Plate Imperfect Gold £11.95 | Golddust Stud Gold £59 | Dandy Wallet Silver Dot £55 | Set of Two Cup & Saucer Anouk Gold £39.95 | Stars Champagne Saucer Set of 6 £68 | Leone Classic Tin Mixed £4.50 | Nail Polish Cassavetes £12 | Star Hand Cream Bouquet £22 | The New Garconne £16.95 | Tea Tonique Eau de Parfum £95
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.
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.
After many deliveries and much rearranging, we’re pleased to say our AW16 Villa Necchi party is in full swing, celebrating all things opulent, decadent and fun. (Read more about Necchi and our inspiration here.)
We’re setting the table with gold plates, marble coasters and vintage-style champagne saucers. In the centre, coloured glass vases with mauve hydrangeas, pineapple jugs and flamingo s&p shakers, co-ordinating candles and a beautiful bottle of the finest balsamic from Medina.
Recipes for our feast are taken from Florentine, The Italian Baker and Venice Cult Recipes. And after we’ve dined, we’ll be retiring to the drawing room where we’ll be lounging on velvet cushions and throws, sipping from delicate liquor glasses and nibbling on beautifully packaged Leone fruit jellies, amaretti biscuits, nougat and Coco chocolates.
And what are we wearing? Grown-up and ladylike velvet dresses from Mascob, gold jacquard and soft chiffon from Baum und Pferdgarten and tweed suiting, and more chiffon and jacquard from Graumann. For the boys, it’s jacquard tailoring and heavy wool jersey jackets from Barena and the finest Italian knitwear from GRP Firenze.
The venue, Villa Necchi, was purpose-built for partying so it's open house, more the merrier, no need to RSVP.
1. Coloured Glass Vases from £5.95 | 2. Flamingo Salt & Pepper Shakers £16 | 3. Coloured Wine Glasses (coming soon) £6.95 | 4. Marble Cork Coaster Set £8.95 | 5. Porcelain Jug Pineapple £34.95 & Porcelain Jug Parrot £34.95 | 6. Imperfect Gold Plates from £6.95 | 7. Baum Und Pferdgarten AW16 | 8. Stars Champagne Saucer Set £68 | 9. Barena Venezia AW16 | 10. Permanent Botanicals from £3.75 | 11. Blue Candlestick £4 & Set of 6 Short Dinner Candles £2.95 | 12. Set of 2 Gold Cup & Saucer Set £39.95 | 13. Velvet Cushions (coming soon) £24.95 | 14. Italian Balsamic Vinegar from £14.95 | 15. Coloured Wine Glasses (coming soon) £6.95
In the early 30s in Milan, the Necchi family, rich industrialists and makers of sewing machines, commissioned a fabulous deco mansion, purpose built for partying. This is where we will be spending AW16 in spirit, celebrating all things opulent, decadent and fun.
Luxey homewares appear in muted tones and burnished golds; gifts, bath and beauty come beautifully packaged; womenswear features heavy silk blouses and fake fur coats; and in menswear, the finest Italian suiting and knitwear.
Watch this space for more. And if you watch anything else make it I am Love starring Tilda Swinton. Villa Necchi is the beautiful backdrop and Swinton is all time fabulous. More of our crushing over on pinterest here.
AW16 has hit the rails in menswear and the months ahead promise really good things. Here's Rob's top five of what's new and exciting in the basement this season.
We've got all sorts of stuff for the boss/captain/sheriff in your life. Check out magazines, books, gifts, cards and superhero masks. And hurry. Father's Day is on 19th June.
You must know by now that we love a seasonal theme. For Summer 16 we are feeling very inspired by the prospect of hot holidays. But we have a particular yearning for the Aegean and all things Greek. We're dreaming of whitewashed churches, windmills, blue sea and olive groves.
Floaty cotton kaftans, pretty dresses, fine voile tops and Greek sandals. This is Talitha Getty and Bianca Jagger hanging out in Morocco, minus the troublesome private life, of course. Masscob, Ottod'ame, Rose & Rose, Rabens Saloner, 0039 Italy, Des Petits Hauts and Bellerose will show you the way.