So come on now, talk me through it.
Leyton & Stone is a newly-formed designer-and-makers’ collective, covering the E10/E11 areas. Simple as that. Membership is open to locals who design or make products for sale, from toys to bags to furniture or cakes and “everything in between”.
What’s the point of it then?
To promote members’ work and provide a supportive network, as well as collectively organise events and venues to sell products. They’ve roped in a dozen members already, and so hope it’ll become a good forum for networking and socialising too.
Who’s behind it all?
The collective was set up by Caroline (Funk E Angels), Esme (EsDes Handmade, pictured below) and Liz (Unity Jewellery, also pictured), all locals who saw the need for a group to support the emerging creative community in Leyton and Leytonstone. It’s being run on non-profit lines, meaning that membership fees will be ploughed back into the collective to pay for event publicity and so on.
How can I get involved?
Easy. Their first event, Pop Goes Fashion, is at the Luna Lounge in Church Lane this Saturday, 16th May from 2-7pm (see flyer, above). It’ll showcase 10-12 local designer/makers, some of whom are selling their wares for the first time ever. Expect live music at intervals throughout the day, and a happy hour from 4-5pm for cocktails. Hic.
Damn it. I’m away. Anything else coming up?
Sure. A new Sunday designer market at the Northcote pub is unleashed on 7th June and monthly thereafter. This will be hosted by the very lovely landlady Tuesday (who we interviewed here). The hope is that the market will be outdoors in the spacious courtyard garden, with backup space indoors in case of inclement weather.