Ankle boots are still everywhere for AW13 but they're trickier to pull off than you might think. Lucy's finally found her perfect pair (Hudson's Mirar, works great dress / jean / day / night options and super comfortable too). But it took extensive research so we thought we'd share what she sussed out along the way.
1. Ankle boots have the ability to bisect the leg at an unflattering, ankle-obscuring point. Be prepared to try on lots of pairs to find the length that works best for your leg length. Shorter legs tend to suit the super cropped versions whereas those blessed with longer limbs can pull off the high top styles.
2. Most important of all is that we need to see the boot. You want your leg to look streamlined so absolutely no excess fabric flapping around.
3. Skinny jeans are the ankle boot's best friend. This way the boot become an extension of your leg. Tights are good too (a pair of Wolford Velvet 50 if Lucy's being really strict). And ankle boots have a great nack of steering a pretty dress away from too smart or prim.
4. We're also loving a slouchy boyfriend jean right now. To make these work with the ankle boot, roll up into a neat cuff. If you're ankle boot has a zip then it's absolutely acceptable to leave the top of the zip slightly undone to accomodate a bit of cuff.
5. Unlike mid calf or knee high options, ankle boots offer great opportunity to up the interest thanks to their neat proportions. Have fun with colour, zips, buckles and texture. Wooden heels are back this season too.
Their beautiful letterpress cards and stationery had us sold, but then we took a closer look at One Canoe Two and found childhood friends, a family farm, a giant 100-year-old barn for an office...and their amazing 'everyone loves pie' recipes. Meet the lovely ladies behind our favourite new stateside stationery find.
We (Beth and Carrie) always talked about running some sort of business where we could sell our creations. We fell into letterpress after Beth's husband bought her a little Kelsey tabletop press before they got married. Our company’s name, 1canoe2, comes from years of the two dreaming up big ideas around a campfire and floating down a spring-fed Missouri river in a canoe. One canoe, two girls. One canoe, two. We began our business venture in late 2009, and soon after we invited Karen, Carrie’s sister-in-law to become a partner in the business. We now have two full-time employees and several part-time employees and interns.
We’re based in Columbia, Missouri, on Carrie’s family farm, in a barn studio that is over 100 years old. Carrie’s dad renovated the first floor of the barn to house the printing presses, paper cutter, and a small workspace. In May, a second renovation on the barn’s loft and east side provided space for offices, a production and shipping area, and a warehouse. We’ve done our best to preserve the beauty of the barn, including the exposed beams and solid wood floors, while adding modern conveniences such as more windows for natural lighting, heating and cooling, and a small kitchen area and restroom. Renovating the barn seemed natural because so much of our artwork draws upon our growing up experiences on farms in the Midwest. We can’t think of a better place to have our studio.
We both like the change of seasons throughout the year, but fall is probably our favorite. Fall in Missouri means the return of cool crisp air, apple picking, beautiful color changes in the trees, long Saturday hikes, and sitting around a bonfire roasting smores. The color in Missouri is pretty amazing – deep reds, bright oranges, and irresistible golds. Thanksgiving is the perfect culmination to the season – a day to be with family, give thanks for our bounty of blessings, and if it’s a nice day, time to be outside before winter arrives.
Carrie loves to learn how to perfect a skill, doing something over and over until she gets really good at it. She approaches her drawings with that in mind every day, but she thought it would be fun to do something she could more easily share with others. Lucky for all of us, she decided she wanted to be really good at making pies. The timing coincided perfectly with the start of the new year and she committed to baking a pie a week for the 2013 year, and that’s how Everyone Loves Pie came about. She’s made 35 of the 52 pies thus far (without repeats) and her pies are both beautiful and delicious. One of her favorite seasonal pies is sour cream apple pie. It's a highly requested pie for Thanksgiving. The recipe is as follows:
Sour Cream Apple Pie
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/3 cup sour cream
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 or 5 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
Prepare a single pie crust from your favorite pie crust recipe and fit into a deep-dish 9 or 10 inch pie plate.
To make the topping, in a bowl blend the butter, sugar, cinnamon, and flour until the mixture is combined well. Cover and chill the topping.
To make the filling, whisk together the sour cream, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs, and flour until the mixture is smooth. Add the peeled, cored, and thinly sliced apples and stir the filling and apples together.
Spoon the filling into the chilled pie crust and crumble the topping evenly over it. Bake the pie on a baking sheet in the middle of a pre-heated 350 degree oven, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. (You may need to put a bit of tin foil on top of the pie during the last 15 minutes or so of baking. Keep an eye on it, you don’t want the top to burn!)
Transfer the pie to a rack and let it cool completely. Dig in and enjoy!
It's the menswear coup of the new seaon, the hotly anticipated follow up to our 2012 Tricker's collaboration. Our second custom project with England's finest shoe maker sees us refining our mark on the same two much-loved styles, the Burford and the Kendal.
The Burford boot features a burnished chestnut calf upper with contrasting repello suede tongue, and a natural welt and double leather sole. Meanwhile the Kendal comes in an espresso calf with blind eyelets and repello suede detailing in the bellows tongue. Like the Burford, it comes with a lovely contrasting natural welt and double leather sole.
Both styles are entirely exclusive to The Hambledon and in very short supply.
The Hudson team rocked up to install their pop-up shoe shop in our project space last Friday. Among them was Les - the brand's resident shoe expert (they have an 'Ask Uncle Les' on their website). There is no shoe-related question this man can't answer, so we took the opportunity to grill him about what we should be wearing on our feet this season (and a few less serious matter too).
Tell us a bit about the collection you've put together for The Hambledon pop-up?
