I have now met her half a dozen times and resisted the urge to be a fanboy and ask for her autograph.
She is a real icon for designing the coat and suit I love so much, so asking her to just sign some photograph or a page of a book would not seem fitting enough for the esteem I hold her in.
When we first met at a local Starbucks, she brought along a large swatch of the fabric from the Tennant Coat and kindly gave it to me to keep.
During a later visit we discussed the blue suit at length, and she pulled out an equally large swatch of the blue suit fabric. Again I was thrilled to be given the swatch to keep.
To keep the swatches safe and in pride of place, I found the perfect frame with a double mount to display them.
I keep it on top of my bookcase of tailoring books, along with my Matt Smith autographed convention brochure.
This was the perfect thing to finally ask her to sign, so she kindly captioned the two swatches on the mount and signed her name along the side.
She very much liked how I had framed the swatches, and was very happy to autograph it for me.
I now have the most FANTASTIC memento of meeting her. Thank you Louise!!