London Design Week 15-23rd September 2018

The traditional art of hand stitching leather accessories

During London Design Festival, drop into the Alfie Douglas open studio to learn how they design and make of their hand stitched leather accessories, including wallets, belts and cases.

The team will be on hand to share their knowledge of leather tanning processes, design philosophy, hand-cutting techniques, saddle stitching and final finishing.

– Booking not necessary, free

– Demonstration

– Leather Working

Date: 15th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd September 2018

Times: 12 – 4.00pm daily

Venue: 57 Charlotte Road, EC2A 3QT

Tel: 0207 613 3753


London Craft Week 2018
The Making of an AD Travel Wallet

As part of the 2018 London Craft Week programme Alfie Douglas will be hosting a studio session where all are invited to learn about the design and making of their hand-stitched leather Travel Wallet.

Intended as a quick introduction to the world of leather craft you will be guided through the leather tanning process, product design principles, hand-cutting techniques, saddle stitching all the way to the finishing of the final piece.

Celebrating the history of travel the Alfie Douglas travel wallet exemplifies long-lasting quality associated with British craftsmanship.

Admission free - please reserve a space here

Thursday 10th May 6pm - 7pm
57 Charlotte road




London Craft Week 2018
The Jimmy Beaumont Bespoke Travel Collection

As part of London Craft Week, The Beaumont will be presenting an exhibition of bespoke travel items in the lobby of the hotel.

As a special commission, eight of Britain's finest luxury travel goods manufacturers have each created a one off bespoke travel item exclusively for the exhibition, inspired by an earlier, golden era of travel when bespoke steamer trunks, writing cases and cigar caddies were the custom.

Each piece was inspired by a friend of fictional hotelier Jimmy Beaumont, who was invented by the hotel's founder, Jeremy King, to inform the ethos and interior design of The Beaumont. Jimmy's eclectic group of friends is to be found adorning the walls of the hotel's restaurant, The Colony Grill.

The exhibition showcases exclusively commissioned modern-day pieces which demonstrate the various skills of cutting leather, embroidering on leather, the process of tanning, embellishing pieces with hand-painted designs and commissioning specialised cases, alongside vintage travel items from the early 20th century.

The designers and makers include:
- Alfie Douglas - a backpack for Will Rogers
- Billy Tannery with Charles Laurie - a briefcase for Sir Cecil Beaton
- Caroline Groves - a kit bag and boots for Elsa Schiaparelli
- Ettinger - a briefcase for David Niven
- Geraldine Larkin - a jewellery pouch for Doris Duke
- Gladstone LDN - a backgammon set for Clarke Gable
- Purdey - a folio briefcase for Ernest Hemingway
- Trunk Clothiers with Charlie Borrow - a cotton game bag for Charles Ritz

    The exhibition will run for the duration of London Craft Week at The Beaumont Hotel in Mayfair and is open to the public.

    Further details here

    9th – 13th May 10:30 - 17:30 
    The Beaumont
    Brown Hart Gardens
    London W1K 6TF


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