THE LONDON DIARIES


VOL.1

The Hackney Hooker

THE LONDON

DIARIES


VOL.1

The Hackney Hooker

Spotlight on:

LEXIe GLASS


In conversation with Lexie Glass, the talent behind The Hackney Hooker, a lockdown pursuit selling crochet accessories via Instagram.



The Hackney Hooker: @thehackneyhooker

Photographer: Nicole M Gomes @nicolemgomes

Spotlight on:

LEXIe GLASS


In conversation with Lexie Glass, the talent behind The Hackney Hooker, a lockdown pursuit selling crochet accessories via Instagram.


The Hackney Hooker: @thehackneyhooker

Photographer: Nicole M Gomes @nicolemgomes


Q&A

How was Hackney Hooker born?

I was first taught how to make a granny square at a seniors coffee morning I volunteered at years ago, that’s the actual origin I suppose. But it was only in the last couple of years that I started making stuff for more than just immediate family and friends. TikTok coming along and making crochet popular again deffo played a part, and then it naturally evolved from there with people reaching out for bits I’d been sharing first on my personal insta and then on the Hackney Hooker one.

Where did the name come from? 

It was a joke, I had a craft club at my flat every Monday night - everyone brought their own thing, painting, crochet, knitting, sewing, very East London - and one of the girls was laughing at the concept of stitch and bitch because she’d never heard it before. Then I threw out the idea of being called The Hackney Hooker, and it just stuck, there was no other name I could use after that, it still makes me laugh. 

What do you take into consideration when

selecting  your yarns?

Ultimately, it’s about what the product is being used for, how breathable it needs to be, how sturdy, how malleable etc, and that largely dictates my choices.


Like most things handmade, it’s tough when you try to be more mindful of the materials you use, as this often comes at a cost, and when people can buy a crochet dress on ASOS for £15 or less... it’s hard convincing people to spend that on raw materials alone.


What’s next in the pipeline? 

Project wise? So many things! I’m getting married in a couple of months which has absolutely inspired me to put together some playful bridal pieces.

I’m working to get stocked in a local shop which is mad and fab in equal measure.

In terms of dreaming big, I’d love to collaborate with some of my favourite brands or host some fun event in one of the many wine bars around this way. 

Tell us about the ALIGNE pieces you’re wearing and how you’ve styled them?

I like clothing items that are fuss free, so I chose pieces that I feel are chic, are easy, are versatile. Then I can inject some more playfulness with the accessories if I want.


There are some days I love getting ready, and others where I just need to thrown on a uniform without thinking. Incorporating pieces like these into my wardrobe means no matter how I wake up feeling, I’m able to feign a bit of effort.


Where do you go for outfit inspiration?

People on the street, social media also plays a part, consciously or unconsciously. 


What's your approach to curating a wardrobe? 

Slow and steady. I used to be way more impulsive, but I feel like it’s only now I’m in my late 20s that I actually get what I like in a way that lasts beyond a season.


I also love second hand/consignment shopping, so living East means I’m spoiled for choice.


How was Hackney Hooker born?

I was first taught how to make a granny square at a seniors coffee morning I volunteered at years ago, that’s the actual origin I suppose. But it was only in the last couple of years that I started making stuff for more than just immediate family and friends. TikTok coming along and making crochet popular again deffo played a part, and then it naturally evolved from there with people reaching out for bits I’d been sharing first on my personal insta and then on the Hackney Hooker one.

Where did the name come from? 

It was a joke, I had a craft club at my flat every Monday night - everyone brought their own thing, painting, crochet, knitting, sewing, very East London - and one of the girls was laughing at the concept of stitch and bitch because she’d never heard it before. Then I threw out the idea of being called The Hackney Hooker, and it just stuck, there was no other name I could use after that, it still makes me laugh. 

What do you take into consideration when

selecting  your yarns?

Ultimately, it’s about what the product is being used for, how breathable it needs to be, how sturdy, how malleable etc, and that largely dictates my choices.


Like most things handmade, it’s tough when you try to be more mindful of the materials you use, as this often comes at a cost, and when people can buy a crochet dress on ASOS for £15 or less... it’s hard convincing people to spend that on raw materials alone.


