'Tis the season so every excuse to go all out in the glitz and glam stakes. Heavy sequins, intricate lace, showy frills, metallic leather; our Christmas collections from Custommade, Mads Norgaard and Stella Nova have hit the rails along with plenty of other party pieces. Standouts include a gold leather miniskirt and heavy sequin dress from Mads Norgaard, sparkly clutches from Beck Sonderagaard, sheer lace tops from Custommade and pointy silver snakeskin boots from Hudson.
Sandqvist Stina Bag £205 | Arlington Aftershave £26.95 | Hestra Helen Gloves £55 | Braun 0021 Watch £90 | BeckSondergaard Kastler Scarf £32 | Pineapple Porcelain Jug £34.95 | Kaweco Skyline Sport Rollerball £15.95 | Marvis Whitening Toothpaste £6.95 | Sandqvist Jordan Bag £205 | Enamel Soapdish £9.95
Rainbow Deco £9.95 | Rocket Lolly Sponge £3.95 | 2017 Best Year Ever Wall Calendar £16 | Geranium Shading Socks £14.95 | Hot Spot Highlighter Set £10 | Cherry Mug £14.95 | Peach Rollette Lip Gloss £6.99 | Lost in Los Angeles £9 | Rainbow Glitter Tape £3.75 | Warner Brothers Compact Case 002 £7
Now here's a very pleasing thing. Opening a parcel permeated by the smell of really good leather to find these beautiful wallets and cardholders - handmade in the UK for one of our favourite menswear labels, and a Hambledon wholesale exclusive. Delivery of the week goes to our friends at Universal Works.
Made to order in small batches, each piece is designed with paper and pencil, fashioned from English veg tanned leather, hand cut with traditional knives and finally sewn together using vintage hand cranked machines for an authentic stitch quality. No electricity required; a proper little ‘cottage’ business run by a lady who’s been everything from a scrap vehicle dismantler to an award winning packaging designer. This we like a lot. Thanks Universal Works, you know us well.
Leone Large Fruit Jellies £19.95 | Brutti E Buoni Chocolate £3.50 | Retro Tin of crunchy Amaretti £14.95 | Chocolate Cigars £6.95 | Stirring Slowly £20 | Tropical Fruit Nougat Slice £6.50 | Good Things to Drink £20 | Coco Artisan Chocolate £4 | Dolce £17.99 | 4 Medaglie Doro Quatro Centenario £21
Plate Imperfect Gold £11.95 | Golddust Stud Gold £59 | Dandy Wallet Silver Dot £55 | Set of Two Cup & Saucer Anouk Gold £39.95 | Stars Champagne Saucer Set of 6 £68 | Leone Classic Tin Mixed £4.50 | Nail Polish Cassavetes £12 | Star Hand Cream Bouquet £22 | The New Garconne £16.95 | Tea Tonique Eau de Parfum £95
It goes without saying that Christmas is a huge deal at The Hambledon and we embrace it heartedly. To the extent that several members of staff have multiple trees to accommodate varying decorative schemes. And they might need one more this year because our Christmas shop is open and it’s more fun, colourful and kitsch than ever before.
The tree is decked with a sparkly, neon-trimmed menagerie: winter hares in velvet collars; racoons carrying tres; birds wearing earmuffs; glittery swans, polar bears, bambis and parrots; dogs from Scotties to corgis, and for cat lovers out there (we hear you!), we're introducing your furry friends encased in beautiful glass globes. We’ve also thrown metallic rainbows, unicorns and pineapples into the mix for good measure.
Cards, wrap, advent calendars, crackers, garlands and balloons come courtesy of Meri Meri so the profusion of glitter, neon and fun continues; the foil balloon garland reading 'jolly' saying it all really. Let the festivities begin.
Former anthropology student, native of Montpellier, inveterate traveller, lover of Japan, William Eggleston fan; it's fair to say we're a bit taken with Emma François and the label she started back in 1997. Here's a closer look at the very lovely world of Sessun.
In 2011, French entrepreneurs Boris Gratini and Lilian Monnier focused their attentions on nail polish, and the idea of “leaving the world of cosmetics and getting closer to the world of fashion”. They wanted to be kind to the environment and make their products in France from start to finish. They wanted great colours free from nasty chemicals. And first and foremost, they wanted to sell their nail polishes from vending machines.
And so started Nailmatic, and probably the most fun, friendly and fashion forward nail polishes out there. We haven’t got one of their cool vending machines but we do have shelves stocked with their grown-up polishes (great colours, solvent free, phthalate free, formaldehyde-free); a nail polish remover that actually smells nice (lavender and 100% natural); plus their kids range featuring polishes (removable with just warm, soapy water) and rollerball lip-glosses (glittery and made from apricot kernal oil). A whole lot to love right here.