Merchant & Mills - Style & Purpose

Carolyn Denham and Roderick Field began Merchant & Mills in 2010 to bring style and purpose to the overlooked world of sewing. 

Style was put to work in their presentation and packaging to attract the very people that had previously overlooked sewing. Equally, they were determined to include the steadfast makers and menders tirelessly working regardless of current trends.

Purpose by supplying patterns, fabrics and tools that create a desirable functioning wardrobe. They offer a viable, wearable alternative to the increasingly indistinguishable options of the high street.

Merchant & Mills continue to grow, steadily evolving and developing as experience and ideas demand. Carolyn and Roderick now travel the world searching for unique and beautiful fabrics, finding aesthetic and practical inspiration along the way.

New patterns and products emerge, never rushed to market, but slowly developed to be exemplary, desirable and pragmatic. Their ethos is to respect the roots of sewing, from trade to home dressmaking. They enable and inspire more people to find the satisfaction of making. To this end, they have published three instructive, illustrated books.

Carolyn Denham has a degree in Fashion Design and has worked in New York, Italy and London. Roderick Field is a respected photographer with works in the National Portrait Gallery. Merchant & Mills products are stocked in the world's most respected outlets, and they've successfully collaborated with London's V&A Museum and Alexander McQueen.