The New Garconne

Shinola X Disneyrollergirl

Shinola Fouberts Place

We had all of the fun at Shinola last week, where Disneyrollergirl friends and followers gathered at the Foubert’s Place store to see the AW17 collection and grab a signed copy of The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman.

Shinola was the perfect partner for The New Garconne. It’s ethos is aligned with mine, championing the local talent and craftsmanship of Detroit to build watches, bags, accessories and even bikes that are functional, beautiful and made to look better with age.

In particular I flagged up the watches. The Runwell watch is the signature Shinola watch which you can make your own with a choice of different straps and dials. When I was researching The New Garconne, I found most of my ‘gentlewoman’ love wearing a watch as it makes them more conscious of time in our fast moving world.

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I also highlighted the lovely linen journals and leather covers. Again, paper is important to me. I take my time writing on nice paper and having good notebooks is one of my indulgences. At Shinola these can be monogrammed in store while you wait and are very popular as special personalised gifts. And then there’s the jewellery, which is a fairly new addition, all designed by Pamela Love. These are elegantly styled pieces that easily accompany existing heirloom favourites or can be worn on their own.

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Shinola Cross body Bag

To accompany our chat (hot topics: male makeup, the must-see Dries van Noten film…) we listened to soul tunes spun on the Shinola Audio system and sipped Shinola Cola and whisky. I hear there was quite a bit of shopping done on the night too.

Couldn’t make it? Keep your eyes peeled, I have something else exciting coming up very soon.


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