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.
We love working with this brand and they consistently come up with the goods so there was never any question over inviting them back for a second stint in our project space, this time launching their SS17 menswear and womenswear collections.
The lovely Tom, who looks after their UK sales and marketing, arrived on Friday to set up and talk us through the season. Four rails of clothes and a flat-lay of accessories later, the space effortlessly transformed into a perfectly clean and simple presentation of Norse Projects SS17. And with that it was time to open it up to Winchester's Norse Projects fans for a special Friday evening gathering. Boys and girls, young and old, it was typically Danish and relaxed in style. We sampled some Danish pale ales, swiped some Norse socks from a lucky dip, and had a closer look at what the rails had in store.
As always, Norse Projects are sticklers for good fabrics and this season is a real highlight. There's lots of Japanese and French expertise here; for the guys, a double layered popover shirt, breathable hemp t-shirts, mercerized cotton tops and inside-out sweaters; and for the girls, a true indigo short-sleeved denim dress and proper PrimaLoft collarless jacket. They've also collaborated with Elka again on a really great men's and women's raincoat. And we are loving the Rothko-inspired pastels.
It's all here until 18 April, and to mark the ocassion we have a bundle of their iconic accessories to giveaway. Just follow the link below to enter.
Here it is. Our first project of 2017 and we’re playing newsagent. True to form, shelves are lined with nothing you can find in WHSmiths - and we have brown paper bags, Picnic bars and Polos.
Whatever your passion or pleasing we’ve gathered the most cool, most obscure and most inspiring reads from around the globe. Everyone from brewers and anglers to denim geeks and dog lovers will find their people among these pages.
Newsstand is here until 5 March. Come and have a read at your leisure. And watch this space for features and interviews on some of our favourite titles.
Read all about it. The project space is playing newsagent as its first get-up of 2017. Shelves lined with nothing in WHSmiths. Just all the obscure, beautiful, inspiring, hard-to-lay-your-hands-on titles we love. And plenty of time to browse them at leisure. Newsstand is here 20 January - 5 March.
It goes without saying that Christmas is a huge deal at The Hambledon and we embrace it heartedly. To the extent that several members of staff have multiple trees to accommodate varying decorative schemes. And they might need one more this year because our Christmas shop is open and it’s more fun, colourful and kitsch than ever before.
The tree is decked with a sparkly, neon-trimmed menagerie: winter hares in velvet collars; racoons carrying tres; birds wearing earmuffs; glittery swans, polar bears, bambis and parrots; dogs from Scotties to corgis, and for cat lovers out there (we hear you!), we're introducing your furry friends encased in beautiful glass globes. We’ve also thrown metallic rainbows, unicorns and pineapples into the mix for good measure.
Cards, wrap, advent calendars, crackers, garlands and balloons come courtesy of Meri Meri so the profusion of glitter, neon and fun continues; the foil balloon garland reading 'jolly' saying it all really. Let the festivities begin.
Here it is: the Patagonia Project Space, a shop in shop we’re housing in our Winchester store for the next five weeks; something we are absolutely delighted and chuffed about having worked with the brand in menswear for several seasons now.
We love the clothes. We love the ethos, to 'build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis'. And we especially love founder Yvon Chouinard and his whole intrepid thing. (We wrote more about him over here in case you’re interested.)
Expect the return of perennial favourites; Down Sweater (a jacket, not a sweater), Down Hoodie (it has a hood, yes, but it's a jacket), Down Shirt (a jacket, not a shirt) and the supremely waterproof and breathable Torrentshell Jacket. We’ll also be introducing Ts, sweats, fleeces, headgear and luggage. And for the first time, key pieces from the women's collection (the Down sweater and hoodie, as well as Nano puffas and vests).
All here until mid-October, so every excuse to get kitted up for winter. And in the meantime, all eyes on our Facebook page for the chance to win a down jacket and runner-up prizes.
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.
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.
