We had an inkling we were in for something quite special upon Meri Meri’s return to our Project Space, but wow. Stef and her team from Meri Meri HQ arrived on Tuesday, and here we are with the results of two full days spent transforming the window and mezzanine level.
We don't think we’ve ever seen a brand make the space their own quite so completely. It’s like walking into Meri Meri wonderland and we absolutely love it. Boughs of blossom, garlands of stars, mermaids and dream-catchers, rainbows and unicorns; colour, fun and gorgeous stuff everywhere you look. Plus a beautifully made bed to crash in when it all gets a bit too much.
Yes, we have a bed in the shop window, made up with Meri Meri’s new organic bedding range and cushions. We’ve got their storage baskets and soft toys, bunting and dream-catchers, totes and purses, badges and clothes patches, plus even more on the stationery and party front (including their Meri Meri Liberty collaboration).
Highly, highly tempting at every turn. Here until Sunday 23 July.
Introducing the latest additions to our Newsstand project: The Moth and The Caterpillar - two very charming and beautiful quarterlies featuring poetry, short fiction and art by established and up-and-coming writers and artists.
Created in Ireland, The Moth (the grown-up one) launched in 2010, and has been described as a "a rare literary gem" and "exquisitely designed and choc-a-bloc with exciting new artworks and wordworks." It is indeed. As is The Caterpillar, The Moth's younger sibling. It's aimed at 7-11 year-olds though we're equally as taken with it so looks like we'll be starting yet another magazine collection.
Just as the winter blues were threatening to set in, along come Meri Meri with a delivery stuffed full of fun, colour, new and exciting. Posters, totes, cushions, purses and partyware; cacti, pineapples, rainbows and an extra big YAY! Can always rely on this bunch to brighten our days.
In 2011, French entrepreneurs Boris Gratini and Lilian Monnier focused their attentions on nail polish, and the idea of “leaving the world of cosmetics and getting closer to the world of fashion”. They wanted to be kind to the environment and make their products in France from start to finish. They wanted great colours free from nasty chemicals. And first and foremost, they wanted to sell their nail polishes from vending machines.
And so started Nailmatic, and probably the most fun, friendly and fashion forward nail polishes out there. We haven’t got one of their cool vending machines but we do have shelves stocked with their grown-up polishes (great colours, solvent free, phthalate free, formaldehyde-free); a nail polish remover that actually smells nice (lavender and 100% natural); plus their kids range featuring polishes (removable with just warm, soapy water) and rollerball lip-glosses (glittery and made from apricot kernal oil). A whole lot to love right here.
We love Halloween. But we hate spiders. And bats. Just as well they only arrived in the shape of balloons, tattoos, garlands and cookie cutters.
Roll up, roll up! Summer is here and our Creighton's Chocolaterie project is in full swing; the ground floor mezzanine decked out in vintage fairground paraphernalia, shelves lined with Creighton's latest collection of circus-inspired confectionery. We asked founder Lucy to name her hero products.
Prize Goldfish: Back to the days when you could win your pet by throwing an oversized ball into a too-small hoop.
Ginger Beer Bar: A chocolate bar laced with the taste of sticky summer days and wrapped in a sleeve inspired by
fairground balloon sellers.
Unicorn Food: A Hambledon exclusive, because unicorns need chocolate too!
Magic Unicorn Lollies: Another one-of-a-kind design made especially for the event, and they look pretty!
Retro Popcorn Bar: Comes in a special retro popcorn bag which is reminiscent of 1950s American movie drive-ins. Also reminds me of the final scene in Grease when they are dancing around the fairground!
Cactus Lolly: When the British summer isn’t quite as hot as it should be, fill your life with cacti and pretend you live in Texas.
Granny Gnashers: Our most loved joke creation.
Glazed Donut: No trip to the fair is complete without an obligatory sugary donut.
If the hearts, thumbs up and smiley faces are anything to go by then jolly pictures of our partywares are a good thing. And anything dog-related is even better. In fact, it doesn’t get any better than a real-live dog, all big eyes and wagging tail. Thumbs up, smiley faces, heart, heart, heart.
We hear you. And so it occurred to us that there might actually be one thing better than a cute dog and that's a lot of cute dogs having a party.
So Jack and Jackson came over and Burt and Wyatt were coaxed downstairs from Lucy’s flat over the shop, and we got our party on, Meri Meri style. Up went the banners, on went the party hats, the superhero masks and unicorn horns and out came the doggy biscuits. Entertainment in the form of party plates and cups, perfect for knocking over and chewing on. Hold down that heart button.
It's all the Fun of the Fair this summer in our Project Space with our favourite chocolatiers Creightons popping up with lots of circus inspired chocolate treats.
Mother and daughter, Lucy and Andrea are taking a trip down memory lane with a nostalgic collection based on the sights, sounds and tastes of the fairground: ginger beer, sarsaparilla and stick of rock chocolate bars; lollies celebrating hook-a-duck, prize fish, carousel horses and glazed doughnuts. And we have some Hambledon exclusives including glittery Unicorn Food (because everyone has a unicorn to feed), pink and aqua unicorn lollies, and a popcorn chocolate bar in super lovely vintage bag.
The Creightons Chocolate Shop is open Friday 1st July 2016 – Sunday 28th August.
Santa should hurry over. We have everything for every stocking. Jolly putty. Check. Spy pen. Check. Rainbow glitter pen. Check. FaLaLa necklace. Check. Traditional family games. Check. Walnuts. Um no but we have the nutcracker. Check.
We wanted to write a provenance all about the history of Ban-do. But then we went and found this on their website and it was way more fun and a whole lot more entertaining than waffling on about the Founder (who incidentally is Jen Gotch, who incidentally everyone at The Hambledon thinks is brilliant).
'Oh hey. We're Ban.do. Let's be BFFs. We can stay up late watching 80s rom coms and eating pizzas with everything on it (except anchovies, grooosss!). Cool. Now that it's settled we should probably tell you a bit more about us. We're a gift, tech, stationery and fashion accessories company designed by a pretty spectacular group of girls in sunny Los Angeles. We love bright colours, irreverent patterns, quirky sayings and kittens. OMG we love kittens so much. Forever inspired by Champagned soaked, all night dance parties, we are serious about fun and so thrilled you are here.'
Enough said. Get your Ban-do here.