backward . . . and forward

2012 was really a pretty good year. Here are some highlights. Work-related trips to some wonderful places . . . Shetland Donegal Dublin (photo courtesy of Charlotte Monckton) Shetland again! My first time as a Woolfest trader. My sister, Martin Curtis and me, meeting Sophie, Countess of Wessex (note: Helen is wearing a Manu and… Read More

Pleats now and then

I’ve been thinking about pleats for a little while now. The heat-set pleats that have been a familiar feature of Issey Miyake’s “Pleats Please” brand . . . (Issy Miyake, “Pleats, Please” in Dazed & Confused June 2012, image via Style Bubble) . . . now seem, in attenuated form, to be everywhere on the… Read More


This is Knit has its home in the Powerscourt Centre – a place that strongly reminded me of what the Corn Exchange in Manchester used to be like in the 1980s (ie, when it was a happy mecca of independent retailing, rather than just another anonymous mall). In the English North, such places tend to… Read More