London Fashion Week is soon approaching, so we decided to catch up with the talented designer Sarah Williams from Williams Handmade. Sarah has a lot of exciting plans this year and here are just a few of what will be keeping her occupied in the coming ahead…
Tell us about your latest collection? What has inspired it? Tell us about the themes?
Williams Handmade AW15 collection is a continuation of the ethos which runs throughout all of our collections. Williams British Handmade aim is to produce pieces which raise the appreciation of hand craftsmanship; this is done by using surreal and unusual forms and shapes. Each piece is handmade, 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.
This season sees the introduction of some new textured leathers relating to traditional leathers used with some up to date colours. The heritage brass music bar features on unique forms as well as some traditional shapes.
For the past four seasons Williams Handmade has collaborated with Womenswear and Jewellery label Kirsty Ward, bringing together the two distinct approaches to produce some striking Womens Accessories.
You have recently opened a gallery and workspace – what are your plans with this? and have you always wanted to open a shop?
I started looking for a new workshop space as I had outgrown my old space and needed more room for equipment and work. When looking for new premises. I found the perfect property in my home town in Leominster. This has provided me with space for my workshop and also space for a shop to sell
directly from. As I am passionate about British Crafts this was also a great opportunity to be able to stock some work from some other crafts
What shows are you doing this year?
I am very excited to be showing my AW15 collection at LFW next month. I will also being doing Art in Action in July.
Tell us about any exciting news happening in 2015?
At the moment all of my efforts are going towards preparing for LFW. Also very excited to be taking part in the CFE Pioneer programme.
I hope to spend the year growing the gallery and Williams Handmade.
For more information on designer Sarah Williams go to her website www.williamshandmade.com