The third edition of London Craft Week sees St James’ London host a programme of events and making demonstrations exploring craft with modern makers from 3rd – 7th May. Once again London Craft Week offers opportunities to meet the people who make and create. A series of demonstrations, experiences and talks from the world of fashion, art, food and culture run daily throughout the five days in St James’s bringing over fifteen outstanding making events into the heart of the West End.
The St James’s Market Series covers five key themes all unified by makers, demonstrating the crafting of accessories, menswear, the outdoors, the home and speed in the St James’s Market Pavilion, an art space designed by Studio Weave in 2016. From 10.00am – 7.00pm daily, established makers from Ettinger, G W Scott, Blok Knives, Emblem by Rose and the Boat Building Academy will present alongside craftsmen Serge Amaruso, Michel Heurtault, Samuel Gassmann, Barn the Spoon’s top spoon carver and Staff Sergeant Morris of the King’s Troops Regiment.
In the wider area of St James’s tailors, shoemakers and fragrance houses present both unknown makers and celebrated masters in the iconic London streets of Bury Street, Jermyn Street and Piccadilly. Shirtmakers, Turnbull & Asser, shoemakers Cheaney and Edward Green and perfume makers Floris reveal their heritage techniques.
Sweaters are hand cut and finished at John Smedley and The Art Workers Guild exclusively collaborate with The Royal Gardens Commission at Fortnum & Mason. Fine dining and design are combined in two culinary offerings in St James’s newest development St James’s Market. Aquavit London partners with the Flow Gallery to offer a rare dining experience with famed Nordic ceramists and Veneta restaurant celebrates their heritage with a Murano glass evening with Mark Hill, an expert on BBC antiques road show.
A detailed programme of all the events can be found below:
ST JAMES’S MARKET PAVILION
Crafting Accessories – Wednesday 3rd May
French “métiers d’art” in association with the Institut français and Institut National des Métiers d’Art.
Formerly of Hermès, Serge Amaruso now manages his own leather brand. Known for his bespoke techniques with exotic materials Serge will demonstrate how he works with a unique selection of leather goods.Umbrella making with Michel Heurtault
Parisian umbrella maker Michel Heurtault can usually found in his atelier, Parasolerie Heurtault, in the artisanal arches of Paris’s 12th arrondissement comes to St James’s Market to demonstrate the rare skills required to handcraft a bespoke umbrella.Cufflink making with Samuel Gassmann
From limited collections to one off designs all of Samuel Gassmann’s cufflinks are created in his Paris studio. Samuel will demonstrate his making techniques.
Crafting Menswear – Thursday 4th MayWallet making with Ettinger
Proud manufacturer of leather goods to HRH, The Prince of Wales, Ettinger are one of the few businesses to still handcraft their leather products in the UK. They will be demonstrating their leather making skills exclusively at St James’s Market Pavilion for London Craft Week, where visitors will have the opportunity to personalise an Ettinger leather item and choose a complimentary bookmark.
Silk ties with Emblem by Rose
Developing bespoke hand printed silk ties and pocket squares, emerging brand Emblem by Rose will be demonstrating their screen printing techniques, giving visitors the opportunity to commission and assist printing their own tie.
Crafting the Outdoors – Friday 5th May
Wicker basket making with GW Scott
Inventors of the wicker picnic basket, GW Scott will demonstrate the detail that goes into creating a luxury basket from willow grown in Somerset.
Saddlery with the King’s Troops Regiment Master Saddler
Staff Sergeant Morris, one of only two Master Saddlers in the army, demonstrates the unique military saddle-making process in the King’s troop.
Crafting the Home – Saturday 6th May
Spoon Making with Barn the Spoon’s top spoon carver
Barnaby Carder is one of London’s few master spoon carvers. Known as Barn the Spoon, he and his team whittle and chip beautiful, functional spoons in his East London shop. Watch the top spoon carver from Barn the Spoon at work and discover Barn’s new book published by Penguin Books.
