We love Hudson for their 'foot forward' approach. Acknowledging trends while giving them their own idiosyncratic twist. This season we have good evidence of that philosophy in action.
Starting with the brilliant Mirar ankle boot - a classic shape, tweaked on the upper and finished in snakeskin. They look great with just about anything, provide a bit of height yet are so comfortable they can be worn all day long. Lucy has finally found her perfect work boot - hurray!
Bolero follows, working the questionable slipper trend. Cast assumptions aside and what you actually find is a perfectly versatile little summer shoe; an ultra feminine silhouette finished in snakeskin or a colourful print for a good measure of Hudson character.
Finally, taking statements one step further is Charlie, a sturdy two-tone lace up brogue. Classic but in no way unoriginal.
Prepare to be excited. This was the big find of Victoria and Lucy's trip to Gallery in Cophenhagen last year and it's like nothing womenswear has ever seen before. A bit out of this world even. But in a really good way. Centrepieces include the sparkly and structural 'Moon Walker' A-line skirt, silver bomber jacket and flouro blazer. A collection inspired by the moonlandings it might be, but no we're not on another planet. Pulled together with floaty silk tops and delicate knits, all pretty peachy pink, it really is sublimely beautiful and wearable.
Say hello to 0039 Italy and say hello to colour. A welcome additon to the shopfloor in the middle of January, and one that sets the theme for the season ahead. Here we have a great little collection of shirts, tunics and jumpers, and a label growing in confidence; embracing a stronger pallette, turning out a great printed silk and throwing caution to the wind with our favourite fluoro pink.
We're off to the eternally sun drenched, super pretty world of Collette by Collette Dinnigan. Here the dresses are tailored in crochet lace, the tunics floaty and luxe, the tops boxy and cute and the broderie shorts, glorious on immaculately bronzed legs.
Each season our favourite eco fashion pioneers People Tree secure their fashion credentials with the help of a big name designer. For SS13 they've enlisted Danish designer Peter Jensen and we think it has to be their biggest fashion moment yet; a capsule collection of cotton dresses, t-shirts and sweatshirts that are highly wearable, fantastically affordable and unmistakably Jensen.
It might seem crazy and odd, spring arriving in winter, but if you can get your head around it, then there's a lot to love about looking ahead to peeling off those layers. MiH's pre-SS13 collection is just the gentle nudge into the new season we need. Inspired by "the swimming pool blues of the sky" and "inevitable drops of rain as we peer out the window" this earlybird installment features beautiful cotton shirting, loose-fitting cotton/linen vests, boyfriend jeans (we're really excited about) plus a leather jacket and heavy knit to fill in until some warmth returns to the sun.
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.
Now that soggy school trips are a distant enough memory, K-Way has won its way back into our hearts with its trusty pac-a-mac, the classic lightweight waterproof designed by French man Leon-Claude Duhamel back in 1965. The original design, known as Claude, is our mac of choice - a full zip up folding neatly away into a small hip bag. Suitably grown up in black, navy, burgundy and grey, we're really not sure how we survived without it all these years.
If you missed, or are missing, the amazing accessories bonanza that was our Beck Sondergaard Project then you'll be pleased to know that womenswear has just taken delivery of a rather lovely new Christmas installment from the Danish brand. Get ready for more stars, more stripes, beaded clutches, leather gloves, cosy mittens, Christmas hearts and a warm snow poncho!
Sultry black lace, fitted shirts, sharp little jackets, lurex knits, midnight blue brocade and shoulder zips. Baum und Pferdgarten's winter party is a little bit luxe and a lot rock. It's the invitation we're all hankering after.