MyBrighton: Red Curtis, Red Mutha

MyBrighton is a regular feature profiling interesting Brighton residents, finding out where they go to relax, eat, drink and shop. Its aim is to uncover secret hideouts and hidden gems that every local should know about.

Red Curtis runs the Brighton-based fashion label Red Mutha with her husband, Daniel. They womble, customise and remake vintage clothing, turning it into one-off pieces that are sold all over the world. Red shares her local secrets with Brighton Starling.

MyBrighton: Red Curtis, Red Mutha

How did you end up in Brighton?
I visited whilst I was still living in my hometown of Newcastle. It seemed wildly exotic and not nearly as cold, so I set in place plans to move here.

What is your favourite place in Brighton?
St Anne’s Well Gardens – it’s well-loved and looked after and I regard it as my back yard, as we live so close.

What is your least favourite place in Brighton?
Outside the Fortune of War pub on any busy sunny day. Sorry, but the out-of-towners and their lack of respect for the beach drive me mad.

When you’re not working, how do you relax?
Always with my kids, doing very little and enjoying every minute.

What’s the best restaurant in Brighton and why?
The Regency. Old school fish and chips served to perfection, and a great selection of naff celebrity photos to admire on the way to the toilet.

What’s the best pub in Brighton and why?
The Heart and Hand on North Street. An actual traditional pub: dark, dinghy, fun and full of great characters.

Best late-night hangout?
I rarely hang out past midnight other than to do the late shift with my new baby.

What is your favourite shop in Brighton and why?
Our shop, Red Mutha, of course! One of the few truly unique shops you can find, there’s nothing mass manufactured and clothing is mostly made on-site. You can’t beat that.

What annoys you most about Brighton?
The way you can’t do a single thing without the world knowing about it the same day.

What’s your idea of the perfect weekend?
Car booting in the sunshine, followed by a great roast that I haven’t had to cook and staying as far away from Churchill Square as possible.

Best piece of advice for people visiting Brighton?
Come and say hello to us in our shop and buy yourself something original. Before you leave, please put your rubbish in the bins provided.

If you were escaping for the day where would you go and why?
A day out in Lewes is always fun and not too far on the train. Or for a fun weekend away it’s got to be Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Best festival ever – fact.

Name one place you couldn’t live without in Brighton?
BHASVIC car boot sale every weekend. I fill my bags there regularly, which makes me smile.

Describe Brighton in three words …
Bright, fun and g.a.y!

Red Mutha, 92 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, BN1 4ER. Map.

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