From fashion to sculpture, painting to embroidery, meet Chelsea’s artisan makers in London’s original artists’ quarter as part of London Craft Week 2021.
From the luxury brands and iconic hotels of Sloane Street, to characterful independent stores on the King’s Road and at Duke of York Square, to the gourmet specialists and artisan shops on picturesque Pavilion Road, craftsmanship is woven deep into the heart of Chelsea.
See the selection of workshops, talks, demonstrations and exhibitions below:
Join Anya Hindmarch, founder and CEO of her eponymous brand, in conversation with Lisa Armstrong, author, journalist and head of fashion at The Daily Telegraph. They discuss the importance of craftsmanship in a post-pandemic world, followed by a Q&A session. This intimate event takes place at Anya Hindmarch’s new retail concept The Village and includes refreshments at the Anya Cafe. Find out more here
Armani/Casa hosts an exclusive talk and cocktail evening to showcase the latest addition to their iconic bar cabinet collection: Royal, a new piece limited to just 88 editions.
After an initial talk on the craft of the piece, Agostino Perrone, Connaught Director of Mixology, will discuss the importance of the home bar, the singularity of craft in mixology, and of course the stories behind becoming one of the leading mixologists in the world. Guests are invited to taste world-class cocktails and enjoy the Armani/Casa atmosphere in store. Find out more here.
Bentleys, the vintage luggage specialist, hosts a week-long residency with arguably Britain’s finest traditional leather craftspeople: Tetbury’s Neil MacGregor and Valerie Michael.
Neil MacGregor and Valerie Michael have an international reputation as designers and makers of best quality, hand-stitched leather goods. They have been making by hand in an artisanal workshop in Tetbury, Gloucestershire since 1974. They use only the highest-grade vegetable-tanned leathers and source or commission hardware in brass and silver. Find out more here.
LCW x Cultural Capital presents a one-day journey of discovery to Chelsea and Belgravia, neighbourhoods rich in artistry and artisanal making. With exclusive access to exhibitions and demonstrations, meet the artists-makers-designers who are working with natural materials to produce exceptional works of crafted art and design. From paper to leather, wood to textile, discover how they connect with organic materials in innovative ways, creating pieces that are made to last. Find out more here.
Discover an encounter between two leading English tastemakers and designers, Olivia von Halle and Jenny King. Both create a modern aesthetic that is accomplished by traditional techniques, to achieve a singular design. Their creative partnership is born from a shared delight in luxurious fabrics and a no-expense-sparing devotion to refinery. Find out more here.
In a collaboration that celebrates the beauty of paper, Smythson hosts an exhibition at their Sloane Street store featuring works by artist Gill Wilson.
This exhibition is made in partnership with Guilded, a consultancy that works with British artists who draw on traditional techniques and experiment with materials to develop new artistic processes. Visit Smythson’s Sloane Street store from 26th September until 24th October to see Gill’s exquisite works. To discover more, follow Smythson on Instagram @Smythson. Find out more here.
Northacre’s House of Walpole. An introduction to the super prime developer’s upcoming show apartment at No.1 Palace Street and discussion on the importance of craftsmanship, creativity and collaboration to the luxury industry, featuring key partners involved in the initiative. Find out more here.
Visit The Fashion School in Chelsea, a hub of responsible fashion, and learn different techniques to mend your clothing. An event aimed at encouraging repairing and upcycling instead of throwing away.
Learn through watching the tutor give a series of demonstrations before doing it for yourself. Bring in one to three items of clothing which may have a random stain, hole or tear and get advice and skills to give these garments new life: from fixing holes in jeans, darning jumpers, adding a patch or shortening sleeves. Find out more here.
Join paper florist Karen Hsu of Pom Pom Factory and create your own bouquet of peony paper flowers to take home with you. Discover the art of paper flower making and develop the skills necessary to sculpt realistic and delicate crepe blossom that are completely biodegradable. The workshop is held at the flagship Papersmiths store, five minutes from Sloane Square station. Participants are surrounded by beautiful pens, paper goods and Pom Pom Factory’s paper floristry supplies. Find out more here.
Vigour and Skills is an artisanal concept store connecting customers with the best of British makers. V+S is hosting a series of live demonstrations during London Craft Week, thanks to their community of makers in ceramics, leather, jewellery and rush weaving. V+S is proud to share every stage of their maker’s creative process to inspire a more personalised shopping experience with the aim of reshaping how we shop, focusing on sustainability, storytelling and craftsmanship. Every piece on display at London Craft Week has been thrown, painted, woven, spun, whittled, blown or dyed in its own unique way to create exceptional one-off pieces. Find out more here.
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