London Craft Week: Bringing Traditional Craft to Modern Life
This year the third edition of London Craft Week (3-7 May) celebrates the best of international and British creativity. To mark the occasion, we’ve gathered together a few of our favourite brands who are striving to keep traditional craftsmanship alive.
Founded in 2010, Sebastian Cox’s design studio embraces woodworking techniques from the past to create furniture that speaks to the style of today. The designer aims to revive lesser-known British woods through beautiful furniture and homeware pieces that will be loved for many years to come.
Much of the wood used is sourced through ancient coppicing techniques that harvest wood without needing to cut trees down completely. These techniques provide a renewable material source while encouraging fast tree regrowth to boost biodiversity. Coppiced wood has been used for centuries, yet is given new life through the designer’s unique and contemporary interpretation.
A true British jeweller, Stephen Webster learned his craft in the workshops of Hatton Garden, beginning as an apprentice at just 16 years of age. This passion for goldsmithing remains at the heart of his brand today.
The brand combines this distinctly British heritage with cutting edge designs that are inspired by contemporary culture – from music and fashion to art and literature. The result is a bold collection full of life and personality.
Hand & Lock
Beginning as a lace maker for military tailors, Hand & Lock has been producing the world’s finest embroidery since 1767 and counts the Royal family and many couture fashion houses among its many prestigious customers.
Although the applications may have changed over the past 250 years, many of techniques remain the same, from delicate tambour beading to exquisite goldwork. The organisation also offering a variety of educational courses for embroidery enthusiasts who want to learn the craft themselves.
Alexandra Llewellyn’s backgammon boards are meticulously handcrafted to bring the designer’s unique creativity to the world’s oldest recorded board game.
Each board evokes a different narrative, with techniques such as marquetry, hand-painted details and engraving used to tell its story. Along with offering customisation to each design, customers can work directly with Alexandra to create a board that reflects their lives and tastes.
Emma Willis’ approach to tailoring adheres to traditional shirt-making techniques, while also bringing these techniques to a contemporary audience. Based out of its Mayfair store, the brand offers a bespoke online shirt service that makes tailoring accessible to customers living away from London.
Each shirt is made from luxurious Swiss cotton, cut by hand and sewn using single needle stitching for a quality and durable finish. Trimmings are sourced from England – including the real Mother of Pearl buttons that add a luxury detail to every garment.
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