Hand & Lock, the British embroidery atelier with close links to the Royal Family and Europe’s finest couture houses is proud to present its début collection for S/S 15.
In recent years the 247 year old embroidery house has been tasked with providing specialist embroidery work for the likes of Christian Dior, Mary Katrantzou, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney. The début collection titled ‘The Radicalisation of Nadia’ is an opportunity for the embroiderers and embroidery designers to showcase their own ideas and push the design envelope.
Early in 2014 Hand & Lock launched a competition to find a talented designer to partner with for the collection. Steven Sheldon of design house Sheldon Hall won the competition with his ‘Palm Leaf Coat’. His vision fitted the brief, impressed the judges and set the tone for the collection.
Since February the complex embroidery has been meticulously worked on by hand for over 2000 hours. The pieces range in value from £2,000 to £7,000 and will be available for press loans before being put on permanent display at the Central London atelier.
The individually numbered clutch bags titled ‘The Big Bang’ and ‘The Big Boom’ will be available to buy exclusively from the Hand & Lock website. Each bag comes complete with its owners initials monogrammed into the soft gold foil kid leather.
Hand & Lock’s Production Director Jessica Jane said ‘We still work in a very traditional way but this collection shows the classic embroidery techniques can be used to produce contemporary street wear as well as embellished ball gowns. We wanted to show the wider industry that British embroidery is alive and well and that the application is unlimited’.
‘We are proud of the début collection and hope designers, students and fashion schools appreciate the expert skills are in short supply in the UK; we all have a responsibility to keep this industry alive. This collection should act as a reminder that by working in collaboration and by pushing the limits we can show how Britain still leads the world in fashion innovation’.