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We will experience the best in fashion (both contemporary and historical), learn about regional textile history, and visit modern artists who are bringing back heritage crafts.

The tour begins in London. This ever-changing metropolis is a vibrant hub of design with inspiration around every corner. Here, fashion is our focus. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the legendary Savile Row, immerse yourself in the stunning fabrics at Liberty of London, and travel back in time to see era-defining looks from the Swingin’ 60s.

From London, we will venture to the charming town of Grasmere in the Lake District. The Lake District is a treasure trove of quaint villages, which we will explore as we meet talented artists who carry on the region’s rich culture of textiles connected to the local Herdwick Sheep. 

After our time in the Lake District, we will venture north through the Scottish borders to Edinburgh. During our stay, we will experience the best in textile artistry and enjoy the history and mystery of this beautiful city.

Welcome to London! Meet your fellow travelers at a group dinner.

The first day of the tour kicks off in style with a visit to Liberty of London. This legendary store is known for its incredible Tana Lawn cotton fabric, which is highly coveted among quilters and garment sewers.

After our time at Liberty, we’ll take a walk down the iconic Carnaby Street, before visiting the wonderful local fabric stores—including a few that are off the beaten path.

Today we will enjoy a special behind-the-scenes walking tour of Savile Row. Our guide is a fashion historian who has cultivated relationships with the legendary tailors on the street, offering us unprecedented access to this exclusive area. 

Step back in time to the Swing ‘60s with our visit to the Fashion and Textile Museum. There, we will enjoy The Biba Story exhibition which explores how designer Barbara Hulanicki’s small boutique Biba sparked a fashion revolution in the 1960s and became the world’s first lifestyle label. 

Today we have a travel day! We will check out of our hotel first thing and make our way to the beautiful Lake District. Once we arrive, we will explore our “home” village of Grasmere. William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere, once called it “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found”.

We begin the day with a visit to Hill Top Farm, where Beatrix Potter lived and penned many of her beloved stories. Following our time at Hill Top, we will travel to the town of Ambleside. There, we will meet with a local textile artist who works with the regional fiber, Herdwick wool. 

Today we will meet with a husband-and-wife team who are creating their own locally produced wool that’s grown, milled, and woven entirely in the Lake District. We will also visit a historic wool mill that has been transformed into an artist’s enclave.

Today we travel north to Scotland! Our home in Scotland will be the beautiful and historic city of Edinburgh. After checking into our hotel, we will visit the Palace of Holyrood House.

Today we will visit the Dovecot Studios, a landmark center for contemporary art, craft, and design. Their Tapestry Studio is world-renowned. Then, inspired by our visit to Dovecot, we will go to a local boutique whose mission is to feature Scottish textiles.

Today we learn about the textile most associated with Scotland: the kilt! We will meet with an expert kilt maker who will teach us a brief history of kilts and tartans, how they are worn in contemporary times, and give us an introduction to kilt-making.

Alas, all good things must come to an end. After enjoying breakfast at our hotel, it is time to head home or continue your adventures on your own.