In pursuit of all things nostalgic and decadent this season, we’re delighted to welcome one of Paris’s oldest confectioners to The Hambledon for AW17. Maison Boissier was founded by Bélissaire Boissier in 1827 to the delight of the ladies of Paris's high society and its reputation has endured for nearly two centuries since.
The first Boissier counter was located on the Boulevard des Capucines, but at that time good society was beginning to take quarters on the outskirts of the Place de l'Etoile and so the wise decision was hence made to open a ‘Boissier’ on four of Paris’ greatest streets - Champs-Elysees, Boulevard de Courcelles, Avenue Raymond Poincaré and Avenue Victor Hugo; counters before which one could stop his carriage to stock up on sweets. Paris’ high society clearly had a sweet tooth because Boissier soon became the confectioner of choice, wowing them with his fine creations.
The ingenouis confectioner is in fact responsible for inventing the famous ‘bonbon boule’ (favoured in his day by Victor Hugo himself), as well as developing the original recipe for glazing chestnuts (marron glacé) and delicately scented wafer-thin chocolate petals; the much-guarded recipes and artisan traditions of the company, as well as its beautiful branding and packaging, deliberately and lovingly preserved today. Here at The Hambledon we’re stocking the ever so delicate chocolate fruit petals, the original marron glacés, boxes of caramels and pretty tins of tiny fruit candies; all beautifully wrapped and almost too good to eat.
AW17 at The Hambledon has the feel of a different time, stepping back as far as the 19th century to a refined and ever so English affair. In fact, we like to think we’re at home with Jane Austen, taking tea and eyeing up her desk in the corner.
The furnishings are subdued; plush velvets and floral prints, punctuated by rich colours, glints of burnished gold and beautiful objects arrived from far flung shores: candles and confectionery, stationery and china, linens and trinkets.
Of course we’re dressed for the occasion, every occasion, always elegant and polished. Wardrobes laden with heavy velvet, fine knits, print jacquards, metallic stitching, lace trims, and all the colours of autumn; mossy greens, mustard yellows, rich browns and stormy greys.
Welcome to AW17 at The Hambledon.
Ltd. Store | an exclusive collaboration between universal works & the hambledon | 9 september - 8 october
This is happening and we could not be more excited about it; a project of exclusives and firsts with one of our favourite labels. Opening on 9th September, Ltd. Store will be housed within our in-store project space, and will stock exclusive garments, designed specifically for the project by Universal Works. Perhaps most excitingly, the project will reflect our different retail departments and feature both womenswear and homeware designs in addition to menswear, marking Universal Works’ first offering beyond menswear.
The project is set to open with a launch party on the evening of Friday 8 September, 6-9pm, sponsored by Bruichladdich and The Botanist Gin. David Keyte (Universal Works’ co-founder, director and designer) will be in attendance and The Hambledon’s menswear buyer Rob Adams will delve into his vinyl collection and DJ the event while guests will be have the chance to view the Ltd. Store collection with a £10 voucher to use against purchases over £50. All welcome, no need to RSVP, we look forward to seeing you there.
There’s a small town on the west coast of Wales called Cardigan where lots of really good stuff happens. Much of it is thanks to major do-ers David and Clare Hieatt, who returned to their native Wales after a stint in London back in the 90s. They founded (and later, sold) the original Howies clothing company (you might recall we stocked it for some time), moved to a farmhouse on the edge of Cardigan, dreamt up the Do Lectures (a lecture series which they still hold annually in their cow shed) and set up The Hiut Denim Company, which we’re really pleased to welcome to both menswear and womenswear this season.
Hiut came about after the David and Clare found out about Cardigan’s former denim industry; four hundred locals had been employed making jeans; 35,000 pairs of them a week, for three decades. Until, one day, the factory closed and the business went overseas. The discovery was a bit of a eureka moment for the couple and there and then, the seed for The Hiut Denim Company was sown; a means of bringing manufacturing back home, using the skill on their doorstep, breathing new life back in to the town, and making some really good jeans in the process.
Hiut’s whole ethos is ‘do one thing well’ and that’s what they stick to; using the best quality denims, cutting them with an expert eye, and letting their ‘grand masters’ at the sewing machines do the rest. Even with the music loud and the coffee strong, they can only make 100 pairs of Hiut's a week. But that’s ok, because they are really, really good.