We are delighted to introduce Anne Rasmussen, Custommade's Head Designer. She took time out of her extremely busy schedule to chat to us about working for one of Denmark's leading womenswear brands, collaborating with The Hambledon and living life the Scandinavian way. Tak.
We always like to tell a story for the season. What is the inspiration behind the SS16 Custommade collection?
SS2016 takes its starting point in little travel histories. A girl travels and discovers new refined universes. Curious, she travels with her camera, enjoying both spring's brighter days and nights as well as traveling mentally. The colors are based on the graphic base palette. With the grey and dark blue tones, and along with a lot of white, gorgeous accent colors are sprinkled into the collection and adjusted to each month of delivery. The collection is flirtational girly with lace details and ruffles while still with a focus on the long graphic lengths and lines that completes the collection. The prints are original vintage prints.
And your favourite piece(s) in the collection?
That´s a hard one. I love our lace and knitwear in this collection and particularly the Jasmina jacket (pictured left) is so cool!
How would you describe a Custommade woman?
A typical Custommade woman is a modern-minded, cosmopolitan woman who craves simple sophistication.
What can our customers expect from the Custommade project at The Hambledon?
They can expect a full Custommade experience with styles that they can feel comfortable and chic in. The silhouettes are feminine but also simple and easy to wear. As always we focus on the high quality in our fabrics. Easy to wear and easy to love is the best way to describe the look and feel of Custommade.
We're a bit obsessed with Danish style. How would you define it? How can we be more Danish?
The street style is simple and sophisticated including when it comes to the use of colors. But Danish women can be creative (especially during the summer). In general I actually think that Danish women put a lot of effort into looking effortlessly chic.
Describe a typical day at Custommade HQ
A typical day consists of finding inspiration, drawing patterns - and when we are further in the process me and my design team spends a lot of time on fitting the prototypes - and getting all the details in place.
What do you most like about what you do?
I love the creative process and seek inspiration from many different places - from patterns, cuts, poems - and girls on the streets of Copenhagen and Paris. Nothing beats the feeling of having created a collection that women across the world find beautiful.
Who/what couldn't you live without?
That´s easy! My three children and my husband.
What has been your proudest Custommade moment?
There have been many - but in 2014 we won the renowned Guldknappen award by the women's magazine ALT for Damerne. The award is given to a Danish fashion brand, that has been extraordinary in creating success, and a brand that the Danish woman can relate to. That was a proud moment!
What's your favourite Danish crime drama? And your favourite Danish swear word. And your top insider tip for a trip to Copenhagen.
I like many of the Danish crime dramas - but some of my favorites are Drabet and Borgen. The swear word I use the most is “sgu” (I guess it´s damn in English) - it´s not even a real swear word anymore. Copenhagen is really one of the best cities in the world when it comes to eating well - so prioritize in order to visit some of the many delicious restaurants. And visit Torvehallerne - Copenhagen´s delicious farmers' market, offering tons of organic, sustainable and locally-sourced food fare. There are also free samples of certain items, so even if you don't have a lot of money you can still enjoy some local flavor.
Custommade will be taking over the Project Space in our Winchester store 6th February - 6th March 2016
Danish womenswear favourites are taking over the Project Space (Friday 5 February - Sunday 6 March) for their first UK shop within a shop. Custommade, founded in 2002 by Christian Dam is based in Copenhagen, a city of effortless chic. The focus of the brand is contemporary, urban essentials and their stated aim is to make clothes for “modern minded and cosmopolitan women who crave simple sophistication”. Yep. That’s us. Whilst we like to think that The Hambledon offers a beautiful edit of the range every season, this project gives us the opportunity to show the collection in much greater depth. And the Danes will be in store for a few days to give the space a characteristic Scandinavian vibe (thanks to Kat and Charlotte especially for their amazing polyboard wrangling!).
Custommade will be taking over the Project Space in our Winchester store 6th February - 6th March 2016