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…
[ezcol_1half]Where to start? The coats I’ve been getting well into – see recent outfit posts navy woollen & faux 80s glam – with a new Pinterest board (check that out here!) and for the first time have gone fully leopard. It’s a Kate Moss / La Bardot enduring classic which of course can end up going too far one way if you’re talking red lipstick and fishnets and just absolutely the right side of perfect when you team it with an otherwise very minimal look – eg. yesterday I wore this Topshop one with the plainest outfit of straight blue jeans, white plimsols and a black rollneck (snap of this look still on my Insta stories I think!). Oh and my new sunglasses (in amber), pictured; my favourite Percy frames by Finlay & Co which I just had to buy 😉 because I seem to have lost my spring/summer long buddies, the Percy in tortoiseshell. *How and why shrieks of internal pain!* Which, however, leads me on to where I bought them; at the brilliant The Collaborative Store, which has now taken up permanent residence on Blandford Street, W1.[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]I popped in on Friday and was thrilled to see the new collection of brands, also with a bit of a more lifestyle edge too. Many personal favourites which I’ve featured on the blog – Bad Denim, Cru London, Genevieve Sweeney, Finlay & Co, Tada & Toy, Eiger Gallery, Essence & Alchemy and Elena’s own brand AV London – the wool trousers (pictured) which sit so nicely on the hip and go down straight in the perfect wide leg, also cropped but just the right length on me! Plus some gorgeous new designers (to me) like Karine Lecchi and Arela Studio. Anyway, I will be paying another visit soon to take some pictures of all the gorgeous pieces. Basically I loved everything! The silver hoops are also available at the shop, from concept jewellery brand Eiger Gallery, who commission pieces from a range of designers from different fields, interiors, graphics, product and design. The hoops are by one of the founders Alba Bayona who also designs for AB Handmade, all handmade in Spain. I’ve had this necklace for ages. [/ezcol_1half_end]
[ezcol_2third]I first discovered the gorgeously curated The Collaborative Store in Shoreditch as a concept pop-up last spring and was really taken with the overall vibe and choice of designers, all the brainchild of founder Elena Todary.[/ezcol_2third] [ezcol_1third_end][/ezcol_1third_end]
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