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Thu, 13 Feb

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London

Brick Lane & Spitalfields Tour - 13th February 2025

Take a guided tour through one of London's richest fashion history areas.

Brick Lane & Spitalfields Tour - 13th February 2025
Brick Lane & Spitalfields Tour - 13th February 2025

Time & Location

13 Feb 2025, 10:30 – 14:30 GMT

London, 65 Brushfield St, London E1 6AA, UK

About the Event

These events are for members of 'Claire's Sewing Room' ONLY.   Members may only purchase one ticket each. 

Spaces are limited to 8 per tour.   Member's may only pick one tour from the following dates - 17th Oct, 18th Oct, 4th Dec, 5th Dec, 12th Feb, 13th Feb, 9th April, 10th April.

The Brick Lane & Spitalfields Tour

The fashion in Brick Lane and Spitalfields is vibrant, ever changing, ever drawing on its rich past, with a history going back to the 18c Huguenot silk weavers, waves of 19c Jewish tailors and cloth sellers, Bangladeshi and Pakistani leather workers, some of whom still sell their jackets today. You can find fabulous African-Dutch wax cottons in Petticoat Lane, plus all kinds of inventive, cutting-edge designs in Spitalfields Market – often sold by the designers themselves, who have to shoo away employees from major brands aiming to rip off their ideas. You will find rare and beautiful things at some of the most reasonable prices in London.

And then there’s the vintage. We curate the shopping for you, helping you find the best on offer in an area heaving with vintage shops of widely different ranges of quality, design and style. We can hunt out particular kinds of vintage or we can dip and dive our way through an incredible range, from last decade’s streetwear to last century’s elegance or psychedelic mania. There is truly so much for everyone in this vintage world, providing remarkable opportunities to the development of personal style.

On this tour, the vintage shopping is well seasoned with a feeling for the past, as we make the old brick buildings release their ghosts. We take you back in time to when a gentlewoman could sketch flowers in a nearby field and intermingle them with her drawings of foreign plants to create the very latest in silk textile designs; to when journeymen weavers rioted violently against their masters, resulting in mob murder and hangings. We imagine life as a seamstress in a busy clothes factory, the low wages, long hours, the great sense of camaraderie.

This area has known tremendous poverty, and it has built strong communities around efforts just to keep the poorest alive and clothed and fed. Second-hand clothes have pretty much always been on offer, but now, in the massive range of shops and market stalls, they are being turned into new art forms. Just to see what’s happening is a thrill.

Tickets

  • Brick Lane Tour

    £46.00
    +£1.15 service fee

Total

£0.00

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