Meet the Vendors: Of Cabbages and Kings

Things are now at a frantic pace of final preparations at Yarn in the City HQ but we're still trying to churn out a few more blog posts over the long weekend with more info and details - as well as Episode 20 of the podcast!

To help you with more of your planning heading into the weekend, here's a profile of another of our amazing vendors, Jess Widdows who is the owner behind Of Cabbages and Kings. Read on to learn more about contemporary gallery and shop filled with wares from very talented and creative makers.

The Yarn in the City Pop-Up Marketplace will feature fabulous indie makers, dyers and designers from across the UK. Tell us about your company and specialty. What are you best known for? 

Of Cabbages and Kings is an independent gallery, shop and creative space in Stoke Newington, London, specialising in prints and jewellery from British designers and artists. We've been in Stokey for 8 years now and very much see ourselves as a launchpad for the local creative community. We host bi-monthly exhibitions, have organised markets at Abney Hall and other East London venues and we try whenever we can to get involved in local Stokey events like the upcoming Stoke Newington Jumble Trail on Sunday September 13th. Of Cabbages and Kings shares the shop floor with Knit With Attitude and together we hold workshops, talks and other events.

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Space is at a premium in the Pop-Up Marketplace so we've asked vendors to bring their "best of the best" - what wares will you have to tempt visitors? 

We will be bringing along prints, jewellery and bags from some of our most popular makers. This will include knitting themed prints from Michael Loveless, London themed prints and homewares from Alfred & Wilde and  Mike Hall, and some of Mister Peeble's animal menagerie. There will be notebooks from Ola and Tom Pigeon and necklaces, earrings, and  colourful clutches from one of our favourites, Custom Made. We are still finalising which products to bring along, so you never know what you’ll find! 

Can you tell us about the making/designing/collaborating/or other process involved in your business?

Of Cabbages and Kings shares a storefront with Knit With Attitude, so we collaborate every day. Our shop windows in particular are something that we collaborate on as they need to state simply and effectively that we are both a knitting shop and a gallery. It's always a challenge!

What is your absolute favourite thing about running your business?

Probably the community aspect – feeling part of something much bigger than myself: The local community, the creative community, the shop team etc. Running your own business can be very testing. There have been some incredible highs and terrible lows in this process, but the sense of achievement when it finally comes together makes it all worthwhile.

Tell us the funniest thing that has ever happened to you while you've been running your company, or while you've been at a yarn show or festival! 

We get very strange comments and enquires on an almost daily basis. It's hard to pick one out. However, I do think the all time best was when a gentleman telephoned enquiring about the swingers evenings we hosted. I told him I thought he must have dialled the wrong number, but when I later tapped 'swingers parties' 'Stoke Newington'  into Google, my shop came up top of the search. How could this be? I clicked the link, which took me to a review of my shop where someone had described some knickers that we sold as 'perfect for swingers parties'. Beware Google keyword searches! They can give the very wrong impression.