Selvedge Winter Fair 2014

selvedge1Trying on a hat at the fair (and yes, it did end up coming home with me!)

On Saturday morning, I headed into Chelsea to attend the Selvedge Winter Fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall. I’d never been to a Selvedge fair before, but I’d heard good things about them so was very keen to attend one. I’m so glad I went! Chelsea Old Town Hall is a stunning building, and it was made even more delightful by being crammed full of wonderful stalls spilling over with handmade, beautifully designed goods. I didn’t know where to begin! It was so much fun to just wander around, admiring knitted scarfs, hand-woven baskets from Kenya, Scandinavian Christmas ornaments, beautiful haberdashery and so much more.

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I think one of the nicest things about the Selvedge fair is that it gives you the opportunity to meet many of the designers behind the product. It was fascinating to talk to so many people who cared passionately about what they were selling and were so knowledgable. I was introduced to so many great new companies and designers. I’ll be sharing some of them in my Miranda Loves series soon.

I’ve been an admirer of Tamara Fogle bags for many years (and own more than I want to admit!), so I was really thrilled to be able to meet her at her Selvedge stall. She was so kind and helpfully let my friend and me debate between several different bags.

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All her bags are handmade from vintage materials: grain sacks, leather, Indian saris, Turkish rugs etc. I love that no one bag is the same, and the quality is amazing: I’ve got a couple that have lasted years already. This time, I was thrilled to pick up this bag that had been discounted to £50. I couldn’t resist the lovely pumpkin colour – perfect for autumn!

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I’m so pleased with it!

Sadly, the Selvedge Winter Fair is no longer running, but there are some similar ones coming up should you fancy going to one (they’re great for Christmas shopping inspiration!). Handmade in Britain is running 14th-16th November and is also at Chelsea Old Town Hall. Cockpit Arts is holding a Christmas Open Studios in Holborn 28-30th November which sounds fabulous too.

Are you planning on going to any Christmas fairs soon? Do you have any favourites I’m missing?