South London is about to get a new designers fair, a carefully selected edit of art, fashion, ceramics, jewellery, books and interiors made by small independent craftspeople. And it’s all down to my very talented friend Ros Badger. We met when I was a fashion editor and she was the designer/founder of childrenswear brand Little Badger, and bonded over being northern in south London. Parents-of-a-certain vintage may remember the super-stylish, Little Badger childrens’ clothes worn by the celebrity offspring of Madonna, Joe Strummer, Dennis Hopper and the like. As well as running a business and writing books, Ros has worked in a freelance capacity for numerous top designers including: Betty Jackson, Margaret Howell and Georgina Von Etzdorf – and at one point was the knitting expert on The Big Breakfast. She now creates beautiful homewares, jewellery and workwear which she sells via designer sales and her website Badger’s Velvet:
Having met lots of wonderful artists and makers at said designer sales in swanky parts of north London over the last 30-years, Ros decided it was high time that south London got a look-in. ‘I like to be a catalyst, to join people together. And I’m keen to support local businesses and encourage people to collaborate,’ she tells me of her latest project, a designers and makers sale in Brixton, ‘Badger’s Velvet Underground is a collective of designers helping each other. The quality level is high and everyone has a good reputation and a similar aesthetic.’ Apparently, news of the event spread so rapidly that Ros now has a waiting list for a second fair later this year and is considering taking the show on the road. The Badger’s Velvet Underground designers and makers sale will be held in the recently renovated The Department Store building on Ferndale Road in Brixton and will showcase the work of 40 creatives including: Spry Workwear (I might come home with a new jumpsuit), designer Sarah King (Iris Apfel wears her jewellery), Ella Doran, Charlene Mullen and many more.
Details of the event are below, I will be there signing both my books on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon (20 and 21st April 2018). Put it in your diary: