Visit us from 7th June:
The Garage, 14 Adams Row, W1K 2LA Google map
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm
‘Craftsmanship from the British Isles’
The New Craftsmen was founded in 2012 by Mark Henderson, Catherine Lock and Natalie Melton. Since 2010 we have toured the British Isles meeting and documenting the makers of traditional craft, and the innovators using skills, honed over centuries, in a contemporary way.
The result is The New Craftsmen: a network of makers who collaborate with us to showcase the finest materials, skills and craft products of the British Isles. We seek out makers and iconic objects that are deeply connected to culture and place, we forge collaborations with designers and makers to offer a contemporary take on specific skills and materials, and we offer our customers a range of services that enable them to customize and develop bespoke pieces.
The New Craftsmen represents a vision of sustainable, real luxury, expressed through dedication to makers, materials, method and design.
The New Craftsmen has been founded by:
Mark has worked in luxury goods for most of his professional life. He is Chairman of Gieves & Hawkes, No 1 Savile Row, Chairman of the London Luxury Quarter (Mayfair & St James’s), and a director of Walpole (the UK luxury industry association). In 2004 Mark established the Savile Row Bespoke Association. He is a trustee of QEST and a patron of the Heritage Craft Association.
Prior to The New Craftsmen, Natalie spent 5 years as Commercial Director of Arts & Business, During her tenure she oversaw a £2m investment programme for the arts and worked with a wide range of leading businesses on their arts sponsorship strategies. Working with Walpole, Natalie managed Crafted, a mentoring scheme pairing skilled craftsmen with leaders from the luxury sector.
Catherine has spent the past 15 years as a product, trend and brand developer for British high street brands such as Sainsbury’s, Habitat and John Lewis, working with factories and craftsmen internationally. In 2010 her focus became British Made, when she toured the British Isles to meet regional craftsmen and traditional manufacturers, building her knowledge of materials, processes and provenance. Catherine works with interior designers to create bespoke products with her network of craftspeople and has guided international brands around the country to meet makers.