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Handknit perfection

Pennie Fairbarin
Pennie wears Lucy Miller Knitwear

Recently the Assembly went to meet one of the designers from the first Market, Lucy Miller. We were so happy to meet Lucy who is a truly talented hand knitwear designer, gentle soul and superbly talented artisan. We also took Pennie Fairbairn who is a remarkable woman with a fabulous career and hitting her sixties with all the style and glamour. We brought the two of them together for a shoot at Lucy's Salon.

Lucy trained as a weaver and textile designer at the Royal Collage of Art and then went on to design accessories for various Fashion Designers which included hand knitted hats and scarves. She got the bug and used her textile skills to teach herself to knit. she now has a network of hand knitters who help her knit her designs.

Lucy has recently set up a glamorous Salon in her house where she displays and sells her designs with designer Susy Harper womenswear. Is is the most gorgeous space, and it's just such a wonderful way to shop. It's personal, beautiful and the quality of Lucy's knitwear is exquisite. You can arrange to visit to have a look by emailing

Pennie is a Stoke Newington local with a lifelong passion for style and creative dressing and often gets stopped in the street and asked to model. She started off in the 70’s by buying and selling vintage at Camden market and then went on to develop careers with people in nursing, the performing arts, lecturing and psychology, a woman of many talents, her love of fashion is evident. Pennie's sense of style lent itself so well to Lucy's knits and now in her mid 60’s her passion for an interesting and creative style is completely contemporary. As an older woman she's now being asked to model for some interesting Japanese brands, amongst others. We can see why and love that young brands are using older models because slow fashion is ageless fashion.

We all fell in love with this little gossamer cape which is the softest colour and so light to wear. We styled it over a Susy Harper silk blouse. Gorgeous!

Simple, minimal details in this light as a feather black jumper and intricate lace detailing on this green sweater.

Such a wonderful afternoon in the company of two lovely women, both talented, both humble, both inspirational.

Follow Pennie on @penniefairbairn and email Lucy to visit her salon

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