Eric Musgrave

Since 1980, menswear & fashion retail commentator, opinionated thought-leader,
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The New Craftsmen: worth your attention

The amazing work of a group of young artisans collectively known as The New Craftsmen can be seen at a pop-up shop at 5 Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 3AP until December 15. I strongly recommend a visit to anyone who is interested in very fine hand crafts. The chairman and co-founder of the group is Mark Henderson, who is also chairman of Gieves & Hawkes, former chairman of Savile Row Bespoke and a well-known figure in Walpole, the British luxury goods association. His co-founders include Natalie Melton and Catherine Lock, who showed me round the show, which occupies two floors of a smart Mayfair townhouse right opposite the Connaught Hotel.

I was immediately attracted, of course, to the clothing and footwear, including superb hand-knitted gansey sweaters from a Scottish collective called Highland Loop

and the astonishing “waulking jacket” by stitcher, artist and calligrapher Ros Wyatt, who cut up maps to make the shapes of ferns and bracken,

plus the brilliant boots and smart dog collar from CarréDucker.

Also catching my eye was the beautiful natural wood work by Nic Webb and the fine silver objects created by Ndidi Ekubia. There are at least another 10 artist-craftsmen exhibiting at the shop. None of these products are cheap, but they are superb and well worthy of your attention.


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