Hawthorne & Heaney at the BTBA

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At the start of July each year the Benevolent Tailors’ Beneficiary Association Summer Ball comes knocking stylishly on London’s door and Hawthorne & Heaney was there this year to answer it’s call. The Summer Ball is the more informal of the two annual BTBA Balls, one might think that there would not be that much to see on a sartorial front; however this is not the case. As a meeting of the majority of Savile Row and its associates it is a great place to show off your wears with the cream of London’s Tailoring Community present.DSC_0019

 

The event is held at the beautiful Merchant Taylors’ Hall and guests include Tailors, Cutters, Fabric Merchants and of course Embroiderers as we were there!

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The BTBA hosts these events in order to raise money to aid and award grants when necessary to anyone who has worked in British tailoring at any level for a period of ten years or more. It was formed from a merger of the British tailoring industry’s two oldest and most revered charities – the Master Tailors’ Benevolent Association (est. 1887) and the Tailors’ Benevolent Institute (est. 1861). It is also a great opportunity to celebrate the tailors who are moving up into a new stage of their careers as they receive their awards from Savile Row Bespoke.

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Here are a few pictures to give you a flavour of the evening.

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We can’t wait for the Winter Ball to come around so we can do it all again.

 

 

Hawthorne & Heaney presents Typography

Hawthorne & Heaney have expanded our machine embroidery options and introduced a new range of fonts to our stock this year. We now offer a much more extensive collection to chose from, which are separated into 6 families.

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Above: Block Fonts

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Above: Serif Fonts

Block and Serif fonts are perfect for monograms and initials. Block fonts tend to create a more clean cut, simple finish that looks great on a pair of jeans, whereas Serif fronts are more classic, perfect for a shirt or the lining of a suit jacket.

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Above: Fancy Script 

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Above: Script Fonts

The curved, overlapping lines of our Script and Fancy Script fonts make for much more elegant, luxurious finishes and look beautiful when arranged as a half-drop design, as seen in the ‘fancy script’ example.

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Our ‘handwritten’ selection of fonts are perfect for making something personal, and look fantastic when used for small messages and names.

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If you’re looking for something bigger and bolder, then our Varsity fonts are just that! These American inspired letters look great in all sizes, and are fantastic for small initials, and large, punchy words.

At Hawthorne & Heaney we aim to provide a wide variety of typography options to chose from that are both modern and classic. For a full list of all our available stock fonts, please get in touch.

Hawthorne & Heaney for Valentines Day

When it comes to buying Valentines day gifts for your better half, it can be hard not to slip into the easy options. Flowers, chocolates, jewellery, watches…

At Hawthorne & Heaney, we offer high quality monogramming services, the perfect way to make your gift special! Pyjamas, handkerchiefs and blankets are great gifts to be personalised with initials, words or even dates, to remind them of a special day.

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What better way to say ‘I love you’ this Valentines day than with a personalised gift for that special someone?

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Treat your loved one to some bespoke embroidery, be it a set of initials to make your gift original and personal to them, or something small that says those all important words for you!

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We offer both hand monogramming and machine monogramming services in every colour you can imagine! What could be a more thoughtful gift this valentines day? They deserve it!

Hawthorne & Heaney Experiments with Embroidered Interiors

Hawthorne & Heaney have been working on an interior sample collection, using fabrics from our friends and collegues, Dugdale Bros & Co Cloth Merchants.

Founded in 1896, Dugdale’s are a British Heritage brand who are based in Huddersfield, Yorkshire has a very rich weaving industry, with its soft water providing perfect conditions to create the finest woven cloth.

The cloth merchants are very passionate about their British roots, and pride themselves on providing high quality cloth to tailors and designers alike.

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Our collection has been inspired by Dugdale Bros luxury cloth and focuses on integrating embroidery into woven fabrics, and consists mainly of CAD stitching. Using this combination of woollen and velvet has given the collection a unique quality, and allows similar designs to have entirely different effects.

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We have taken a lot of our influences from the British Countryside, providing the collection with a rustic feel which is echoed in the combination of rough textures and earthy colours. The main themes include phesant feathers, antlers and wood grain which can be seen on the mood board.

