Press Release – Announcing Royal visit to the Lester workrooms and studios

We are incredibly honoured and proud to announce that Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have accepted our invitation to visit our studios in Abergavenny as a part of their annual tour around Wales.

Charles and Patricia Lester, internationally recognised fashion and textile artists, run a well established and highly respected business producing unique luxury women’s wear and interior textile art. This year marks the beginning of a series of celebrations of 50 Years of being in business. The celebrations will begin with the Royal visit. Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit us on Thursday 9th July 2015 when they will be unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion.

Their Royal Highnesses are being taken on a guided tour of the Lesters’ studio workshops and gallery at their premises in the old workhouse in Abergavenny. The tour incorporates some of highlights of the journey which began with Patricia selling her handmade children’s clothes in Newport market to dressing some of the most exotic international celebrities and being involved with some of the most prestigious events in the world.

The exhibition emphasises key turning points in Charles and Patricia’s history so far, their innovative approach to their craft, their values and working ethos as well as the extraordinary heights they have achieved in their 50 years together.

Their Royal Highnesses will be guided through the workrooms where they will see examples of the unique craftwork incorporated into the Lesters’ fashion and textile art. At the end of the tour they will be shown luxurious displays of the current fashion collections along with the extraordinary wall tapestries and interiors art pieces that have been exhibited around the world. In the gallery there is a display illustrating some of the costume pieces that have been included in films, opera and theatre.

If you would like to interview Charles and Patricia then please do get in touch. To receive a full copy of the press pack which includes company and personal biographies and a selection of images please email us at or call the offices on 01873 853559.

Summer Exhibition and Studio Tours

We will be opening our doors to the general public for from mid July to the end of September with occasional tours throughout the studios and workrooms. For more details please send an email to Georgina Lester

A recent article by Judith Jones published in T Qatar (May – June 2015 issue) captures the essence of Charles and Patricia’s story beautifully.

Journalists and photographers may apply to record the events on the day by contacting Laura Sullivan at


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