia Silva
Cátia Silva
15:35 15 Aug 17
Our daughters just love Susan! She's quite a talent with kids! Loved the pictures!
Heather Goodsir
Heather Goodsir
19:51 05 Aug 17
We have just enjoyed a family photo shoot with Susan and have to say, the whole experience was fabulous from start to finish. Susan is absolutely lovely, warm and relaxed, putting us all instantly at ease. My children thought it was such a treat and even my husband discovered his inner diva! The resulting photos are gorgeous - I definitely recommend her!
Vincci Chan
Vincci Chan
21:53 26 Jul 17
Susan was so professional, photos were so naturally beautiful. Absolutely amazing. Enjoyed the shooting. Highly recommend her.
Kirsten Aldridge
Kirsten Aldridge
08:16 21 Jul 17
Susan has photographed both our sons as newborns and we treasure the beautiful family images she has created. Susan has a lovely style, immediately putting everyone at ease, enabling her to get fabulous photos even when her subjects are not naturals in front of the camera!
Chris Vos
Chris Vos
16:18 15 Jul 17
Amazing photographs, kids were really at ease. Many thanks
Yuki H
Yuki H
21:04 22 Jun 17
She knows how she can take pictures of best moment of family.
Franck Sauvage
Franck Sauvage
14:11 12 Jun 17
Lovely people. Always happy
Tomoko Ohigashi
Tomoko Ohigashi
10:45 28 Apr 17
It was a fantastic experience. We all enjoyed every moment in the photo shoot. My children were so excited and love Susan! Photos are absolutely brilliant. Beautiful, warm, and stylish.I love the magic of natural light.
Aisha
Aisha
18:41 21 Apr 17
Susan is amazing! The pictures are beautiful and magical. She made me feel very relaxed during the photo shooting and It was lots of fun! The results are absolutely gorgeous! Highly recommend her.
Yuka Aoki
Yuka Aoki
19:19 28 Mar 17
Susan was absolutely amazing on photo shooting as she made us very relaxed and took beautiful photos of our family which will treasure forever! Thank you Susan!!!
Michelle Tolfrey
Michelle Tolfrey
11:54 17 Mar 17
I had a lovely experience on my maternity photo shoot with Susan. She had a range of suggestions for the photos and created a comfortable and fun atmosphere. I'm so pleased with the results and will treasure these photos forever.
Marian Bavington
Marian Bavington
12:35 04 Mar 17
Wow! I am truly blown away by the photographs that Susan shot of my children. I can't stop looking at them. She has managed to capture such beautiful, gentle, elegant yet powerful images. I will treasure them forever. Susan made the children feel totally relaxed and at ease, they loved every minute of the shoot and had lots of fun. We have had professional shoots before but they have been nothing like this and it shows in what she has produced. Thank you Susan
Shiv Sriranjan
Shiv Sriranjan
14:25 18 Jan 17
Susan came to our house to do a photo shoot of our 2 month old son. She was very prompt in replying to email messages and kept in touch to confirm our appointment date and time. We did not feel rushed and Susan allowed plenty of time to take photos of our son allowing for changes in his mood. We even walked around with him and played music to settle him when he was crying. We love the photos and hope to have another photo shoot with Susan when he is a bit older.Thank you.Shiv and Sen
Meena More
Meena More
09:38 11 Jan 17
Fiona MacNeely
Fiona MacNeely
12:41 29 Dec 16
I booked a family shoot with Susan because I wanted to capture a special moment in time with my family. We had never had a professional shoot before and were a little sceptical about how Susan would get us into a frame looking like we wanted to be there! We visited Susan's studio and she managed the task with humour. The shoot was fun, and the photos prove that. We are getting some classic close up prints which I will treasure.
Brooke Holiday
Brooke Holiday
13:32 28 Dec 16
Susan did an excellent job photographing our newborn. She has a lovely down to earth demeanor, and conducted the shoot from our flat - all of which kept my husband, our new baby, and me at ease. The photographs turned out beautifully. We're very happy with the whole experience.
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