Edwin is one of those iconic denim brands. Established in Japan in 1947 as the Tsunemi KK Company, it was originally an importer of used denim from the States. Influenced by the fit, wash and quality of American denim, and disappointed by homegrown attempts at its manufacture, denim afficionado Mr Tsunemi set about creating his own brand (playing boggle with the letters in the word DENIM and coming up with EDWIN) and revitalising the industry in Japan.
By 1961 he had created his first pair of Edwins. By 1963 Edwin had produced the world?s heaviest ringspun (this is a weaving technique, ask me later) 16oz denim. These jeans can stand up all by themselves. And they featured the rainbow selvedge which is still in use today. In the 70s Edwin were the first company to develop ?old wash? techniques to mimic the wear on vintage workwear.
In the 80s this was further developed with the advent of ?stone washing? (pay attention, this properly revolutionised the industry worldwide) and in the 90s Edwin created the ?new vintage? concept, using subtle hand techniques to replicate vintage washes from pre 1947. At once both old school and innovative Edwin is the denim man?s denim. Go for ED47 for a straight classic (the clue?s in the name, this is really about Edwin?s heritage), ED55 for a carrot leg and ED71 for a slim fit.
This month our pop up has popped up all domestic science. It?s part nostalgia, part practical, a little bit cricket teas and a whole lot Marguerite Patten. We'll be selling everything you need to bake, preserve and hostess to your heart?s content; books, china, cookware, cakestands and cutters. And if you can?t quite be bothered to get out the jam thermometer and the baking powder yourself, we?ve requisitioned supplies from the lovely ladies at Winchester Country Market (www.winchestercountrymarket.co.uk, Badger Farm Community Centre, Fridays 8.30-11am). The lightest Victoria sponges and the jammiest raspberry jams will be here until 29 June.
Our favourite San Francisco stationery people, Cavallini, have embraced all things typographic and cartographic in their newest delivery; tins of notecards, boxes of printed tape and wrapping paper/posters using all sorts of fantastic old type and maps. If you?re keen to smarten up your correspondence and your gift giving hurry along to the shop or hurry along virtually and buy online.
There's crockery and then there's Branksome - capable of holding any tea party to attention with it's beautifully delicate, timeless and colourful designs. For us, the fact that it's produced by a small, independent British business with a long history here in Hampshire just adds to the appeal. It's the sort of crockery to covet and collect piece by lovely piece.
The company was founded in 1945 by Ernest Baggaley, a gifted potter who recognised that 'to be a good china-man I had to create and make my own style using my own technique.' Indeed, at the heart of Branksome is Baggeley's special porcelain recipe which remains unchanged today. Fine and light, yet stronger than earthernware and bone china, water can be boiled in it they claim. Lucy has even followed a lady round the factory clunking mugs together to prove their durability.
In it's heyday, Branksome was the tableware brand to own. Liberty constantly sold out, and the factory with it's 100-strong workforce was at full capacity. Just two years later though the out-of-control company fell on it's knees. Luckily Ernest managed to salvage some stock, move in to the old cinema in Fordinbridge it occupies today and continue to operate on a small scale.
In 2007, Branksome was once again under threat from developers wanting to get their clutches on the old cinema. This time, Philip and Charlie Johnson from a family with pottery in their blood came to the rescue, convinced that Branksome had a future. Happily for us they were right, and Branksome continues today, remaining true to Ernest's original recipe and our favourite 1950s design. Shop our collection.
Still haven't decided what to wear on Friday? Not sure what to give the happy couple? Need to take some snaps in case the paparazzi aren't up to the job? Think you might need glamorous shoes for the reception but comfy pumps for the disco? Does Kate need help with the decorations? Just pop in or hop on to The Hambledon website and we can furnish you with all wedding wherewithal.
You could make a trip to Homebase for dreary gardening gloves and a Flymo or you could make a trip to The Hambledon. For the next 4 weeks our pop-up shop has popped up all horticultural. We?re selling vintage garden paraphernalia (think wire benches, metal etageres, painted bistro tables, zinc buckets) with permanent botanicals, organic seeds from the lovely Thomas Etty Esq, practical wooden tools and gardening books and not a hover mower in sight.
A week of hand techniques and local tradition at The Hambledon. Queene and Belle breathes Scottish heritage, using luxury yarns spun in Scotland. Consisting of hand finished pieces, layered with authentic vintage dresses and decorated using Italian chandelier crystals, antique silver charms and vintage ribbons, this is a collection of heirloom treasures of really exquisite and delicate beauty.
Dancers love Bloch ballet pumps because they?re specially crafted to the curvature of the foot, offering protection and sustainability through hours of dance and movement. We love Bloch and Baby Bloch because they are super cute, super comfy and super versatile. And this season they come in a range of delicious sweetie colours.
Work together, love this world, be honourable and stay wonky - now if there are any words of wisdom we are trying to live by this year it has to be those of fabulously quirky print company Aardvark. We just love the cheery messages adorning the beautifully handcrafted prints and mugs we have here at The Hambledon.
The brainchild of artist and designers Lesley and Pea, the pair moved from London in 2008 to open the Aardvark Tea Room & Gallery in St. Leonards, East Sussex. As well as serving legendary soups and fabulous cakes the cafe showcased British art and crafts, including their own - which sold so well they were forced to pass the tea and cake baton over so as to concentrate on printmaking.
Today, the design duo are kept busy printmaking for such names as the V&A. Inspired by their love of "handmade signs, typography, village halls, fruit cake, tweed overcoats and twice-fried chips", their business champions the handmade and "skills and crafts such as typesetting and sign writing which seem to be on the edge of extinction."
The linocuts are lovingly carved and printed in their ramshackle studio while the broadsides are made with traditional wood and metal type and are printed on a vintage Heidelberg press at Adams of Rye - "the best old-school printshop in the world." It's no surprise then that when asked what they would do in their wildest dreams, the answer included taking over Adams to "continue the letterpress legacy"...as well as buying a piece of land near their favourite pub and keeping rescued lurchers and a donkey.