On the 6th June The New Craftsmen are to open a permanent retail space housed in a historic 19th century workshop in the heart of London’s luxury quarter, Mayfair. Positioned on North Row, just a stones throw from Selfridges on Oxford Street this promises to put contemporary British craft right in the path of discerning shoppers. With such a wealth of creative talent around and as an antidote to the booming consumerism of mass produced goods, this sounds like an exciting and important addition to the district.
Representing a network of 75 makers, The New Craftsmen have been promoting a vision of sustainable, real luxury online via their website since 2012. Offering the best of British textiles, furniture, silver, ceramics, jewellery and glass, the new shop space will also have a specialist commissioning area entirely dedicated to aid designers and clients to order bespoke, one off items. Natalie Melon, co-founder spoke of the company’s passion for craftsmanship and their dedication to growing the careers of UK makers; “Our new shop will give us both the time and space to reveal in some depth the skills and stories of our growing stable of makers… We cannot wait to open the doors and get going!”
Quilts, prints, toys and other textiles will be stocked by Susie Gillespie, Catarina Riccabona, Charlotte Linton, Katherine May, The Good Shepherd, Mourne Textiles, Lighthouse Knitwear and Aimee Betts.