It's the menswear coup of the new seaon, the hotly anticipated follow up to our 2012 Tricker's collaboration. Our second custom project with England's finest shoe maker sees us refining our mark on the same two much-loved styles, the Burford and the Kendal.
The Burford boot features a burnished chestnut calf upper with contrasting repello suede tongue, and a natural welt and double leather sole. Meanwhile the Kendal comes in an espresso calf with blind eyelets and repello suede detailing in the bellows tongue. Like the Burford, it comes with a lovely contrasting natural welt and double leather sole.
Both styles are entirely exclusive to The Hambledon and in very short supply.
London footwear brand Hudson launches its first ever shop within a shop in September. And it's here. At The Hambledon. Doors open on Saturday 31st August.
Autumn 13 is the season of the ankle boot and Hudson have every angle covered. Watch out for Plath (contemporary with lizard detailing), Stanford (ultimate preppy penny loafer), Mirar (modern and easy), Horrigan (coveted by star Millie Mackintosh for its bohemian charm), Riley (a little bit urban cowboy) and Sefton (elegant covered wedge).
Hudson has been putting its best foot forward (and other terrible shoe puns) for more than two decades and we are delighted to welcome them, and their loveable supremo Uncle Les, to The Hambledon. There'll be more from Uncle Les next week as he opines on shoes for our news pages.
The Hambledon/Hudson Project runs from 31 August - 29 September. Extended until Sunday 13th October.
We've gone glam with the leather goods thanks to our first AW13 drop from Beck Sondergaard. Say hello to glossy eelskin, supersoft leather printed up with gold stars, subtle metallics and sophisticated shades of mushroom, charcoal and 'fuzzy peach'. The perfect bit of sparkle and colour to break up those heavy blocks of autumn/winter colour. Plenty useful too with straps and pockets in all the most thoughtful of places.
Bellerose AW13. We're calling it 'thrift store chic'. It's that clever, fearless and effortless kind of dressing you long to pull off but struggle with where to start. Bellerose have made it easy with this collection. No rifling through piles of outcast garments here. Just reserve all caution and mix it up like crazy.
A washed out flannel plaid skirt with a diamante trim collar silk shirt and cropped quilted jacket. Why not? Americana high school jersey layered up with grandma style cable knit. Definitely. Bright orange polka dots with leopard print fake fur. Hell yeah.
It's 1836 in the German Schwabian Mountains. The land has grown infertile and farmers and their families are starving. So the government kits them out with circular knitting machines to earn their way and some years later a chap called Balthasar Merz founds a company called Merz b. Schwanen, producing a fine line in cotton undergarments.
Fast forward and the fastidious Peter Plotnicki steps into the picture. Determined to revive traditional circular knitting processes, he takes on the Merz brand name in order to continue the family's tradition and history. The result is here in menswear to see - an immaculate collection of jersey apparel, largely based on original patterns and manufactured on mid century circular knitting machines.
There are no side seams. The weave is beautifully irregular. The fit, quality and detailing is superb. And we rather like the beautiful brown boxes they come in too.
The new season starts in haste with a catch-it-while-you-can collection from Marie Sixtine. The ratio of design and quality vs price still has us in a state of disbelief. Knits from chunky to fine featuring zips, stars, silk panels, pockets and elbow patches; basic tops blending cotton, wool and silk; a super cool quilted fleece dress and one beautifully fitting standout jacket, all zips and pewter lurex panels. Here we go...
Here we are surrounded by all that is light and bright, starting to contemplate sun drenched summer days, and along comes MIH Pre AW13 with a subtle yet well versed reminder of what the months ahead have in store. Our oversized cotton shirts are billowing in a stiff onshore breeze, so we're pulling on a star covered Breton top for some effortless extra cover, and chugging out to sea in a chunky yet elegant fisherman's knit. All the time co-ordinating with the flat grey skies, sweeping white sands and moody blue seas. Not so bad after all, with these pieces coming to our resuce.
Seems our current thing for all things Danish just doesn't want to die. Our latest squeeze, Pernille Corydon, do that special Scandi thing in a fine line of bling. Just the right amount of pretty and delicate, stylish and simple. Oh and we do always fall for a star!
Dreaming of far off places? Let this lovely lot from womenswear newcomer Rabens Saloner take you there. In spirit if nothing else. And frankly we're happy with that because this is a collection that says I've been to far-flung exotic places but I'm perfectly capable of slotting into everyday life.
Maybe it's because designer Birgitte Raben Olrik divides her time between Copenhagen and her most beautiful house in Thailand. We can see inspiration from both. Oversized striped mohair jumpers, super cool gold lurex slouchy chinos and a pallette of pink and grey lend the laid back Danish feel while the loose fitting linen pieces and tie dye silk have jetted in from some dreamy sun drenched location.
It's a funny fashion thing. Designers naming their creations as if they were pets. Sometimes obscure. Often daft. Save 0039 Italy's 'Holiday'. If ever a dress were more aptly named this is it. We're not quite sure what we packed before this heavy linen scoop neck tunic came along. This season it returns (alongside some other great linen staples) all the better for some subtle refinements; less material, more shape, slightly nipped, longer as a tunic, shorter as a top, in some great new colours including our favourite bright, bright pink.