No we don't do things by half a whisker. This month we will be mostly and wholeheartedly embracing all things tash-tastic! From doormats to drinking straws, 10% of all sales of moustache related goods go to the Movember Foundation.
This is what happens when you take stock of a large number of vintage French discothèque posters (courtesy of our friend Sharon from Old Albion) and develop a new obsession with colour blocking. Welcome to Autumn / Winter 2012 at The Hambledon.
Forget the mermaid and Hans Christian Anderson, Copenhagen is all about the Tivoli Gardens, lemonade and fashion. Lucy, Rob and Victoria show us their snaps from their Danish mini break (mange tak to the lovely Sarah at Grenson and the team at Gallery). Beautiful runway shows from Baum und Pferdgarten and Peter Jensen aside, we were loving super cool Danish women (all models of health and beauty, all riding sit up and beg bikes and all wearing ankle boots, tunics and something sparkly); we were loving Cafe Norden's incredible fresh mint lemonade, served in an extra large jam jar; and we were love, love, loving the 19th century world of delight that is the Tivoli Gardens. No words to express the gorgeousness that is a surfeit of coloured light bulbs and excessive chinoiserie.
We're feeling a theme here. From top to toe.
If you've popped in over the last week and wondered what exactly the impressive collection of corgis on the counter-back would amount to, then wonder no more. The corgis have been leashed up in national colours and put on parade in our right royal window display. And as expected, they are well and truly stealing the show. Or rather, one royal impostor is!
It's one of the biggest dates in the menswear calendar so it was off to Florence once again for our intrepid menswear buyers. They got lost, they discovered lovely new things, they fell in love with wool and more wool, they got excited at Engineered Garments and Post Overalls, they got lost again, ate rabbit gnocchi and spent way too much time in the WP store./>
Need we say more? Thank you to everyone who made the Silly Sale silly, funny, daft and hilarious. And big thanks to our lovely friends at Peagreen for the perfect space and the constant refreshments.
This month The Hambledon came 7th out of a total 50 independent retailers from the UK and Republic of Ireland in Drapers Inspiring Independents 2011 list, voted for by readers and industry alike.
Needless to say we are all thrilled to be placed so highly amongst such dynamic and prestigious company! Here's just a taster of what they had to say about us:
'Over the past decade The Hambledon has grown from a sparsely filled retail space into an incredibly warm and welcoming emporium, which fuses beautiful antique décor with fashion offerings unrivalled'
Many thanks to Drapers and all the readers and industry professionals who voted for us!
Womenswear is looking especially lovely at the moment thanks to Laura, our VM. Themed on the distinctive style of Charleston farmhouse and the Bloomsbury Group, we have a corner of the upper floor adorned with faded photographs, scores of music, dogeared books and other memorabilia harking back to the bohemian paradise that was Charleston. Altogether a very fitting backdrop to our new autumn winter collections due to be released over the coming weeks.
It was all change yesterday as the "main run" - the big wall of shelves on the ground floor - got an all new colourful look. We had a nice big delivery from Rice which we just had to show off to full effect. Lindsey whipped round and worked her magic, and hey presto, we have shelves full of fabulous new homewares.