Williams Handmade is a company based on producing the highest quality, unique leather goods using traditional craftsmanship to fit the modern world.
Tell us about your company and what you do?
Williams Handmade has gained accolades including Accessories Collection of the Year Award at ITS#NINE, The Accessory Award from Absolut Vodka and chosen by Fashion East to show at London Fashion Week and recent “Power of Craft” exhibition at the V and A. 2013 saw Williams British Handmade being both shortlisted for the Ketel One Modern Craftsman Award as well as being selected by Selfridges as one of their Bright Young Things.
The ethos behind Williams British Handmade is to produce pieces which will raise the appreciation of hand craftsmanship. Each piece is handmade, usually by Sarah Williams, using traditional skills and techniques to produce unique and timeless designs. Each piece is made from the finest English Bridle leather. All materials and fittings are sourced from Britain, so each piece is truly British Handmade
What collections are you showing at Pure?
I will be showing two collection, the “1985 collection” and the “country collection”, both very different designs but based on the same principles. The “1985 collection” which was previewed in the Selfridges concept store is based on my childhood memories of being brought up the 1980’s and bringing some of the fun and excitement of this era into a collection of unique handbags.
The “Country Collection” is a range of handbags and satchels, each named after a village in Herefordshire, the home country of designer Sarah Williams. The collection takes a classical style and brings up to date with on trend colours and unusual shapes.
What exciting collaborations have you been involved with recently?
This season will be Williams British Handmade third consecutive collaboration with Womenswear and Jewellery designer Kirsty Ward. The duo first met at the International Talent Support competition in 2010 which they were both finalist. Williams Handmade brings the classical leather designs which Kirsty then adds her unique jewellery embellishments to create a truly unique style.
What is your themes for Spring Summer?
Williams British Handmade is transporting you back to the future and launching her amazing collection “1985”. Inspired by 80’s memorabilia, TV shows such as Playdays, Buttonmoon and the legendary ‘Back to the future’, this nostaligic burst has got designer Sarah Williams feeling all childlike and playful. Colours and shapes are fundamental components that has set Williams British Handmade on travelling through the decades, producing a collection to spark your imagination. Each piece is handmade in England. All of the leather used is the finest English Bridle leather, with each bag lined with aqua pig suede. All of the fittings are handmade in England.
When are your men’s accessories collection out?
Williams British Handmade is excited to be launching their first ready made mens collection later this year. This will be a continuation of surrealist undertones and classical forms in a ready made range of mens briefcases and bags.
You are showing at Pure London in February, where can we find you?
Thank You to Photographer Fiona Murray for all the images.
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