The eagle eyed among you will have already guessed from our social media that the Hawthorne & Heaney family is out in London again at the moment, this time for H&M in their flagship store on Oxford Circus. They are celebrating the start of summer with a bang, so in line with the launch of their new summer lines of beachwear and swimwear, Hawthorne & Heaney are monogramming anything from the collection in store.
Being a fashionable lady about town, our Director, Claire Barrett often attends events like the launch of Alyson Walsh’s new style guide, ‘Style Forever’ in the company of her friend and tailor, Kathryn Sargent.
As an esteemed fashion journalist and blogger, Walsh has now turned her attention to the FAB (Fifty and Beyond) generation in order to inspire women to remain excited by their style choices as they get older. Her book advises on stylish choices from unusual ways to fashion your scarf to playing with proportions, featuring tips and life stories from many well respected names from the industry. One of the being, Kathryn Sargent who contributed to the book in the appropriately named, ‘It’s All About the Fit’ Section. Sargent has a unique perspective to give on the matter as she is known as the only established female tailor on Savile Row.
The book itself is a lovely thing to hold and has been loving hand illustrated throughout by fashion illustrator, Leo Greenfield making it a perfect coffee/dressing table addition. The launch was a wonderful opportunity to meet the many contributors to the book as well as the author and even get a signed copy.
Above: Linen Napkins, embroidered with Diamond Shaped monogram in Red
We had a client come to us recently with such a lovely idea, we thought it would be a shame not to share it. When it comes to finding something different and fitting to gift your better half on your wedding anniversary, the risk is to slip into the safe options. Its easy for the obvious ones, Paper, China, Gold but when it comes to the in between ones it can all feel a little repetitive. So we thought for any of the fabric based anniversaries (see below for our suggestions), you could give a beautifully embroidered piece:
12th Silk/ Linen
Some applications of this that we find work particularly well are his and hers pillowcases, table wear, and also, the classic shirt monogram, however if you have an idea or item of your own that you would like to find out if we can personalise it for you, then let us know and we will see what we can do.
Above: Coupled monograms onto cotton embroidery
This weekend, Topshop Oxford Circus has invited all the personalisation services under the sun to congregate in thier flagship store so you can put your own spin on your new pieces. Hawthorne & Heaney has set up shop along with Personalised cupcakes at Lola’s and Skinny Dip’s Sticker Shop among many others for the ‘Make it your own’ campaign.
Our lovely ladies can work on most things in store, from denim jackets to PJs, hats to ties.
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.
Hawthorne & Heaney is heading up north to Liverpool this weekend only. River Island is offering a monogramming service onto their new range of handkerchiefs. For this weekend only they are offering the personalised pocket squares free (usually £6) when you spend over £40.
They are offering one of our classic fonts in their range of colours to personalise your pocket square to your taste. Get yours while you can!
It’s a wonderful thing when a new baby comes along, but it can be hard to know what to get the new family when they have just received the most precious gift of all.
Hawthorne & Heaney can offer a personalisation service to add the chosen name of the bundle of joy to make your gift a little more special. With prices starting from £5.60 a letter it can be an inexpensive too if it seems that all your friends have the baby fever.
From blankets to booties, hats or pillowcases, just contact us with the item you would like to personalise and we can help you.
Hawthorne and Heaney’s machinists have been busily traveling all over the country for our latest event with Ugg Australia. For their Mother’s Day promotion, our ladies can be found in their Knightbridge, Birmingham and Manchester stores personalising items from their home and lounge wear collections.
If you would like to get something from ugg personalised with our ladies, visit them in the stores in the afternoons this weekend and next only. Choose your item, choose your font, size and colour!
Dressing gowns have definitely been the flavour of the month so far!