Ooh, I’m feeling the autumn thrill and fully embracing the chill with some crazy coat action – I may/may not have just bought two faux leopards in slightly different shades, ahem – and the most to-die-for merino scarf…
Earlier in the day I had paid a visit to accessories maker M Hulot to check out the new knitwear collection. Designer and founder Anna Clare Kreeger has a wonderfully minimalist aesthetic combined with super high quality line of handbags (I fell in love with the Howe bag in grey quite a few years ago now!) so I was curious to check out the knits. Suffice to say absolutely stunning – two colourways in two sizes of scarf and a good-sized hat – which I hope you can see from the navy merino Cloud scarf in the pictures. So so soft and sumptuous, I cannot wait to wrap up warm in it. (I took loads of pictures for a behind-the-scenes interview so keep an eye out for that, up soon.)
Are you a laptop worker? I am and so guilty of putting my neck out using mine in all sorts of ill-conceived sofa involved angles. I do have a wave stool at my desk though, and an angled laptop stand is the perfect addition. This streamlined wooden stand (which slots together neatly when not in use) is by design collective Humbleworks. Based in Shoreditch, all the cleverly designed pieces (minimal, elegant, extremely pleasing to the eye) are all produced and packaged up locally. I loved the cloth pouch the laptop stand came in too, a lovely Christmas present (if you’re in any way starting to thing about that!) and take a look at the standing desk, amazing!
Also east London based is new homewares brand Maik – they launched their first collection this June. (Love the name, had no idea MAik was an old Scottish term meaning the equal or peer of an object!). All the geometric prints are designed in-house, with the manufacturing of woven fabrics moved to unemployed women’s social enterprise in East London and trays and cutting boards made in a family-run factory in Sweden. Really love the collection and this birch tray (all wood sourced from FSC or PEFC suppliers) is perfect on our kitchen table as a repository for all the those bits in current deployment – like the beautiful string of hearts plant is the latest from Geo-Fleur’s plant subscription club which is one of the cleverest subscription ideas around at the moment, again another amazing present for a loved one.
The little midi sun and moon rings are by Hackney-based Marcia Vidal, super cute and very affordable at £35 and the camera you will probably have already seen. It’s the just-launched Olympus Pen E-PL8. The latest Pen model, it’s undergone a sleek re-design with a few new features. Definitely the camera for you if you’re looking for a highly capable starter camera – interchangeable lenses, super small and wifi which allows you to transfer pictures straight to your phone and shoot remotely are its big selling points; see my more in-depth overview here. Just released, I have a few put aside for you guys at this link here, available in three colours.
The strap you see is actually something exciting I’m working on with the lovely Mimi Berry. This is just at sample stage but we’re looking at creating a small collection of three straps in different colours and a leather pouch for camera and lenses. Would love to hear any thoughts or feedback on this one, but otherwise stay tuned!
Coat | Topshop
Trousers* | AV London at The Collaborative Store
Plant* | Geo Fleur plant subscription
Sunglasses (amber) | Finlay & Co
Camera* | Olympus Pen E-PL8
Camera strap | Mimi x Stylonylon (coming soon!)
Tray* | Maik
Laptop stand* | Humbleworks
Rings* | Marcia Vidal
Earrings* | Eiger Gallery