Queene and Belle deliver their wardrobe treasures for SS12 this week. It's as covetable and collectable as ever with their beautiful handstitched detailing, luxury yarns spun in Scotland and cool, eclectic styling. Pretty vintage lace hangs alongside nautical stripes, cotton broderie anglaise and embellished knits.
Launched in 2009, we're loving how Chinti & Parker is growing up. First it was the perfect t-shirt, then gorgeous cashmere and now we're presented with a collection of beautiful blouses, skirts and dresses with which to complete their signature look. Breton stripes with bright acid pockets. Trails of stars and spots over safe grey or navy. Tomboy collars on pretty polka dot blouses. It's simple with a twist, classic but updated and understated yet fun./>
It's another star turn for sophisticated casual supremo, Oliver Spencer. Inspired by late 70s French Mod, his SS12 collection is packed full of easy to wear pieces and lovely details - light jackets with large buttons, striped jerseys, proper linen suiting, shirts with checks and polka dots plus Oliver's super nice new 'posh trainers'.
Enough of Autumn. It?s all about Fall. We are super proud to have our first delivery of Engineered Garments. Inspired by the American sportswear, outdoor clothing and military uniforms he coveted in his youth in Japan, designer Daiki Suzuki has engineered a collection of meticulous detail. We?re showing Engineered with Quoddy footwear, handsewn by the Shorey family in Maine since 1909. Get to The Hambledon for a full blast of Americana.
Are you in love? We are. This is the prettiest collection in the building, ever. It's a little bit princess, a little bit Jackie O, a little bit Rydell High and even includes our favourite obligatory fluoro flashes. Please accessorise with tissue paper pom poms. We don't know why but you just must.
Johnny Depp is never wrong (well, way too many Pirates of the Caribbean movies but no one?s perfect). Moscot, founded in a pushcart in New York in 1899 by great grandfather and family patriarch Hyman Moscot, but now in slightly more salubrious quarters on the corner of Delancey and Orchard, is the eyewear brand of choice for the super stylish.
And it's not just Johnny in his trademark Lemtosh; Ryan Adams and January Jones are rocking the Vilda, Justin Timberlake (is he super stylish?) the Nebb and Ben Harper the Zulu. We are delighted to be one of the very few stores in the UK with these super cool specs (and really delighted to be able to offer both sunglasses and frames for optical lenses).
A week of hand techniques and local tradition at The Hambledon. Queene and Belle breathes Scottish heritage, using luxury yarns spun in Scotland. Consisting of hand finished pieces, layered with authentic vintage dresses and decorated using Italian chandelier crystals, antique silver charms and vintage ribbons, this is a collection of heirloom treasures of really exquisite and delicate beauty.
Dancers love Bloch ballet pumps because they?re specially crafted to the curvature of the foot, offering protection and sustainability through hours of dance and movement. We love Bloch and Baby Bloch because they are super cute, super comfy and super versatile. And this season they come in a range of delicious sweetie colours.
Spring 11 for Norse Projects, Copenhagen's coolest street wear brand, is all about 'barefooted beach days in the long and mystical Scandinavian summer light'. So says their press book. We think it's a great hybrid: still about reworking classic Nordic workwear with impeccable detailing but embracing a more Southern European nautical feel with even a touch of the American preppie. Their much lauded collaboration with French retailer Colette and Breton outfitters Armor Lux seems to have given them a taste of warmer climes.
One of our season highlights is here - the arrival of the fabulous Just in Case collection, which this time takes the name of the song Aint No Cure for Love by Leonard Cohen. Apt perhaps because once again we've fallen for the label's mature and elegant flamboyance.
The gorgeous skirts are as full as ever - our absolute favourite being the Cita tulle ballerina style number. The beautiful quality fabrics are back - draped silks, thick velvets and heavy satins. The signature prints are all abstract watercolours, photographic and floral, and the knitwear super-deluxe, featuring the Alba ruffle and Elba sparkly lurex. All of this comes in a palette of beautiful subdued shades with highlights of citrine mustard and bottle green among the blacks, warm browns and soft pinks.