For an alternative shopping experience, get to Chelsea Town Hall
for the Selvedge Winter Fair.
Ten years ago, Selvedge launched as a smart-thinking textile
magazine with boundaried criteria for featuring the very best
makers, crafters and collectors. However for the last five years,
the company has expanded to include a shop and twice yearly fairs
where many of the creatives featured in the magazine can physically
sell their wares.
For two days, Chelsea Town Hall will be filled with 100 stalls,
including Bleu Anglais, a collection of resist pattern indigo-dyed
textiles sourced in rural China, Su Mason's vintage haberdashery
and linens, and Studio Kimono, selling scarves and purses made from
slips of vintage silk kimonos.
Unlike some fairs that seem not to vet their stall holders, the
thing about the Selvedge set up, is that if they're not good enough
to be in the magazine, they're not good enough for the fair. A
fine, hand-stamped approval.
Selvedge Winter Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, King's Road, London SW3
Friday 31st October 11am-5pm - Evening reception 6pm-8pm
Saturday 1st November 10am-5pm
To buy tickets (from £5) go to www.selvedge.org