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Creighton's Hero Products

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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.

· SHOP CREIGHTONS

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.

 


Creighton's Chocolaterie Project

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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.

· SHOP ALL CREIGHTONS CHOCOLATE


Q&A with Anne Rasmussen, Head of Design at Custommade

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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


Custommade Project

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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!). 

Read our interview with Anne Rasmussen, Custommade’s head designer, in our news pages and head over to our Competition Page for the chance to win one of 10 Custommade goody bags.

 

Custommade will be taking over the Project Space in our Winchester store 6th February - 6th March 2016


The return of our Hudson friends

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Our lovely friends at Hudson (thank you Claire, Madeleine, Sandra and Bronagh) have been working their shoe shop magic on the womenswear floor. We've marshalled the old decorating ladder and the chip board and the Hudson Project is now live. And we have just about every kind of boot for every kind of occasion. Old favourites biker Tatham, riding boot Wistow and preppie loafer Stanford are making a comeback. But we're introducing lots of new including Apisi, a grey velvet cowboy (howdy); Azi, a winter white cowboy (likewise, howdy); Bisque, a leather hi top and Crispin, a chunky heeled and pointy toed dressing up boot.
And don't forget the competition. Sign up to our mailing lists and you could win an overnight stay at Cowley Manor (with dinner and spa treatments), a pair of Hudson boots and £50 to spend at The Hambledon.
Hudson is celebrating its 25th Year so we're very pleased to be part of the party. 

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Crown Creative

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Didn't we have a luvverly time the day Meri Meri came to The Hambledon and made party crowns. It was a crafting extravaganza purpose built for half term fun. Everyone made full and free use of lashings of ric rac tape, fluffy pom poms, and glittery letters. The crown jewels have nothing on these beauties. Huge thanks to Nat and Katie who glued and ribboned like troopers at Cowley and Meredithe and Emma for their sterling efforts in Winchester. Long may you all reign.

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Meri Meri Project & Workshops

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Roll up. Roll up. Meredithe (childhood nick name Meri Meri, it's all becoming clear) and her team of wonder workers have installed a Party Project Extravaganza. We thought we knew the range but this is a crazy new world of Silly Circus, Charms, Ombre and Happy Birthday paper paraphernalia. And a mad planet of tattoos, garlands and super brand new and fabulous jewellery. And we have a secret stash of helium to fill the balloons in the patented Balloon-a-Dashery. Hurry on down. And for those of you who really want to embrace the fun filled life that is Meri Meri, there will be crafting workshops (Thursday 28 May 11-3 at Cowley, Saturday 30 May 11-4 in Winchester). No need to book. Just show up in a cheery mood, ready to get glittery.

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Emily Quinton In Store

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How excited were we to have the lovely Emily Quinton here in store for two wonderful days of work-shopping, book-signing, snap-snapping, chit-chatting fun. For once staring at your phone during a talk wasn't frowned upon as she imparted upon us all the tricks of the Instagraming trade. The app Emily uses to edit, yup, we know it. The lighting Emily likes to use, yup, we know it. Go on, test us!

We drank elderflower cordial, we ate rosewater and pistachio biscuits (courtesy of LP), we laughed, we listened, we styled, we captured, we #'d, we shared and most importantly we had a jolly good time. Thank you Emily!

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