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Rifle Goes Floral

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If, like us, you're dreaming of the first days of spring, the Rifle Paper Co. are here to help you put that into words. We've always been a big fan of this lovely brand and this latest collection is no exception. They have gone big on botanicals and so have we. With bold, tapestry-like floral illustrations on everything from notebooks to planners to prints, this is the stationery to keep those winter blues at bay.

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New York, New York

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Rob's been in New York (and he had to fly early to avoid the crazy snowstorm and we're not jealous, nope. Not at all). He's been scouting international menswear for us at the Liberty Fair, Capsule and the Man Show. And checking out US showrooms for Engineered Garments, Gitman and Universal Works. He has also been having a very nice time wandering the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Williamsburg. Sister Sandy's friends Emma and Roger provided top B&B in Carroll Gardens. The New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder (result in overtime went Oklahoma's way 122-128) was the sporting highlight; Shuto Okayasu's private view at the Nepenthes store the cultural highlight and walking the High Line the horticultural highlight. David Keyte at Universal Works and all the girls at Meri Meri (in the city for the gift fair) were excellent dinner dates. A good time was had by all. 


Q&A with Anne Rasmussen, Head of Design at Custommade

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We are delighted to introduce Anne Rasmussen, Custommade's Head Designer. She took time out of her extremely busy schedule to chat to us about working for one of Denmark's leading womenswear brands, collaborating with The Hambledon and living life the Scandinavian way. Tak.

We always like to tell a story for the season. What is the inspiration behind the SS16 Custommade collection?

SS2016 takes its starting point in little travel histories. A girl travels and discovers new refined universes. Curious, she travels with her camera, enjoying both spring's brighter days and nights as well as traveling mentally. The colors are based on the graphic base palette. With the grey and dark blue tones, and along with a lot of white, gorgeous accent colors are sprinkled into the collection and adjusted to each month of delivery. The collection is flirtational girly with lace details and ruffles while still with a focus on the long graphic lengths and lines that completes the collection. The prints are original vintage prints.

And your favourite piece(s) in the collection?

That´s a hard one. I love our lace and knitwear in this collection and particularly the Jasmina jacket (pictured left) is so cool!

How would you describe a Custommade woman?

A typical Custommade woman is a modern-minded, cosmopolitan woman who craves simple sophistication.

What can our customers expect from the Custommade project at The Hambledon?

They can expect a full Custommade experience with styles that they can feel comfortable and chic in. The silhouettes are feminine but also simple and easy to wear. As always we focus on the high quality in our fabrics. Easy to wear and easy to love is the best way to describe the look and feel of Custommade.

We're a bit obsessed with Danish style. How would you define it? How can we be more Danish?

The street style is simple and sophisticated including when it comes to the use of colors. But Danish women can be creative (especially during the summer). In general I actually think that Danish women put a lot of effort into looking effortlessly chic.

Describe a typical day at Custommade HQ

A typical day consists of finding inspiration, drawing patterns - and when we are further in the process me and my design team spends a lot of time on fitting the prototypes - and getting all the details in place.

What do you most like about what you do?

I love the creative process and seek inspiration from many different places - from patterns, cuts, poems - and girls on the streets of Copenhagen and Paris. Nothing beats the feeling of having created a collection that women across the world find beautiful.

Who/what couldn't you live without?

That´s easy! My three children and my husband. 

What has been your proudest Custommade moment?

There have been many - but in 2014 we won the renowned Guldknappen award by the women's magazine ALT for Damerne. The award is given to a Danish fashion brand, that has been extraordinary in creating success, and a brand that the Danish woman can relate to. That was a proud moment!  

What's your favourite Danish crime drama? And your favourite Danish swear word. And your top insider tip for a trip to Copenhagen.

I like many of the Danish crime dramas - but some of my favorites are Drabet and Borgen. The swear word I use the most is “sgu” (I guess it´s damn in English) - it´s not even a real swear word anymore. Copenhagen is really one of the best cities in the world when it comes to eating well - so prioritize in order to visit some of the many delicious restaurants. And visit Torvehallerne - Copenhagen´s delicious farmers' market, offering tons of organic, sustainable and locally-sourced food fare. There are also free samples of certain items, so even if you don't have a lot of money you can still enjoy some local flavor.  

Custommade will be taking over the Project Space in our Winchester store 6th February - 6th March 2016

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Custommade Project

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Danish womenswear favourites are taking over the Project Space (Friday 5 February - Sunday 6 March) for their first UK shop within a shop. Custommade, founded in 2002 by Christian Dam is based in Copenhagen, a city of effortless chic. The focus of the brand is contemporary, urban essentials and their stated aim is to make clothes for “modern minded and cosmopolitan women who crave simple sophistication”. Yep. That’s us. Whilst we like to think that The Hambledon offers a beautiful edit of the range every season, this project gives us the opportunity to show the collection in much greater depth. And the Danes will be in store for a few days to give the space a characteristic Scandinavian vibe (thanks to Kat and Charlotte especially for their amazing polyboard wrangling!). 

Read our interview with Anne Rasmussen, Custommade’s head designer, in our news pages and head over to our Competition Page for the chance to win one of 10 Custommade goody bags.

 

Custommade will be taking over the Project Space in our Winchester store 6th February - 6th March 2016

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Gifts For: The Boys

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It's looking like an action packed Christmas for the boys: chopping wood, hiking and exploring and a little artistic endeavour in the form of the Superhero Comic Kit. You can't not.

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Gifts For: Stocking Fillers

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Santa should hurry over. We have everything for every stocking. Jolly putty. Check. Spy pen. Check. Rainbow glitter pen. Check. FaLaLa necklace. Check. Traditional family games. Check. Walnuts. Um no but we have the nutcracker. Check.

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Gifts For: The Girls

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So much gorgeousness here from all over the world: chocolates from England, Turkish Delight from County Cork, jewellery from Denmark, ponies from England, socks from France, make up bags from Los Angeles, pennants from England and pens from South Korea and Germany. Cosmopolitan Christmas at The Hambledon. And we're not making generalisations about pink, it just looks so darn pretty.

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How to gift wrap

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Lucy has been very busy in the grotto. Check out her homage to Martha Stewart. It's a world of pearly wrap, glitter stickers, mirrored alphabets and candy cane tags. 

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The Tree Decoration Menagerie

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There is nothing, we repeat, nothing wrong with a little kitsch at Christmas. Might even go so far as to say it's a requirement for the festive season. Please get involved in a frosted parrot, some neon pineapples (for the animals to eat!) and a glittery dog or ten. 

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