Alex Eagle’s Christmas Fair returns for its third year, offering an eclectic collection of festive gifts for everyone from your husband and mother-in-law to your best friend and baby god daughter. Running from November 28 to December 5 at the Lexington Street store in London, it is the perfect place to pick up unusual and beautiful presents for your favourite people.
Many of the studio’s established names will be there, including Luke Edward Hall, Fee Greening, Austin Austin and Oscar Piccolo, but it will also be an opportunity to discover some of Eagle’s new favourite designers, artists and makers. Here are just five of the brands who will be selling their wares throughout the week.
Leather brand Tinct is a collaboration between brother and sister duo Rosie and Ben Broad. Based in the south of England, Tinct uses ethically sourced leather Italian leather to create wallets, pouches and bags in vividly piquant shades which can be personalised with embossed initials and symbols. Designer Rosie has a soft spot for the orange Zip Corner Wallet known as the Aragosta.
“Aragosta means ‘lobster’ in Italian,’ she says, “I think it’s so sweet. Also it’s the ideal shape for accommodating lots of useful day to day things without being bulky.”
Geoffrey Fisher’s intention is to create simple but beautiful products that utilise, rather than produce, waste. To that end he forages for unseasoned wood in his local forests in Buckinghamshire and transforms it into toys and functional items such as whistles, skipping ropes and brushes.
Coming straight from the forest, no item is the same – each catapult is made from a tree joint, where the branches intersect – and represent Fisher’s interaction with the forest and its materials.
A match made in every design-mad chocoholic’s heaven, these marbled chocolate tiles are the latest brainchild of multidisciplinary designer Kia Utzon-Frank. Exclusively available at Alex Eagle, the tiles come in two flavours: caramel, which contains more vitamin C than 10 lemons, and black charcoal and sesame, the activated charcoal in which has detoxing properties that helps prevent hangovers.
Utzon-Frank suggests the tiles as the perfect present for “the chocolate lover, the design admirer, the curious, the kid, the health freak, the foodie or anyone else who likes design, chocolate and guilty pleasures with a good conscience.”
A knitwear brand based in Derbyshire, Genevieve Sweeney fuses contemporary design with traditional artisan methods and exceptional hand finishes. Her colours are bold, her shapes modern and her methods ethical, and this Christmas fair, Sweeney is showcasing her new collection of sparkly socks.
“These are no ordinary socks! Combining a traditional intarsia technique with a modern edge, they are perfect for all the sartorially minded men and women in our lives.”