As part of London Fashion Week’s postponed ‘Citywide Celebration’, Chelsea will be hosting ‘Designers at Work’ at the Saatchi Gallery, a market showcasing sustainable food pioneers and activations from businesses across the neighbourhood including Allbirds, Brora, Peter Jones, Monica Vinader, and Rixo.
Curated by Orsola de Castro (Co-Founder of Fashion Revolution) and art directed by multi-award winning artist and designer Matthew Needham, ‘Designers at Work’ will be a series of brief encounters, a chance to meet truly revolutionary designers and be inspired to bring some of their techniques into your wardrobe. The workshops will feature sustainable material supplied by The Sustainable Angle. Get hands-on inspiration from the pioneers who are changing the way fashion is made and worn, featuring:
- Colechi: A collective of curators taking the London fashion scene by storm. For this special picnic, they will enact their legendary knitting club – all are invited to join, beginners to experts, for a knit and a yarn (BYOK – bring your own knit – or borrow – but be there)
- Katie Jones: ‘Crocheter extraordinaire’ Katie invites you to join her colourful world where you can watch her in action or crochet your own granny square, in hot anticipation of her book ‘Hip to be Square’ out in October
- Georgia Keeling: part of The Seam London’s excellent team of seamstresses, Georgia’s speciality is visible darning – be inspired by her meticulous darned ‘galaxies’
- Katy Mason: Katy Mason’s jewellery is a triumph of all things found, random, radical, intimate and thought provoking – it asks us what is trash? What is treasure? And leaves you in a perpetual doubt as what is the answer.
- Revival LDN: bringing denim upcycling to a whole new level, Revival LDN will show you how to customise and transform old denim into amazing new outfits, giving your jeans multiple lives if you care and repair
Several designer sessions will take place throughout the day, completely free but booking necessary.
10 spaces are pre-bookable for each designer session, simply state your preferred designer (Colechi, Katie Jones, Georgia Keeling, Katy Mason or Revival LDN), time (on the hour between 10am-4pm) and ideal number in your party to email@example.com. Confirmation of your booking will be sent back to you, and you may be asked to show proof on arrival.
A number of spaces will be available for walk-ins on the day.
Other highlights during the day include a ‘Stitch and Bitch’ session, a single-use plastic free Food Market featuring sustainable food pioneers at Duke of York Square and brand activations from over 20 neighbourhood shops and restaurants including a pop-up sustainability ‘kiosk’ from Allbirds, ‘Stitch It Don’t Ditch It’ sessions at Brora, recycling service at Monica Vinader, sustainable fashion shows at Peter Jones and tips and techniques from The Handbag Clinic. A screening of sustainable fashion documentaries including recently debuted documentary ‘Unstitched’, a documentary which explores various important issues the industry faces, with an optimistic look into the future for how we can remedy these problems. Chelsea, in particular the King’s Road, has long been a home for pioneering fashion creatives, this is an opportunity to champion both todays and those of the future.
On 08 and 09 October, pop by the Allbirds kiosk in Duke of York Square to immerse yourself in their world of super natural materials. Be sure to grab a freshly-printed copy of the Allbirds x Earthrise newspaper and a eucalyptus bouquet to start the weekend in style. | 10am-4pm, Duke of York Square, London SW3 4LY
Breathe a new lease of life in to your old garments! A talented seamstress will be spending the day in Brora to show and teach how to stitch it… rather than ditch it, using her knowledge of colour and pattern to sensitively repair damaged clothing with unique darning that celebrates imperfections rather than hiding them. | 07 October 10.30am-13.00pm and 14:00-16:30, 6 Symons Street, London SW3 2TJ
Recycle fold or silver jewellery from any brand with and receive a £20 voucher towards your next purchase. | 06-13 October 10am -7pm and 11am-5pm on Sunday | 71-72 Duke of York Square, London SW3 4LY
15% off MZ Skin using code LFW15. Applicable on mzskin.com or at The Clinic by Dr. Maryam Zamani. Offer excludes Light-Therapy devices and sets. | 06-13 October, 110-112 King’s Road, London SW3 4TX
Join personal stylist, Mide, for a talk on the latest trends in menswear, All things Baukjen with Elisa & Josephine, Stylist Picks with Seval, All things Gerard Deral with Kim & Lucy Style and new brands in store, focussing on sustainability and details of their new campaign, Fashion Cycle and Beauty Cycle. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco and the free personal styling service, no prior booking required. | 07 – 13 October 3.30pm, Style Studio Floor 2 and Menswear Department, Floor 1, Peter Jones, Sloane Square, London SW1W 8EL
Celebrating more than 20 years of using only natural fibres, discover an exclusive preview of our mid-winter collection. | 06-13 October , 10 Symons Street, London SW3 2TJ
The Cadogan, a Belmond Hotel
Enjoy a complimentary glass of Rathfinny Classic Cuvee Brut when booking a table at The LaLee. The redeem, email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote LFWCityWide. | 06-13 October 12pm-11pm, 75 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9SG
The Handbag Clinic
The Handbag Clinic invites guests to its flagship store on the King’s Road to be immersed in the sustainable world of handbag restoration. The lead Artisan will be demonstrating the magic behind leather restoration and revealing the secrets of expanding the life of treasured handbags with trade tips and techniques. Attendees can also take advantage of an exclusive one day promotion for a 50% discount on cleaning and protection treatments and a 20% discount on leather restoration treatments. | 08 October 11am-4pm, 382 King’s Road, London SW3 5UZ
The Organic Pharmacy
Celebrate sustainability and discover the benefits of high-performance beauty with your very own The Organic Pharmacy makeover, featuring products from their range of natural and sustainable makeup. The instore team will enhance your natural beauty and introduce you to new products, as well as offer an exclusive discount to spend on the day. They have also teamed up with One Life One Tree and with any purchase of their make up kits that launch in October, one tree will be planted. | 07 – 08 October 11am-4pm, 43 Cadogan Gardens, London SW3 2TB
Wulf & Lamb
Enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco when you book online, stating ‘BFC’ when you buy any main meal (over £14.95 per person). | 06-13 October 12pm-9pm, 243 Pavilion Road, London SW1X 0BP