Creative Inspiration: Fabric & Haberdashery Shops in London
My brand began after graduating from a fashion design degree course at UCA Epsom. Over my years of studying, I discovered many amazing fabric and haberdashery shops in London whilst searching for the perfect fabric, zip or button.
I know that lots of you lovely people that follow my brand are also super creative and talented, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite fabric and haberdashery discoveries in London!
Hidden in the side roads of Oxford Street, you’ll find an assortment of fabric & haberdashery shops. Serving London designers, tailors and costume designers, they offer beautiful and unique fabrics and trimmings. You’ll often find fashion students here doing in depth fabric research, finding the perfect material for their collections. Leaning on the pricier side, these shops may just serve as some great inspiration, but if you’re looking for a collection high-quality and curated fabrics and trimmings, these are the shops you’ll want to explore.
Address: Berwick Street Market, 16 Berwick St, London W1F 0HP
A friendly fabric store in Soho. The staff at Borovick Fabrics are very friendly and always willing to help. They have a good range of fabrics from bridal to theatrical. They offer student discount and fabric swatches.
Address: 4 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR
Filled with fine high quality fabrics from silks, jacquards, velvets, and tweeds. They offer fabric samples for research.
Address: 52 Berwick Street, London W1F 8SL
Part of the Misan family with a selection of technical fabrics, jerseys, cottons and leather. A great stop to find interesting and modern fabrics. They also have a clearance section and offer fabric samples for research.
West London's Shepherd's Bush is home to dozens of fabric and haberdashery shops, all on Goldhawk Road, just a short walk away from Shepherd's Bush Station and Westfield London. Spend a morning browsing and touching hundred’s of fabrics!
Goldhawk Road Fabric Shops
Address: Goldhawk Road, London W12
I didn’t include a full list of all the shops on Goldhawk Road because there are just so many! You can find just about any fabric you are looking for on this road in Shepherd’s Bush. It does take a little bit more work going through all the fabrics, but you can absolutely find some great gems here. I recommend spending a morning having a look at each of the shops on this road!
Shepherd’s Bush Market
Address: Uxbridge Rd, White City, London W12 8LH
Mixed the fruit, veg and grocery stalls along Shepherd’s Bush Market, you can find some fabric and haberdashery stalls with very afforable fabrics and trimmings. A short walk from Goldhawk Road, it’s worth a little look to see if you can find the perfect addition to your creative project.
Address: 21-23 Goldhawk Road, London W12 8QQ
Part of the Misan family, Misan West has a great selection of high-quality fabrics that you can find in their Central London stores at their clearance prices. They also have a section trimmings and haberdashery for sale.
Whilst studying in East London for a short time, I found a few great places to get fabrics, trimmings and haberdashery products. Brick Lane is also home to a few other fabrics shops, so it’s worth a walk down there to have a look at what they have to offer.
Fabians Haberdashery Trimmings
Address: Unit 110 Railway Arches, Cannon Street Road, London E1 2LY
Fabians Trimmings is a haberdashery and trimming wholesalers hidden in the arches near to Shadwell station. They have a selection of haberdashery products including zips, threads and ribbons. You can also shop with them on their website.
Address: 41 Quaker St, London E1 6SN
Just a short walk from Shoreditch High Street Station and Brick Lane, Crescent Trading has a range of high-quality suitings, wools, and silks. The staff here are very knowledgeable about their fabrics!
Address: 520-522 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AH
A short walk from Dalston Junction station, William Gee is a family run haberdashery store in East London. They sell a huge range of haberdashery products, as well as dressmaking equipment and storage. You can also shop with them online.
Having grown up in South London, and now still based here, I’ve found a good few local shops to buy fabric and haberdashery products. There are also many markets in South London where you can find a selection of fabrics stalls and shops: East Street, Deptford, Peckham and Brixton to name a few!
Rolls and Rems
Address: 111 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London SE13 6AT
A friendly fabric and haberdashery shop along Lewisham Market. They have a good range of fabrics, haberdashery and trimmings to choose from, I would definitely pop by if you are in the Lewisham area.
Sewing & Craft Superstore
Address: 292-312 Balham High Road, London SW17 7AA
A lovely sewing and craft shop only a few minutes walk away from Tooting Bec station. They have a great range of fabrics and haberdashery products, as well as craft supplies. They also sell sewing and embroidery machines as well as sewing patterns.
Address: 52-54 Lavender Hill, London SW11 5RH
A friendly fabric shop in Battersea, a short walk or bus ride from Clapham Junction and Clapham Common stations. They have a great range of high-quality fabrics and lovely printed fabrics. You can also shop with them online!
Lewisham and Deptford Sewing Machines
Address: 181 Deptford High St, London SE8 3NT
This isn’t a fabric or haberdashery shop, but I really wanted to include this shop on my list! I’ve bought all my sewing machines from this shop from over the years. They have great prices and are very knowledgeable about all types of machines. They are also a great place to go to if you are having any problems with your machine as they also offer sewing machine servicing. I would definitely recommend here if you are looking to buy a new sewing machine - domestic & industrial.
Whilst I haven’t had as much opportunity to explore North London for fabric and haberdashery, I have found a couple of great places that I’ve listed below!
Joel & Son Fabrics
Address: 73-87 Church Street, London NW8 8EU
A luxury fabric shop with over 60 years trading history! Joel and Son Fabric stock a wide range of beautiful fabrics and trimmings on their website, and deliver worldwide. An interesting fact about this fabric store is that they also hold a Royal Warrant from H.M.Queen Elizabeth!
Address: 41B Antill Rd, Tottenham, London N15 4AS
A huge store filled with a trange of trimmings and haberdashery products including ribbons, metal hardware, threads and so much more. You can browse some of their range on their website.
Address: 10 Pratt Mews, London NW1 0AD
A short walk away from Camden Town Station, you’ll find ANK Camden. Filled with an amazing range of metal hardware, fittings and tools for clothing and accessories. You can also shop some of their range on their website.
Address: 130 Royal College Street, London, NW1 0TA
Previously located in London’s Soho, Cloth House made the move to an online fabric shop in 2020. You can now shop all their beautiful fabrics online. Their Camden studio is available to visit by appointment only if you want to see their collection in person. Cloth House specialise in natural cottons, linens, Japanese fabric and vintage trimmings. They offer fabric samples on their website.
The Berwick Street Cloth Shop
Address: Unit G8, Building A, Wembley Commercial Centre, East Lane, Wembley HA9 7UR
Previously located in London’s Soho, along with the sister stores Broadwick Silks and The Silk Society, you can now shop all of Berwick Street Cloth Shop’s collection from their Wembley Warehouse. Find a vast range of luxury fabrics including silks, cottons, woolls and more. You can also buy fabric from their online store.
If you know of any amazing fabric and haberdashery shops in London that should be on this list, please let me know!