Designer Christmas trees spruce up Hackney

Hackney Council has teamed-up with the borough’s top fashion designers to create five unique Christmas tree designs for all to enjoy this season.

Each tree design reflects the unique style and inspiration of each designer, and with the industry recognised names of Henry Holland, Ashley Williams, Louby McLoughlin, Katie Eary and Mary Benson taking part, the trees promise to be a popular festive highlight throughout December.

The decorated Christmas trees have been placed in well visited location across the borough, in Lower Clapton Road, Stoke Newington, Dalston, Old Street and Hackney Central.

Each of the five designers have created decorations that showcase their own unique creative trademarks, showing once again how Hackney is one of the most creative locations nationally and internationally.

The designers taking part this year are -

Henry Holland

Henry Holland holds his own solo show at London Fashion Week, and his fashion house, House of Holland is in its 13th season. Henry Holland is best known for his irreverent ‘fashion groupies’ slogan tees featuring catchphrases such as “uhu Gareth Pugh” and “get your freak on Giles Deacon”. He has his own line in Debenhams and is stocked at Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. Henry Holland’s tree is located on Lower Clapton Road.

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams showcased her first collection in February 2013 with the pioneering scheme for emerging talent, Fashion East. In 2015 she presented her first solo runway show at London Fashion Week. She is best known for her cartoonish graphics, pop colours and kitsch prints. Ashley Williams’s tree is located in Stoke Newington.

Louby McLoughlin

Louby McLoughlin is best known for her collaboration with DVTK, to create the digital online pop-culture and fashion platform OKGrl. Louby is characterised by her hyper-feminine Barbie aesthetic influenced by pop culture and the digital age. You can find Louby McLoughlin’s tree in Dalston.

Katie Eary

Katie Eary is renowned for her menswear collection, worn by celebrities such as Kanye West. Her style incorporates psychedelic prints and bright popping colours. Katie Eary’s tree is on Old Street.

Mary Benson

Mary Benson has worked alongside Alexander McQueen, Richard Nicholl and Mary Portas. Mary is renowned for her magical clothes and fantastical landscapes of print and textiles. You can find Mary Benson’s tree outside Hackney Town Hall.



Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Planning, Business and Investment
Each of the five Christmas trees make a unique festive contribution to our town centres, they are a real must see that celebrate Hackney’s connection with the world of fashion design and making. As well as celebrating the talents of five of our top designers, their work is helping to make Hackney sparkle this festive season. Merry Christmas everyone!
Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Planning, Business and Investment

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