Andrew Bunney has done the seemingly impossible. That is, take a corporate, uncool brand, (albeit with a killer heritage) and turn out a highly desirable line of product. The result is Roundel, a collaboration with the London Underground, that presents T-shirts, jackets, shirts and even trainers as graphic product that will be as at home on the backs of tourists and cityproud Londoners as design-conscious youth. Bravo Mr Bunney!
As is the way with Bunney (who has his own line called British Remains, as well as being the go-to guy for a number of brands wanting fresh eyes on their product offer) every iota of detail has been thought out. I particularly like the T-shirts that have taken famous quotes and recreated them almost as Krugeresque works of art in the much-loved Johnston typeface.
The collection will be available on 14th December from Dover Street Market with prices from £80-£400. The 14th also sees the launch of a Nike London Underground trainer for Roundel (recognise this distinctive pattern from anywhere?). The Nike Air Max for Roundel will be specially unveiled in a pop-up shop in Piccadilly underground station – love, love, love this linking up of London and street wear iconography!
Only two more sleeps til the first episode of Liberty Of London, the three-part documentary about the London store. These sorts of programmes and films around fashionable institutions are proving quite the marketing success story. See Vogue and The September Issue for one example, Inside Claridges for another and Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s for yet another.
Liberty is a British national treasure and we know the Americans love all that stuff. So what better than a behind-the-scenes look at the (slightly eccentric) Brit department store run by a charismatic American (hello Ed Burstell) and featuring a host of highly watchable characters to sell the magic worldwide?
The one hour episodes follow the Liberty team in the run-up to Christmas, taking in fashion week, celebrity visits, plus all the usual hubbub that goes on in fashion retail. Watch out for adorable events and team coordinator Louis Matthewman who I think is going to steal hearts with his dapper suits and bow ties, and publisher Felix Dennis who treats Liberty as ‘his corner shop’.
Liberty Of London airs on Monday night on Channel 4 at 9pm
Is this the ultimate in upcycling? For the next eight days, you might get a shock if you amble into Hermes’ New Bond Street store for a silk tie or scarf. The entire ground floor has been hijacked by ‘Petit h’, the luxe, upcycling arm of Hermes, for a unique selling exhibition. Continue reading
Are fancy scented candles passé ? I hope not ‘cos I’m still not quite done with them. In particluar Astier de Villatte‘s which come in paper-thin ceramic pots, available from Liberty, Designers Guild, The Conran Shop and Couverture.
Two notable ones are collaborations. The latest (above) is from John Derian, the New York decoupagist. His Provincetown candle is a tribute to the Cape Cod artists’ enclave and gives off an evocative whiff of sea mist, cedar and wild berries inspired by the local marshlands. Perfect for the weekend cottage (real or imaginary) mantlepiece, no?
The other collab is the Commune De Paris candle (below) that came out last year. I’ve been consumed with this cube pattern for months (I want my bathroom tiled in it) – especially the Gallic colourway. All Astier de Villatte’s candles are Paris-made from vegetable wax with cotton wicks and are based on olfactory journeys to faraway places. One for the self-gifting pile, I’d say…
Has anyone quite nailed the ‘shop-from-the-printed-page’ experience that publishers are currently obsessed with? So far we’ve seen a few attempts, with Harper’s Bazaar US and Look magazine employing Blippar technology to bring existing magazine content to life – while hopefully generating extra revenue.
Top marks to UK tailors and shirtmakers T.M. Lewin and fashion collective The Sartorial 7 (who I’m afraid I had never heard of until now) for producing this very slick and handsome mini film. Seven young British guys suited up and going for pie and mash should look cheesy as hell but the cinematography by Jack Flynn is beautiful. Continue reading
Curated online luxury resale is hitting its stride which comes as no surprise. Who has the time to trawl through pages of duff stuff before they get to the goodies? Vestiaire Collective cottoned onto this early, with its very French marketplace of heritage and high fashion accessories and collectable cult brands.
When I fancy indulging my habit for pre-worn Celine, Dinh Van and APC, I head to Vestiaire Collective first. Continue reading
Quick post to let you know about a Google Hangout I’m taking part in this evening. Miranda Sawyer will be hosting a hangout called Fashion Meets Art to accompany Tate Britain’s ‘Meet 500 years of British art’ campaign. Continue reading
All of a sudden, Brompton Cross is back on my radar. The Conran Shop is flourishing again (seriously, you can do all your holiday shopping there in one mammoth swoop), Joseph is getting better and better and there’s an influx of international fashion arriving.
Acne and Jil Sander Navy appeared rather quietly not long ago, J Crew’s upper-end collections have recently arrived in Draycott Avenue (somewhat overshadowed by the pizzazz of Regent Street) and Carven opened the same week. Continue reading
While some beauty bloggers might be underwhelmed by Chanel’s Christmas make-up offer, I’m the opposite. I’m all about the classics so all these goodies are useful as well as beautiful.
Nail polish-wise, the standout is Rouge Rubis (£18) a cheery Coca-Cola red with a hint of pink. Continue reading