Design

What to buy from Arket: millennial pink jeans, recycled cashmere and a box of cookies



Arket new store opening Regent Street

OK, Arket hasn’t opened yet but first impressions are rather promising. It helps that the press day was meticulously merchandised, the catering was fantastic and the goody bag contained a useful duo of linen tea towel and ‘good’ olive oil.

In case you missed it, Arket is (yet) another new brand from the H&M stable, launching in early autumn. (more…)



What’s the deal with Gerhard Steidl?



Gerhard Steidl
I blame Gerhard Steidl for the reason I nearly break my neck every time I descend the steps into my office. The fact is, I have a confession: I have a book problem. Books are OK to spend money on, right? They’re objects of learning and curiosity and they’re also symbolic of taking time in a sped up word. And some are objects of beauty even more ravishing than a Prada shoe or a Valentino sweater. (more…)



Straw bags and London life are a tricky combination



straw bag

I wish I was the kind of person who had a use for straw basket bags in my everyday life. Alas, I’m far too pragmatic; my default is a sensible leather tote that holds an umbrella and a ton of other practicals, rather than a bikini and a lip balm.

Some London-dwellers do it really well though and I salute them (more…)



Graduate Fashion Week 2017 – ones to watch



Ravensbourne fashion design graduate Sophie Hampson

Graduate Fashion Week 2017 is imminent and it always takes me back to that heightened drama of my deep distant final student days. I swung by the GFW PR offices a few weeks ago where chosen graduates were still dropping off their just-finished outfits to be shot for the PR campaign seen here. (more…)