Welcome back shoe fans and a belated happy 4th of July! Summer finally seems to have turned up for a few days so we've been out and about making the most of it.
I haven't been over to the hip east end for ages, so it was a treat to visit the London campus of Milan's fashion school, Istituto Marangoni in aptly named Fashion Street, Shoreditch.
It was just a quick visit this time to catch up with an old friend and to hear about the school's fashion marketing, but I'm looking forward to a return visit and full tour soon. We hope to become involved with the school in the long term, perhaps offering a specialist handsewn bespoke module. But until then, Istituto Marangoni students can discover the English shoemaking craft for themselves on our Intensive Shoemaking and Pattern Making for Bespoke Shoes courses.
Walking back to Holborn, there were many reminders of just how much London has and is changing; buildings going up and coming down...
Being transformed from warehouses to homes...
and becoming creative canvases...
|A design company HQ|
|Underground train carriages converted into workshops|
|A hidden 'figure'|
As we mentioned last week, we had another opportunity to step away from the work bench...this time for an evening of celebrations as our home for the last 12 years, Cockpit Arts, celebrated its 30th anniversary. We were blessed with a shower free sky on the rooftop gardens at King & Wood Mallesons and it was great to catch up with Cockpitters from both Deptford and Holborn sites.
including the new Tate Modern extension...
|Chair of Trustees for Cockpit Arts, Cornelius Medvei and guests|
|Cockpit Chief Executive, Vanessa Swann with guests|
|Couture tailor, Thomas von Nordheim and fair trade jeweller, Ute Decker against dramatic skies|
|James, jeweller Kelvin Birk and me|
(Our thanks to Ute for the Cockpit party shots)