Christmas Gift Bag Making Workshop

Join The Fashion School for three hours of making luscious gift bags for Christmas that are almost presents in themselves!

Perfect for beginners and available in various sizes to make – not forgetting the bottle bag too (a perfect fit for fizz).

You will learn how to make a beautiful sustainable alternative to gift wrap – something you can announce, “I made it myself!” when presenting your gift.

Using luxe silk viscose velvet, organic bamboo wadding, Liberty print silks and pure silk satin ribbon, beautiful materials ensure the bags can be lovingly re-used throughout festive seasons to come.

Enjoy a glass of prosecco (or cup of tea) in this morning workshop on 17 November from 10am-1pm. Tickets cost £85 per person and include all fabrics and trimmings.

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The Chelsea Awards – The Results!

The winners of the inaugural Chelsea Awards were announced at a ceremony at the Saatchi Gallery on 8 October. The judges; Susan Dolton, Mayor Will Pascall, Cllr Alison Jackson, Reverend Cannon David Reindorp, Jo Malone CBE, John Simpson and Hugh Seabon, whittled down hundreds of nomination to a shortlist showcasing the very best of the Chelsea community.

The winners, and shortlisted were:

Only in Chelsea – a business that brings something unique to the area.

Shortlist: Chelsea Physic Garden, Sloane Square News Vendor

Winner: John Sandoe Books. The judges said: “Home to more than 30,000 titles, Sandoe is much more than a bookshop but an event space for talks with authors and book launches – this row of 18th century shops is a real treasure.”

 

Community Hero – an organisation or person that has benefitted the community through their actions.

Shortlist: Anne Hopewell-Ash, Royal Hospital Chelsea

Winner: The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation. The judges said: “This independent charity works to help disadvantaged local people across the borough, ensuring donations go to grassroots concerns where they are need most.”

 

Cultural Champion – an organisation or person that has enriched Chelsea’s culture.

Shortlist: Cadogan Hall, Saatchi Gallery

Winner: The Royal Court Theatre. The judges said: “A champion of emerging talent with a programme supporting aspiring writers, more than 120,000 visitors watch at the Royal Court every year.”

 

In Good Taste – someone who has made Chelsea delicious

Shortlist: The Chelsea Fishmonger, The Sea, The Sea

Winner: Partridges: The judges said “Since 1972, Royal Warrant Holder Partridges has been much more than the local grocer, innovating and supporting the wider area. They also created the ever popular food market at DOYS each Saturday, a hub for 70 small, high quality producers.”

 

Community Collaboration – businesses who have joined forces for the greater good.

Shortlist: K&C Art Weekend, Local Ambassadors

Winner: Glass Door. The judges said: “Offers shelters and support to those affected by homelessness across SW London. Its Sleep Out in Duke of York Square each year sees the community forces to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds which funds shelters throughout the winter.”

 

Masters of Craft– an Artisan who elevates the everyday to the extraordinary

Shortlist: The Deck, Manolo Blahnik

Winner: David Mellor. The judges said: “Currently celebrating his 50th anniversary on Sloane Square, Sir Terence Conran has called him ‘Britain’s greatest post-war product designer’.”

 

Future Forward – a company innovating to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Shortlist: Blanc, Daniele de Montby

Winner: The Fashion School. The judges said: “teaches sustainable fashion through workshops sharing their wisdom of sewing, inspiring the next generation how to design ethically with zero waste.

 

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London Craft Week: Artisan Chelsea

Returning for its fifth year, London Craft Week returns to London for a magical combination of imagination, individuality, passion and skill and Chelsea is delighted to be part of it. Celebrating the masters of creativity, Artisan Chelsea will join a curated programme of events which will allow you meet the markers and gain access to exclusive exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops.

The Weave Workshop at Anya Hindmarch, 9 May & 11 May

  • See the brand’s craftspeople demonstrate the intricate weaving technique used to create the Neeson Collection. Weave your own design to take home. Booking necessary.

Macgregor and Michael: A Leather Masterclass at Bentley’s, 8-11 May

  • Join traditional leather craftsmen, Neil Macgregor and Valerie Michael as they recreate a Victorian Gladstone bag and reveal their techniques. Booking not necessary.

An Emporium of British Craftsmanship at Smythson, 8 May

  • Discover Smythson’s rich and rather curious craftsmanship history and enjoy a rare glimpse of how each piece is brought to life. Join them for a glass of champagne in this one-of-a-kind workshop. Booking not necessary.

Liberty Shorts-Making Workshop at The Fashion School, 12 May

  • Join The Fashion School in Chelsea, a hub of responsible fashion, to make a pair of beach or bed shorts in signature Liberty-printed fabric. Beginner friendly, booking necessary.

Artisan Ice-Cream Tasting at Ice Cream Union, 8-10 May

  • Learn how artisan ice creams are produced and how it differs from industrially produced varieties. Booking necessary.

The Craft of Cheesemaking at London Cheesemongers, 8-9 May

  • In a delicious tasting, discover examples from producers and maturers who work tirelessly to turn a variable raw ingredient into a household favourite, cheese. The tasting will substitute as a light meal, including 6-10 cheese, bread biscuits and interesting wines and beers. Booking necessary (18+).

Designing a Jewel in Support of Horatio’s Garden at Cassandra Goad, 8 May

  • To celebrate the work of Horatio’s Garden, a charity which helps spinal injury patients in NHS hospitals, Cassandra Goad launches her new quote pendant, inscribed with inspiring words from the family of the charity’s’ namesake. Booking necessary.

Making Chelsea: A Talk and Tour on Curating a Characterful Area, 11 May

  • Crafting the neighbourhood for over 300 year – from exquisite detailing on historic buildings to the wider urban environment, past to present, micro to macro – join Cadogan to discover Chelsea from the perspective of the craftsmen who made it.

Restoring a London Legend at Belmond Cadogan, date TBC

  • Following a historic renovation, the Belmond Cadogan Hotel reopened this year. Rediscover the London legend with an afternoon tea or cocktail at Adam Handling Chelsea.

 

 

 

 

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