By Alex Churton on Jun 05 2013
We’ve been based in the heart of Portman Village for over a year now and it feels like home! Our neighbours on Seymour Place, Homemade London are like the big sister having been here for a couple of years. In fact we hosted one of our events there back in 2011 before we moved into the neighbourhood.
Nicola Barron opened Homemade London in August 2010 with a mission to celebrate the best of London’s craft designers. From sewing workshops and hen parties to team building sessions, Nicola and her team offer the very best in luxurious and indulgent creative experiences in the capital. We popped next door to ask Nicola a few questions about where it all started.
Where did it all begin? What inspired you to set up Homemade London?
I started Homemade London 3 years ago when I left my career as a TV producer. I’ve been into fashion and making things for as long as I can remember and with the exploding craft scene in the UK and internationally, I felt there was a gap in the market for a central London based space to make things that are design and fashion-led. We’re definitely not a “felt and buttons” type craft place.
Did you always want to work in the creative/design industry?
Yes, but unfortunately I’m no artist. Which is why I probably ended up in TV. My lack of artistic ability helps me in devising our workshops though because I’m always able to put myself in place of the average customer.
What’s the best part of running your own business?
3 years on, it’s fantastic to see how the business has grown. I have an absolutely fantastic team of designers and teachers and some really lovely customers who’ve helped shape Homemade London – and I still get a thrill everyday I walk through the doors. Plus it’s great, that I’m always learning new things!
What sets Homemade London apart from other creative experiences out there?
The “experience” aspect of our business is really important to us – so we’re always thinking of ways to make Homemade London an exciting and inspiring place to be – be it surprise goodie bags for all our party guests or our Mystery Craft workshops where you don’t know what you’re going to make until you get here.
We’re also quite serious about what we do, so you’ll get the chance to work with designers to learn real skills; one of our regular clients has just set up her own beautiful lampshade and furnishings range - www.melodihorne.com - with skills learnt at Homemade London.
What have you got coming up? What’s next?
Some very exciting new workshops – shoe-making with designer Hetty Rose, a couture millinery with Caroline Morris and specialist embroidery techniques with a designer who works for Chanel and Louis Vuitton, (I’m very excited about his one!)
We’re also due to be opening a new venue in the Summer – see the website for more details. Not to mention our hen parties and the Portman Village Street party happening on 3 July!
The countdown to the Portman Village annual street party on the 3rd July has began. If you missed it last year check out the photos. Nicola and her team will be busy creating fabulous window displays for the street to celebrate the Wimbledon theme this year. Look out for ours, coming soon!
Find Homemade London at 21 Seymour Place or visit www.homemadelondon.com to book onto one of their fabulous courses.