Having grown up surrounded by vintage curios and collectibles, Drew Pritchard knew he wanted to work with antiques by the time he was 11. However, little did Drew know that his first day on the job would introduce him to 19th-century creative powerhouse William Morris, who would ultimately define his entire career.

Now a TV host and dealer to the stars, Drew joins fashion designer Giles Deacon to talk about antiques, their shared love of William Morris and how he still loves the thrill of discovering hidden gems.

Join us for a fascinating insight into the world of antiques and William Morris.

About The Speakers

Drew Pritchard

Drew Pritchard is one of the UK’s best known antique dealers and is the presenter of Salvage Hunters. Pursuing a lifelong talent for rescuing and restoring rare items, Drew is a real life treasure hunter! Drew Pritchard has been dealing in architectural salvage and antiques for 33 years working initially as a stained glass restorer and designer. Drew has spent 26 years as an independent dealer working from his base in North Wales. His business is driven by passion, an innate knowledge of antiques and a fascination with mixing items from different periods which has earned him a loyal client base of private individuals, interior decorators as well as partnering the best in his field on global and UK based projects. His successful antiques company boasts many prestigious clients from all over the world. When he has time, he is also a participant at the renowned Battersea Decorative & Textiles Fair. Drew has previously featured at Liberty of London but is now concentrating on his Showroom in the medieval walled town of Conwy, where his space features exquisite collections for house and home lovingly selected by Drew himself and managed by his team. Drew’s hit TV show Salvage Hunters, sees him travel up and down the country trying to find and save Britain’s rarest antiques and is now in its sixteenth series. It can be seen on Discovery UK’s Quest channel along with his other series, Salvage Hunters : Classic Cars and Salvage Hunters : The Restorers, Design Classics and Three Men, Four Wheels

Giles Deacon

Giles is a London based couture designer and illustrator mixing fashion, fine art, theatre and grand scale glamour, known for his expertly crafted pieces using bespoke designed fabrics and intricate embellishments.

His pieces are worn and collected the world over by private clients, red carpet celebrities and royalty with pieces in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York and the Museum of Fine Art Boston.

As a costume designer he has worked with the New York City Ballet, Marvel, Lions Gate films to name a few.

His work receives international acclaim with coverage in publications including Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, W Magazine, Love, Instyle USA, Elle, The World of Interiors and the Wall St Journal with features in The Times, the New York Times, Figaro and the South China Post.

As an illustrator his work has been exhibited widely and has appeared in Vogue, The New York Times, Love Magazine, Architectural Digest, Interview and W Magazine.

For his work Giles received “British Designer of the year 2007” award.

He is a graduate of Central St Martins School of art and is a visiting lecturer there and at the Royal College of Art since 2018.

In 2018 the book ‘GILESSØLVEKATIE” was published documenting the 20-year collaboration between photographer Sølve Sundsbø and stylist Katie Grand.

Giles has long been a champion of sustainability and reducing waste within his business and has throughout his career work specialist makers and artisans in the UK.