The Upstairs Shop features handmade artisanal products, all of which provide employment and empowerment in areas of the world that need support. Having originally trained as an anthropologist, it was Pippa’s fascination with other cultures that initially led her to make jewellery, working with indigenous, tribal and traditional crafts persons around the globe. This same interest and desire to work with others is what promoted Pippa to open the second floor of her shop, which allows her to champion the work of small, independent designers with a focus on ethics and sustainability.
So Pippa opened ‘The Upstairs Shop’ 3 years ago in our Westbourne Grove shop. A cozy room upstairs housing the work of various artists, designers and craftsmen. Pippa wanted to have things that our clientele, who travel from Tokyo to New York, London and Paris, would find that they don’t see everywhere, wonderful hand made, stylish and luxurious things. We hope to keep the space dynamic and constantly evolving with fresh treasures.
We carry the wonderful cloths of Péro, designed in India by Aneeth Arora. A labor of love, as every piece is hand made with love; hands that stitch every heart and close every inning, without a machine. Using hand loomed local fabrics, Aneeth creates the rare bridge of traditional skills and designs of India, to a sophisticated international audience. Aneeth does so with humour, wonderful skills using colour and tiny hidden details, like words embroidered at the hem, or colourful tassels detailing.
Belgian designer Sofie D’Hoore features beautiful bright, spring colours that embody the brand’s understated elegance. The collection features a precise yet contemporary approach to tailoring through clean lines and voluminous proportions. Luxurious natural materials and subtle textures complement minimal designs.
Zarif is a label started by talented Afghan Zolaykha Sherzad in Kabul working with men and women injured in the war, but who were fantastic, trailers, weavers and embroiderers. She created a line of wool coats that are beautiful, warm and very elegant. Zolaykha is committed to the development of her country and knows that the only way to keep these wonderful old traditions and skill alive, is to create contemporary designs using these skills and finding a market outside Afghanistan. Shawls woven in Kashmir of the softest cashmere wools from Himalayan goats from Kashmir loom.
On display are mittens and shawls created by a group of enterprising Bosnian women knitters, who have lived through the horrors of war and are turning their skills to creating pieces to sell outside Bosnia.
Injiri clothing made in Rajasthan, consists of wonderful hand stitched cloths with a delicious mix of tradition and contemporary design.
Idli by Theirry Journo illustrates clothing design sensibility based on 18th century exoticism and Thierry Journo’s childhood in Tunisia. Thierry lives in Jaipur and works with block printers and trailers there.
We have Emberá baskets woven by the Indigenous Indian communities in Panama, as well as felted animals from Jaipur.
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