What’s next in the pipeline? 

Project wise? So many things! I’m getting married in a couple of months which has absolutely inspired me to put together some playful bridal pieces.

I’m working to get stocked in a local shop which is mad and fab in equal measure.

In terms of dreaming big, I’d love to collaborate with some of my favourite brands or host some fun event in one of the many wine bars around this way. 

Tell us about the ALIGNE pieces you’re wearing and how you’ve styled them?

I like clothing items that are fuss free, so I chose pieces that I feel are chic, are easy, are versatile. Then I can inject some more playfulness with the accessories if I want.


There are some days I love getting ready, and others where I just need to thrown on a uniform without thinking. Incorporating pieces like these into my wardrobe means no matter how I wake up feeling, I’m able to feign a bit of effort.


Where do you go for outfit inspiration?

People on the street, social media also plays a part, consciously or unconsciously. 


What's your approach to curating a wardrobe? 

Slow and steady. I used to be way more impulsive, but I feel like it’s only now I’m in my late 20s that I actually get what I like in a way that lasts beyond a season.


I also love second hand/consignment shopping, so living East means I’m spoiled for choice.


How was The Hackney Hooker born?

I was first taught how to make a granny square at a senior’s coffee morning I volunteered at years ago, that’s the actual origin I suppose. But only in the last couple of years did I start making stuff for more than just immediate family and friends. TikTok coming along and making crochet popular again definitely played a part, and then it naturally evolved from there with people reaching out for bits I’d been sharing first on my personal Instagram and then on the Hackney Hooker one.

Where did the name come from? 

It was a joke, I had a craft club at my flat every Monday night - everyone brought their own thing, painting, crochet, knitting, sewing, very East London - and one of the girls was laughing at the concept of stitch and bitch because she’d never heard it before. Then I threw out the idea of being called The Hackney Hooker, and it just stuck, there was no other name I could use after that, it still makes me laugh. 

What do you take into consideration when

selecting your yarns?

Ultimately, it’s about what the product is being used for, how breathable it needs to be, how sturdy, how malleable etc, and that largely dictates my choices.


Like most things handmade, it’s tough when you try to be more mindful of the materials you use, as this often comes at a cost, and when people can buy a crochet dress on ASOS for £15 or less... it’s hard convincing people to spend that on raw materials alone.

What’s next in the pipeline? 

Project wise? So many things! I’m getting married in a couple of months which has absolutely inspired me to put together some playful bridal pieces.


I’m working to get stocked in a local shop which is mad and fab in equal measure.


In terms of dreaming big, I’d love to collaborate with some of my favourite brands or host some fun event in one of the many wine bars around this way. 


How was Hackney Hooker born?

I was first taught how to make a granny square at a seniors coffee morning I volunteered at years ago, that’s the actual origin I suppose. But it was only in the last couple of years that I started making stuff for more than just immediate family and friends. TikTok coming along and making crochet popular again deffo played a part, and then it naturally evolved from there with people reaching out for bits I’d been sharing first on my personal insta and then on the Hackney Hooker one.

Where did the name come from? 

It was a joke, I had a craft club at my flat every Monday night - everyone brought their own thing, painting, crochet, knitting, sewing, very East London - and one of the girls was laughing at the concept of stitch and bitch because she’d never heard it before. Then I threw out the idea of being called The Hackney Hooker, and it just stuck, there was no other name I could use after that, it still makes me laugh. 

What do you take into consideration when

selecting  your yarns?

Ultimately, it’s about what the product is being used for, how breathable it needs to be, how sturdy, how malleable etc, and that largely dictates my choices.


Like most things handmade, it’s tough when you try to be more mindful of the materials you use, as this often comes at a cost, and when people can buy a crochet dress on ASOS for £15 or less... it’s hard convincing people to spend that on raw materials alone.


What’s next in the pipeline? 

Project wise? So many things! I’m getting married in a couple of months which has absolutely inspired me to put together some playful bridal pieces.

I’m working to get stocked in a local shop which is mad and fab in equal measure.