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We continue to develop and add to this collection so check in with our social media for more updates…

 

Monogramming at Brooks Brothers

On Saturday the 10th and Monday the 12th of October, Hawthorne & Heaney were offering a free monogramming service for customers at Brooks Brothers.

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Brooks Brothers was founded by Henry Sands brooks in 1818 America, and has since set up in other countries including the UK.

There was a range of colours available, and a selection of styles to chose from.

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These are some of the examples of what was being demonstrated at the London Brooks Brothers shop.

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If you would like to have anything embrodiered or are thinking about holding an event of your own and would like us to be involved, please get in touch.

 

Hawthorne & Heaney at the Guess Denim Promotion

On October the 8th, Hawthorne and Heaney set up a monogramming service in Guess, Regent street for their denim promotion event with Glamour Magazine.

Alongside monogramming, the event also offered tutorials on denim customisation, and a photo booth.

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The monogramming was free of charge with any denim purchase. Jeans were the most popular item to embroider, which were offered in three different postpositions. This one in particular looked very smart.

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Monogramming is a great way to personalise a pair of jeans, and is becoming more popular amongst well known high end and high street brands. The colours offered on the night were either red, or white to match the stores branding, and looked very smart in the classic London font.

 

Hawthorne & Heaney at Harrods

From Friday the 2nd to Sunday the 4th of October, Hawthorne and Heaney spent the weekend demonstrating luxury hand monogramming at the Hardy Amie’s concession in Harrods.

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The Autumn/Winter “Made to Measure” event at Harrods focused on customisation in premium men’s tailoring, showing how different items can be personalised. Hand monogramming presented by Hawthorne and Heaney is a skill that requires attention to detail, patience and practice in order to produce pieces of the high quality that was shown over the weekend.

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The font was designed for the event by Hawthorne and Heaney, and looks stunning when embroidered onto one of Hardy Amie’s shirts. There was a range of different colours and positions of monogramming presented during the weekend demonstration, including this subtle white on white example of a cuff monogram.

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Hawthorne & Heaney for Clio Peppiatt at London Fashion Week

Clio Peppiatt’s recent SS16 show at London Fashion Week in Soho entitled “Kiss the Future”, was a fun collection full of bright colours and texture. Featuring an array of embroidery and sequins, Clio’s collection was inspired by feminism; a topic continuously used to fuel her inspiration.

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Youth culture, another reoccurring influence for Clio Peppiatt was dominant in the collection. With strong nods towards the future in outer space-inspired needlework, her aim to create unique and positive clothes that make women feel happy, bold and fearless was clear in her most current collection.

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Hawthorne & Heaney were commissioned to make of a pair of Saturn planets for a baby-pink cord jacket. The badges were all hand stitched, with iridescent sequins used for the embellished centre of the planets, and a combination of satin stitch and gold work for the rings.

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The embroidered badges turned out beautifully and looked stunning on the pink jacket, the piece that truly represented the collection title, “Kiss the Future”.

 

For more imagery of show, follow Clio Peppiatt on instagram: @cliopeppiatt or visit her website here.

 

 

Hawthorne and Heaney at the Golden Shears 2015

This time of year, one of the most prestigious awards for young aspiring tailors is awarded. As a steward of the Bespoke Tailors Benelovent Association, our director Claire Barrett attended this years event.  

The prize is awarded to the student who is considered to have produced the best tailored outfit with consideration given to fit, style and suitability. The students featured are all practising in the industry currently as the award has a particular emphasis on learning within the industry. The most respected and skilled tailors judge the competition, headed up by Chairman of the judges, Robert J Bright; with Jonathan Becker, Alan Bennett, Joe Morgan, Kathryn Sargent and Brigette Stepputtis as technical judges. These esteemed tailors represent the best the industry has to offer, working for companies such as Davis & Sons, Chittleborough & Morgan and Vivienne Westwood. Assisting the technical judges were the guest judges which, this year, comprised of Jodie Kidd, David Gandy, Betty Jackson CBE, Jennifer Saunders and Lord Grade of Yarmouth CBE.

25 outfits were presented from which the three prizes were awarded.  Joe Holsgrove won the 2015 Golden Shears with Dionne Reeves taking the Silver Shears and Nuriya Kabirova winning the Rising Star award.  It is truly exciting to see the work of the future tailors, our congratulations to the winners, we can’t wait to see what next years competitors will produce.