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At Sophie Hulme’s new pop-up, it’s personal



Sophie Hulme - Leather Letters Personalisation

I’ve witnessed some really bad examples of monogrammed fashion items lately; it’s actually quite a skill knowing how to add a name or initials to a garment or accessory. I like the way Sophie Hulme is doing it, with her new personalisation service. These appliqued leather letter placements (above) are part of her signature service that’s been unveiled at the equally new Burlington Arcade boutique. Made from stacked and compacted saddle leather, the raised letters sit on the surface of the bag making a visual statement. (more…)



On my radar: Versace pre-fall 2018



Versace Pre Fall 18

I’m secretly loving this Versace pre-fall 2018 collection, with its nods to Versace collections past and sportified logo. I hated the gold Medusa head and curlicues the first time round, but this collection is inspired by those famous Avedon campaigns and somehow, with distance (and cooler styling), they work. (more…)



Craft work



Daniela Dregis reversible cashmere nylon jacket Tiina The Store

Now that the temperature’s dipped to around the 1-degree mark, I just want to stay in and hibernate. My default winter work-from-home-wear is Heat-Tech, a Hanro long sleeve tee, three fine-knit merino sweaters topped off by a shrunk-in-the-wash men’s Margiela nubby knit and Levi’s.

The nubby knit is important. Chunky, textured jumpers and socks are all I want to wear now and they’re all the rage. Partly because they feel good and partly because a crude, craftsy sensibility is permeating everything as a counterpoint to tech fatigue. I wrote about this for BON magazine’s autumn issue, which you can read here. (more…)



What’s in the box: the business of beauty advent calendars



unpacking the business of beauty advent calendars

On October 25th, 300 people queued around the block of Liberty’s department store before 8.30am. Not for a new i-gadget, or a half price techy telly, or even a celebrity collaboration. No, they queued for make-up. Or more specifically, for the privilege of buying a £175 box of beauty products, albeit worth over £500.

Welcome to the frenzied, hype-commerce world of beauty advent calendars. A business that’s been booming for the last couple of years and is still growing (according to Google trends). (more…)