|A size comparison of the cushion covers|
Who doesn’t love a freebie? I most certainly do, so when I was approached in my local John Lewis store and asked if I’d like a free cushion cover, my answer was hell yeah! I could select any of their fabrics, have it made there and then and in exchange they simply wanted me to spread the word about one of John Lewis’ partnerships, Herbert Spencer a bespoke soft furnishings company. Even if they hadn’t been offering me a free cushion cover, I still would have shouted it from the roof-tops as I do happen to think that using local partners is a great idea.
The idea is that the John Lewis partnership services control what happens behind the scenes and the partners work for the John Lewis Partnership as a whole, which also owns Waitrose. Everyone who works for John Lewis is one of their ‘partners’ with an employee-owned structure.
Herbert Parkinson is one such partnership and their manufacturing facility is wholly owned by John Lewis. Their mill in North West Lancashire is one of the remaining textile manufacturers in Britain. The John Lewis manufacturing branch was established in 1935 by Herbert Parkinson and then acquired by the John Lewis Partnership in 1953. Since then it’s become a great example of UK design, craftsmanship and premium quality products.
During the cushion making workshop my boyfriend and I chose two free bespoke cushions, one for his mum and one for our new flat. I can attest to the high quality of their fabrics as well as their craftsmanship as I watched one of their skilled team members make the cushions right in front of me. It made we want to try and have a go myself.
|Herbert Parkinson cushions part of the John Lewis Partnership|