From the 30th September – 10th October, the streets of St James’s will be taking part in London Craft Week (and sharing the event with you virtually too). Our neighbourhood is dotted with experiences that are one-of-a-kind, including inspiring exhibitions, six stops on a craft-inspired trail and much more. We have many measures in place to help make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible, so keep reading to see just what will be taking place.
Floris: sculpture and glass art
Forming part of the QEST Trail (more details here) Floris will be exhibiting Thomas Merrett’s graceful figurative sculptures - that reflect his captivation with the human form. Your visit to the Jermyn Street store will also offer the chance to see work by glassblower Timothy Harris, from Isle of Wight Studio Glass, and his bespoke pieces inspired by fragrance bottles.
Lock & Co: a musically inspired display
Yorkshire based luthier Tom Sands is passing on the skills involved in creating acoustic guitars to apprentice Daisy Tempest. See their work - including signed head-shapes from Lock & Co. Hatters' famous musician customers at the world’s oldest hat shop.
Benson & Clegg: intricate handmade shoes
QEST Scholar and Trustee Deborah Carré will be showcasing her handmade shoes at the bespoke tailors. The co-founder of Carréducker employs centuries-old skills to create shoes and shares Benson & Clegg’s passion for true custom outfitting.
Truefitt & Hill: silversmith works of art
Discover award-winning artist silversmith, Elizabeth Auriol Peers, who makes silverware, drawing inspiration from the human body. Her elegant pieces will be displayed in the world’s oldest gentleman’s barbershop and perfumer in London, St James’s Truefitt & Hill.
Paxton & Whitfield: blending millinery with fromage
The quirky work of Milliner Deirdre Hawken is sure to capture your attention, as she creates realistic and vibrant headpieces inspired by food. In addition, fellow artist Cherry Chung crafts bespoke basketry and woven willow creations. Find their work, including Deirdre’s custom-made cheese hat, nestled amongst the artisan products at Paxton & Whitfield.
D.R. Harris & Co. decorative artworks
Where better to see exquisite decorative pieces, than at historic chemist and perfumer D.R. Harris & Co? Elegant Windsor chairs by Jason Mosseri, wallpapers and cushions by artist Melissa White and silver work by Harry Forster-Stringer are beautiful items for you to look forward to viewing. Full details on the QEST Craft Trail can be found here.
Luca Faloni: Italian Craft Heritage
Crafted by skilled artisans in Italy, Luca Faloni is an Italian heritage brand using the finest materials. Visit the 192 Piccadilly store to discover the latest collection of easy-to-wear, modern wardrobe staples that are founded on the principles of style and quality refined over generations. The expert team will be able to showcase what Faloni’s native land best has to offer — linen from the country’s ancient mills; fine-yarn cashmere from Cariaggi; brushed cotton from Grandi & Rubinelli. Further details are available here.
300 Objects Exhibition
The 300 Objects Exhibition is a celebration of craft from both emerging makers and established artists, curated by experts including Alice Fisher, Yinka Ilori, Bianca Saunders, Charlotte Taylor, Russell Tovey, Martin Brudnizki, Kristen Joy Watts, Kristen de le Vaillière and Holly Wood. Hosted in Regent Street’s Quadrant Arcade, a short walk from St James’s, all pieces are available for sale, with early viewing recommended to avoid disappointment. Find out more here.
Our brilliant brands have also created a series of events to open the door to craft in St James’s. Explore the array of activity on offer in our neighbourhood here.
In addition to our London Craft Week events and exhibitions, we’re hosting a new public art installation right on our doorstep. Entitled Silver Lining, to spread optimism to all those who encounter it. Discover more, and plan your route, here.