With a smart new stationery department to stock, we are all about paper goods right now. So it seemed only natural to turn our hand to a spot of old fashioned newsagency and line a shelf or two with some of our favourite publications. Not your average rags, have a flick of these and you might just find yourself clearing some space on your coffee table to start a new collection.
A big thank you goes to James Brown who made a special trip to see us last week to unveil our Hambledon exclusive Winchester print and answer a few questions about his work. As we're sure all of those who came along will vouch, it was thoroughly lovely and interesting gathering and James is possibly the nicest printmaker on the planet.
Nothing excites Rob more than a great pair of jeans, so when Levi's Vintage Clothing came to menswear, oh how we knew about it. The heritage! The quality! The fit! No other denim label compares we're told.
The label was launched in the early 90s to celebrate and keep alive Levi's impressive history. They create exact reproductions straight out of the Levi's San Francisco archives, and they're authentic to the core; manufactured in the original Levi's factory using original quality selvage denim sourced from their original US supplier, Cone Mills. We love that each style has its own story, charting changing tastes, production methods and new innovations.
First up on our Levi's timeline is the 1947 501 - a classic slim fit with a straight leg, it was a jean for the new, post-war generation. Next is the 1954 501Z with its narrow, tapered leg. It was the first jean to carry a zip much to the dismay of one disgruntled customer who said it was like 'peeing into the jaws of a crocodile'. Fast forward to 1967 and we have the 505 - a jean for the modern man with a straight fit that now sits lower on the waist. We could go on, but just come and have a chat to Rob, and he'll tell you'll all you need to know about LVC.
We're always amazed by just how fabulous Marilyn Moore's frocks look on so many people. And we're quite certain that her SS12 collection is going to deliver the same high standard. From light cotton daytime options in bright primaries (including the Miki, of course!) through to super luxe silk pieces in gorgeous pearly pinks, soft greys and gold, we challenge you not to find something that suits.