So I ventured up to the big smoke last week, mainly to get acquainted with some lovely fabric suppliers at the Textile Forum www.textileforum.org and two, to visit Berwick Street and check out their lovely fabric shops – and what a feast for the eyes.
I decided (as I’m still frantically trying to work off my cake shelf in time for impending holiday) to see London this time by foot, whilst still clocking up my Fitsteps on to my Fitbit. I didn’t use the tube once and my Converse were bloody painful by the end of the day but “no pain no gain“.
With me being on my ped’s I also got to discover and accidentally fall into a couple of vintage shops….well it’d be rude not to…The lovely guy in Bang Bang informed me on entrance that it was their clearance promotion, so all items would be half price or less…so my nimble fingers quickly took to the rails.. And what a beaut lay in wait just for little old me…
So I carry on my London spuddle and head towards Berwick Street (any wannabe fashionistas, costume designers or fashion students please go and take a look at this road full of beautiful fabric, the shops are full with every material you can imagine. And if you are a budding designer they aren’t too precious about handing out a few samples here and there) to check out the Cloth Shop and a few others before finding The Cloth House, another Aladdin’s cave of beauty.
So if you are in that neck of the woods, definitely take a look – I was in love – and they also have a website (the link’s above) and the minimum spend for some fabrics is just half a metre and the carriage isn’t astronomical.
So…… after drooling over those delights, off I trotted with iPhone map in hand once again and carried on my journey to One Marylebone for The Textile Forum.
I was immediately taken by the vibrant colours of Nunoya‘s stand which stocks magnificent Kokka cottons in both luxurious and playful prints.
Prints I would love to use in my shop and that would look absolutely terrific transformed into a tee, skirt or baby bib. So I registered my details with the boss man Sean and off I trotted…..
I had a good look round, surrounded by rails after rails of amazing samples, with fabric stockists and wannabe designers desperately wanting to get their order in for this season’s latest print, leather or lace. And I don’t know if it’s my crazy cat lady style or a bit of a case of mistaken identity that seemed to highlight me amongst the crowds, but I was soon accosted by a very lovely lady; the show’s co-founder and organiser, Linda Laderman.
Linda invited me to have a quick chat about why I chose to attend the forum and what I do – cue bright beetroot Tasha, camera lens touching nose, trying not to bumble and stammer her words to explain why I am there – but I did it! Said my goodbyes, handed my card to a few suppliers and then went in search for a Saturday night outfit.
I’m not a big fan of Oxford Street…I’d much prefer searching through charity shops or vintage stores but I was in a hurry to catch a train so needs must, I bagged myself a pair of very tight fitting gold glittery trousers. I might look like an 80’s xmas decoration on the night but it’s a silent disco so it’ll be dark!!