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London Craft week in St James’s

Until 13th May, St James’s is hosting events and demonstrations that celebrate British and international creativity during London Craft Week. Over 200 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries will participate, with authenticity at the heart of their craft.

St James’s epitomises a very particular kind of ‘Britishness’ – traditional, bespoke, luxury and heritage. So, from Jermyn Street to Piccadilly, unknown makers and celebrated masters of shoemaking, tailoring and perfumery will be showcasing their expertise.

The secrets of essential knitwear and an exclusive preview of John Smedley-inspired pieces will be revealed at John Smedley. As well as this, there is a pottery masterclass in Tissue Transfer by Burleigh and a selection of precious metal and silver pieces curated by the Goldsmith’s Company at Fortnum & Mason.

Specialist design demonstrations will offer a visual celebration of British craftsmanship, as Deakin and Francis present the art of vitreous enamelling and Berry Bros & Rudd pay tribute to their original shop at No. 3 St James’s Street; a product of their collaboration with Little Halstock.

SEEN was very drawn to the Perfume-making workshop with Floris, taking place today at 6.30pm, or later at 7pm, Robert Montgomery and Greta Bellamacina’s collection ‘Calidity’ inspired by John Smedley’s AW18 collection. We especially want to see the Slipper embroidery by Hand & Lock with Edward Green and a walk in Piccadilly Arcade to New & Lingwood is always a joy.

It’s splendid to see the confidence and initiative shown by British craftspeople in the run-up to Brexit. We feel there will still be a huge demand from abroad for the wares produced and sold by this area of London. Long may it continue.

www.ondoncraftweek.com