Mother’s pride – my gift guide

Tal Angel silk scarves

It’s all about the women this week, with International Women’s Day tomorrow and Mother’s Day this Sunday. Despite my inner cynic, I still love Mother’s Day – it’s a good excuse to properly spoil our mums and there’s no shortage of great gift options around at the moment.

Beauty brands tend to highlight the twee-est stuff for Mother’s Day, but all the mums I know are super-cool and don’t want floral soaps and Cath Kidston wash bags. They like Liberty and Space NK or small batch organic oils. They love trying new fragrances (Amanda Carr’s We Wear Perfume site is great for discovery) and are just as swayed by chic packaging as the rest of us. (more…)

Quote of the day: Francesca Bellettini

Francesca Bellettini, CEO of Saint Laurent by Marco Cella for New York Times“It was pissing me off a little bit. Why is Anthony’s ready-to-wear always pictured in the magazines with our bags and shoes? Bloody hell!”
Saint Laurent CEO, Francesca Bellettini on Anthony Vaccarello, New York Times

Loving this piece profiling Frencesca Bellettini, who has been at Saint Laurent since 2013 and has been credited with steering the company to its billion euro status. I wasn’t keen on Vaccarello or his YSL vision at first (more…)

What will Burberry 3.0 with Riccardo Tisci look like?

Riccardo Tisci to Burberry

Well, I wasn’t expecting this! I was really hoping for Phoebe Philo at Burberry, but it appears the rumours that she’s not going anywhere else following her Celine departure are true. So news broke today that Riccardo Tisci will replace Christopher Bailey as chief creative officer of Burberry from 12th March.

It will be a relief for the internal teams. Having a directionless brand is not good for morale, and Tisci certainly has form for reinvention and strong, decisive branding. (more…)

The DRG Retail Index: Jigsaw x Bluebird, Be More Karen, Boden Future British, J Crew x WeWork, Nyden

Welcome to DRG retail editor ALISON FARRINGTON’S new monthly retail round-up, celebrating experimentalism and innovation on the high-street. From the latest social campaigns to exciting new retail formats, we’re watching… and shopping.

The Shop At Bluebird

Save the date for 20th April, when The Shop At Bluebird’s new department store style venue (complete with sunlit central atrium and rooftop terrace) will open in an old coach station venue, recently renovated by Covent Garden property management firm CapCo. The new Floral Street location called Carriage Hall will open with a brand new Jigsaw next door and count designer stores including Kent & Curwen, Agnes b and Paul Smith as upscale neighbours. (more…)