In terms of dreaming big, I’d love to collaborate with some of my favourite brands or host some fun event in one of the many wine bars around this way. 

Tell us about the ALIGNE pieces you’re wearing and how you’ve styled them?

I like clothing items that are fuss free, so I chose pieces that I feel are chic, are easy, are versatile. Then I can inject some more playfulness with the accessories if I want.


There are some days I love getting ready, and others where I just need to thrown on a uniform without thinking. Incorporating pieces like these into my wardrobe means no matter how I wake up feeling, I’m able to feign a bit of effort.


Where do you go for outfit inspiration?

People on the street, social media also plays a part, consciously or unconsciously. 


What's your approach to curating a wardrobe? 

Slow and steady. I used to be way more impulsive, but I feel like it’s only now I’m in my late 20s that I actually get what I like in a way that lasts beyond a season.


I also love second hand/consignment shopping, so living East means I’m spoiled for choice.


How was The Hackney Hooker born?

I was first taught how to make a granny square at a senior’s coffee morning I volunteered at years ago, that’s the actual origin I suppose. But only in the last couple of years did I start making stuff for more than just immediate family and friends. TikTok coming along and making crochet popular again definitely played a part, and then it naturally evolved from there with people reaching out for bits I’d been sharing first on my personal Instagram and then on the Hackney Hooker one.

Where did the name come from? 

It was a joke, I had a craft club at my flat every Monday night - everyone brought their own thing, painting, crochet, knitting, sewing, very East London - and one of the girls was laughing at the concept of stitch and bitch because she’d never heard it before. Then I threw out the idea of being called The Hackney Hooker, and it just stuck, there was no other name I could use after that, it still makes me laugh. 

What do you take into consideration when

selecting  your yarns?

Ultimately, it’s about what the product is being used for, how breathable it needs to be, how sturdy, how malleable etc, and that largely dictates my choices.


Like most things handmade, it’s tough when you try to be more mindful of the materials you use, as this often comes at a cost, and when people can buy a crochet dress on ASOS for £15 or less... it’s hard convincing people to spend that on raw materials alone.

What’s next in the pipeline? 

Project wise? So many things! I’m getting married in a couple of months, which inspired me to put together some playful bridal pieces.

I’m working to get stocked in a local shop which is mad and fab in equal measure.

In terms of dreaming big, I’d love to collaborate with some of my favourite brands or host some fun event in one of the many wine bars around this way. We’ll see what happens first.

Tell us about the ALIGNE pieces you’re wearing and how you’ve styled them?

I like clothing items that are fuss-free, so I chose pieces that I feel are chic, easy, and versatile. Then I can inject some more playfulness with the accessories if I want.


Some days I love getting ready, and others I just need to throw on a uniform without thinking. Incorporating pieces like these into my wardrobe means no matter how I wake up feeling, I’m able to feign a bit of effort.


Where do you go for outfit inspiration?

People on the street, social media also plays a part, consciously or unconsciously. 

What's your approach to curating a wardrobe? 

Slow and steady. I used to be way more impulsive, but I feel like it’s only now I’m in my late 20s that I actually get what I like in a way that lasts beyond a season.


I also love second hand/consignment shopping, so living East means I’m spoiled for choice.


Tell us about the ALIGNE pieces you’re wearing and how you’ve styled them?

I like clothing items that are fuss free, so I chose pieces that I feel are chic, are easy, are versatile. Then I can inject some more playfulness with the accessories if I want.


There are some days I love getting ready, and others where I just need to thrown on a uniform without thinking. Incorporating pieces like these into my wardrobe means no matter how I wake up feeling, I’m able to feign a bit of effort.


What's your approach to curating a wardrobe? 


Slow and steady. I used to be way more impulsive, but I feel like it’s only now I’m in my late 20s that I actually get what I like in a way that lasts beyond a season.



I also love second hand/consignment shopping, so living East means I’m spoiled for choice.


LexIe's PICKS

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Koi Wide Leg Trousers
$135.00$94.99
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Kayla Wrap Front Shirt
$135.00$69.49