This is the rigid denim we’ll all be wearing this season. For the girls, a classic slim leg style called Coda, a button fly mid-rise crafted from raw denim. Then there’s the Girlfriend, lower in the rise, sitting just above the ankle, made from 13.oz denim, rinsed once. Heading down to menswear you’ll find the Organic Slim, Slim Tapered and Selvedge Slim, all getting the seal of approval from Rob, our chief denim fanatic.
Only question is, will you be joining the Hiut No Wash Club? An elite club, where six months without washing means six months - no cold dip in the bath, no getting caught in the rain without an umbrella - all in pursuit of the most beautiful pair of jeans you've ever owned. The bar has just been raised, Hambledon denim lovers, say hello to The Hiut Denim Company.
Buying was underway for AW17 and the season was taking on a distinct feel – of days gone by, a time of elegance and refinement, where tea was taken and tables were laid. It called for beautiful porcelain, and so the decision was already made; the time had come to revisit an old favourite: Reichenbach, and their stunning ‘Taste’ collection designed by celebrated Italian designer Paulo Navone.
The company is world renowned for its quality and craftsmanship, with a history dating back as far as 1830. It starts in the German town of Reichenbach, where local tradesmen became know for their skill in hand-paining white porcelain. In 1900, nine of the local workshops came together to found a porcelain factory, laying the foundations for the Reichenbach factory, which still stands on the same site today. It’s a small business that has managed to navigate a successful balance between its traditional craft and modern production, while also prioritising modern design. Their motto (loosely translated!) is "old trade arts meets modern design."
Their collaboration with Paulo Navone is a designer meets maker dream team. Born in 1950 in Turin, Navone gained acclaim within the design world in the 1980s and was a major figure in the Italian post-modern movement, her iconic designs always looking to combine the best of the past and present. It’s a design ethic clearly seen in her Taste range for Reichenbach, in which she went back to their original archive and re-interpreted the pieces in a sleek and modern way whilst maintaining the broad, graphic-abstract, neo-baroque silhouettes. Porcelain doesn’t get any more precious than this. Welcome back, Reichenbach, we are very, very pleased to see you.
We've been busy, busy hunting down the prettiest, the glitteriest, the coolest and meanest cards out there right now. Here’s a round-up of what's new in The Hambledon greetings card department.
IMOGEN OWEN: Imogen Owen started her stationery brand in 2013, and has become well known for her beautiful modern calligraphy style as well as her fun and sweary sentiments. The girl can do no wrong in our eyes, and here she is, back with this range of beauts - ranging from the super pretty to strong swears to a cool 70s-style red and pink combo complete with funky illustrated envelopes – all printed in her studio in rural Leicestershire on her 1940's Autovic letterpress. We can’t get enough.
SHOP IMOGEN OWEN
THE SOCIAL TYPE: Based in sunny Los Angeles, friends Allison and Jessica founded their super fun stationery company 'The Social Type' in 2009. Girls after our own heart, their love of anything shiny and glittery knows no bounds; literally everything they do incorporates some sort of glitter or holographic foil element. Combine this with beautiful quality die cuts and fun designs, and we were sold, sold, sold.
SHOP THE SOCIAL TYPE
MEAN MAIL: We are usually lovers not haters here but right now we’re loving Mean Mail. Launched earlier this year by Brit Art Director, Vicky Simmons, Mean Mail is for those you love and love to hate, inspired by Oscar Wilde’s wise words, “True friends stab you in the front.” Beautiful cards, laugh-out-loud funny, handmade in London (in the corner of Vicky’s Mum’s lounge) on a hot foil press, it's not hard to see why we're smitten.
SHOP MEAN MAIL
SCOUT EDITIONS: Scout Editions are a small London-based brother and sister collective. Keen travellers, their shared interest in fashion, interiors, storytelling and folklore inspires their designs, many of which are limited editions, so catch them while you can. Printed on an energy efficient risograph (whereby artwork is burnt onto a master and then fed through a print drum layer by layer), each print varies slightly. Super sweet and unique, we couldn’t resist these.
SHOP SCOUT EDITIONS
Heads up, we have a new girl crush and she’s really mean, but we love her for it. Arriving on the greeting cards scene like a blast of super cool, somewhat icy fresh air, her name is Vicky Simmons. An Art Director by trade, Mean Mail is the side project she launched earlier this year, inspired by Oscar Wilde’s wise words,“True friends stab you in the front.”
