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Rob & Rich hit Pitti

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It's one of the biggest dates in the menswear calendar so it was off to Florence once again for our intrepid menswear buyers. They got lost, they discovered lovely new things, they fell in love with wool and more wool, they got excited at Engineered Garments and Post Overalls, they got lost again, ate rabbit gnocchi and spent way too much time in the WP store.

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A nod to the mod

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It's another star turn for sophisticated casual supremo, Oliver Spencer. Inspired by late 70s French Mod, his SS12 collection is packed full of easy to wear pieces and lovely details - light jackets with large buttons, striped jerseys, proper linen suiting, shirts with checks and polka dots plus Oliver's super nice new 'posh trainers'.

Oliver Spencer SS12

The Christmas Gift Guide 2011

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For Him 1  Scanimation Star Wars £10.99 2  Maker's Journal £15 3  Polaroid Camera £99 4  C.O. Bigelow Barber, from £10 5  Grenson Shoes £215 & Pantherella Socks £29.95 6  Filson Field Bag £250 For Kids 1  Magical Menagerie £16.99 2  Xylophone £9.95 3  Wooden Alphabet Blocks £29.95 4  Kazoo £2.50, Bike Horn £3.95, Slide Whistle £2.95 5  Chicken Cube Puzzle £4.95 6  Spot It Again! £8.99
For Her 1  Permanent Botanicals, from £1.95 2  Notepads £7.95 3  Rococo Chocolate, from £1.25 4  Epice Scarf £139 5  Branksome China, from £7.50 6  Bon Bon Soaps £8.95 For Christmas 1  Tiny Tree Ornaments £11.95 2  Paper Poms £18.50 3  Hope & Greenwood Sweets Suitcase £16.99 4  Santa Claus Decoration £9.95 5  Hanging Mushrooms, from £5.95 6  Glitter Greeting Postcards £9.95

Smells like Christmas

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We've been hard at work sniffing out all the most gorgeous scents and soaps worthy of giving this Christmas. Here they are in no particular order?

1. All the way from Melbourne and exclusive to The Hambledon, there's no need to wrap possibly the prettiest soap out there, the Murphy & Daughter Bon Bon.

2. C.O. Bigelow, the oldest apothecary in America, lathers up rather lovely and looks a treat in the bathroom.

3. Alvarez Gomez from Spain - lemon, geranium, eucalyptus, Spanish lavender, rosemary, thyme, English lavender and bergamot in a bottle. Heavenly.

4. Finally, D R Harris - good enough for The Prince of Wales, good enough for us. So good in fact that we've expanded our range into new frangrances and skincare.

So here's wishing you a lovely, fragrant Christmas. May there be gorgeous aromas wafting from under your tree?

Smells like Christmas

Provenance: Falcon

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Say hello again to a design classic. Crispy white with a distinctive blue rim. Solid and functional. An icon of British homelife. Makes us think of cosy kitchens and home-cooked food. It's Falcon enamelware. Here since the 20s. It never really went anywhere, apart from maybe the back of the kitchen cupboard. But dig it out, dust it off and get some more because we're pleased to say Falcon is very much here and now again.

The brand has undergone a major revamp in partnership with designers KIWI&POM and Morse Studios. They've introduced a series of new colourways, and some lovely kitchenware sets, all wrapped up in new 'hardware store' packaging. Apart from that, the core product remains the same, as strong and as functional as ever. Porcelain is fused onto heavy-gauge steel. It's dishwasher-safe, chemical-resistant and cannot burn. If you drop it, it may chip but it won?t break.

We're particularly fond of the new kitchenware sets - the pie set and cook set - as seen put to good use in the above photos. Appetite suitably whet? Yep, ours too.

Falcon

Provenance: SNS Herning

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Founded by Soren Nielsen Skyt in 1931 in Herning, S.N.S. Herning is the iconic Danish brand, famed for producing traditional fishermen's sweaters from the original early 20th century patterns. The knitwear is still produced on German Stoll knitting machines. Each finished piece is still signed by the individual knitter and the main part of the collection each season is still a remake of designs from the archives. Function is key. The classic 'bubble' pattern evolved as a means of creating a heavily insulated garment, the texture of the yarn to withstand hard manual work. However, though the logo still bears the dinghy icon, it isn't just trawlermen heading for Herning.

SNS Herning

American Boy: Engineered Garments & Quoddy

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Enough of Autumn. It?s all about Fall. We are super proud to have our first delivery of Engineered Garments. Inspired by the American sportswear, outdoor clothing and military uniforms he coveted in his youth in Japan, designer Daiki Suzuki has engineered a collection of meticulous detail. We?re showing Engineered with Quoddy footwear, handsewn by the Shorey family in Maine since 1909. Get to The Hambledon for a full blast of Americana.


Cheer for Just In Case

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Are you in love? We are. This is the prettiest collection in the building, ever. It's a little bit princess, a little bit Jackie O, a little bit Rydell High and even includes our favourite obligatory fluoro flashes. Please accessorise with tissue paper pom poms. We don't know why but you just must.


Provenance: Get The New Balance

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New Balance is an American heritage brand, fourth largest sports good manufacturer in the world and making shoes in the tiny town of Flimby in the Lake District. Think global, act local.

Founded by William Riley in Massachusetts at the turn of the century (not this one), New Balance originally specialised in orthopaedic shoes and arch supports. William Riley developed his first pair of running shoes in 1938. When the company was taken over by Jim Davis (who still owns 100% of the business) in 1972 New Balance made a single style of shoe, the iconic Trackster, and employed just 6 staff. 1n 1976 the NB 320 and 305 were voted the world?s best running shoes by Runner?s World and the company, in its present incarnation, was launched. New Balance now employs 2,400 people worldwide, makes 200 different kinds of shoe, has 5 factories in the US and the UK and sells in 120 countries.

Production in the Britain is indicative of the company?s commitment to domestic manufacture: in part about support of the local economy and in part about super quick turnaround and tip top quality. Go glocal.


Icons of Men's Style

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A/W '11 - A.P.C., Andersons, Baracuta, Converse, Edwin, Engineered Garments, Filson, Folk, Gitman Bros., Grenson, Howies, Hudson, Il Bussetto, John Smedley, New Balance, Norse Projects, Nudie Jeans, Moscot, Oliver Spencer, Pantherella, PS Paul Smith, Quoddy, Redwing, Schiesser, S.N.S. Herning, Sunspel, The Hill-Side, Trickers, Universal Works, YMC.