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Buly 1803 arrives in London



Buly 1803 at Dover Street Market, London
The area around Dover Street Market has had a spruce-up recently, with the new St James’s Market slowly coming to life. If you’re approaching DSM from Jermyn Street, it’s the road that continues along leading to Haymarket. This new block is soon to house retail and restaurant premises, inclusing a Jigsaw and a Smeg. (more…)



Church’s changes



Church's aw16 campaign by Lachlan Bailey

I’ve no clue who’s the creative eye behind these new Church’s advertising images (photographer is Lachlan Bailey) but I noticed they’d ramped up their branding a while ago and it’s much cooler and definitely younger. (more…)



Buy it now: Just one piece from PER/se



PER Se Nebula Coat
The girls from Nom de Mode have pivoted. They’ve introduced PER/se (pronounced ‘per say’ as in the Latin phrase meaning ‘by itself’), a one-piece concept that will produce one design every two months. (more…)



Workshop visit: At Chanel, it’s all wheat, no chaff



Chanel L'Epi brooch fine jewellery Les Bles de Chanel

When did wheat get such a bad rap? What was once revered for giving us our daily bread is now feared for making us fat, tired and irritable. Time for a rebranding campaign perhaps, but who would have expected the redeemer to be…Chanel?

In fact, the notion isn’t quite as eccentric as it seems if you know the history of Chanel. The young Gabrielle Chanel had humble beginnings, spending her childhood in the rural French region of Auvergne, known for its wheat fields. As a young woman she became friends with Salvador Dali, who once gifted her a painting of wheat, a gesture that symbolised success, growth and prosperity. From there on, wheat became one of the signature house codes, woven, embroidered and knitted into many a collection. Fast-forward to 2016 and the humble ear of wheat is the focus of some of the most extravagant Chanel pieces you can buy – from the ‘Les Blés de Chanel’ high jewellery collection. (more…)