Have you heard about the changes at The Conran Shop? Jasper Conran has been named chairman and as part of his remit has set to rethinking the product offer and environment. Plans are afoot for a little more fashion input (rumour has it, there’s a Tom Binns project in the works) as well as convivial in-store happenings to jolly things up.
Firstly though, there’s the big business of Christmas to sort. The iconic South Kensington branch has introduced a Stocking Filling Station with themed suggestions for all types of giftees (worryingly, my favourites came from the Glamorous Grandma category – yikes). As one of seven chosen ‘style gurus‘, I was asked to pick my favourite stocking fillers, but rather than choose online, I insisted on going in store to see the product up close.
Frankly, it’s amazing. I’ve always loved The Conran Shop. I was a weekly visitor in the 1990s, when I’d trawl the length of Fulham Road, taking in Joseph, Oggetti and Voyage (Voyage!!) plus of course, Agnes B. I couldn’t afford much though. Now, it’s far more accessible and has a broader range of merchandise. I guarantee you can shop for absolutely everyone you know in one session at The Conran Shop. For design heads it’s still an authority, with furniture from the iconic to the newbie and for everyone else there are beauty goodies, vintage books, stationery, foodie treats, tons of kids stuff and the funnest tech you can buy.
Picasso cushion covers created in collaboration with the Picasso foundation