Tuesday loves ... Selvedge

I had a little excursion to London at the weekend and I finally got to visit a shop I've been dying to see for ages, Selvedge. Normally they are just open Monday to Friday but this weekend they were open on Saturday. I like to think it was especially for me, but it was actually to celebrate their first Christmas in the new shop.  I was like a kid in a chocolate shop, everything looked so good I didn't know where to start. So I just delved in.

They have copious amounts of produce from East of India. All the products are designed by the owners Anne Ayris and John Spratling and finished by artisans around the world. The packaging reminds me somewhat of the Muji manifesto, simple, with no frills or fuss and very eye catching.

In Ireland I know you can get East of India treasures in A.Rubanesque in the Powerscourt Centre. Or you can order online from the Selvedge dry goods shop. 

The walls of the shop are decorated with Tamar Mogendorff's Bird houses

And old timber packing crates and over sized wooden spinning bobbins are used to house the various wares.

I couldnt resist buying some ribbons, as supplies of course, and they were on special offer. So I couldn't really say no, now could I?

Selvedge is the brain child of Polly Leonard.

 She started the magazine initially to sate her appetite for materials, in every shape and form that had been left wanting by the magazine world in general. It is poublished 6 times a year and each issue offers gems from world of material, beyond the norm of country living articles, it delves into the history and techniques behind materials. The shop sells back issues for £5 or the latest publication for £10.
Thank you to the lovely Claire for being so welcoming in the shop. A perfect end to my Saturday in London town.

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