Blackhorse Lane Denim Atelier

On Thursday we had the pleasure of meeting Hans and Toby from Blackhorse Lane Ateliers. Launching in April 2016, Blackhorse Lane Ateliers are a truly unique denim manufacturer located in Walthamstow, bringing denim manufacturing back to London for the first time in 40 years.

During our visit we were given a tour of the 1920’s refurbished factory, from which their logo originates.  All the finished products we saw were manufactured in house. We observed the super skilled machinists and pattern cutters at work using traditional machinery, focusing on heritage denim details such as darning, double chain stitched hems and riveting. We also had a look at the studios at the back of the factory which house skilled craftsmen in natural dying, weaving, design, a leathersmiths studio, as well as a chef’s kitchen which is used for the pop up restaurant run at the weekends.

We spoke with Hans and Toby about their ethos to connect nature to industry. They are looking to close the manufacture to consumer gap - with initiatives like growing the Indigofera plant in their own allotment, in-house leather workshops as well as by making authentic jeans that will last; to fight back at fast fashion. Very EXCITING and we would encourage everyone to make a trip.

Blackhorse Lane Ateliers
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By Natasha

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Here are some delicious detail shots to wet your appetite.

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