Today Fran is in high demand for custom orders but still maintains a beautiful online store which has fabulous ready to go necklaces.
When we spoke to Fran, we couldn’t resist asking about ordering our own custom pieces! She explained the most popular request is stage names for queens and they range from around £30 for a basic design and increase with complexity, but prices are discussed when ordering. When you order a custom piece it is helpful to give as much detail as possible - colours, materials (i.e glitter, acrylic finish), the amount of layers, font style and if there are any other graphic elements. Fran sometimes gets sketches if customers know exactly what they want or she is happy to design for them based on what they provide to inspire her. Turnaround time very much depends on the work load but on average you are looking at around 3 weeks from the design approval to shipping.
Lefran Creative has an impressive customer base, designing recognisable jewellery for Alyssa Edwards, Katya, Muthatucka, Crystal Lubrikunt and Charity Kase. Fran also gets requests for phrases and swear words - the Give Face girls were immediately shouting out profanity they wanted to wear – so I put this to Fran. Fran explained she doesn’t mind swear words at all, but she wouldn’t produce something which is intended to cause targeted hurt to a specific person or group of people. We also admired that Fran took an ethical approach not to sell duplicate or queen's branding with things similar to their merch, catchphrases or likeness, with the exception of gifting them herself to the queen the design relates to.
It is clear that Fran loves creating jewellery, she explained how her video game job doesn’t always give her the same type of creative freedom, however creating the jewellery give her an opportunity to flex her design muscles and create something special. “I love to make people happy, turning something they imagine into reality. It’s an amazing feeling when you see someone wearing your piece out or when I get tagged in a photograph where an item is being worn.” She continues “Creating the jewellery is the perfect way for me to be a part of the drag community which I love so much. Working with performers has given me a connection to a lot of wonderful people, some of which are now good friends!”
Just like us, Fran understands how much hard work has to go into making a business a success, last year she set herself a personal goal to exhibit at Dragworld 2018 and she is doing just that! So we look forward to speaking with her after to see if she thinks that should be on our objectives for next year. For the future Fran hopes to be commissioned by queens to create more custom pieces and even look at producing official merch for artists. In the longer term hopes to fulfil the dream of having a beautiful little boutique shop and exhibiting at international events such as Dragcon LA so she can meet more customers face to face.
Director: Johnny (aka drag queen Dirti Denise)
"I founded Give Face Cosmetics in 2016 working in my editorial photography business Outside the Box Photography, I researched and sourced incredible ingredients to create an amazing range of vegan and cruelty free products designed especially for artists who need amazing pigmentation and effects with no additives to reduce allergic reactions and irritation. I want to bring artists affordable, amazing quality."