Hand-picked: Helen Lawrence

We sit in the young knitwear designer's studio in East London, surrounded by numerous industrial knitting machines. Yarn, fabric and patterns are peaking out from every shelf, corner and bag. 

Helen Lawrence, originally from Whitley Bay, outside of Newcastle Upon Tyne, got her BA in Textiles from Chelsea College of Art, where she first fell in love with knitting. After dipping her toes into textile printing, one of the industrial knitting machines in the college captured her full attention. She followed up with an MA in Fashion at Central Saint Martin and has since added her knitwear expertise to collections of Craig Green, Mark Fast and Alexander McQueen as well as on her own.

For SS15, the young designer got a break, most aspiring fashion designers dream of. Lulu Kennedy invited her to show as part of Fashion East, deservedly putting Helen Lawrence Knitwear on everyone's radar.

We speak to the knitwear master now that the dust has settled slightly, and just in time before her new A/W collection.


Wood, paint, plastic bags... Nothing is off limits to the affable young Londoner who is building new masculine ideals with his DIY approach.