Rose to be named after Rowan designer Kaffe Fassett

Rose to be named after Rowan designer Kaffe Fassett

Kaffe Fassett, the world-renowned knitwear designer, is to have a rose named after him at the Hampton Court Palace International Flower Show.

The Rowan brand designer is a leading name in the crafts industry, famed for his use of colour work and fabulous floral patterns.

This has even lead to the introduction of a Coats fabric range in recent years.

His life and work is to be honoured on July 8th at the UK's largest flower show, when a new rose, entitled 'Kaffe Fassett' will be unveiled.

It is a large flowered Floribunda Rose, which features very full, mauve flowers, as well as a strong, sweet fragrance.

The rose is also expected to be a hit with gardeners, as it has glossy, dark green leaves, which have so far shown an excellent resistance to fungal diseases.

Kaffe will then be at the flower show on July 11th in the rose marquee to give a talk and book signing for fans of his work.

Brandon Mably, a fellow Rowan knitwear designer, first requested that a rose be named for Kaffe around a year ago, however breeding a new variety can take a few months to perfect.

From July it will be available for sale from the original grower in the UK this year and next, before going on sale in the US and the rest of the EU.

Kaffe fans can order roses at and after the show for delivery by post from early October.

Born in San Francisco in 1937, Kaffe Fassett settled in England at the age of 27 where he chose to move away from fine arts and venture into the world of colourful yarns.

His unique designs earned him many famous fans, such as Barbra Streisand and Shirley Maclaine and he has become a hugely influential craftsman, with TV and radio shows, as well as hundreds of exhibitions.


Since 1981 Kaffe has worked closely with Rowan Yarns, producing ambitious designer knitting patterns and numerous successful titles.

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