Hi, I'm Sanjukta!
At Syra Brownlock, I make bespoke clothing using ethically-sourced, sustainable and environmentally-friendly materials from across the world.
I design everything, make all the patterns, and do all the sewing.
My work is inspired by global clothing traditions and the anthropology of textiles, combining cultures for unique pieces.
Everything is made to order, and made specifically for you. You can choose to have clothes made in your size, or to your exact measurements - just choose the tailoring option!
Many of us in the developing world are used to having tailored clothes, and not having to pay through the nose for the privilege. You go in, pick an outfit, then your fabric, they take your measurements and you come back in a few weeks for your outfit!
I want to recreate that feeling online, and to bring tailoring back to everyday life. It shouldn’t be a privilege - we all deserve clothes we love, that fit us well, and that are made with care.
Syra Brownlock is size- and body-inclusive (just check out the range in our size charts!) so you know that all your pieces will be made with love, to fit you perfectly and make you feel like a gazillion bucks! Also, you can read my gender policy here.
Syra Brownlock: The Name
I'm obsessed with textiles and clothing - and I'm also a massive dork.
Syra Brownlock is actually my hobbit name that I used this website to create when I was 12 - yes, really!
It was my pseudonym for LOTR fan fiction (don’t look, I’ve taken them all down!) and it's now the name of my business as a nod to that teenage dreamer sketching away through the night.
My name is Sanjukta, though since I went by Syra on the internet for so long, I do still answer to it! :)
Syra Brownlock: The Fashionista
My love of style began at the same time, so I taught myself to sketch. My first proper drawing turned into the Anita dress, named after my mother - who among a billion other things, also taught me to sew. I began with embellishing plain tops and t-shirts, graffiti-ing jeans and making alterations.
I found that fast fashion simply wasn’t catering to different sizes, and found their fetishising of non-European bodies really off-putting. So I’d buy clothes a few sizes too big and tailor them down, so my clothes fit me properly and made me feel good.
But life got in the way, and it became one of my creative hobbies.
I'm here to:
* Repair your beloved clothes, refashioning a piece to suit your style and reducing your carbon footprint ('Repairs and Alterations');
* Curate your look to have more of the clothes you love and that look great on you ('Replicate');
* Make new clothing in your size, according to my designs and patterns ('Ready-to-wear');
* Design customised clothing to your exact measurements, in your style ('Reserved')
Syra Brownlock: The Activist
The insane financial cost of fashion brought me back to tailoring, and I started to properly learn techniques. I saved for my first machine (Ophelia, pictured here) and that's when the seeds of Syra Brownlock started germinating.
I wanted to showcase work that championed our diverse cultures, so I source textiles and materials straight from producers. I’m Indian, so the harsh realities of the global fashion industry are all too familiar to me. I want to fight against that while offering beautiful, well-made pieces that you’ll cherish.
Cultural pride is one of the pillars at Syra Brownlock, so I want to share stories with you of where the design inspiration, fabrics, and materials come from, and the people who make them.
I also love history and anthropology - ikat for example is used everywhere from Japan to Mexico! We are more connected as a species than we think, and fashion can be a great way to share our cultures.
I did warn you I'm a dork...
So I took the plunge and invested in my dreams. I made a few dresses for myself and for friends, and as they received rave reviews I thought, wow. This is something I have to do now. And ta-da, here we are!