Sample room

The north London sample room has been putting out small runs and samples for the best part of a century. Like any good workroom, it’s a whirl of activity most times of the day. Best, then, to keep out of the way during work hours, and poke around when it isn’t — just before lights-off, for instance, when tools are downed.

At day’s end, a handful of items are sorted away, but most others — the rolls of cloth, machines, the assorted shears, scissors, and tailoring irons — rest suspended as last used. And that about sums the place up. Two and a half workspaces and no more than 200 square feet: unassuming but vital premises, the workroom of NW1.