No sweet nothings, heartfelt thanks or sentimental statements here, these are greetings cards for those you love and love to hate; straight-talking cards for every occasion and non-occasion; for calling out a friend, telling them how it is or having a laugh at their expense, safe in the knowledge it will be taken in good humour on the receiving end.
Keeping things real inside and out, the cards are handmade in London (in the corner of Vicky’s Mum’s lounge) on a hot foil press, and printed on FSC certified stock. The quality is top notch (both of her folks have a background in print and illustration), and Vicky's Instagram feed is also the business; beautiful squares of Mean Mail colour, brutal words and brilliant #meanmailloves (go check it out).
Taking a leaf and cutting to the chase, there's nothing not to love here and we couldn't be happier to be brand new stockists. Time to say what you really think, people.
If you’ve ever coveted a beautiful pair of vintage Levi’s, or found the perfectly frayed and faded pair only to be disappointed by a baggy leg and unsightly crotch, then you need to know all about womenswear’s latest arrival, Re/Done. We’re one of a very select few UK retailers, with limited stock available, and hugely excited because we think we just hit upon the holy grail of denim. No stretch, advanced dyeing processes, or strategically placed rips and tears here, just genuine vintage jeans, worn in to perfection, that also fit to perfection.
And here’s the secret. Re/Done actually take vintage Levi’s apart at the seams and re-purpose the fabric, cutting it to achieve a modern fit. Founded by entrepreneurs, Sean Barron and Jamie Mazur, the brand was born because "all the cool chicks we knew wore vintage Levi's but had them tailored to fit better". It took them almost a year to arrive at the process of taking apart Levi’s that were made for men and re-cutting them to fit women. Now they manufacture their jeans in Downtown LA, with quantities limited since each pair is handpicked, hand cut, and distinctly one of a kind. They like to think of Re/Done as a movement rather than a denim company; a movement to restore individuality in the world of mass-produced fashion, to keep heritage brands relevant and create sustainable fashion.
Here at The Hambledon, we’ve managed to lay our hands on two styles from both their Re/Done Originals line and Re/Done Vintage line. Re/Done Originals replicate the dye history and are created ‘in the spirit of’ vintage Levi's. We’ve got the straight skinny stretch and a high-rise ankle crop. The Vintage line is crafted from genuine, vintage Levi’s and we’re stocking the high-rise ankle crop as well as a relaxed crop. We’ve also got a few of their re-modelled Champion sweatshirts and Hanes Classic Ts to complete the classic Americana look.
A company, a movement, whatever Re/Done is, we're firm fans and followers of what they’re doing. And we’re not the only ones. Be quick, very quick, is all else that needs to be said.
The magical world of Meri Meri: it’s been a source of much happiness over the past few years, stocking their partywares and hosting the brand in our project space; always fun, bright and cheerful, and always super exciting to see what they come out with next. So as you can imagine, the anticipation was running high when we discovered they were turning their attention to homewares and we’d be stocking the whole range in our latest Meri Meri project.
Organic cotton bedding featuring coral spots and neon stitching; blankets covered in constellations, rainbows and stripes; thick quilts and storage baskets decorated with pom-poms; knitted cats, dogs, mermaids and unicorns for cushions; and garlands, many, many garlands, bunting and dreamcatchers; all of it here in our project space until 23 July, and even more gorgeous than we could have imagined.
What’s more, to mark the occasion we have a bundle of the bedding worth £250 to give away for one lucky little guy or gal's bedroom. For the chance to win, simply follow the link below and enter your details. Best of luck!
It was a warm and sunny Friday evening when Tim Webb, Moscot’s man in London, arrived with a suitcases full of specs for our Moscot Trunk Show. Many, many Moscots; sunglasses and spectacles of every shape, size and style. We could not have been happier, with buckets of cold beers and a good few hours to chat eyewear and try them all on.
Things continued in the same spirit on the Saturday with many a Moscot fan making a special trip to the store. Some remaining faithful to the classic Lemtosh. Others discovering new styles with thanks to Tim’s expert advice. Everyone leaving looking super smart in their brand new specs. Thanks Tim, great time had by all.