Funny to think Farfetch.com has never had a Japanese store in its community of international retailers. Now it does, Tokyo based Restir is the winner of the Farfetch Superstore prize and its edit of upscale ‘indie’ brands has just gone on the site.
I have only been to Japan once, in the 90s when I went on a tour of about 10 cities. At the time you had the über high end Yohjis and Commes or the Shibuya streetwear stores but not much in between.
Restir’s look is indie (a bit edgy with interesting cuts and details, but wearable – think Atto, Marques’Almeida and Toga Pulla) mixed with polished pieces such as Bionda Castana shoes. Its own line, Le Ciel Bleu fills in the blanks of easy basics with a sportswear twist.
Shop my Restir edit below…
Words: Navaz batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
Bally’s not holding back with its slick new vision. First came the collections, overseen by creative director, Pablo Coppola, followed by the relaunched website. Now the biggie – this week sees the unveiling of a brand new Bond Street flagship store, repositioned on the opposite side of the road to its previous premises and at 4,320 square feet, much bigger in scale.
Designed by David Chipperfield Architects, we can expect the same clean, modernist lines and details that the Swiss brand has incorporated into its leathergoods for over 160 years. I love the idea of a feature stock wall inspired by this Bally store, originally designed by Marcel Breuer.
Bally of course wants the world to know of its arrival, and it’s starting by befriending its neighbours. To coincide with the store launch, it has produced an online editorial campaign called #BallyMayfairWelcome, celebrating a few of the independent businesses in the nearby W1 streets. You can read all about the campaign on the excellent Bally blog, Function And Modernity (which highlights all things functional and, well, modern).
One of these businesses is The Mount Street Deli, my own favourite Mayfair spot for slowing down, de-teching (yes I do sometimes step away from the Tweet button) and watching the world go by. It may be situated slap bang in the midst of the fanciest fashion boutiques in Europe, but The Mount Street Deli maintains the friendly air of a village deli, with its English pies and handwritten chalk boards…
For more insight into the #BallyMayfairWelcome series and to watch the videos, head over to the Bally blog and Youtube channel. And don’t forget to swing by the chicest corner shop in Mayfair, when Bally opens its New Bond Street doors from 22nd October.
WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
*THIS POST WAS PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BALLY*
Why on earth would anyone want to start their Christmas shopping now? Er, maybe because if you don’t, all the funnest goodies will be gone?
The limited edition novelty beauty gift has become quite the mini industry in recent years – the legendary Selfridges advent calendar (yep, sold out already), the This Works tree bauble, the Jo Malone cracker (arriving on counter November 1st) all spring to mind.
And then there’s the curve ball. That thing that pops up that isn’t strictly holiday-flavoured but just happens to perfectly suit the festive season. So here’s my prediction for the there-will-be-tears 2014 scrum – it’s from Chanel of course…
The life of a fashion designer is more fascinating (and varied) than ever. Researching and designing the collections is the creative bit but then come the extras; production, promotion, collaborations, not to mention the social media and editorial that have become such solid components of building a brand.
Harrods has decided to explore the mystique around designers and their processes by giving us a behind-the-curtain peek into four British designers and their businesses. The Inside The Studio campaign launches this week with Matthew Williamson, followed in the coming weeks by Rupert Sanderson, Antonio Berardi and Alice Temperley. I’ve partnered with Harrods, trailing the crew as they filmed in the studios of Matthew Williamson. On arrival at the industrious Queens Park atelier, I was greeted by a production crew of 11 and a groaning breakfast table overlooked by a supersized photo of Kate Moss and Jade Jagger modelling the designer’s first ever ‘Electric Angels’ collection. Ever since that 1997 debut (rising from the ashes of the 90s minimalist era), I’ve loved the Williamson colour palette, always upbeat and slightly jarring but beautifully so.
As the Harrods crew set up their interview with Matthew and his muse, artistic director Georgie MacIntyre, I busied myself nosing around the studio, pattern cutters, mood boards and just-finished SS15 collection. Outfits were hung on rails ready to be styled with the appropriate jewellery and accessories in preparation for the London Fashion Week show. If you like colour, this looks like a joyous place to work – the bookshelves are colour-coordinated, there are evocative mood boards everywhere and even something as humble as a zip or a cotton reel becomes an excuse for some psychedelic colour-play…
In the Inside The Studios film, Matthew explains that his brand “has a super-clear DNA, it’s rooted in that sense of a bohemian jet-set sensibility. That’s always the cornerstone and the anchor to every collection. The challenge for me creatively is to move that forward.” Enter Georgie, whose encapsulates the brand with the kind of nonchalance that can rock mismatched prints one minute and a chiffon gown the next. As Matthew told me, “Georgie makes what I do slightly cooler than it would be without her!”
Matthew has become as famous for his legion of famous friends and social media followers as his hyper-natural prints and embroideries. He was late to the social media game but now thrives on the immediacy of the reaction he gets on Instagram. “It’s a pure brand to customer interaction and it’s become such valuable feedback,” he says. It’s interesting to me how designers have put themselves in front of cameras so readily, whether their phone cameras on Instagram, or film cameras for projects like Inside The Studio. Clearly, we all now know the value of storytelling, hence me, Harrods and Matthew Williamson grabbing every last nugget of information and insight as a potential piece of content.
The Inside The Studio campaign continues with more interviews and films to come from Rupert Sanderson, Antonio Berardi and Alice Temperley. Head over to Harrods.com to watch the stories unfold and follow the hashtag #HarrodsInsideTheStudio to join the conversation on social media.
Words and images: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl.net
*THIS POST WAS PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HARRODS*
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