Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Andy Abraham at the Catwalk Cafe!


Andy Abraham returns to the Catwalk Cafe!

Soul-star Andy Abraham chooses Gillian Wesley and the Catwalk Café in Knowle for a signing to launch his hotly-tipped new album and book Remember When…
Just three months after he performed an intimate gig at the opening of Midlands-based fashion designer Gillian Wesley’s fabulous Knowle style-destination, the hugely talented soulful superstar of British soul has picked the Midlands’ fashion hub as the first stop on a promotional tour for his hotly-anticipated new book and album Remember When….
When he performed in Gillian Wesley’s magnificent Belle Époque interior on the evening of 8th December 2011, Andy was so smitten with the designer’s stylish shop and café, that not only did he kick-start his Christmas shopping there, he also vowed to return to the shop when he launches his new book and album on the 15th March.
“It seemed like the ideal place to launch my new album. Gillian’s fashion oozes time-honoured class and style but brings them right up to the minute with funky fabrics and design-twists. That’s exactly what I wanted to achieve with these songs: they’re cover versions, but with a contemporary urban edge and lots of British heart and soul.
-Andy Abraham
Fashion-designer Gillian Wesley is thrilled at the prospect of the soul star’s return visit:
“I remember first seeing Andy on The X Factor. Since then, I have seen Andy perform live on a number of occasions, most recently in the very intimate setting of my new Boutique and Catwalk Cafe in Knowle. His performance that evening was simply breathtaking. Everyone here at Gillian Wesley Design and The Catwalk Cafe feel very privileged that Andy has chosen our venue to launch his new album. I think March 15th will be a very busy day, and a very special one!”
Pop music has always been about stories. Songs have a powerful ability to trigger memories and transport us back to times in our past. With Andy’s amazing experiences on X-Factor, Eurovision and his three sell-out U.K. tours, his music has more stories to tell than most! That’s what makes the combination of book and album so special. Taking an innovative approach at a time when the C.D. industry is at threat from digital downloads. Andy Abraham’s record company is pioneering a unique format that puts the magic back into buying records.
Andy Abraham Remember When… is a unique and innovative deluxe 96-page padded hardback book featuring the brand-new 12 track album from the X-Factor and Eurovision-star. The lavishly illustrated book tells Andy’s fascinating life story through the musical influences that shaped his legendary voice and the record tells the stories of his life through the songs that have been etched in his memories forever.
“This is music that has made me conscious of the world and touched me in a way that makes me want to own each and every one of the songs that I sing. The first ten songs on this album, the cover versions, are songs of my soul.”
—Andy Abraham
Falling just days before Mother’s Day, the event is set to bring even more shoppers than normal to the bustling village of Knowle, the Midlands’ leading destination for independent boutique shopping.
From 2pm on 15th March, Andy Abraham will be signing copies of his new book and album Remember When… at Gillian Wesley and the Catwalk Café in Knowle.

Friday, 3 February 2012

New Shop in Knowle!


Its been little more than six months since I first fell in love with the old builder's merchants shop opposite the picturesque Parish Church of Knowle. I was looking for new premises for my fashion business and the old shell of a building sparked my imagination the second I saw it!Of course, it looked very different then, but with just a little persuasion I managed to convince the builders of my dream to transform it into a fashion themed cafe and boutique, complete with an in-house design studio.



Having never been shy of doing things differently (there is no point in being the same as everyone else is there?!) I set about creating an unforgettable interior. The parisian style cafe boasts a sweeping red catwalk carpet down the middle. Black and white vintage style tiles and exposed reclaimed brickwork complete the striking look.


Customers can relax over delicious coffee and croissants, or even treat themselves to a traditional afternoon tea, complete with silver teapot and vintage china, whilst admiring the latest designs to emerge from the studio above.




The boutique stocks a range of unique corsets (outerwear not underwear), along with quirky handbags, jewellery, mineral make-up and stunning Italian lace boots.

I have even managed to recruit a fabulous team of local ladies, who dress in traditional black and white uniforms and provide good old fashioned hospitality to all of our customers.

The cafe transforms into a striking venue for our evening events where the red catwalk is frequently put to good use! Fashion shows are not the only events held at the Catwalk Cafe. In my bid to offer something different, we have everything from "Creating your own signature perfume" to "An evening with Andy Abraham"



I love the sense of history and the mix of old and new in Knowle. Imagine my delight one day whilst chatting to one of our regular customers, I discovered that many years ago the very building that I had fallen in love with six months ago was once a habadashery! Perhaps some things are just meant to be......