Copperwheat Blundell

Michelle Labrague

Designer Biography

DOI: 10.5040/9781474260428-FPA060

Pamela Blundell and Lee Copperwheat started their eponymous label, Copperwheat Blundell, in 1993, debuting during London Fashion Week as part of the New Generation Fashion Show. Ben Copperwheat started studying tailoring by working at the Aquascutum factory in Northampton as a teenager and continued his studies at the London College of Fashion. Pamela Blundell won the Smirnoff award after graduating from college and worked with the late designer John Flett, known for his intricate and inventive cutting. After Flett died, Blundell was offered a place on the MA course at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design in London, but took on employment as a part-time lecturer there instead.

The two met at Central Saint Martin’s while teaching—offering pattern making and tailoring classes to students such as Alexander McQueen. The pair initially focused on men’s and women’s clothing, blending tailoring techniques with sportswear and high-tech fabrics. After a series of investor changes, a new company name (C&B London), and a partnership with the Sarelli factory, they planned to expand their product range to include a unisex line, swimwear, leather, and knitwear. Their early awards included: Lloyds Bank New Generation Fashion Award in 1994 and the British Fashion Council’s 1995 award for Young Designer of the Year. While the company has since dissolved, Pamela Blundell continues to design and offer brand consultation under her own name. Lee Copperwheat codesigns his own menswear label, Copperwheat, working with his cousin Ben, a textile designer who trained at the Royal College of Art.

Copperwheat Blundell, Spring/Summer 2000 Photograph by Niall McInerney, Fashion Photography Archive

References and Further Reading

Ben Copperwheat. Website. http://www.bencopperwheat.com/ (accessed August 16 2013).

Find in Library Blanchard Tamsin. ““Free to Do What They Do Best”.” The Independent , 15 August 1995. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/news/free-to-do-what-they-do-best-1596329.html .

Find in Library ““Catching Up with Copperwheat”.” Dazed Digital, 2010. http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/7534/1/catching-up-with-copperwheat (accessed 21 August 2013).

Find in Library ““Copperwheat Blundell”.” The Nation , 4 November 1996. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=437&dat=19961104&id=5ZwkAAAAIBAJ&sjid=8jEDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3349,1154253 .

Pamela Blundell. Website. http://pamelablundell.co.uk/ (accessed 16 August 2013).