Saturday, 22 September 2012

Goldhawk Road fabric Shopping experience

As promised I am reporting on my trip to Goldhawk Road.  Quite a few bloggers had mentioned this shopping haven, but until today I had never had the chance to get down there.

Despite only arriving home this morning from Kuala Lumpur, I still wanted to go and investigate and I am glad to say my D Mike agreed to come with me.

Getting there was really easy - we travelled by London underground taking the Hammersmith and City line to Goldhawk Road (2nd but last stop).  Once you step out of the tube station the shops are almost opposite the tube station, so couldn't be easier.

Here are a few photos that my D Mike took while we were wandering up and down the road, and please dont take these as any endorsement of these particular shops, but more to demonstrate the variety.


I decided to wander in and out of each of the shops,  and mentally take note of the ones I wanted to go back into to make any purchase.

Because Mike was with me, of course we had to buy some shirting fabrics, and many of the shops stock a reasonable selection, ranging from £1.99 per meter to £7.99, however the average price for 100% cotton shirting was £4.00 a metre, somewhat cheaper than the £7.99 I paid recently and you can see below the ones we selected.  All but the £1.99 fabric which was 36" wide, the others were all 60" wide.


There is a noticeable chill to the air now, giving us a forewarning of the autumnal weather to come. I have made Mike quite a few fleeces, and he has worn them all to death and I wanted to purchase some antipil fleece.  I got some nice black for £4.99 a metre.  Last but not least I saw a recent fashion promotion for waxed jackets and I couldn't resist this old gold coloured waxed cotton that had been reduced down from £15.00 a metre to £4.99 a metre.  I am not 100% sure what I will make with it, a short jacket or a coat, but it can sit in my stash until I decide.

There is a large variety of fabrics here catering for all types of customers.  We bumped into lots of very arty looking youngsters who I am sure were possibly fashion design students.  There were shops that catered for Indian and African customers, so lots of sequin or heavy lace fabrics.  Many of the shops sold lycra, silks, I saw lots of denim including coloured denim which is good.

I only saw one shop that seemed to have a separate department upstairs for haberdashery, with one or two others selling the odd sparkly trim for traditional costumes.  If there were more shops selling these notions etc., I confess I didn't see them (could just have been jet lag).

Being a self-confessed fabricaholic, of course I will go back again, but I was trying to be a little self-restrained this time, so I gave myself a pat on the back for being so good.

Looks like I have a few shirts in the queue.  Catch you later..................


14 comments:

  1. Nice selection of shirting fabrics. And I have never heard of waxed cotton. Must do a bit of research on that.

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    1. Ann, in case you haven't already done so here is a link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waxed_cotton

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  2. yeah, what a fun shopping day. Im planning to go to walthamstow early october. Wanna come?

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    1. of course happy to - lets sort something out.

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  3. Thanks for the rundown on this little part of your world - now I am totally jealous!!!

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  4. I think a little weekend trip to London should be on my agenda. If I drive across I could stop of at Linton Tweeds on the way down! Lovely shopping day.

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    1. Ruth you would love Linton Tweed, and I am sure there are quite a few fellow bloggers that would love to meet up in London for a shopping day - let me know we could try and arrange something.

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    2. Oh I forgot, Linton Tweed are coming to London in November I think, so you could even combine the two....

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  5. Those shirting cottons are absolutely beautiful.

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  6. Good to see you're back home safe. How unfortunate you couldn't go fabric shopping in KL or Djakarta. Definitely made up by going to Goldhawk road. True love both of you: Mike for coming with you and you for buying him more shirt fabrics.
    And looks like you'll have some more meet-ups in the near future. Fun!

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  7. Thank you for sharing your shopping experience! Great picks there too! Your mystery shopper skills can be of great help to consumers and of course companies! Kudos!

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  8. Would it be a place you could find sequin material - royal blue or navy sequin material for a Xmas Party Dress? xx

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