Hand & Lock

On the 12th - 13th of July Hand & Lock, established in 1767, will be hosting the London Embroidery Conference and Exhibition at London's Bishopsgate Institute as a celebration of their 250 years of success, but also as reminder of their enduring relevance in the fashion industry. 

Hand & Lock of Fitzrovia, is a London embroidery company that create some of the world's finest and most exquisite bespoke pieces of fashion embroidery. 

Over 250 years they have made their name embellishing, embroidering and monogramming garments for the Royal family, the military and top international luxury fashion houses including Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Vivienne Westwood and Burberry.

Their very British, quality craftsmanship has been long sought after by tailors from Savile Row for over a hundred years, with tailors sending their shirts to be monogrammed by the brand since their inception.


Most recently Hand & Lock have been involved with the Yeezy fall 2017 and Burberry SS16 shows, securing their place in the Future of Fashion...








The conference, which goes on for 2 days, will look at ‘Heritage’, ‘The Now’ and ‘The Future’ of embroidery. 

Heritage’ will look at the history of embroidery, it’s everlasting success and the historical methods that are used to this day.

'The Now'  will explore contemporary embroidery with a panel of working designers sharing their experiences in the industry.

'The Future' will contemplate where the embroidery industry is heading and how modern technology will affect the trade.


Highlights at the exhibition include:

• Early 20th Century Embroidered Chinese lotus shoes on loan from the Textile Research Centre in the Netherlands.

• A restored Victorian military ledger offering insight into a rich regimental history of embroidery and embellishment in the British army.

• The Great British Dress embroidered by Hand & Lock and the Royal School of Needlework for Nicholas Oakwell to highlight British craftsmanship.

• 13 one-of-a-kind designer bags featuring the finest contemporary and classical H&L embroideries.

• ‘Jumbar G’ fur jumper by British designer Mary Katrantzou with jewellery inspired embroidery by H&L.

• A piece straight from Vivienne Westwood’s AW17 catwalk featuring re-purposed H&L military and ceremonial embroidery.

Guest speakers include:

  • Michelle Caragher – The principle costume embroiderer for Game of Thrones.
  • Fashion historian Amber Butchart. 
  • Trend forecaster Geraldine Wharry.
  • The Director of the Textile Research Centre Dr Gillian Vogelsand-Eastwood. 
  • Artistic Director of the Embroiderers Guild Anthea Godfrey. 
  • Senior embroidery designer and consultant Justine Avril.
  • And the senior curators of the Imperial War Museum Alan Jeffreys and Martin Boswell.

The accompanying exhibition will also offer visitors an exclusive look at pieces by Vivienne Westwood, Nicholas Oakwell and Mary Katrantzou.

A must attend for all true fashion devotees, The London Embroidery Exhibition is a rare chance to see precious embroideries from around the globe, exquisite samples from Hand & Lock’s archive as well as some impressive haute couture embroidery from recent catwalks.

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Tickets are available for £85.00.
Exhibition tickets are on sale at £5.00 in advance or £10.00 on the door.