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2 May

Celia Birtwell at Uniqlo

Ceila Birtwell at Uniqlo

If you’ve stopped in to Uniqlo lately, you’ll have noticed the awesome Celia Birtwell-Uniqlo collaboration! Celia Birtwell is the famed textile designer whose work is instantly-recognizable and timeless. A few years ago, we published a fantastic book that delves in to her work and eventful life. Celia Birtwell, featured candid photographs of the designer and the friends who surrounded her (including artist David Hockney and ex-husband Ossie Clark) plus tons of her colorful and charming drawings and fashion sketches. The book is simply stunning.


And now you can own your own piece of Celia Birtwell! Uniqlo’s carrying a range of clothing and accessories that are really well-priced. To be perfectly honest, it’s a little overwhelming! I spent about 20 minutes in front of the little totebags bags trying to pick out just the right pattern for moi. I mean look at this:

Where does one begin?

Where does one begin?

Well, don’t worry, I figured it out. After stopping in initially to buy a denim jacket, I ended up picking up these little treats as well:

scarf & bag

A new scarf and bag!

I love the Beasties print on the tote bag. I chose it because there are so many different things to look at. The beasts are an amalgamation of different animals and prints: a spotted horse body with a lion head or a prancing checkered antelope.

If you love Celia Birtwell’s prints as much as we do, I highly recommend checking out our wonderful book to learn about her life, process, and amazing work!

(click on cover to buy)

(click on cover to buy)


I'm an assistant editor at St. Martin's Press. I caught the crafting bug when I was little and I wouldn't let my parents leave the store without buying me a crafting kit---any crafting kit! I wove baskets, folded origami, made jewelry, and painted glass. I'm an avid, but impatient knitter, so I'm always choosing projects that I can finish over a weekend. I also love to cook and bake. When I'm not working in the office working on craft books, my weekend consists of , well...making something with my hands. I'm usually scouring whatever's fresh at the farmer's market or food co-op, trying out new recipes, and working on my latest craft project.

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