Craft Focus - October/November 2022 (Issue 93)

56 Stamp of approval Arthur Bloomfield, Director of Philip Stamp & Co Ltd talks us through the company’s vast range of haberdashery products - there’s something for everyone! Tell us a little bit about the company. Where are you based? When did the company start? The company started in 1917 when Mr Philip Stamp began importing silks and cloth in Blenheim Street, London. The company was both wholesaling and retailing for many years until the company was sold to my uncle, Mr Rex Brazier. I took on the business on his untimely passing in 2000. What’s your background and why did you start the company? At the time I was serving the forces but due to leave in two years, so it was an ideal time to organise myself to join the ‘real world’. The company then moved out of London and after a couple of moves has settled in lovely Suffolk. How has the company evolved? We carried on initially but made quite a steep change when we acquired the retail haberdashery arm of a company which allowed us to expand using agents and some great suppliers. We’ve evolved into a sort of wholesale department store for all the well-known major brands which we feel very privileged to carry. What do you specialise in? We sell a large variety of haberdashery products from many suppliers and our button range is very popular, but we think we specialise in a friendly service. Talk us through the current products you’re particularly excited about. Do you have a favourite? We’re excited and proud to carry all the must have brands. So, in no particular order, as they are all our favourite: DMC, Velcro, Gutterman, Simplicity, John James, Knit Pro, Clover, Kleiber, Whitecroft, Berisford ribbons, Prym, Vlieseline (Vilene), Elbessee. We also carry an enormous range of buttons which we list on the website, and we of course have a full range of unbranded zips, webbing and elastic. Do your products suit all levels and types of artists? We supply manufacturers, retailers, and