Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ann Grafton

I had the honour of attending a presentation of the new GP&J Baker collections, including, Baker, Threads, Baker Lifestyle and Mulberry brands yesterday. The collections were presented by Ann Grafton, who is the Managing Director and Head of Design at GP&J Baker UK. Ann is a textile designer with over 20 year experience, who before joining Baker (about 6 years ago)was the creative director of Colefax & Fowler.

Ann Grafton (middle) with Nerida from Elliott Clarke on the right.

Design Studio mood boards

Amazing fabric presentation blankets

Mulberry's iconic design, Flying Ducks

Ann provided some great insights into the stories behind the fabric designs and told us how she developed the Threads brand, creating 350 fabrics over a two year period, to fill a gap in the market for gorgeous textures and decorative designs, in a more comptemporary design and palette, compared to the rest of the Baker range.

Thanks to Nerida and the team at Elliott Clarke for a great inspirational afternoon with Ann.

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