THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Shinola, Hanro, New Balance, Agnes B, Nudie

Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

Nudie Jeans Repair Shop arrives in New York
I love my American denim, but when I was into skinny jeans, I wore nothing but Nudies. It has the best super-dark denim and a thoughtful approach to manufacturing and sustainability. Nudie has just opened its latest Nudie Jeans Repair Shop in New York (188 Bowery, 10012), with full collections of organic unisex denim, as well as its free repairs on your Nudie jeans. The free repair model is catching on with other denim brands, but Nudie has impressively good numbers. Last year, 30,000 pairs of Nudie jeans were repaired and this year it’s expected to be 40,000+. It’s a great way to get people coming back to your store and keep wearing their Nudies…


Shinola celebrates local craft makers with its anti Cyber Monday initiative
I like this idea from Shinola that underscores its keep-forever ethos. Tomorrow it’s saying no to the idea of a Cyber Monday shopping frenzy with ‘Makers Monday’, its in-store demo of slow consumerist hand-crafting that celebrates local makers. In London, we’ll have a series of British makers showcasing their skills at the Shinola London store on 13 Newburgh Street, W1 and there will be similar activities going on in its ten stores worldwide. See more on Monocle.


HANRO 1601 vest in bright colours
God knows we need some uplifting colour in the world at the moment, so I’m all over this injection of brights from Hanro. I wear these 1601 spaghetti strap vest tops religiously. The shape is pretty much unchanged since they were first introduced, and the combo of the seamless design in mercerised cotton with delicate satin straps continues to be a winner. To celebrate 30 years of the 1601 vest top, Hanro has just rolled out these six upbeat colours – perfect timing to go under all those 90s slip dresses, no? They retail at £30.50 and you can find them HERE and at Fenwick.


agnes b stamps for red cross

Stamps and Agnès b – two things that I love. I actually meant to post about these beautiful stamps a few weeks ago and they seem even more poignant now in light of the Paris attacks. Agnès b has created these French stamps to benefit the French Red Cross. The booklet of five stamps is being sold in post offices and Agnès b boutiques across France with a percentage of the price donated to the French Red Cross. Read more on WWD.


New Balance 3D printed trainers
It’s taken a bit longer for 3D printing to reach the consumer market than we imagined. But the trainer brands are way ahead of the game, with New Balance the latest to reveal a trainer with 3D printed technology ready for market. In April, it’s releasing the first high performance running shoe with a 3D-printed midsole, available in Boston to coincide with the Boston Marathon. 3D printing enables faster, more efficient manufacturing with less waste and in this case, results in a lighter shoe. 3D printed trainers also lend themselves to customisation, but for New Balance, that’s some way off. But it suggests that some customers will be able to customise their 3-D printed midsoles as part of a trial program in 2017. Read more at Fast Company.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES via Nudie, Shinola, Hanro, WWD, New Balance

Why should you use a facial oil?


The aromatherapy balms I loved for summer have been replaced by a whole load of facial oils for winter. They serve various purposes, from encouraging the nightly facial massage, to adding active natural ingredients to nourish the skin overnight, to simply being a calming feel-good ritual to end the day.

Buy why and when should you use facial oils? I generally use one at night because the earlier ones were quite heavy and prone to leaving a rather-too-glowy finish. But the newer varieties are really not greasy at all so can be used whenever you want an extra boost of hydration. Facial oils tend to be made of natural (and often organic) ingredients and the different types of oils target different skin concerns. So whether you suffer from dry skin, sensitive skin, dullness, or even acne-prone skin, there’s likely a facial oil to suit. The biggest plus however is simply that they’re oils and so they can give your skin a much bigger moisture boost than your regular moisturiser.

I’ve been rotating these because I just love the ritual of using facial oils. The Goldfaden MD is my most used; I think I was sent it to try in March. It came just as I finished my Sanctuary Spa Therapist’s Secret Facial Oil, which is another excellent oil (at a great price. Buy it HERE).

Facial oils Goldfaden MD Fleuressence Botanical Cell Oil and Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate For Night

Goldfaden MD Fleuressence Botanical Cell Oil is one of the most expensive oils at £105 for 30ml but I love everything about it. The tall glass bottle feels luxe, the oil is not too thick or runny, there’s just the hint of a scent and it seems to love my skin. I’ve not had a single flake of dry skin since using it. It’s mostly targeted at dry, aging skin and contains a blend of 100% pure active botanicals, fruit extracts and natural oil to help skin cell revitalisation. Buy it HERE.


Why should you use a facial oil?
Despite the OTT name, this does live up to its claims. Targeted at mature skins, its three key ingredients are rosehip seed oil from Chile, camellia seed oil from China and black cumin seed oil from Egypt, all known for their preserving properties. I’ll admit I’ve kind of ignored The Body Shop for a few years, but I really liked the look of the apothecary-style bottle with its rubber pipette and amber nectar. The oil is a lovely consistency – I add two drops into the palm of my hand, rub my hands together, and then press the oil into my face and neck. And then massage. The slightly spicy/herby smell reminds me of Aveda’s anti-humectant pomade – maybe it’s the cumin seed oil? – It’s not unpleasant though. The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil is £28 for 30ml. Buy it HERE, but check out the home page first for its Black Friday deals, which have started already.


I’m a recent Liz Earle convert. I love the Cleanse & Polish for taking off my make-up and I recently had a facial with the wonderful Abigail James who advises a lighter massage for those with sensitive skin but for everyone else a firm touch will stimulate blood flow. This Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate For Night comes in a wee 10ml rollerball bottle (£21), which is perfect for travel. You roll it straight onto your face and neck, then massage upwards and outwards. This is made from pure plant oils – the key ingredients are organic rosehip oil, argan oil and neroli oil and it’s also heavily lavender scented which I adore. Spending five minutes at the end of the day massaging out my frown lines the day’s stresses is a really nice way to unwind. Buy it HERE.


WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

Muji – the regeneration

Muji New York Flagship on 5th Avenue

Before Uniqlo there was Muji, an emporium of well-made Japanese utilitarian basics where I religiously stocked up on winter camisoles (until they tweaked the ones I loves and I defected to HeatTech). Over the years Muji’s clothing offer has been sidelined by the might of Uniqlo, but it’s fighting back with its New York super store. (more…)

Fenwick beauty favourites

Fenwick beauty hall favourites

As we descend into the Christmas shopping season, the department stores are going full guns ablaze for your beauty dollars. If you want to bypass the chaos of tourists and overzealous scent-spritzers but want to shop in London, Fenwick is a pretty good place to start.

This year, Fenwick has overhauled its ground floor, giving the full entrance space over to its beauty offer. (more…)