Smythson is the market leader in posh tech accessories in my book. So it makes sense that it has produced these iPad Air leather sleeves in record time. Choose from classic red or navy, or the more adventurous zingy neons…
Shock confession: in six years of freelancing I haven’t had a business card. The shame! I’ve somehow survived on the dual methods of LinkedIn requests and pitiful scraps of Moleskine paper but that only gets you so far. Much better, I decided, to step things up and investigate the process of designing and printing bespoke business cards. Not just any business cards you understand, but the ultimate in luxury and elegance – Smythson’s copperplate printed cards.
Here’s the thing: we’re all self-branders now. From bloggers to entrepreneurs, to graduates, to CEOs, how you present yourself is everything. (more…)
I can’t believe how few iPad mini cases there are out there! I’m in the market for one so have been Googling like crazy. Here are the best I could find:
Smythson croc-print leather case, £215. This dark brown leather case is a luxe unisex buy. It comes with a screen cleaning cloth too – nice touch…
According to PR director Lauren Stevenson, the My-Wardrobe buyers have worked very hard to make sure 95% of the buy is under the £350 mark and 75% of the buy is under £250. Which is great news if you want ‘everyday luxury’ (the My-wardrobe tagline) at accessible prices. The key SS12 labels for me are Smythson (the stationery has been understandably popular so for SS12 there are bags as well), Carven (who doesn’t love Guillaume Henry’s couture-lite aesthetic?), APC (a new name for SS12), Joseph (on a roll), DVF, Anya Hindmarch and Sophie Hulme.
I had a good nose at My-Wardrobe’s SS12 highlights at their press day, where I also discovered Hermione de Paula, an ex Alexander McQueen print designer whose surreal prints in easy shapes are causing a bit of a stir.
Preen’s ‘couture tee’. “The couture tee is a trend for all our customers to get into,” says Eleanor Robinson, womenswear designer buying manager. “It’s ageless, flatters most body shapes, and fits into the wardrobe easily”
Handsome hair and outerwear at Aquascutum. “I’m not chasing Burberry yet but I can see we can catch up with Mulberry,” said Aquascutum’s Harold Tilman in the FT recently. Joanna Sykes’ immaculate tailored coats and oversized duffle bags shown for SS12 may well prove him right. The Joanna Sykes effect is already working its magic with new stockists including Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys. This is definitely going to be a brand to watch closely…
The Wall Street Journal reports that despite its tech dependency, the social media brigade is big on old school stationery. I concur; in addition to my arsenal of Blackberry, MacBook Pro and iPad, I’m never far from a notepad and pen. Here are a few of my current stationery obsessions: (more…)
During my recent two-day residency at Browns, alongside the Club Monaco knits and Celine sunglasses, I couldn’t help cuddling a particular little lady-bag in pebbled grey leather. It turned out this classic, structured number is a new member of the Browns family – the very first own-label handbag. (more…)