The business of fashion is full of flaws, but People Tree are one label we cannot fault on any front. Their dresses fit really well, their prints are always super pretty, they keep it interesting with some great designer collaborations, the quality is excellent, their eco credentials are inspiring and their price tags are unbelievable. You could call us the People Tree Appreciation Society.
This is new territory for us. Menswear is off on holiday. With Orlebar Brown no less, the luxury beachwear label founded by Winchester's own Adam Brown in 2007.
Time to ditch those faded bermudas because this is what James Bond wears to the beach (cue Daniel Craig in those pale blue shorts in Skyfall). In fact it's the whole 'resort lifestyle' taken care of here. Beautifully tailored shorts for hanging out by the pool, polo and linen shirts for sipping beachside martinis, and lightweight blazers for stepping off jet in style. In one immaculately packed suitcase, Orlebar Brown dispels that myth that Brits can't dress abroad.
After an off winter, we're pleased to have Shine back on very fine form for SS13. If summer is all about fun then this is what we'll be wearing. Sweats and super soft t shirting with stars, spots and broken stripes. And of course this summer isn't happening without some lurex thread. Time to hang out on Huntington Beach with our roller blades.
To continue with the washed out theme in menswear this season we've added a super nice washed out canvas option to our Jack Purcell range. Available in navy and olive, the salt wash gives the effect of spending summer in and out of boats, on and off the beach. If this isn't the life for you, then worry not, the smart white leather option is still a basement favourite.
We're in full holiday mode this week. 1950s Riviera style. Lounging poolside in St Tropez, beach combing on Capri and sailing off Sardinia. You get the picture. But take a closer look at our feet boys and you'll see a pair of Rivieras, the quintessential 1950s summer shoe. Relaunched in France in 2009 by designers Fabrizio Corveddu and Dan Amzallag from a Spanish classic, they're our new favourite off duty choice for summer. Perfectly practical in canvas and cotton mesh with leather lines and rubber soles. Simple. Elegant. Job done.
Maybe it's because we're partial to a period drama. Maybe it's because we're won over by immaculate quality and detail. Either way we have a certain affinity with Colenimo's "fictionalised take on the wardrobe a traditional country lady". This time designer Aya has captured our nostalgic hearts with 'Little Miss Poker Face' - a collection straight out of 1920s England inspired by tennis player Helen Wills Moody. We're casting ourselves as leading lady. Costume is simple cotton sun dresses, full pleated skirts, traditional shirting and silk sailor collars. Scene is a grassy riverbank for picnicking and punting. Act is misty eyed and utterly romantic.
Please welcome a neat little collection of exquisite pieces from Queene and Belle. Never straying far or putting a foot wrong, our rail showcases classic Queene & Belle at its best. Big glittery blue stars lining up on oatmeal cashmere. A giant pink rose emblazoned on the back of a snuggly oversized cardi. A beautiful beaded brooch adorning the prettiest embroidered cotton dress. When you try on a piece of Queene & Belle, you appreciate the craftsmanship. When you appreciate the craftsmanship, you fall in love. And when you fall in love, you fall hard.
They went down a storm last season, and for those who missed out, our Canadian friends Reigning Champ are back with their superior sweats and jersey basics. We have long and short sleeve t-shirt options as well as hoodies and the classic crew in a lighter weight for summer. Colourwise we won't stray from the grey marl, though we are loving a new washed olive. All we can say is don't hesitate.
Founded in 1860 by Thomas A White, Sunspel remains a supremely British brand. Still made, to exacting standards, in Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire, this is the home of iconic, luxury jersey. Spring sees the welcome return of both the Riviera polo (popularised by another supremely British brand, James Bond/Daniel Craig) and the striped T. And we are introducing a bit of silliness and whimsy in the form of the dog t and boxer short, inspired by Bill, canine resident of the factory in the 30s.
All the staple faves are here but summer wouldn't be summer at The Hambledon without throwing some colour and excitement into the mix. So here we are with J Brand introducing our favourite 8/11 skinny in kumquat orange and white; the supper cool Cass with ankle zips running up the back of the calf; and all new Aiden, a lovely slouchy boyfriend fit in this season's must have washed out denim blue.