Tori Murphy: woven & made in England
It's round about this time each year that, along with planning my fantasy autumn winter wardrobe, I also get the urge to plump up my sofa with a new throw and cushions in preparation for the hibernation season. Tori Murphy's 100% merino wool designs which I discovered recently are, quite simply, some of the loveliest I have found.
Tori trained at the Royal College of Art and then worked for a Milan textile house, where she designed for clients including Christian Dior, DKNY and Fendi, before returning to the UK and setting up her design studio in Nottingham. She has spent the last year sourcing materials and factories from the UK to make a 100% British woven and made textile collection. She describes the experience of sourcing UK materials and factories as 'challenging', (a comment which anyone who watched the Mary Portas series Mary's Bottom Line will probably be able to relate to), but is very proud to say that her fabric is woven in Lancashire, washed in the Yorkshire Dales and made up to product in Nottingham.
The collection was launched at Pulse in June and is now available in store at Holly's House and online at MyDeco. Tori will be exhibiting at Top Drawer at Olympia from 16-18 September and also tells me she'll be involved in a collaboration with MyDeco and Mr & Mrs Smith next month, which I can't wait to see.