Blackhorse Lane Ateliers | Sustainable Denim Wash & Finishing R&D Lab

The Company

Blackhorse Lane Ateliers are an innovative community-based manufacturer producing high end crafted denim garments in East London.

R&D Focus

We will be working with the Centre for Circular Design at Chelsea College of Arts (UAL) to develop R&D around sustainable laundering and finishing techniques to enable the emergence of a new and unique ‘London’ denim-washing aesthetic inspired by the principles of the circular economy.

The project will launch in Spring 2020.



Han Ates

R&D Company Lead

Blackhorse Lane Ateliers Ltd

Han is the founder of Blackhorse Lane Ateliers. He is a second generation Londoner with Turkish Kurdish ancestry. After twenty years of running his factory on Blackhorse Lane manufacturing tailored garments, Han pursued his passion and interest in food, leading to a career as a restaurateur with a prestigious fine-dining restaurant – Homa – in Stoke Newington. The experience fuelled Han’s interest in both community values and sustainable, high quality produce. In 2016 Han returned to his textile roots, completing the holistic circle as Founder of Blackhorse Lane Ateliers in his old factory unit. Here, the small team craft premium quality garments in denim for their own brand and others, and are guided by their core founding-values of quality, community and eco-consciousness.


Dr Kate Goldsworthy

R&D Academic Mentor


Kate is Co-Director of the Centre for Circular Design at UAL, a world-leading research centre using practice research to innovate, steer and support circular economies and communities around the globe. Kate’s design research operates at the intersection of materials science with design and sustainability principles. As industry and Governments raise the priority of sustainable business, Kate has undertaken a range of industrial consultancy projects for fashion and textiles organisations including Worn Again Technologies Ltd, Filippa K, VF Corporation and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Core skills and competences include:

  • Laser finishing for fashion and textiles
  • Circular economy and circular design research
  • Sustainable business consultancy in the fashion sector



Prof Jane Harris

R&D Academic Mentor


Jane draws upon over 25 years experience in transdisciplinary research, with a background in textile design and extensive experience of computer graphic imaging.  Jane’s role includes working with internal and external stakeholders including industry partners, up to Government Ministerial level.

Jane devised novel approaches to the digital representation of dress and textiles. With a track record of leading collaborative industry and academic research and development initiatives, involving cross disciplinary creative industry practitioners. Jane’s experience includes board-level representation in sector-leading organisations such as the Victoria & Albert Museum and advisory roles for the EU, EPSRC, AHRC, ACE and Arts Foundation. She is Director of Research and Innovation (Stratford) and Professor of Digital Design & Innovation at University of the Arts London. Core skills and competences include:

  • Strategic leadership and project direction
  • Design research in digital and material cultures
  • CGI for fashion and textiles
  • Knowledge Exchange