Maybe, just maybe, we'd become a little bit blasé about Bloch. Our love affair with the perfect ballet pump has been a long one, after all. But all of a sudden the lust is back. In amongst our staple classics, there's a new suede number with a fake fur lining, taking comfort to a whole new level. And then there's a heel, possibly the prettiest and most comfortable heel we've sunk our feet into for a long time.
How thrilled and excited are we to feature in Vogue's list of the '100 Best Shops Outside London'?!
It was all hammers, scissors, allen keys and helpful amounts of Fruitellas as we put together our BeckSondergaard project this week. Huge thanks due to Kam and Karina, who flew all the way from Denmark with their bag of hooks and washi tape and gave the space a little flavour of Copenhagen with special bunting and mid-century furniture. Hambledon Projects is now awash with beautiful, beautiful scarves and bags, including our first ever world exclusive, available only from us. I know! We're a bit gobsmacked.
Just when we thought we couldn't possibly find an excuse to fall in love with Marilyn Moore all over again, she goes and ramps up the fit. With dresses cinching, pleating and draping in even more of the right places (we didn't think it possible), little jackets cut to perfection and the softest cashmere cable knit cardis hugging at the waist.
This season Just in Case gets edited down to its very essence. A tiny, neat collection that could be straight out of Cecil Beaton's scrapbook. Three full skirts, two classic cardis, one wool dress and the plushiest coat we ever did see. All the right balance of 30s print, monochrome, glorious florals, digital photography and dreamy colors. All the signature stuff we've come to love.
Sigh. It's time to hoik out the hoisery. Not that we really mind. No endless hitching and general discomfort here. Just Wolford, the finest hoisery going, as endorsed by Lucy who has roadtested a lot of tights through the seasons and converted us all into Wolford wearers. The perfectly fitting Velvet 50 is our staple winter black but such is our new found love of hoisery you're likely to see us stepping out this season in spots and a Vivienne Westwood-esque check, not to mention metallic and hot pink numbers.
A trio of classic coats heads up our small but perfectly co-ordinated collection from Paul Smith this season. A rather majestic maritime inspired double breasted wool overcoat takes centre stage, flanked by two distinguished tweed blazers in navy and grey. Remove the outerwear and you'll find the rest equally as well dressed; here are the consistently excellent shirts - florals, checks and stripes - and Rob's standout piece - a heavy grey mohair knit to see off the winter chill in style.
Ouch. It was an early start for Victoria and Lucy on Friday as they headed off to Paris on their biannual Maison&Objet mission, a day that requires flat shoes, lots of coffee and every reserve of energy. Think eight giant, mobbed halls stuffed with beautiful homewares tugging your attention in every direction. Luckily, after eight years in attendance the pair have it down to a fine art. In and out in four hours with shopping list ticked. The only hitch this time - Lucy's name wasn't on her badge so they wouldn't let her in. Thankfully, Sheridan Coakley of SCP came to the rescue, leaving two and a half hours to complete mission 'quirky gifts and decorations for Christmas'. Not a problem. Much success included traditional German flocked bambis, chocolate umbrellas, Korean chilly bins as well as a gorgeous paper plate range. And there was still time to pop into Merci and Bonton for a nose around.
As many of you well know, our Rob is a shoes man. So when he started working at The Hambledon, it wasn't long before we were stocking Tricker's, the shoemaker responsible for the very finest shoes a man can buy in the land. Three years and many a happy Tricker-clad customer later, the time had come to get serious.
So, back in Spring, Rob and Rich took a trip to the company's historic Northampton factory to commit some exclusive Hambledon designs to leather in our first ever footwear collaboration, a matter of huge excitement not least for Rob, who as you can imagine was in seventh heaven.
The result is two unique takes on tried and tested styles. The Superboot is an adaption of the classic Burford style in a rich chestnut Nastor calf leather. They kept the welt and midsole in natural leather and soled the boot in a durable Dainite rubber unit. The boot is finished with brass eyelets and the choice of two sets of laces.
Next up is the Supershoe, based on the classic Woodstock. For this, Rob and Rich chose a burnished coffee calf which is at its best when polished black, giving a fantastic finish over time. They stuck with the original by going for a double leather sole but made it a natural shade to give a rich contrast with the upper. As with the boot, the shoe comes with the choice of two sets of laces plus the all important tin of black polish. And let's not forget our favourite bit, The Hambledon stamped smartly in gold on the leather lining.
Yes, we've been enjoying these late summer rays but please Autumn, hurry up. We're dreaming of roasts, pies, crumbles and cake baking. Cosy hours spent in the kitchen putting our lovely new Falcon enamelware to good use. We've prep sets, bake sets, plate sets and pie sets stacked high, in traditional white with a blue rim and the all new pigeon grey.