COLEFAX AND FOWLER
The studio ensures that timeless elegance continues to define Colefax and Fowler’s essentially English aesthetic. The brand’s collections are characterised by sophisticated designs, created using advanced printing and weaving techniques, in subtle colours. Each annual collection features striking prints, silk and linen embroideries (influenced by Indienne, paisley, Persian and botanical documents), luxurious velvets and weaves, and a beautiful series of decorative and textured wallpapers.
Lady Colefax began decorating in 1930. She was well-connected and also ahead of her time: her circle of friends and acquaintances provided her with clients and she became a very successful business woman. British diplomat Harold Nicholson wrote in his diary: ‘Lunch with Sibyl Colefax at Boulestin. She tells me that she has made £2,000 last year by her own efforts. She gets up by candle-light and fusses till midnight. A brave woman’.
Sibyl’s talent for creating comfortable interiors that were stylish but never pretentious was the secret of her appeal to her influential clients. She was friendly with royalty, including the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson, with entertainers such as Charlie Chaplin and Cole Porter, and with much of the British aristocracy. When, in 1938, her services were so in demand that she needed to expand, she asked a rising young star of interior decorating, John Fowler, to join her in her business at Bruton Street in Mayfair. In 1939, the company name was changed to Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler.