Look what’s happening in my neighbourhood! Well, just down the road from me, to be exact, in Hackney Walk, E9. Hackney Walk is the name given to ‘London’s Luxury Outlet District’. There was some local scepticism when it was announced that Hackney was to be blessed with a luxury outlet district – concerns regarding gentrification strike fear into the hearts of all those of us lucky enough to have a toehold in Zone 2 – but now the dust has settled, it seems to have worked out quite nicely. The Stitch Academy was set up by Hackney Walk as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme, with the aim of inspiring Londoners to find out more about the fashion industry. The Stitch Academy Hackney Fashion Masterclasses are one-off events; totally FREE, and hosted by some of London’s most exciting designers. Curated by Fashion Stylist Louby Mcloughlin, the line-up is fantastic – and will sell out fast.
Grace Wales Bonner photographed by Jamie Morgan
Who’s Doing What at the Stitch Academy Hackney Fashion Masterclasses
Fashion East designer Mimi Wade offers a workshop in Fashion Illustration
Ashley Williams hosts a Print Design Workshop
Christopher Raeburn gives an insight into recycling and sustainability with a workshop in designing and making your own unique tote bag
Caitlyn Price offers a Contemporary Womenswear Design Class.
Milliner Piers Atkinson returns with his popular Headwear Design Workshop
Menswear designer Grace Wales Bonner hosts a Concept & Research Workshop.
Other events include Textile Design with Fyodor Golan, an Editorial Workshop with i-D Magazine and ‘Fashion Blogging 101’ with Susie Bubble.
Events run each weekend from Saturday March 25th to Sunday April 29th: book your FREE tickets through Eventbrite
Piers Atkinson by Nathan Seabrook
Don’t hang about, and cancel all pre-existing arrangenments for those weekends if you’re lucky enough to secure tickets. I’m devastated to realise that I might have to miss out on an afternoon learning to make a headdress with Piers Atkinson. But I can console myself that I OWN one of his amazing chapeaux, bought for the TOTALLY amazing price of £40 at a sample sale in – where else? Morning Lane, as this stubborn neighbour still refers to the bit of Hackney that contains Hackney Walk. You can see why I think that having a luxury fashion outlet just down the road worked out very nicely …