My book launch: The New Garconne at Paul Smith

Disneyrollergirl book launch The New Garconne by Navaz Batliwalla. Hosted by Paul Smith, Albermarle Street

Well, hasn’t October flown by? I can’t lie; I’ve had an excellent month. First there were the fabulous reviews of the book, then the feedback from people actually buying it. Then my mum surprised me with an impromptu visit from her overseas home in time for the launch. And to top it all off, The New Garconne book launch itself.

The launch was hosted, fittingly, by Paul Smith in his ravishing Albemarle Street store. (If you don’t know it, do visit, the womenswear collection is so good, and the store is a masterclass in touchy-feely retail.) There are more than a few Paul Smith mentions in the book and as we used a Paul Smith outfit on the cover, their visual merchandising team had the brainwave of styling the book alongside the exact same suit and shoes from the picture. Genius!

We had a wonderful turnout, including three of my ‘advocates’ from the book, Lyn Harris, Donna Wallace and Phyllis Wang. And my friends at Botanic Lab provided their amazing organic cold press juices which went down very well indeed. A few minutes before my speech, my editors at Laurence King told me that we’re already on a second print run after only a couple of weeks. That’s partly down to the great blog and online support that has undoubtedly helped spread the word – big up you guys!

The bloggerati were out in force including longtime blog buddies That’s Not My Age, The Very Simon G, What’s He Wearing (who came out of retirement for a couple of hours), The Chic Geek and The Women’s Room. Also in attendance were my mates from Glamour, The Independent and Asos, plus a whole load of brilliant PR pals.

Thank you everyone and to Paul Smith, Lisa Baker and Laurence King for hosting and organising such a perfect evening.

Disneyrollergirl book launch The New Garconne Navaz Batliwalla
Disneyrollergirl book launch The New Garconne Navaz and Phyllis Wang
Disneyrollergirl book launch The New Garconne Navaz and Lyn Harris
Disneyrollergirl book launch The New Garconne
Disneyrollergirl book launch The New Garconne Navaz Batliwalla published by Laurence King
Disneyrollergirl book launch The New Garconne published by Laurence King. Navaz and Donna Wallace
Disneyrollergirl book launch The New Garconne cold press juices by Botanic Lab

I have a couple of book signings and meet-and-greets coming up very soon so I’ll be posting about them on the blog and directly via email to my online mailing list. If you fancy signing up to that (I won’t bombard you, you’ll get a weekly email digest), then click this way.

I’m also loving seeing all the mentions of #thenewgarconne on social media. Keep on tagging and I’ll share a few here….

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Top to bottom – the fab display; Moi; Me and Phyllis Wang; My book cosying up to all manner of Paul Smith finery; Me and Lyn Harris; “Ummmm what shall I write…?”; More Paul Smith porn; Me and Donna Wallace (yes that is a wall of dominos); awkwardly Casually posing next to a tray of Botanic Lab juices
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Positive fashion: L/Uniform bags

L/Uniform bag of Daphne Hezard by Elise Toide

Who doesn’t love an Instagram rabbit hole? After Monocle magazine’s Daphne Hezard posted one of the pictures from my book (of Hezard’s cute deskscape – above), the co-founder of her lush red L/Uniform satchel commented, which led me to her own very fetching Instagram account.

One thing led to another, as these things do and I wound up on the L/Uniform website. What’s so great about this brand is that as well as being beautifully designed (think utilitarian canvas totes and pochettes with contrast leather edging and initial monogramming should you desire), everything is made by hand with love and care.

The L/Uniform website is wonderfully detailed, which I think is so important for smaller brands. To invest in buying from a small brand, you want the least friction, you want trust, provenance and great service. You want excellence! I love all the explanations of how things are made, where they’re made (they have workshops in France and Portugal), plus lots of pics of the masters and mistresses in action.

L/Uniform bags







L/Uniform prides itself on its meaningful, sustainable practices which these days is just as important as a sexy looking product. Its current UK stockist is Dover Street Market, but I imagine it’s only a matter of time before it’s in Liberty, The Shop at Bluebird and The Conran Shop…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Elise Toide; L/Uniform
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Retail round up: first look at Apple’s new retail vision for Regent Street

Apple Regent Street

Call me old fashioned but I love a physical store. But the role of the high street is shifting from purely transactional to a multi-functional experiential space. Apple is spearheading this change with its stores; having unveiled its prototype San Francisco store in May, it has now unveiled its vision for Apple Regent Street. (more…)

On trial: Giorgio Armani Lip Magnets

Giorgio Armani Lip Magnets
It’s taken me over 20 years to realise I only like matte lipstick (or in fact any lipstick) if it’s faded to a stain. As much as I love the process of applying lipstick from a bullet, I don’t love the feel of that thick layer sitting there. (more…)