It's a cool vintage letter extravaganza! Sourced from a specialist French collector and just off a channel crossing, we have letters a to z, big to small, colourful uppercase to metallic disco style to country cottage cute.
Time to up the ante on the skincare front and this year we're relying on our new range of creams from Benamôr. Not just pretty in their original 1920s packaging, these three mean serious business. The face cream deep cleanses, removes blackheads, pimples and blemishes, conceals wrinkles and stretch marks and creates healthy-looking skin, the hand cream is moisturising, antiseptic and protective while Creme Gordo offers extreme moisturisation. All this, and there's not a whiff of Savlon to be had.
Maybe it's the twinkly lights outside, the dipping temperatures or the promise of shiny new things, but we're suddenly feeling more drawn than ever to Bark's beautiful jewellery. Snowflakes and shooting stars hanging on thread-delicate silver and gold chains with earrings to match. Jewellery doesn't get any more of the moment than this.
It was during the gold rush years of the late 1800s that C. C. Filson found his calling. And it wasn't digging and sieving. Setting up shop in Seattle, his was the job of kitting out the fortune hunters on route to the bitter Yukon, pioneering designs 'you can depend absolutely upon...both as to material and workmanship'. Today, Filson continue to kit out adventure seekers to the highest standard, even here in Winchester where we can't do without their excellent luggage. Crafted from the heaviest cotton canvas and genuine bridle leather, their medium duffle bag, wash bag and computer brief case are built to survive seriously adverse conditions, from packed commuter trains to the roughest and toughest budget airline queue.
We love winter for many things and candlelight comes a close second to Christmas. This season we're filling the hours of darkness with our latest flame - The Spitalfields Candle Company - a venture that started just a few Christmases ago over an old slow cooker. Friends Andrew and Philippa made some orange & clove candles as gifts and they were met with such praise that the pair took a pitch at Spitalfields Market. Fast forward two years and they've pitched up in our bath & beauty department smelling particularly fine, made from sustainably sourced 100% natural soy and aromatherapy grade essential oils.
We love a bit of winter whimsy so the new holiday creation from Paul & Joe Beaute has totally won our affections. Bambi and nibbling squirrel set the scene for glittering eyes (like fresh fallen snow, no less) and shiny (icy cold) mint lips; winter wonderland in a make up bag.
Lucy was in a particularly happy, sparkly place listening to Michael Buble so we knew something a bit special was going on behind that white curtain. But we weren't prepared for just how beautiful her festive masterpiece would be. Set in a stack of old crates we found a series of glittery vignettes showcasing Christmas at its pearly and pretty best; plenty of that vintage glitter that's neither gold or silver, highlights of pastel pink and blue, crepe streamers, snow domes, handmade baubles, gingerbread houses and traditional German flocked bambis. Christmas has never looked this good.
We promised wonderful things and wonderful things have arrived. In big red hat boxes. Lift the lid and you'll find the results of one rather impressive meeting of millinery minds; Eloise Moody, one of Britain’s most talented milliners and founder of Moody & Farrell, designing exclusively for Christys’. As you might expect, these are hats every bit deserving of their special box; inspired by 60s icons Jane Birkin and Bianca Jagger, based on classic designs with subtle styling and executed in the most beautiful autumnal colours and luxurious wool felt & silk ribbon. Without further hesitation, please admire the Bridget trilby and Ingrid Fedora.
One of twelve, two of twelve, three of twelve. No we’re not counting parcels. Just admiring our new arrivals from General Knot & Co. A few very special ties, beautifully handmade in the USA’s most sought-after tailoring shops using pre 1950s vintage fabrics with particular note to some very fine tweeds and plaid designs. No more than twelve are made from each run of fabric so prepare to be the most dapper of them all and on the receiving end of all the nice tie attention.
So here we are, unveiling phase two of our online journey. The objective was simple; let the world know just how lovely our little corner of the world wide web is. And as we like to do in such situations, we turned to our friends for a little help. Victoria’s Art Director sister Sandy and Photographer Sara Morris, being the obvious choice here for injecting some creative magic. With Sandy styling and Sara behind the lens, the pair often work together for fun, and that’s exactly what they had with a basket full of Hambledon goods.
Affectionately entitled ‘Yogi Falls in Love’, ‘Suicidal Moose’ and ‘Mr Moustachio’, you can see our series of online ads in action on some of our favourite websites – Miss Moss, 91 Magazine and Sweet Paul Magazine. And for more of Sandy & Sara’s fabulous work, check out Things&People and Sara Morris Photography.