Some real talent is being showcased next weekend at Craft Central’s Made in Clerkenwell summer event. Unearth a little oasis in the city as Craft Central opens the doors to its two fascinating buildings and a hotbed of cutting edge craft and design from 19th – 22nd May.
This unique shopping event offers visitors the chance to have a behind the scenes peek into the studios of this community of more than 90 designers, as well as the chance to buy their designs and craft on-site. We fancy a little break from the Oxford/Regent/Bond (in our dreams!) street scrum of a weekend and a ticket to this event allows unlimited shopping over four days, including the Thursday night launch event and Friday’s late night shopping. Get ahead of the curve and pick up distinctive pieces of jewellery, fashion, accessories and interiors ideas, from designers who are at the cutting edge of their disciplines.
The Craft Central studios are renowned for great jewellery design and this is the perfect opportunity to check out the offerings - from Andrew English’s Fingerprint Wedding Bands to the beautifully crafted gemstone pieces from Mark Nuell and the quirky designs (including nipple tassels?!) from Frilly by Lily - there is something for every taste and budget.
Top milliner Katherine Elizabeth, whose clients include Dita Von Teese, Alexa Chung and Lily Allen, will be on hand to help you prepare for those all important summer weddings and events with her vintage inspired creations. One of the Amazing PR team, who is heading off to a awfully smart wedding at Le Manoir in a few weeks is hoping she can get something suitably fabulous whipped up in time. Hetty Rose’s beautiful handmade shoes, created using vintage materials will add a unique finish to any outfit, whether you choose her ready-to-wear collection or splash out on a bespoke pair.
Your home will not miss out on this extravaganza of designer talent with numerous delightful interior textiles, ceramics and paintings also on offer. After an afternoon of browsing, and maybe a crafty purchase or two, you will be more than ready to make a pit stop at Chop’s Cakes for a refuel. Their range of classic cupcakes include the quintessentially British ‘Eton’, a layered vanilla and strawberry sponge topped with vanilla buttercream and decorated with a homemade meringue, strawberry sauce and half an English strawberry. YUM!!
Why not swerve Topshop for a weekend and buy something really original, which has been designed and created with care and attention? You can also give yourself a pat on the back from us for supporting the talented, niche designers at Craft Central.
Special Launch Night on Thurs 19 May, 5-8pm
Late Night Shopping on Fri 20 May, 12noon - 8pm
Avoid the High Street crowds on Sat 21 & Sun 22 May, 12noon - 6pm
CRAFT CENTRAL HAS TWO GREAT BUILDINGS
Craft Central, 21 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DX
AND 33-35 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS
Admission: £2.50 per person (under 16’s free) TWO BUILDINGS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!