Knife making with Ben
Ben Edmonds, founder of Blok Knives, makes kitchen knives by hand from his Derbyshire workshop. The master maker will be bringing his workshop to St James’s Market Pavilion for one day only to demonstrate his grinding and stock removal techniques.
Crafting Speed – Sunday 7th MayKayak building with the Boat Building Academy
Experts from the Boat Building Academy demonstrate their skills of steam-bending and modern wood construction to build a kayak.
ST JAMES’ SERIES
The Bespoke Shirt at Turnbull & Asser – Wed 3rd May, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Turnbull & Asser give a tour of their Bury Street store accompanied by champagne and canapes. Experienced cutters and sewers with give live demonstrations. Call to book, 30 people, £50 per ticket goes towards any bespoke shirt purchased on the night.
Turnbull & Asser, 23 Bury Street, SW1Y 6AL
Turnbullandasser.co.uk 020 7808 3000
Demonstrations of the highly skilled art of shoemaking at Cheaney will run throughout the day followed by an evening talk from William Church teaching the history of the company and explaining the ‘1 of 1’ concept, where customers can customise their own pair of Cheaney shoes. Demonstration no booking necessary. Workshop, call to book, 12 people, free.
Cheaney, 21b Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6HP
Cheaney.co.uk 020 7287 2996
Shoemaking at Edward Green – Thu 4th May, 11.00am – 5.00pm
Andy Peach, master hand sewer at Edward Green demonstrates the technique and handwork involved in making their iconic Northampton shoes. No booking necessary, free.
Edward Green, 75 Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6NP
Edwardgreen.co.uk 020 7839 0202
The Royal Gardens Commission by the Art Worker’s guild at Fortnum & Mason – Exhibition, Wed 3rd – Sat 6th May, 10.00am – 8.00pm, Sun 7th May, 12.00pm – 3.00pm, Milliners Tea, Fri 5th May, 3pm
A special tea hosted by the milliners Noel Stewart, Edwina Ibbotson and Rachel Trevor-Morgan whilst members of the Art Worker’s Guild display a selection of new work inspired by the Royal Gardens at Highgrove at St James’s iconic Fortnum & Mason. Exhibition, no booking necessary, free, Tea, email to book, 20 place, £60.
The Essential Merino Sweater by John Smedley – Thu 4th May, demonstration, 10.00am – 7.00pm, talk, 6.00pm
Makers from the John Smedley factory in Derbyshire, handcut and finish sweaters in store followed by an evening of conversation about modern craftsmanship. Visitors can get their John Smedley jumper personalised. Talk, email to book, 40 places, free, demonstration, no booking necessary, free.
Floris Fragrance Creation: The Art of Blending – Fri 5th May, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
British perfumer Floris offer guests the chance to learn the history of bespoke perfume creation with Edward Bodenham and Nicola Pozzani. Guests can smell a batch of the latest By Request collection created during the evening for them to take home in a 20ml bottle, hand labelled and dated. Call to book, 15 places, £60 + vat.
Floris London, 89 Jermyn Street, St James’s, SW1Y 6JH
Florislondon.com 033 0134 0180
FINE DINING AND DESIGN
Nordic ceramics dinner at Aquavit in partnership with Flow Gallery – Thursday 4th May 7.00pm
Aquavit, the new Scandinavian restaurant in St James’ and sibling to the two Michelin starred New York restaurant of the same name will host a unique dinner curated by Flow Gallery. Nordic ceramicists Maria Kristofersson, Anna Kantanen and Lars Soendergaard have produced a limited edition tableware collection specifically for the event and will discuss their specialist craft over dinner. Call to book, space is limited to 30 people, £130
Veneta, one of the new restaurant openings in St James’s Market, play host to Mark Hill, of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. Mark will celebrate and give his unique insight into world re-owned vibrant mid –century modern Murano glass. A tasting menu of Venetian food will be paired with specially selected wines in Riedel glassware. Call to book, £105.