Founded in New York in 2009, KBL (Kind of Bohemian Lifestyle - but I think we'll have to forgive them a dreadful acronym) is the latest eyewear brand to hit The Hambledon. Launched by Adam and Kara Mendelsohn whose collective experience includes stints at Oliver Peoples, Mykita and Thakoon, this is a brand that knows its fashion and sunglasses onions. Featuring Italian acetate, milled Japanese construction and a cute Empire State Building on some of the arms, these are beautifully made and effortlessly stylish. And just in time for sunny holidays.
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.
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Hello all kinds of newness. New clothes, new labels and totally new territory for us. Never before have we embraced pre-collections in such a big way. And how exciting it is. To be mid-November, nearing the end of the season, immersed in Christmas, and suddenly be whisked away to new shores.
Collette and new label Lemlem take us to tropical climes with their gorgeous resort collections. Womenswear favourites Chinti & Parker, MiH and Custommade hit us with fresh instalments of what they do best; knits, shirts and dresses ahoy. Meanwhile newcomers Markus Lupfer and Studio Nicholson up the fashion stakes; Markus with his crazy sequin knits and uber party dresses, and Studio Nicholson with impeccable wardrobe classics. Accessories get a refresh too with new styles from Hudson and Beck Sondergaard. Get on board.
There's been a lot of talk about these jeans, a lot of papped celebs seen wearing them. So expectations in womenswear were running high with the arrival of Frame, a denim label founded by four London and California-based friends back in 2012.
Their aim was to create the perfect pair of jeans by bringing together the quality and heritage of denim manufacturing in Los Angeles, with the influence of a London style, cut and fit. Perfect jeans is a serious feat, but we've tried and tested and we conclude that Frame are right up there.
Come and see what all the fuss is about. Here at The Hambledon we're stocking Le Garcon, a skinny boyfriend, in the Exmouth wash, and Le Skinny de Jeanne, their classic skinny, in Film Noir and Culver.
Two things are clear following the success of last year's Hudson project. Winter shoes are a matter of great importance (in black, in brown, with heels, with buckles and without). And Hudson have all the answers. So we decided to invite them back.
Welcome to our AW14 Hudson shoe shop. Ankle boots remain a big fixture this season. Look out for Tatham (a fleece-lined take on a biker boot already proving very popular), Wistow (a classic Chelsea with a chunky commando sole) and Jilt (our directional option in lizard skin with zig-zag zips). Also note the Mirar returns, now known as Kiver and retailing at a straightforward £100.
In addition we are giving you a chance to win a pair of shoes of your choice. We are good to you!
(This competition is now closed)
Our AW14 Bellerose edit is all about strong separates. They're the pieces you turn to for instant fixes; pieces you can throw on with a pair of jeans and head out with confidence. Silk print top, glittery knit, ticking shirt, trim detail tee, fake fur coat and micro dot corduroy jacket. The result is that effortless, playful and elegant kind of dressing we love. Hats off to Bellerose. We can always rely on them to show us how it's done.
And Daughter, 1951 Maison Francaise, Barena, Baum und Pferdgarten, BeckSondergaard, Bellerose, Bill Skinner, B.L.F., Bonne Maison, Cash Ca, Chinti and Parker, Christys', Custommade, Diega, Frame, Goat, Great Plains, Hudson, J Brand, James Jeans, Just In Case, Laurence Dolige, Leon & Harper, Levi's Made & Crafted, Mads Norgaard, Marie Sixtine, MiH, Moscot, Paul & Joe Sister, People Tree, Pernille Corydon, Queene and Belle, Rabens Saloner, Scott Stephen, Stella Nova, Trois Petits Points, Vilagallo, Woolrich and YMC.
MiH eases our way into AW14 with a pre-collection pitched perfectly between the seasons. Chloe Lonsdale and her team have eschewed their perennial love affair with all things blue and embraced a more sophisticated and subtle palette. Dark indigo denim - bodycon jeans, dress, skirt and coat - is the backdrop for luxe peachy knits, caramel silk shirting and soft grey flannel. Phoebe Slim, which was our favourite jean in the Summer, is back with a patch and in super dark indigo. Every look in the lookbook is who we want to be this season.
Here we are, summer is in full swing and we're just getting comfortable in our lightweight threads. And then the pre collections come along, vying for our attention with an irresistible taste of things to come.
First up is J Brand, and that suits us fine. Summer it may be but jeans are never far from the front of the wardrobe. This is our most technical collection of denim yet - jeans for all shapes and requirements - so here's a little guide to help suss them out.