Leicester’s Textile Scene

Leicester is a city steeped in textile heritage, with a rich history of specialising in knitwear and hosiery. This bustling city has been the birthplace of iconic brands like Corah, Wolsey, NEXT and Byford. Today, Leicester’s textile scene is home to over 1,500 firms and an impressive legacy of craftsmanship.

As we are Independent Leicester after all, we are going to shine the spotlight on the independent textile shops that bring a touch of creativity, craft, and community to the city.

Did you know: Getting creative and sewing or knitting has fantastic effects on your mental health, helping to heal and calm the mind and developing a new skill that helps create a beautiful handmade piece of work. ⁠

Button Boutique

Button Boutique is one of Leicester City’s oldest independents. Opening originally on the Market in 1968, it has provided the city with all haberdashery needs for over 55 years!

Gill, the founder’s daughter has been working at the colourful shop in the Malcom Arcade for 35 years and is pretty much an oracle of the crafting world.⁠ The boutique is a treasure trove of haberdashery, knitting yarns, and craft supplies, offering a warm welcome to novices and experts alike. It’s a testament to how dedication and passion can create a lasting impact on a community.

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Roy’s Material World

Roy’s Material World is more than just a store; it’s a fabric haven curated by a seasoned textile enthusiast with over 40 years of experience.
The store really does live up to it’s name! Offering an awe-inspiring array of materials, and if Roy doesn’t have it then he will definitely be able to order it in for you.
As Madonna might say, Roy truly is a “Material Girl.”

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Crafty Sew & So

Founded by the dynamic duo of Freya and Sarah, Crafty Sew & So is a workshop space and haberdashery shop that epitomizes the spirit of making.
From sewing equipment to dressmaking fabrics, their carefully curated selection invites you to explore the fantastic world of crafting.

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Tailoring and Alterations

If DIY isn’t your forte, fear not. The city offers an array of exceptional alteration shops, ready to turn your ill-fitting ensembles into bespoke masterpieces:

  • Professional Stitch.
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From historic establishments that have stood the test of time to contemporary workshops. Leicester’s textile scene is a testament to it’s enduring passion for all things fabric.
As you walk through the doors of these independent textile havens, you’re stepping into a world where threads weave dreams, and each stitch tells a story of dedication and love.

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Don’t forget the Leicester Textile Festival is happening from 16 – 24 September 2023. The festival will transform the city into a buzzing and engaging hive of activity bringing people together to experince a variety of exciting textile events.

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