THE DESIGNER:

Layla at work on the 12 gauge vintage industrial knitting machine

Photography Georgia Kuhn

Layla Chelache, knitwear designer

I have my Irish grandmother to thank for kick-starting my obsession with and adventures in knitting.  A prolific knitter of Aran jumpers and cardigans, she taught me the basics when I was just six years old and I am still in awe of her skills with the needles.

At university I studied fashion design, followed by a BA in Constructed Textiles.  After several years of working in varied roles within the fashion industry, I decided to dedicate myself fully to my passion for all things knitting and I set up my company CHELACHE to make and sell my own designs.

More than anything I love colours and textures and for me there is no better way to express this than through textiles. Knitting, in particular, gives me the potential to really play with the construction of the fabric and exploit its sculptural qualities.

I live and work in Hackney, East London, near the lovely London Fields. My small knit laboratory contains two vintage, industrial, hand operated knitting machines on which I am forever experimenting.  When away from the machines, I spend my time hand knitting on tiny wooden needles.

What I love about my work is that however much I have learnt over the years, I know I have barely scratched the surface. With knitting there is always more to discover…

CHELACHE Knitwear on Japanese fashion TV! 

During last London Fashion Week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Japan's Fashion Tsushin in our London Studio. I also showed them around our neighbourhood introducing them to some of my favourite places in Dalston, Hackney.

THE STUDIO:

Here you can see some of the tools of our trade. (These are mostly images of our old studio. I hope to add new ones soon!)