Hawthorne & Heaney for Young Designers

At this time of year we are lucky enough to get a sneak peak at some of the freshest fashion talent around as Students from all over contact us with their ideas for their final collections. This insight into the future of fashion is always so exciting to see and often pushes us beyond our usual style or way of approaching a project. This year we have been working with designers such as Mary Ashcroft, Naomi Bartling and Palmina Cerullo.

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Mary Ashcroft has a bold aesthetic, using machine embroidery also to add large strokes of texture to her piece emulating a paint brush. With this piece she brings together multiple textures of fabric as the embroidery act as the seam between Mac plastic, Velvet and Felt. This exposes the way the fabrics react differently to the introduction of the embroidery with the punched out nature of the plastic and the way the pile of the velvet peeks through the heavy stitching on the velvet areas.

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Naomi Bartling took a very different approach to the other graduates, using embroidery to bring together many different elements to built a multitude of colour texture and interest. This eclectic approach to her embroidery created some really eye catching pieces as we took apart existing hair pieces and corsages, and reassembled them. We also produced this moss covered piece for her, embellished with a range of 3D beaded motifs.

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Palmina Cerullo from the University for the Creative Arts went for a more traditional embroidery route, with her hand embroidered blue bullion work chair designs. The punchy colours of the bullion stands out wonderfully against the suiting fabrics.

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If you would like to get in contact with us about a project you are working on, please drop us an email, we would love to hear your ideas…

 

Hawthorne & Heaney on Aging Goldwork

There are some jobs that the whole point of the embrodiery is to make it look ancient or to replace a damaged piece on an exisiting old garment, in these cases having a shiny new piece of goldwork in there would really stand out and not look right. Luckily there are ways of aging goldwork quickly to cheat the time and achieve the look necessary. Here we have our newly finished silver coloured goldwork cuffs.

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The whole process centers around a very common kitchen ingredient, eggs.

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Once hard boiled and shelled the eggs are sealed in with the embroidery and allowed to sit for a short time.

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Here you can see the warmth from the eggs creating steam which carries the sulphur released from them to the goldwork.

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This eats away at the finish, giving it an aged, tarnished look, depending on how much you want to exaggerate this will depend on how long you leave it in there for and if you need to smash the eggs to release more.  Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 11.37.33

The above piece is the cuff before the antiquing process and below is after, you can see the difference between the two, now just to do the other one to match!

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Hawthorne & Heaney for Joshua Kane

For his SS16 collection, we worked with Joshua Kane  to create these lightening inspired detail to compliement the tailoring. We came across this great picture of Jack Guiness in one of the jackets with Ben Stiller, giving their best ‘blue steel’ looks and just had to share it with you!

 

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Here you can see some of the detail of the goldwork that goes unto the collar. The embroidery stands up from the fabric as it has been raised and each piece of bullion is cut to measure and hand applied to create this lux effect.

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And here the rest fo the jacket, I think you will agree, it is pretty special.

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Hawthorne & Heaney for Cloth Surgeon and Lewis Hamilton

Recently we had a really exciting patch project for Cloth Surgeon who were creating a jacket for Lewis Hamilton. Cloth Surgeon is the brain child of Rav Matharu who takes inspiration from ‘street culture, art and fashion to create a sports luxe tailored aesthetic’. Working with these influences he melds Sportswear with Saville Row style tailoring and has become a long standing favourite designe of many celebrities, in particular Lewis Hamilton. These patches were ordered bespoke for this particular jacket, all of which are hand embroidered in our military goldwork style.

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Hawthorne & Heaney meets ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’

This new year brings the release of eagerly anticipated new movie ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ starring Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Kane, Taron Egerton and Mark Strong.  By all accounts, it looks to be hilarious, action packed and incredibly stylish (gentlemen out there, take note).  Those of you with a super keen eye may have noticed a pair a bit of Hawthorne & Heaney embroidery in the secret accessories/weaponry closet scene (I think we all wish we had one of those!).  Expertly made by George Cleverley Shoemakers into a gentlemans slipper our embroidery is going to be a must have accessory for the coming season.

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Click here to see the trailer

 

 In cinemas nationwide from the 29th Jan!

Our relationship with Cleverley’s has been strong for a number of years with a wide variety of embroidery provided for their slipper ranges from skull and seahorses to monograms. We also provide bespoke monograms for their clients which are hand drawn in a Script or Gothic style, hand painted and then very carefully had embroidered to their specifications.

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The world of the shoe maker is something of an unknown entity with strange rooms full of named wooden moulds, hides and hand powered machines.

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The slippers featured in the movie are a limited edition exclusively for Mr Porter.   Each pair are black velvet in the Albert style with the ‘K’ of Kingsman in a ring proudly decorating the front in bullion. If you’d like to own a pair you had best get onto Mr Porter before they all go. (insert a link)

 

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And they are not just for the gentlemen !  Here is the pair that our director, Claire Barrett had made up.

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Hawthorne & Heaney does Bespoke Slippers

Many of you may think its way too early to be thinking about Christmas, but in terms of bespoke gifts, it’s not far away. Our good friends over at Cleverley’s have been busy making slippers that are destined to be Christmas gifts for quite some time now, as have we for those slippers that are adorned with embroidery.

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Our director, Claire Barrett has had a pair made for herself with our Hawthorne & Heaney logo across the front, embroidered in silks and bullions.   I have it on good authority that they are incredibly comfortable and hard wearing as well as being very a highly covetable item. They can be made with your choice of emblem on the front, if you have something specific in mind which we can have made into embroidery as we also offer a drafting service.

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Best get your order in if you would like to present your loved one with a pair of these! Pricing on request.