London Calling

We’ve rolled up our sleeves and been in the tour atelier this week putting the final touches to our tours. I am over the moon excited about London and how it’s shaping up! If you know us, our itinerary doesn’t have your ordinary tourist stops (feel free to explore those on your own).  If I do say so myself we’ve knocked it out of the park this time. We’ll be in London April 29th -May 6th for 8 days/ 7 nights during London Craft Week. We’ve been working with the LCW producers to curate a lineup custom-made for your creative eye. If you don’t know London Craft Week- it is a premier design show with a journey-of-discovery program featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands.

If you’re interested in one or two hands-on workshops a day, plus extraordinary installations, exhibits, and some exclusive appointments, you have to join us for Everyday Extraordinary London. We’re trying a little bit of everything, from jewelry-making to distilling spirits! It’s going to be amazing!

Here’s a sneak peek at out itinerary:

We’ll start with a workshop at Cire Trudon, where we will learn the history and the hand-made process of the company’s signature ‘beeswax absolute’ candle, followed by a tasting with a ‘Honey Sommelier’.

 

We’ve again left some open time in the schedule, before heading to an early evening appointment at famed British shirtmaker Turnbull & Asser for a discussion on color theory.

This evening, you can either choose to see the Designers Guild exhibit at the Museum of Textiles & Fashion, including a talk by founder Tricia Guild(!) or, you could head to Vivienne Westwood’s iconic World’s End store for a special reception on the origins of this famous and influential fashion boutique.

A workshop on the Japanese art of kintsugi—repairing cracked or chipped ceramics with liquid metal is on our schedule.
Flex time for additional appointments before meeting at Berry Bros & Rudd, one of Europe’s oldest spirits merchants, in their historic cellars. You’ll get to try creating your own wine under the guidance of the winemaking team. 
Next, we scored an appointment with Aiveen Daly, the innovative and influential upholstery designer who treats chairs (and walls, and headboard, and screens) as works of art.
 
 
We have some of our own special stops, of course. An indigo workshop at the British Museum; a kimono exhibit at the V&A; a specially curated townhouse by Sarah Myerscough; “mini-exhibitions” at Coal Drop Yards and Cockpit Arts; Savile Row and other fashion insider tours; typesetting workshops; gin-making workshops; weaving and dyeing workshops; and so much more. Ceramics, tabletop, leatherwork, fragrances…let us know a category you’re most interested in and we’re guaranteed to find something to suit, so don’t worry about heading off on your own. This is a week to truly EXPLORE!
 
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