City dwellers appreciative of the quality of rural craftsmanship need not leave London to find it, but can simply wander down to Chelsea from April 24 to 28 to plunder Welsh artisan blankets, throws, cushions and accessories from interiors boutique Damson & Slate’s pop-up shop.
The Sydney Street store will also showcase five “small but beautiful” online brands under the banner Damson & Slate Collective – each was invited by founder and interior designer Hilary Lowe, as they offer wares either sourced or created within the British Isles.
Two of the companies to join the collective operate almost exclusively through Instagram: 1819 specialises in 18th- and 19th-century furniture and decorative pieces, including vintners’ tables in walnut, fruitwood and oak (from £600); while Rosebud & Violet, founded by Laura Ashley’s daughter Emma Shuckburgh, is a trove for those in search of early- and midcentury British artworks (such as its Floral Still Life by Anne Scott, priced £320), as well as British textiles.
Tuffet will present its pouffes in a range of textiles from British wool herringbone to linen, to velvet (from £225); and Jules Hogan will showcase a selection of its premium hand-loomed knitwear and accessories in Scottish lambswool produced in a palette inspired by British landscapes (scarves from £69, ponchos from £89, jumpers from £129).
For those in need of head-to-toe pampering, there is also Welsh Lavender. It grows and distils its own lavender on the Welsh hills and transforms it into creams, balms, lotions and scrubs – including its signature Farmers’ range of hand cream (£5 for 30ml, £14 for 100ml), lip balm (£6), eau de toilette (£42) and a newly launched face cream (£20).
Lowe, formerly a stylist and interior trends forecaster for TheSunday Times, will also show highlights from Damson & Slate’s own collection including rare-breed blankets designed by Gillian Osband – made primarily with wool from Osband’s own Pembrokeshire flocks – priced from £165; Emlyn bedspreads from £225; and chunky wool waffle throws, priced £185.
“Five of the six of us are located outside London as rural businesses so we chose the location of the store carefully,” she says. “We hope everyone will enjoy our complementary online businesses coming together as one collaboration.”