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Gentlewoman style: Atlantique Ascoli

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This new shirt-centric brand is a good example of what I call ‘gentlewoman style’. The shapes are utilitarian but feminine, while the white cotton-linen fabrics nod to indestructible men’s shirts. Paris-based Atlantique Ascoli is inspired by her cache of Victorian blouses as well as Cristobal Balenciaga, which is reflected in the balloon-shaped sleeves and ruffle collars.

I like her take on white: “White has been my color forever. Even if I put on a black sweater, I always put something white underneath. It’s like a face cream in the morning, it wakes you up. You instantly look fresh,” she told Barneys.

The line of shirts, dresses and tops can be found at Dover Street Market, Net-a-Porter and Farfetch.

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New-look Coach AW14 arrives at Net-a-Porter

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It’s crunch time for Coach. Will Stuart Vevers’ new ready-to-wear vision sell or not? (They’ve certainly spent considerable budget on the launch.) You be the judge.

Net-a-Porter has first dibs on the Coach AW14 collection
which is pitched at the more luxury end than Coach customers would expect. The online exclusive launched yesterday (it arrives in the New Bond Street store on September 15th) with fourteen key pieces including the excellent Apollo spaceshuttle jumper, the shearling-lined wedge boot, a perfectly proportioned leather trucker jacket and the supersized houndstooth parka.

I’d like to hope that Coach will give Vevers more than a couple of seasons to prove himself and for the trad customer to appreciate the direction he is steering the brand. Any thoughts?

[Image: Style.com]

Perfect pairing: Mansur Gavriel and Il Bussetto

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Could there be anything chicer than vegetable tanned leather right now? Those saturated colours, that unmistakable polish? Mansur Gavriel thinks not. The brand is all the rage at the moment, for its pared-back totes and bucket bags. This article in the LA Times last week explains its success. Simple, modern shapes, a reasonable price point and their signature contrast-coloured innards contribute, but the leather is a key factor. The bags are produced at a tannery in Tuscany and because of their hand made nature and current in-demand status, they’re understandably in short supply. (But that makes a bag more desirable, right Hermes?). Matchesfashion.com is expecting a delivery soon…

Il Bussetto is an accessory brand that keeps popping up on my radar. Launched in 2004, its vegetable-tanned coin purses, business card holders and iPhone covers are made in Italy using an age-old Tuscan technique of moulding wet leather on wooden forms. After the leather has been cut, it’s hand-painted, then dried, polished and waxed.

Again it’s the simple designs and glossy, colour-saturated leather in classic shades that appeal to me. They make cigar holders too, which I misread as cigarette holders. I definitely think they need to make a cigarette-case holder on a strap. (Not that I smoke but it would be the perfect mini-mini shoulder bag.) But my standout piece is the unisex Tacco coin holder. I’ve always loved this clam shell shape, it feels tactile in the hand and is a great example of easy, practical design. And of course, it partners perfectly with a Mansur Gavriel tote.

Slippers for hipsters: Mahabis

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I stumbled on these Mahibis slippers via a Facebook ad of all things. But I think they’re really cool.

After being subjected to three ‘ageing raver’ DJ types having a serious discussion about slippers a while ago, I said ‘someone needs to hurry up and exploit this market’. I was thinking along the lines of Stussy, Junya or Nike even, the brands that people of my generation grew up with and respect, because we want comfy slippers, but we also still love our credible brands and aren’t ready for Bhs.

While we wait for Stussy et al, in stepped Mahabis. Just launched this summer, these indoor-outdoor slippers look like a hybrid of old school Keds, felt Birkenstocks and those neoprene sock shoes you wear on the beach. They’re extremely practical, featuring a felt upper (made in Poland) and a wool-mix lining. The collapsible neoprene heel gets them on and off quickly, and the best bit is the customisable element – a removable, Italian-made rubber sole (choose your colour). Developed through 3D printing, this flexible sole protects them if you need to pop outside. I can see them being especially useful for travel, aren’t they the perfect airline and hotel slipper?

Having only launched a few months ago, Mahabis has been embraced by the likes of Hypebeast, and has an engaging social media strategy. I think it has the potential to be massive.

Mahabis are available at Mahabis.com.

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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…


As with all pop culture phenomena, there’s a bit of a debate raging around the #alsicebucketchallenge. Sure, it’s a great vehicle for self promotion, but if it raises awareness and cashola then who cares? One of my favourites was Saks Fifth Avenue’s Marigay McKee (AKA the goddess of grooming) who then nominated retail rivals Bergdorf’s, Barneys and Bloomingdale’s. Naturally, Burberry utilised its iconic trench (clever Burberry), and here’s the Topshop team taking on the challenge having been nominated by ASOS. Continue reading

Buy it now: Jonathan Saunders X Lyle & Scott AW14

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The Jonathan Saunders for Lyle & Scott AW14 collection is technically for guys, but, well, you know what I think about that sort of thing. I would absolutely wear every one of these jazzy golfy beauties. Just arrived at Oki-Ni, Liberty, Present and Lyle & Scott

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Christian Louboutin Beauté launches at Selfridges

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One more sleep til the Christian Louboutin Beauté pop-up at Selfridges. As pop-ups go, I predict this is gonna be a biggie. To recap: Christian Louboutin is launching his beauty empire Christian Louboutin Beauté with an iconic red nail colour. To experience it in the flesh, head to Selfridges Oxford Street tomorrow (ideally not all at once) where you can buy the astonishing dagger-heel shaped bottles from a dedicated ‘Loubiville’ beauty space. The pop-up will be in the main beauty hall, in front of Shu Uemura (that’s next to MAC, and on the right hand side of the Information desk). Basically, just follow the hordes of red-soled fanatics. Continue reading

Menswear AW14 edit: fantasy shopping for Mr DRG

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It’s new-season new-in time at Mr Porter, so I couldn’t resist doing a little fantasy shopping for Mr DRG. There’s no question that I have to include a little Saint Laurent and Paul Smith in my edit, they both consistently deliver on cut, colour and print (this geometric pocket square is just jazzy enough in its muted colour palette). Sunspel‘s basics are another easy inclusion, you can’t get more classic than its loopback sweats in old-school navy. Sachajuan is a Swedish haircare line and I will confess it’s the packaging that’s speaking to me here. And for an understated sneaker that’s a step up from a Stan Smith, there’s no arguing with the grey suede Original Achilles from Common Projects


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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…



Get ready for another stealth-luxe handbag line, this one’s coming from WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie. The minimalist menswear accessory brand now has a women’s leather range, currently on sale exclusively at Barneys. “Our female fans have been egging us on to unleash this for a long time. There was definitely a pent-up demand for it,” co-founder Byron Peart told Style.com. Continue reading


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I’m literally drowning under new fragrance samples right now, but I’ve narrowed down my current three favourites that are launching this autumn. They’re all very different and I do admit to being swayed as much by the branding as the scent in some cases…


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Like Burberry, Jo Malone London is very good at evoking that traditional romantic, slightly windswept Brit imagery. Continue reading

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