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Event: Meet me at Shinola



Shinola X Disneyrollergirl The New garconne How to be a Modern Gentlewoman

You’re all invited to a special event at Shinola! I’m hosting a meet and greet at the London store on 17th August, where I’ll be picking out some of my favourite pieces (including the classic Runwell watch, of course) and signing copies of my book, The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman. (more…)



THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Calvin Klein, Estee Lauder, Hermès, Grailed



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

1. CALVIN KLEIN HOMES
Calvin Klein Madison Avenue Homes and interiors
It’s all eyes on Raf Simons as the new-look Calvin Klein finally materialises. For starters, there’s lots of news about Raf Simons’ reimagining of the Madison Avenue flagship store. The industrial yellow interior (by collaborator Sterling Ruby) is temporary while the store awaits a full renovation. (more…)



Perfect pairing: J Brand X Bella Freud



J Brand x Bella Freud denim collection AW17

The J Brand X Bella Freud collab is such a good fit. It’s Bella’s first foray into denim and tapping into J Brand’s denim knowledge and customer base will help to expose her to bigger international markets, while retaining her English boy-girl attitude. I’m glad it hasn’t gone off on a wonky L.A. girl tangent!

Alongside the denim jeans, jackets, skirts and limited edition jumpsuit (available exclusively at jbrandjeans.com & bellafreud.com) are Bella’s signature knits in cashmere and merino wool. (more…)



Harrods Salon de Parfums: see, touch, smell



Floraiku fragrance at Harrods Salon de Parfums 6th floor

It takes a lot to get me to an 8.30am press launch, but the addition of seven new boutiques to the Harrods Salon de Perfums did the trick. Joining the original ten boutiques, this 6th floor haven is a destination for serious scent seekers.

Let’s talk personalisation and experience, two big lifestyle trends that are a gift to luxury retailers. At Harrods they’re expected by wealthy overseas customers, who demand excellence and uniqueness from every visit. With bricks and mortar retail struggling overall, it’s the ‘wow’ experiences that get people talking and – crucially – returning for more. (more…)