The bath and beauty department is getting a bit of a re-jig for spring with lots of lovely new brands on the way. First up is Tangent GC, arriving in full spring clean style with their range of beautifully simple and natural products made in Sweden.
GC stands for 'Garment Care', something we've become woefully bad at in the age of mass production, according to co-founder David Samuelsson. Tangent GC have thus made it their business to "provide a superior range of garment care products that will naturally and effectively give your garments a long life."
We're stocking their delicate liquid detergent with orange oil as well their organic hand soaps. We've sampled a fair few hand soaps in our time and these are very, very good.
In the competitive world that is The Hambledon, we ask: New York City or National Exhibition Centre? Rob goes to New York for a week of shows; hangs with the fashion crowd; stays in Brooklyn's super nice Carroll Gardens with the lovely Emma and Roger; shops for rare vinyl; visits a very photogenic Coney Island; frequents jazz clubs and pizza parlours and attends parties with the great and the good of menswear. Lucy and Victoria head to the Midlands and Spring Fair for a day of strip lighting, Subway sandwiches and volume gifts. But who found the choicest pieces for the shop? The race is on.
Introducing the latest additions to our Newsstand project: The Moth and The Caterpillar - two very charming and beautiful quarterlies featuring poetry, short fiction and art by established and up-and-coming writers and artists.
Created in Ireland, The Moth (the grown-up one) launched in 2010, and has been described as a "a rare literary gem" and "exquisitely designed and choc-a-bloc with exciting new artworks and wordworks." It is indeed. As is The Caterpillar, The Moth's younger sibling. It's aimed at 7-11 year-olds though we're equally as taken with it so looks like we'll be starting yet another magazine collection.
Welcome to SS17 at The Hambledon. We’re calling it Miami Nice. Womenswear, menswear, homeware, it’s all feeling a bit ‘80s coming-of-age summer in a good way; endless sun-soaked days, beach loungers and pool parties. Basically, all the fun without the bad hair and shoulder pads.
Saturated pastels, metallics and strong prints feature across the board in Womenswear. Accessorised with turquoise and yellow Nailmatic, a rainbow of plastic baskets by Sun Jellies, and all kinds of ban.do attitude. Meri Meri and Rice flood Homeware with summer colour and everything to get a party started. And the fun and colour carries on down to Menswear too with pastel Ts, shorts and beach accessories. Game of frisbee anyone?
Australian mum-of-two, Kate Berry, launched Lunch Lady blog back in 2013 after her daughter was bullied at school for eating a homemade packed lunch. Her aim was to inspire parents to make delicious lunches for their children and it proved a huge hit. Fast forward a few years and issue 5 of Lunch Lady magazine is currently sitting pretty on the shelves of our Newsstand project.
Choc full of great recipes, inspiring family stories, beautiful photography, art and cooking projects, as well as funny opinion pieces about the ups and downs of raising kids - it's one of our favourite new reads. Plus we're a bit in love with Kate's gorgeous Instagram feed, so we asked her to pick some favourite moments from life behind the scenes at Lunch Lady.
So while we were stocking up on boxes of tissues and unpacking umpteen deliveries last week, Rob was hopping on a plane to NYC to hunt down exciting new things for AW17. We watched his Instagram feed with envy - record shopping in Brooklyn, nights out at the Blue Note Jazz Club, all-American diner breakfasts, buying appointmenets in trendy Hell’s Kitchen showrooms - but bless him, he saved the best pics just for us: Coney Island on a beautiful and deserted winter's day. Thanks Rob!
Just as the winter blues were threatening to set in, along come Meri Meri with a delivery stuffed full of fun, colour, new and exciting. Posters, totes, cushions, purses and partyware; cacti, pineapples, rainbows and an extra big YAY! Can always rely on this bunch to brighten our days.
Here it is. Our first project of 2017 and we’re playing newsagent. True to form, shelves are lined with nothing you can find in WHSmiths - and we have brown paper bags, Picnic bars and Polos.
Whatever your passion or pleasing we’ve gathered the most cool, most obscure and most inspiring reads from around the globe. Everyone from brewers and anglers to denim geeks and dog lovers will find their people among these pages.
Newsstand is here until 5 March. Come and have a read at your leisure. And watch this space for features and interviews on some of our favourite titles.
Read all about it. The project space is playing newsagent as its first get-up of 2017. Shelves lined with nothing in WHSmiths. Just all the obscure, beautiful, inspiring, hard-to-lay-your-hands-on titles we love. And plenty of time to browse them at leisure. Newsstand is here 20 January - 5 March.
2016 was the quite the year for us with, thankfully, many more highs than lows. After the craziness of Christmas and THE sale, we took a moment to look back on the past 12 months and remind ourselves of what happened in the world of The Hambledon.