Made in Islington: From fabric and needle to Katy Perry at Stitchin Business, Holloway

Andy Piccos, owner of Stitchin Business in Thane Villas, Holloway. Picture: Polly Hancock

Andy Piccos, owner of Stitchin Business in Thane Villas, Holloway. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

Every week, we take to the streets to unearth something being manufactured or produced right here in Islington. This week, we found a man who has made Katy Perry’s costumes...

Katy Perry - wearing one of Andy Piccos's costumes made at Stitchin Business in Holloway - performin

Katy Perry - wearing one of Andy Piccos's costumes made at Stitchin Business in Holloway - performing at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Glasgow in 2014. Picture: Mark Runnacles/PA - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

“All it takes is a piece of fabric, needle and thread and a little imagination...”

It’s the ethos of Andy Piccos, owner of Stitchin Business in Thane Villas, Holloway.

Andy, 58, has traded in Islington for 14 years. He says: “We design and make anything: clothing, costumes, dresses, wedding outfits and furnishing. We even had a request from a fetish company for some coveralls.

“So the easiest thing is to say we work with fabric!

Andy Piccos, owner of Stitchin Business in Thane Villas, Holloway. Picture: Polly Hancock

Andy Piccos, owner of Stitchin Business in Thane Villas, Holloway. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant


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“Basically, the customer comes with an idea and we turn it into reality.”

And in recent years, his designs have taken him to celebrity clients such as Katy Perry (costume for her 2013 “Unconditionally” video and 2014 Big Weekend performance) and Gok Wan (for his “Fashion Fix” TV show).

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