Sunday, September 01, 2013

Rising from flames

Philip Pittack & Martin White
East London's Spitalfields was once dominated by the cloth trade. When Charles Dickens wrote of visiting a silk warehouse in 1851, fabric warehouses had been pervasive there for hundreds of years.

Yet by last year, only one such warehouse remained in the area - Crescent Trading.

Then on the morning of 26 September 2012, the firm - which boasted celebrity clients in Vivienne Westwood and Dame Helen Mirren - was devastated by a large fire.

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