When it comes to emerging creative neighbourhoods, London has an embarrassment of riches, with areas such as Brixton, Hackney, Bermondsey and Hammersmith among the leading lights. Now something of a creative institution itself since moving to Savile Row in 1945, tailor Hardy Amies has partnered up with filmmakers Present Plus to create a series of short documentaries which explore these important hubs, focusing on the movers and shakers in a variety of cottage and artisanal industries.
The Neighbourhood Portraits films are receiving a staggered release on the project’s website, and has kicked off with a beautifully-shot profile of Mikey Sorbello. A coffee roaster for Climpson & Sons in Hackney, Mikey tells how the creative environment of the borough and the like-minded people gathered there nurture ambition and drive each other forward toward success. That community spirit is a strong theme throughout the films and is held up as a key reason why these formerly disadvantaged neighbourhoods are thriving today. Keep an eye out for future releases; an interview with master glassmaker Layne Rowe of Bermondsey’s London Glassblowing is next up.