Paul Smith

My book launch: The New Garconne at Paul Smith

Disneyrollergirl book launch The New Garconne by Navaz Batliwalla. Hosted by Paul Smith, Albermarle Street

Well, hasn’t October flown by? I can’t lie; I’ve had an excellent month. First there were the fabulous reviews of the book, then the feedback from people actually buying it. Then my mum surprised me with an impromptu visit from her overseas home in time for the launch. And to top it all off, The New Garconne book launch itself.

The launch was hosted, fittingly, by Paul Smith in his ravishing Albemarle Street store. (If you don’t know it, do visit, the womenswear collection is so good, and the store is a masterclass in touchy-feely retail.) There are more than a few Paul Smith mentions in the book and as we used a Paul Smith outfit on the cover, their visual merchandising team had the brainwave of styling the book alongside the exact same suit and shoes from the picture. Genius!

We had a wonderful turnout, including three of my ‘advocates’ from the book, Lyn Harris, Donna Wallace and Phyllis Wang. And my friends at Botanic Lab provided their amazing organic cold press juices which went down very well indeed. A few minutes before my speech, my editors at Laurence King told me that we’re already on a second print run after only a couple of weeks. That’s partly down to the great blog and online support that has undoubtedly helped spread the word – big up you guys!

The bloggerati were out in force including longtime blog buddies That’s Not My Age, The Very Simon G, What’s He Wearing (who came out of retirement for a couple of hours), The Chic Geek and The Women’s Room. Also in attendance were my mates from Glamour, The Independent and Asos, plus a whole load of brilliant PR pals.

Thank you everyone and to Paul Smith, Lisa Baker and Laurence King for hosting and organising such a perfect evening.

Disneyrollergirl book launch The New Garconne Navaz Batliwalla
Disneyrollergirl book launch The New Garconne Navaz and Phyllis Wang
Disneyrollergirl book launch The New Garconne Navaz and Lyn Harris
Disneyrollergirl book launch The New Garconne
Disneyrollergirl book launch The New Garconne Navaz Batliwalla published by Laurence King
Disneyrollergirl book launch The New Garconne published by Laurence King. Navaz and Donna Wallace
Disneyrollergirl book launch The New Garconne cold press juices by Botanic Lab

I have a couple of book signings and meet-and-greets coming up very soon so I’ll be posting about them on the blog and directly via email to my online mailing list. If you fancy signing up to that (I won’t bombard you, you’ll get a weekly email digest), then click this way.

I’m also loving seeing all the mentions of #thenewgarconne on social media. Keep on tagging and I’ll share a few here….

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Ida Riveros. Top to bottom – the fab display; Moi; Me and Phyllis Wang; My book cosying up to all manner of Paul Smith finery; Me and Lyn Harris; “Ummmm what shall I write…?”; More Paul Smith porn; Me and Donna Wallace (yes that is a wall of dominos); awkwardly Casually posing next to a tray of Botanic Lab juices
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