Dedicated to the craftsmen and women we work with….
We very much enjoy the whole process of getting to know our artisans and master craftsmen, and understanding their provenance or story. We travel regularly as we think it is important to visit them in their studios, potteries and workshops. It is here that you get a real understanding for their approach, style and skill. In many situations, it is also a necessity as they don’t have flashy websites! We also enjoy passing on these stories and explaining their approach to our clients. An example of this would be our embroidery villages in Asia- it takes 25 hours to embroider one of our King Size Duvets, 35 hours to embroider a 350cm Tablecloth and 5 hours to embroider a Pillowcase. We think anecdotes like this help to capture the intensity and passion of their work and skill.
We recently returned from a trip to Morocco, where we spent time with some of their potters and wood carvers. Their approach is fascinating and appears to be unchanged over hundreds of years. We hope to be able to bring some of their work to London – postage, tariffs and language barriers permitting. Some of the roads in the Atlas Mountains are a little tight, and we would rather not repeat the time when our reverse gear failed as we tried to back up at a particularly tight bend!
Our approach includes patience when the process can sometimes be slow or run into difficulties. An example of this would be, when our favourite potter in France had an issue with the key ingredient in their blue dye, delaying the glazing by several months. We hope this stands out in a world somewhat driven by mass-production and instant gratification.
We are also aware that over the last few decades the United Kingdom has exported or lost many creative skills abroad. This can be for many reasons, including an inability to compete with off shore prices. Where we can, we like to support these home-grown businesses, and provide an avenue for them to show their significant skill.