Are these just about as American as apple pie? Although milk glass actually originated in Venice in the 16th century, we're going for a Depression era US/50s housewife/uber Martha Stewart version. These are super simple cakestands in jade, milk and brand new rose pink, with matching mixing bowls, made in a family owned factory. Surely guaranteed to release your inner Mary, or Paul. (PS Thanks to Victoria's daughter who is responsible for the baked goods shown!).
The business of fashion is full of flaws, but People Tree are one label we cannot fault on any front. Their dresses fit really well, their prints are always super pretty, they keep it interesting with some great designer collaborations, the quality is excellent, their eco credentials are inspiring and their price tags are unbelievable. You could call us the People Tree Appreciation Society.
This season Peter Jensen adds Barbara Hepworth to his collection of oddball muses. And oddly enough, cites her blandness as his inspiration. Jensen, as we know, doesn't do bland and there is certainly not a dull moment here. We see a a nod to the artist's smock in the the shapes of the dresses; a depiction of her home town of St Ives with a fun and colourful beach print; a play on her specialty for organic shapes in a series of pebble, pink and white dresses; more reference to her work on layers and holes in beautiful broderie anglaise; a definite sculptural form to the coats; as well as an effort to capture the austerity of her era with a print of hand-drawn sequins. What that all adds up to is a collection with Jensen's unique chic meets charming mastery written all over.
This is new territory for us. Menswear is off on holiday. With Orlebar Brown no less, the luxury beachwear label founded by Winchester's own Adam Brown in 2007.
Time to ditch those faded bermudas because this is what James Bond wears to the beach (cue Daniel Craig in those pale blue shorts in Skyfall). In fact it's the whole 'resort lifestyle' taken care of here. Beautifully tailored shorts for hanging out by the pool, polo and linen shirts for sipping beachside martinis, and lightweight blazers for stepping off jet in style. In one immaculately packed suitcase, Orlebar Brown dispels that myth that Brits can't dress abroad.
After an off winter, we're pleased to have Shine back on very fine form for SS13. If summer is all about fun then this is what we'll be wearing. Sweats and super soft t shirting with stars, spots and broken stripes. And of course this summer isn't happening without some lurex thread. Time to hang out on Huntington Beach with our roller blades.
DESCRIBE YOUR TYPICAL WORKING DAY?
I prefer to start early and am awake for 6.30am, walking the dogs by 7am and in the office for 8.15. Days are usually taken up with meetings both with staff and externally. I like to leave the office at 5pm and squeeze in the gym before getting home at 7pm to deal with evening emails.
WHEN AND WHERE ARE YOU MOST PRODUCTIVE?
Early mornings are when I feel most productive and walking the dogs is a great time for thinking and planning.
WHO OR WHAT COULDN'T YOU WORK WITHOUT?
The OB staff and my iphone.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
The whole process of seeing something through from an idea that transforms into an actual product in a shop is immensely satisfying.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
The world at large, my friends, my experiences, art and music… everything drips through in one way or another.
TELL US SOMETHING WE'RE UNLIKEY TO KNOW ABOUT ORLEBAR BROWN?
We are launching a women’s collection for May 2013- watch this space.
WHAT PROJECT, COLLECTION OR ACHIEVEMENT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
Our Fifth Year Anniversary in May 2012 which was marked with a party, Hulton Getty special edition Photographic print shorts and a Photography competition which launched the,’OB way of life’.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON LEARNED?
Cash flow is king!
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO IN THE FUTURE?
Write a hit song, tell a joke on a stage, run a marathon and be happy.
WHAT IS THE ORLABAR BROWN TEAM'S GUILTY PLEASURE?
WE KNOW YOU'RE A BIT OF A LOCAL BOY OFTEN SPOTTED IN OUT MENSWEAR DEPARTMENT. CAN YOU TELL US WHAT CONNECTS YOU TO THE AREA?
Having been brought up in Winchester, I went to Henry Beaufort, Peter Symonds Sixth Form and Winchester School of Art. My sister still lives here and I used to have a cottage outside Stockbridge in the Test Valley. Winchester is still where my heart is and I try to come back as often as I can. Now The Hambledon has such a great men’s offering there is even more reason to come back.
To continue with the washed out theme in menswear this season we've added a super nice washed out canvas option to our Jack Purcell range. Available in navy and olive, the salt wash gives the effect of spending summer in and out of boats, on and off the beach. If this isn't the life for you, then worry not, the smart white leather option is still a basement favourite.
We're in full holiday mode this week. 1950s Riviera style. Lounging poolside in St Tropez, beach combing on Capri and sailing off Sardinia. You get the picture. But take a closer look at our feet boys and you'll see a pair of Rivieras, the quintessential 1950s summer shoe. Relaunched in France in 2009 by designers Fabrizio Corveddu and Dan Amzallag from a Spanish classic, they're our new favourite off duty choice for summer. Perfectly practical in canvas and cotton mesh with leather lines and rubber soles. Simple. Elegant. Job done.
Maybe it's because we're partial to a period drama. Maybe it's because we're won over by immaculate quality and detail. Either way we have a certain affinity with Colenimo's "fictionalised take on the wardrobe a traditional country lady". This time designer Aya has captured our nostalgic hearts with 'Little Miss Poker Face' - a collection straight out of 1920s England inspired by tennis player Helen Wills Moody. We're casting ourselves as leading lady. Costume is simple cotton sun dresses, full pleated skirts, traditional shirting and silk sailor collars. Scene is a grassy riverbank for picnicking and punting. Act is misty eyed and utterly romantic.
Please welcome a neat little collection of exquisite pieces from Queene and Belle. Never straying far or putting a foot wrong, our rail showcases classic Queene & Belle at its best. Big glittery blue stars lining up on oatmeal cashmere. A giant pink rose emblazoned on the back of a snuggly oversized cardi. A beautiful beaded brooch adorning the prettiest embroidered cotton dress. When you try on a piece of Queene & Belle, you appreciate the craftsmanship. When you appreciate the craftsmanship, you fall in love. And when you fall in love, you fall hard.