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The fruits of one woman’s obsession with beautiful textiles

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The fruits of one woman’s obsession with beautiful textiles

November 04 2009
Lucia van der Post

There’s a divine niche little magazine called Selvedge. Its editor, Polly Leonard, started it because she was obsessed with the beauty of textiles and, in the best tradition of entrepreneurs, when she couldn’t find a magazine that met her interests, decided to do one herself. Selvedge is what she came up with and it is very democratic in its coverage, looking at anything from grand antique embroidered silks to the humble tea towel (on which it had some interesting things to say – the tea towel as instrument of political change, anyone?).

But what causes me to bring it to your attention now is that it has started selling some of the things that Polly Leonard loves; she calls the collection Selvedge Dry Goods. So what might you find? Some gorgeous Luisa Cevese floor rugs, totes and cosmetics bags, all made from old kimono fabrics, African textiles and other delicious textiles. A rug is from £200, bags from £46; cosmetics bags (pictured) start at £30.

For those who haven’t heard of Luisa Cevese, her wares are much sought-after by the design set. Each one being different, the supply is small and much valued. The collection is small but expanding, and all reflect a very particular aesthetic – they’ll either be your bag or not. Many of the things make great presents and Selvedge offers a gift-wrapping service using Liberty lawn cloth.

See also

Selvedge, Textiles