Sunday, 28 September 2008

Top Drawer

Here are some photos of our stand at Top Drawer. It was pretty dark in Olympia, so it was difficult to get good photos.


Our stand was in a great position near the entrance, and opposite the very gorgeous Belle and Boo and Isak stands. Because we had arrived from Australia with only two boxes of samples and nothing else, Angela and I spent a whole week running around looking for fabric, trims and vintage props, and having posters printed.


Some things were much more difficult than we had imagined - finding plain white cotton drill in central London, for example. There are no Spotlight-type fabric superstores in London, and the John Lewis store on Oxford Street carries only small lengths, but eventually we struck lucky at The Cloth Shop, right up at the top of Portobello Road. It's a gorgeous shop and the owner was super-helpful to us. He worked out how much fabric we needed, put it on a huge roll and even covered it in plastic to keep it dry. Unfortunately, we managed to somehow leave the said bolt of precious cotton drill outside a cemetery in Earl's Court when we stopped to photograph some squirrels. But luckily for everyone the lovely fabric man had some more stashed away and was able to save the day! We covered all of the rented trestle tables with the cotton, and trimmed them around with a super-sweet daisy ribbon found at V V Rouleaux.


Various op shops, Honeyjam, Habitat and Cath Kidston supplied the props (we couldn't go to any flea markets as the show opened on Sunday morning). Our stand might not have had the slick and professional finish of some of the others, but I was very pleased with how it turned out. I think it looks really fresh and homely and crafty, which is what Lark is about. We were certainly one of the busiest stands when the show opened, and were pretty exhausted at the end of the three days!

The best part of the fair for me was meeting up with lots of people I have only known through emails before now, as well as making many new friends. I came across some great new British designers too - watch this space!

10 comments:

Donna said...

Oh your stall looks beautiful. You did a great job Allison. You should have given us UK girls a heads up before you left and we could have got some bits together for you. I really hope it brings loads of business for you and Angela.

AnastasiaC said...

your stall looks FAB!! i cant wait to hear more about the trip...im sure it all went well!!!

AnastasiaC said...

how lucky you got to visit HoneyJam...Jasmine Guiness owns it - looks like a cool little shop!she is one of my style icons haha!

Kitschen Pink said...

No wonder you were so busy! It all looks so fresh and wonderful! Can't stop laughing about the white fabric! You pair of noodles! I think you should have a competition to speculate upon where it is now! t.x

Kirsty said...

Everything looks wonderful! I'm looking forward to sharing your new designers with you. Welcome home.

Lark said...

Thanks Teena - there was a homeless man living in the cemetery and we are hoping that he has found the fabric and perhaps made a marquee out of it!

claire Maraldo said...

We thought your stand looked really great. Loved the story about the fabric in the cemetary. I'm glad I'm not the only one who leaves things behind on occasion. Also feeling very silly that I got Angela's name wrong on my post.

By the way remember that if you want anything shipped over to you from the UK shops, just ask. I'd be happy to do it for you so you can avoid huge postage charges!

Swift Jan said...

Beautiful. As usual :)

Hen said...

This is all so lovely. I wish I had known about this s I would have loved to attend. Thanks for all the eye candy photos!
Hen x

teddybearswednesday said...

Look at all those gorgeous knitted toys so happy and relaxed! So nice to have you back, and that it went well and you were so busy at the stall although I am not surprised!