Brixton-based Ros Badger has been crafting beautiful things ever since she trained as a textile designer at Chelsea College of Art; she’s produced knitwear for her own label as well as for designer brands, created a children’s clothes company and written a number of crafting books. Her latest incarnation – Badger’s Velvet – is a homewares e-store where new, vintage and repurposed pieces harmoniously co-exist. Many are emblazoned with aphoristic text and quotes, giving everyday objects a witty or whimsical spin.
Badger collects vintage linen from markets and brocantes and then prints or embroiders it in a south London print studio; her vintage linen tea towels (£65) combine the embroidered initials of the original linen with Badger’s printed quotes and aphorisms. “The quality is amazing and they do what they should do – namely dry well and wash well,” says Badger. “We all have so much ‘stuff’ these days and there is so much waste in the world. I try to design functional, well-made products that are beautiful too.” Perfect examples are her generously cut workwear aprons (£95) made from beautiful and long-lasting Swedish or Irish linens.
Elegant etched spoons are a feature on the site – either new and handmade, such as a bone egg spoon (from £12.50), or antique, such as silver fruit knives (£45) with mother-of-pearl handles. Chunky blocks of soap (£9) are made by Droyt, which has been making soap since the mid-19th century, originally in Minsk before relocating in 1937 to Lancashire, where some of the firm’s original machinery is still used.
Badger aims to keep production as local as possible, with many collaborators based in south London and almost all in the UK. Delicate jewellery incorporates vintage pieces, reconfigured by an Oxford-based goldsmith; there are stunning mother-of-pearl drops (£175) set in gold sleepers or a charming gold anchor pendant (£375) that was originally a brooch but is now updated on a Victorian gold belcher chain.
Badger is also behind a new biannual fair, Badger’s Velvet Underground, which will bring local makers together for a pop-up event on April 20 and 21 at architecture firm Squire and Partners’ beautifully reworked Victorian building in the centre of Brixton.