Once Upon a Time



Once Upon a Time | Vintage Inspired Clothing | Floral Embroidered Dresses 

Once upon a time a girl lived in a cottage on the prairie and in summertime her father would sing folk songs on arrival of the first summer harvest. The mother would organize a party and bring out her favourite embroidered tablecloths, chinaware and dress her up in a handmade floral embroidered dress with smock detailing and little flowers  on the collar and hem, braiding her hair with the softest ribbons. They would spend the day, lazing around in the glow of the sun, humming soft tunes, crafting little napkins and tea cosies. And that is how life was in the countryside, every single day.  Once Upon A Time is a vintage inspired collection evoking nostalgia for the golden past – the slowness of time, the open landscapes and the handcrafted items of everyday life. 

Inspired from idyllic stories from eras bygone, our collection - Once Upon a Time - is an ode to the simplistic life, away from the chaos, hustle and bustle and closer to nature. We bring you clothing that is a celebration of olden times with slow days at hand to craft things and collect memorabilia. The meticulously crafted garments with a homespun, folkloric feel, invoke sweet nostalgia and refreshes long forgotten memories of all things vintage - the floral embroidered tablecloths, classic china ware and home linens. The single thread embroideries are framed, scalloped and patched on airy cottons, linens and cotton-silks. The color palette is neutral and inspired from sepia toned old pictures, letters and worn-out pages from your favorite book. The silhouettes are apt for summer – breezy and carefree, away from the frills of passing trends. The garments are windows into the past, to be relived now and bring many of our past glories back into our lives. Rendered in fine detail, these handmade floral embroidered dresses are the sort of gentle, thoughtful pieces that reflect silent maturity and deep experience.

What can a thread say? Plenty! Embroideries are full of stories that detail environments and moments, characters and ideas all brought together gracefully into a symphony of fluid silhouettes, delicate embroideries and bespoke details, result: some exquisite floral embroidered dresses. We create a beautiful medley of different threads to make natural color groups and motifs on airy cottons, linens and cotton-silks and thus keep our embroideries subtle and refined. The floral embroidered dresses from our vintage inspired clothing collection, Once Upon a Time come with numerous ditzy details, ranging from hand hemming to scalloped necklines to embroidery patches. 

Once Upon a Time offers an array of styles to choose from. From playful volumes in the Poets and Poems Dress or an easy, strappy straight cut Straw Flower Dress. From the Vintage Whispers Blouse with lace trimmed collar to the pretty embroidery patches on our Keepsake Tunic. For a brunch date, discover the Stay A While Peasant Dress, this floral embroidered dress is the perfect combination of feminine flirty and bohemian dreamscape in one. Featuring puffed sleeves, smocking along the bodice and a form-fitting upper silhouette balanced with billowy bottom half, this hand sewn embroidered patch dress radiates charisma and enchantment!

This embroidered collection offers a modern twist to traditional embroidery techniques by creating one-of-a-kind motifs with a sartorial mood. Taking a page from nature, our collection is aimed towards bringing you closer to your surroundings and memories. Curated with pieces that you can wear together or mix and match - from the softest and finest cottons - like the Vintage Whispers set, the collection is an ode to the nostalgia bygone stories invoke in the wearer. It makes you revisit a time when life was more idyllic and where people led simpler lives free of all the strings attached to a post modern life. Once Upon a Time creates a romantic, nostalgic and very feminine mood. Pouch Bags, Scarves, Culottes and Floral Embroidered Dresses with lace detailings and patchwork embroidery gives a minimalistic take on vintage inspired fashion – in the end presenting delicate works of art in the form of each dress or accessory. With the highest quality in mind, these products are hand crafted one by one and the material used is only natural. 

Once Upon a Time will let your fantasies take flight and recreate the old world charm. The Paper Flower Maxi Dress with intricate floral cutwork and short puff sleeves, The Curio Collector’s Dress with a pleated bodice, embroidered waistband - everything is done in the spirit of an earlier life immersed in nature. From breezy and romantic like the Once Upon a Time Shirt Dress to playful and edgy Summer Idyll Blouse, a wide variety of thread embroideries are featured throughout the collection.

At Buna, our clothes are designed for everyday wear – be it a quick walk in the park in the Milk Tea Linen Pants, or for an elegant dinner at the restaurant, just slip into the Folkore Dress and dress it up with the Paper Flower Bag or the Lazy Daisy Scarf - with its airy construction, it adds a little coverage without too much bulk - perfect for any season. It's scalloped and tasseled at edges for an air of playfulness, yet it's refined enough to flatter even the most classic wardrobe.

At Buna, we are curators of well-made clothing that are handmade with love, depth, history and memories. Simplicity in pattern, detailing and line creates unique clothing that  is timeless and transcends trends.