News From March 2014

a sense of occasion

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This collection is here by pure chance. Victoria and Lucy were at a buying appointment when they caught sight of a crazy colourful rail of clothes in the corner of the room. Turned out to be this season's answer to occasionwear. 

All the way from sunny Spain, Vilagallo delivers great shapes (pencil dresses to a-line tunics), lace and sparkle in showstopper colours; dresses that somehow manage to pull off attention-grabbing and tasteful at once. We think they're equally suited to a glam Ibiza party or English country wedding. One celebration or another, one thing's for sure, we have finally been tempted away from our boyfriend jeans. 

Vilagallo SS14 news

mother's day

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1 Creamy Pink Hydrangea Stem £19.95 | 2 Maison 1951 Purses & Bags from £29 | A Love for Food £30
4 Beauty Mirror £19.50 | 5 Marvellous Mum Card £2.50 | 6 Paul & Joe Beaute 
7 Silver Star Earrings £34 | 8 Milk Panel Tumbler £14.95 | 9 Around the World Chocolate Bar £3.50
10 Paul & Joe Beaute Body Powder £25 | 11 Bonne Maison Socks £14.95 | 12 Soft Citrus Playful Dots Scarf £33
13 Beck Sondergaard Lovely Bag £75 | 14 Miller Harris Candle £40 | 15 Black Pearl & Stars Silver Necklace £49
16 Milk Glass Cakestands from £39.95 | 17 Thnx Stickers £2.95 | 18 REN Morrocan Rose Creme Riche £36

Beci Orpin: A Day in the Life of...

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She's Australian design royalty, famed for her inimitable style, geometric designs and gorgeous use of colour. Her second book Home has just arrived in store - pages stuffed with inspiration, artwork, much-loved objects and fab projects - and we're now even more smitten. Welcome to Beci Orpin's wonderful world.

Beci Orpin

It's spring & we're celebrating

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We should be party planners because this couldn't have been more perfectly staged. The most fun and colourful party range we've probably ever stocked, landing just as blue skies and sunshine return, daffs bloom and we're all in the mood for celebrating. It's all here. Garlands and cake flags. Party bags and cupcake cases. Napkins and paper plates. Covered in super colourful confetti and harlequin prints. An excuse in itself to get your party hats on people.

Meri Meri Party March14

Q&A with Charlotte Farmer

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Charlotte Farmer's distinctive designs have been right at home in our homewares department for several years now, so we thought it was high time to catch up with the lovely lady behind our favourite mugs and tea-towels, to talk peas, pyjamas, screen-printing and being the boss. 

Describe your typical working day?

I try and get up early and go running or swimming, just to make sure I leave the house at some point! Then I get back make coffee and draw things. I usually spend a bit of time removing my cat from my laptop as it's one of her favourite places to sleep. The alternative version of my day is getting up early to go to the studio in Bristol where I do my screen printing.

When and where are you most productive?

It's when I'm screen printing as there are not so many distractions. I only stop for coffee.

Who or what couldn't you live without?

Work wise, it's carbon paper and 0.3 pencils, Spike print studio in Bristol plus constant noise from the radio or music. I'm definitely not someone who can work in silence. Currently, I can't stop listening to the new Warpaint album. 

What do you like most about what you do?

I like that every day is a bit different and that I'm the boss!

Who or what inspires you?

Music and thinking about the noises that things make (I know that sounds a bit weird but I was thinking about this earlier and I realised it's the starting point for so much of my work.) I also love the RCA etchings of Davis Hockney and the surface quality of a Cy Twombly painting…I also spend too much time looking at Pinterest.

Tell us something we're unlikely to know about Charlotte Farmer.

I don't like peas and I think that's why I can't use the colour green!

Which project, commission or achievement are you most proud of?

I loved doing my MA at Saint Martins and my favourite commission is some maps I did for Elle magazine last year. My favourite screen print I've ever made is one called Bananas, full of exotic animals.

What has been the most important lesson learnt?

Work hard. Try and leave the house at least once during the day and don't stay in your pyjamas (those two go hand in hand really - or you'll get funny looks from passers by).

What would you like to do in the future?

I'd like to do some illustrations for packaging and have an assistant to keep me organised.

Which 'naughty but nice' teatime treat would we find at Charlotte Farmer HQ?

I love dark chocolate digestives, and I have to admit to being a dunker. Also, if I'm pushing the biscuit boat out, then it's got to be chocolate covered gingers.

And finally, your top three Bath must see/dos.

1. Coffee at Colonna & Smalls - made by the award-winning barista
2. A browse in Mr B's book emporium
3. A boat ride along the canal - but only when it's sunny