It’s testament to how a hobby can change your whole outlook that this unprepossessing cold room in North London looks like an veritable cave of wonders to me.
This is Cannon Street Jersey Fabrics. A factory clearance operation specialising in knits where the prices are, oh, £1/m. Same as when I visited in late 2011 following a tip-off from Dibs and the machine. Looks like inflation has skipped over the goodies hiding behind these corners…
My hasty pictures don’t show the many rolls of knit fabric to be found. While it wasn’t all to my taste, I found a good number of gems, including the hot pink animal print I used in my recent Quest Cardigan, as well as a snazzy silver patterned knit that longs to be a party dress.
They’re open Monday to Friday, with what appear to be earlier closure on Friday afternoons, so it’s worth ringing ahead just to be totally sure. I HAVE BEEN ALL THE WAY TO TOTTENHAM TWICE WHEN IT TURNS OUT IT WAS CLOSED. Do not do this.
It’s a testament to my fabric madness that I love this place. Here’s the address in case you’re in the locale:
16 Ashley Road, Tottenham Hale, London, N17 9LJ
Tel: 020 8885 9401
It’s super-close to the Tube station but still a little off the beaten track.
If I have a reservation, it’s the price. Reading about sustainability issues on various sewing blogs (such as So Zo’s…) has made me more conscious of the provenance of the clothes and the fabric I buy, and low consumer prices are an aspect of this complex subject. So £1 a metre does make me pause: how can it be so affordable?
The business is described as factory clearance, so I’d imagine that would create a different pricing model. But I know nothing about the wholesale fabric business, so any thoughts would be of great interest!
Is a bargain a bargain? Or can something be too cheap?