The Essential Merino Sweater by John Smedley
Makers from the John Smedley factory in Derbyshire, will hand cut and finish sweaters in store. In the evening there will be a conversation about modern craftsmanship and visitors can get their jumper personalised.
Established in 1784, the 230 year old company is known for their fine knitwear. John Smedley is the name of four generations of owners of Lea Mills, near Matlock, Derbyshire. The most famous of these was John Smedley (1803-1874), born Wirksworth, Derbyshire. The mill specialised in the production of muslin and spinning cotton to send out to local cottages with hand frame looms. Towards the end of the 18th century, the company had extended its activities to include knitting and hosiery manufacture - said to be the origin of Long Johns.
Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, the Beatles, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Sir Paul Smith have all been loyal customers. In 2001 Smedley was granted the Royal Warrant of Appointment as a “Manufacturer of Fine Knitwear” by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Talk at 6.00pm on 4th May 2017, booking necessary.