Bath Mats to Bandanas: Behind the Scenes at Contrado

Park Royal is just north of White City and its light-industry exterior hides havens of creative excellence. One such is Contrado, one of the UK’s top print-on-demand companies.

With over 108 fabrics and 250 lifestyle products, and the option to make your own customised clothing, the possibilities here are endless. You can print your own shower curtain, or design a pair leggings. Once inside wielding a camera, I know how Charlie felt visiting the chocolate factory.

This place really is the Willy Wonka for all things creative, whether you want to be the next Vivienne Westwood or Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. The space is huge, with fast-paced sewing and fabric cutting on one side and heavy machinery with calculated movements on the other. Here the saying, “what the mind can conceive, the mind can achieve” is a reality.