Celebs line up for star Meresy designer

BY Esme Rose, which was created in 2019 by designer Bethany Chard has substantially grown  since it’s inception, now boasting 47,500 Instagram followers and host of celebrity customers.

Having studied at Liverpool Community College for two years before completing her degree at Liverpool John Moore’s University in Fashion Design, 28-year-old Bethany went on to design for the high street working for Manchester-based suppliers Visage where she supplied to Lipsy, Next, New Look and Primark to name a few.

Travelling the world, Bethany soaked up the experience, venturing to various suppliers abroad before she set up By Esme Rose as a side project. The business started off as a hobby, creating outfits for herself and her friends for nights out and special occasions and it wasn’t long before she was inundated.

Bethany, from Wallasey, said: “When I started off I didn’t really have confidence in creating a business: I began with three designs and my mum took pictures of me on an old iPhone and I uploaded them to Instagram. I was blown away by how many orders I received. It just goes to show that my customers genuinely liked the designs as I’ve never had a team or had experience in social media or building a brand.”

Maura Higgins’ EGO campaign

From there, Bethany became busier and decided to take the plunge, quit her job and put her all into By Esme Rose full time.

She added: “Esme Rose is my middle name and so it felt natural to name the brand after myself. I’ve been a one team company since I started and absolutely everything from design to manufacturing, to modelling the clothing, managing the social media, packaging the parcels and sending them was all down to me. Only recently has this become impossible with how the brand has continued to grow and so I’ve hired two seamstresses to help me and a social media assistant.”

Over lockdown, Bethany was getting involved in Love Island and Dancing On Ice star Maura Higgins’ footwear campaign with Ego, as well as dressing fellow Love Island contestants Elle Brown, Demi Jones and winner turned West End star Amber Davies.

Bethany added: “Being asked to be part of Maura’s national campaign with Ego was surreal and she looked absolutely stunning! For the business, it’s amazing to dress a celebrity as their huge followings mean that millions of people see my designs and we get a massive surge in orders!”

As her business continues to grow, Bethany’s goal in the next five years is to have her own warehouse with a team of seamstresses, a social media and web team, and since she’s never invested in marketing, she’d love to try it and see how it can take By Esme Rose to the next level. Adding to this, Bethany wants to release campaigns more regularly and have a bigger and better shop where her customers can visit to buy off the rail and see even more celebrities in her designs.