Favourite French label Paul & Joe Sister return to womenswear this week with their wonderfully eclectic style. Gorgeous floral prints get thrown together with broderie anglaise and a touch of tweed. And somehow it all just works.
What a happy day Saturday was. Our Made of Paper pop-up was transformed into a brightly coloured hive of activity with local papercutting artist Eileen White showing us novices how it's done. And if the satisfied smiles were anything to go by, we think it's safe to assume there are some very lovely paper creations hanging proudly at home right now.
With a smart new stationery department to stock, we are all about paper goods right now. So it seemed only natural to turn our hand to a spot of old fashioned newsagency and line a shelf or two with some of our favourite publications. Not your average rags, have a flick of these and you might just find yourself clearing some space on your coffee table to start a new collection.
A big thank you goes to James Brown who made a special trip to see us last week to unveil our Hambledon exclusive Winchester print and answer a few questions about his work. As we're sure all of those who came along will vouch, it was thoroughly lovely and interesting gathering and James is possibly the nicest printmaker on the planet.
Nothing excites Rob more than a great pair of jeans, so when Levi's Vintage Clothing came to menswear, oh how we knew about it. The heritage! The quality! The fit! No other denim label compares we're told.
The label was launched in the early 90s to celebrate and keep alive Levi's impressive history. They create exact reproductions straight out of the Levi's San Francisco archives, and they're authentic to the core; manufactured in the original Levi's factory using original quality selvage denim sourced from their original US supplier, Cone Mills. We love that each style has its own story, charting changing tastes, production methods and new innovations.
First up on our Levi's timeline is the 1947 501 - a classic slim fit with a straight leg, it was a jean for the new, post-war generation. Next is the 1954 501Z with its narrow, tapered leg. It was the first jean to carry a zip much to the dismay of one disgruntled customer who said it was like 'peeing into the jaws of a crocodile'. Fast forward to 1967 and we have the 505 - a jean for the modern man with a straight fit that now sits lower on the waist. We could go on, but just come and have a chat to Rob, and he'll tell you'll all you need to know about LVC.
We're always amazed by just how fabulous Marilyn Moore's frocks look on so many people. And we're quite certain that her SS12 collection is going to deliver the same high standard. From light cotton daytime options in bright primaries (including the Miki, of course!) through to super luxe silk pieces in gorgeous pearly pinks, soft greys and gold, we challenge you not to find something that suits.
Time to pass on the puddle stomping leathers and opt for something a little lighter on the sole. Basement favourite Grenson have delivered a great range of suede options for SS12. We have their very fine version of the iconic desert boot, known as Oscar, available in navy and tan. Then there's James, a well turned out preppy penny loafer. And finally, Sid, a handsome nubuck brogue, as perfect as the rest with simple chinos and an Oxford.
Queene and Belle deliver their wardrobe treasures for SS12 this week. It's as covetable and collectable as ever with their beautiful handstitched detailing, luxury yarns spun in Scotland and cool, eclectic styling. Pretty vintage lace hangs alongside nautical stripes, cotton broderie anglaise and embellished knits.
Launched in 2009, we're loving how Chinti & Parker is growing up. First it was the perfect t-shirt, then gorgeous cashmere and now we're presented with a collection of beautiful blouses, skirts and dresses with which to complete their signature look. Breton stripes with bright acid pockets. Trails of stars and spots over safe grey or navy. Tomboy collars on pretty polka dot blouses. It's simple with a twist, classic but updated and understated yet fun./>
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./>