‘Everything I did, I saw it through a tropical eye’, said textile designer Althea McNish. ‘I am a citizen of the world and I am multicultural.’ We love the sentiment and are inspired by her work, and we’ve produced a limited edition range using her vibrant patterns that revolutionised postwar design in Britain. McNish (1924-2020) came to the UK from Trinidad in 1950 and became … Continue reading ‘I am a citizen of the world…’
Read on to find out more about our upcoming in-person events….and to get a feel for the delights of upcycling….. Transformations It’s satisfying to turn a piece of clothing, no longer wanted, into a much-wanted Bledsoe Bag! We find you need to let the piece sit a while until it speaks to you, telling you what kind of bag it wants to be. Or bags! … Continue reading Spring events…and more upcycling action
Happy New Year to all our friends and supporters! January always brings a blend of remorse and anticipation, we find, and this year even more so given that we’re still, yes still, riding the coronacoaster. Who would have thought Covid-19 would become Covid-22? But there are reasons to be cheerful. Some folks are beginning to feel confident in making plans, hopeful that lockdowns are behind … Continue reading Welcome to 2022!
We’re so excited to be back together after two years….and to be back at the fantastic Chomp & Stomp festival! This Saturday, November 6, 11am to 6pm, in Cabbagetown, Atlanta. Last time we were there was 2019…. We’ve been doing this festival for 8 years, and we missed it when it was Covid cancelled last year. Come and see us and check out our new … Continue reading The Bag Ladies are back!
We’re making wearable art with our two new artist-maker collaborations! The Lobster Series and Tonal Dance Bledsoe Bags has teamed up with linoprint artist Jane Bristowe for a limited-edition collaboration – The Lobster Series. Jane is a Fulham-based artist whose work we’ve featured before in our Dog Walkabout bag and our Curious Cat/Ginger Cat storage basket. We’re making Bledsoe’s signature Walkabout phone bags as well as pencil/glasses cases, gadget … Continue reading Wearable art
We’ve been having fun repurposing some much-loved pieces of clothing we no longer wear – turning vintage skirts and tops into our signature Walkabout phone bags. It actually takes much longer to take something apart and upcycle it than to make something from a pristine piece of fabric, but it’s worth it! We’ve also used some fabulous vintage ties in storage baskets and gadget bags … Continue reading Wear and re-use, then repeat
We had a great time doing a Bledsoes road trip to the East Midlands recently. We visited the outlet shop of one of our favourite fabric suppliers (thanks, Lesley!)… …and then stopped by for a look at the village of Barton Seagrave in Northamptonshire. This is the village where George Bletsoe was born back in the 17th century….the same George who set sail for Virginia … Continue reading Where the Bledsoes come from
‘Take me outside, sit in the green gardenNobody out there, but it’s okay nowBathe in the sunlight, don’t mind if rain fallsTake me outside, sit in the green garden…’ We love Laura Mvula’s ‘Green Garden’, her love song to nature. She has said her 2013 song celebrates the creative influence of her childhood back garden in the suburbs of Birmingham, England: “When we moved to our … Continue reading Green garden
With the gradual reopening of life in London, this week we were able to open up the shop again at Couture Collective. What a pleasure it is to be able to welcome people back in, to hear how they’ve been, to reconnect. It’s been a long dark slog of a winter, but things seem to be brightening up. One thing that’s clear is that we … Continue reading Talking shop
We’re excited to get started on our latest collaboration with London artist Jane Bristowe! Last year we produced our signature walkabout bag and fabric facemark using Jane’s lively dog prints. You can see her work here on her website, and you can see more about the dog-print walkabout and mask set here. This new Bledsoe & Bristowe collaboration uses Jane’s gorgeous cat prints (Ginger Cat … Continue reading What’s new pussycat?