Spring 11 for Norse Projects, Copenhagen's coolest street wear brand, is all about 'barefooted beach days in the long and mystical Scandinavian summer light'. So says their press book. We think it's a great hybrid: still about reworking classic Nordic workwear with impeccable detailing but embracing a more Southern European nautical feel with even a touch of the American preppie. Their much lauded collaboration with French retailer Colette and Breton outfitters Armor Lux seems to have given them a taste of warmer climes.
This month The Hambledon came 7th out of a total 50 independent retailers from the UK and Republic of Ireland in Drapers Inspiring Independents 2011 list, voted for by readers and industry alike.
Needless to say we are all thrilled to be placed so highly amongst such dynamic and prestigious company! Here's just a taster of what they had to say about us:
'Over the past decade The Hambledon has grown from a sparsely filled retail space into an incredibly warm and welcoming emporium, which fuses beautiful antique décor with fashion offerings unrivalled'
Many thanks to Drapers and all the readers and industry professionals who voted for us!
The Universal Works story is as much about founder David Keyte, as the label's three years in business building a solid reputation for good, honest menswear. It's the kind of story we love, the sort to inspire the likes of anyone working in fashion who has ever thought "I can do this."
Twenty-five years ago Keyte was a Saturday shop boy working in a small fashion store. From there he went on to climb the industry rungs at Paul Smith before heading up Maharishi for five years. As he puts it, "I was always telling others how they were getting it wrong, and at some point you have to put your neck on the line." And in 2008, he did just that with Universal Works.
"Less interested in fashion and more in the function, fit and cut of garments" David placed these values at the heart of the Universal Works brand. Pioneering a distinctly British look, loosely based on traditional workwear, the focus is simplicity and craftsmanship rather than seasonal trends. As such, provenance is paramount and there's not a whiff of mass-produced to be had. Everything is made in small, highly skilled factories, many of which are here in the UK.
For all these reasons, we've been fans since the beginning and are pleased to bring the label's fourth collection to Hambledon menswear this Spring. Watch this space for a sneak preview.
Great to see our new menswear department getting a well deserved mention in our favourite mens glossy. Thank you Esquire for your lovely words - has made us all warm and happy on this very wintry day!
The Christmas countdown starts here at The Hambledon. Our festive pop-up shop is now open and brimming with baubles, bows, cards, crackers, and a bumper selection of stocking fillers. If you're yet to find that Christmas spirit, this corner of the shop has it in santa size sack load.
Our freshly painted and decorated pop-up shop has taken on a distinctly dated feel just now - but in nothing but a good way. Yes open for two weeks only we're hosting a special vintage pop-up in collaboration with Old Albion - the company responsible for sourcing and supplying us with interesting finds from days gone by. You may have spotted the odd piece around the store recently and now we have a whole corner dedicated to curious trinkets and treasures.
We're suckers for a bit of tradition so when we walked into D.R Harris's original apothecary on St. James Street we were seduced by this super old-school British brand. As one of London's oldest pharmacies it's been there since 1790 and has reams of impressive history serving the city gentry and Court of St. James.
Hanging on the wall is the 1938 Royal Warrant appointing D.R. Harris as Chemists to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Today they are appointed Chemists to H.R.H the Prince of Wales.
Renowned for the quality of their products, this family-owned company has remained eternally faithful to its roots. The majority of their products are still produced by traditional methods, being hand-made and packed on the premises.
We couldn't resist bringing the classic gentlemen's Arlington range to our bath and beauty department. We have the cologne, shaving cream, shower gel, deodorant and our favourite - the oh so practical soap-on-a-rope.
One of our season highlights is here - the arrival of the fabulous Just in Case collection, which this time takes the name of the song Aint No Cure for Love by Leonard Cohen. Apt perhaps because once again we've fallen for the label's mature and elegant flamboyance.
The gorgeous skirts are as full as ever - our absolute favourite being the Cita tulle ballerina style number. The beautiful quality fabrics are back - draped silks, thick velvets and heavy satins. The signature prints are all abstract watercolours, photographic and floral, and the knitwear super-deluxe, featuring the Alba ruffle and Elba sparkly lurex. All of this comes in a palette of beautiful subdued shades with highlights of citrine mustard and bottle green among the blacks, warm browns and soft pinks.
Here we are unpacking our great new range of retro glassware. It's all American diner style with that characteristically thick bevelled glass. We're all going a bit gooey and nostalgic over the milk jugs, desert dishes, ice-cream sundae and milkshake glasses. Make ours a vanilla with a cherry on top please!
Womenswear is looking especially lovely at the moment thanks to Laura, our VM. Themed on the distinctive style of Charleston farmhouse and the Bloomsbury Group, we have a corner of the upper floor adorned with faded photographs, scores of music, dogeared books and other memorabilia harking back to the bohemian paradise that was Charleston. Altogether a very fitting backdrop to our new autumn winter collections due to be released over the coming weeks.