I think the collection is reflective of the store; it's a range that is simple and effortless in style. I think there's a pair of shoes in there to suit everyone's taste and you'd be hard pushed not to find an essential pair to compliment the key pieces in your wardrobe for the A/W season!
What are the girls wearing on their feet this season?
This season the girls will be sporting androgynous and punk inspired boots, block wooden heels and an array of textures. The 90s are back!
And how are they wearing them?
The boots look great lending a masculine edge to a feminine dress. Or styled up with oversized coats and a pop of colour. The shoes, made up of patent loafers and hi-shine flats, lend themselves to the continuing ‘prep’ trend.
Favourite new style of the season for the girls?
Impossible to choose! But the Mirar Ankle Boot and Paddi Brogue would be up there.
Favourite new style of the season for boys?
Toecap Fenway in Tan. No question. Would look fantastic with a pair of Norse Projects chinos.
What will be on the Hudson playlist at The Hambledon?
Daddy You're a Fool to Cry by The Rolling Stones.
Where are you hanging out in the Hudson manor?
(Hudson are based in East London)
I like to get home to Leigh on Sea. I love it there.
What's your favourite thing at the moment?
Dixie Lee and Coops. (Les has a brand new baby daughter to go with his lovely son Cooper)
Summer, you've been good to us but there's a nip in the air and oh how we're ready for a plate full of delicious, wintery comfort food. Exactly the kind of dishes lining the pages of Yvette van Boven's Home Made Winter. The photography is beautiful, her own hand-drawn artwork is charming and we want to eat everything; just the book to step back into the kitchen with for some new season culinary adventures.
Norse Projects has to be one of the most influential menswear brands of recent years. They've certainly won a loyal following here in the basement thanks to their distinctive take on Nordic workwear meets contemporary streetwear. Here as their AW13 collection hits the shop floor, we talk Copenhagen and cool beers with sales manager Mikkel Krath.
Describe your typical working day?
I walk to work and answer too many emails. The showroom and studio is located in a cool central part of Copenhagen with a lot of cafés, bars and stores so when we go outside for a coffee and smoke we can meet friends and watch the world go past. I’ll often have meetings with the design and production teams and that’s the regular 9-5. Half the time though, I’m on the road doing fairs around the world or visiting customers.
When and where are you most productive?
Has to be in the morning when I first show up at the office. I have a 1.5 year old son so I have to be productive when I’m at the studio. No more working late nights!
Who or what couldn't you live without?
I guess it’s obvious choice but it has to be my iPhone. Not sure how I managed anything before the iPhone era!
What do you like most about what you do?
I love providing products to people who share the same values when it comes to design and quality. It’s just a great feeling providing people with quality stuff. And of course working in a creative environment with creative people is amazing.
Who or what inspires you?
I would say the entire Norse Projects team has inspired me a lot. The people involved come from so many different backgrounds and we all see things from different perspectives.
Tell us something we're unlikely to know about
Norse started as a retail concept which pooled inspiration, product, imagery and stories from a number of backgrounds. The retail element is still a strong part of our business but Norse Projects stands on its own feet as a brand now.
What project, collection or achievement are you most proud of?
I would say the constant development of the brand and company. We have come a long way but the journey continues.
What has been the most important lesson learnt?
You've got to work hard to make success. Nothing comes easy. Turn off your email sometimes.
What would you like to do in the future?
Don’t need to worry about that because they will have invented time machines by then.
What is the Norse Project team's guilty pleasure?
We’re all so different but can mostly agree on a few too many cold beers.
And finally, Mikkel Krath's top three Copenhagen must see/dos.
Bo-bi Bar. One of the oldest bars in Copenhagen.
Louisiana Modern Art Museum
Canal tour. Copenhagen is best seen from the water.
Lobster and Swan has been one of our regular blog stops for a while now. For cooking, crafting, gardening and decorating adventures and a proper dose of all things girly and romantic. Here author Jeska lends her eye for all things pretty to her pick of our wares.
London footwear brand Hudson launches its first ever shop within a shop in September. And it's here. At The Hambledon. Doors open on Saturday 31st August.
Autumn 13 is the season of the ankle boot and Hudson have every angle covered. Watch out for Plath (contemporary with lizard detailing), Stanford (ultimate preppy penny loafer), Mirar (modern and easy), Horrigan (coveted by star Millie Mackintosh for its bohemian charm), Riley (a little bit urban cowboy) and Sefton (elegant covered wedge).
Hudson has been putting its best foot forward (and other terrible shoe puns) for more than two decades and we are delighted to welcome them, and their loveable supremo Uncle Les, to The Hambledon. There'll be more from Uncle Les next week as he opines on shoes for our news pages.
The Hambledon/Hudson Project runs from 31 August - 29 September. Extended until Sunday 13th October.
We've gone glam with the leather goods thanks to our first AW13 drop from Beck Sondergaard. Say hello to glossy eelskin, supersoft leather printed up with gold stars, subtle metallics and sophisticated shades of mushroom, charcoal and 'fuzzy peach'. The perfect bit of sparkle and colour to break up those heavy blocks of autumn/winter colour. Plenty useful too with straps and pockets in all the most thoughtful of places.
Bellerose AW13. We're calling it 'thrift store chic'. It's that clever, fearless and effortless kind of dressing you long to pull off but struggle with where to start. Bellerose have made it easy with this collection. No rifling through piles of outcast garments here. Just reserve all caution and mix it up like crazy.
A washed out flannel plaid skirt with a diamante trim collar silk shirt and cropped quilted jacket. Why not? Americana high school jersey layered up with grandma style cable knit. Definitely. Bright orange polka dots with leopard print fake fur. Hell yeah.