We have shown you lots of images of the workshop where we teach class in our new home at Chocolate Studios in Shoreditch. However, the new bespoke showroom next door has remained a little misty and mysterious.
That's probably because it has taken us a few months to finish it and then, when we moved out of Cockpit Arts for good and consolidated ourselves here, it became a bit of a storage space for all of our stuff until we could find a new home for everything. We have now (pretty much) done that so it is looking rather lovely, a fitting space, literally!
This is a general view of the room. We went for a dark grey walls, a pale oak floor and a vintage oriental rug in pale grey. It is generally low lit and cosy, ideal for relaxing, discussing shoe choices and doing fittings.
We found some vintage Parker Knoll armchairs and covered them in purple velvet, comfortable and luxurious.
The bespoke shoes are displayed in a 50s rosewood cabinet.
And we display the bespoke lasts on G clamps attached to an iron girder, one of our favourite features of the room.
We have made a leather store and cutting table which doubles as a dining table when we have corporate events.
We had a lot of wine boxes, great French clarets (thank you Dad), shame we didn't get to drink them though. So we made a set of shelves and we keep the current bespoke work in them.
And finally, when we have customers, we can offer them a selection of single malt whiskies. Obviously they remain untouched unless we have a visitor.