Wardrobe NYC has been going for a few months now. The premise is a series of capsule wardrobe ‘packs’; you buy four or eight pieces at a time and the styling is as classic and cool as it gets, so you’re not going to get fashion fatigue with them!
I saw this latest Wardrobe NYC denim collection in an Instagram post; it features Levi’s denim, a boxy blazer and an oversized cotton trench. The denim jacket is particularly interesting. I like the shirt-jacket styling (please don’t call it a ‘shacket’) and the wide-and-cropped proportion. The modified slimline 501s are nice but a tad skinny, so I would be tempted to size up.
The 8-piece set is £2,400 and the 4-piece is £1,000. It arrives on July 10th and I’m sold.
The famous Prada-owned patisserie opened in May on the old Allens of Mayfair butchers site, retaining its façade, marble flooring and original ceramic tiling. You can perch on green velvet couches and chairs, sipping a £6 cappuccino, while sampling a huge array of sourdough pastries, bite-sized fruit tarts and Instagram-fodder finger sandwiches. There are a handful of tables out front by the counter, plus a couple out the back so it’s pretty compact. Perfect for a quick coffee and savoury brioche with a friend, but don’t go pitching up with your laptop.
However, if you can’t get a table and just need to quaff some caffeine, a ‘Ralph’s Coffee’ outpost has popped up nearby at Ralph Lauren’s Bond Street flagship until 21st July. You can pick up a coffee and a muffin while catching Wimbledon highlights – surely better than a pint of slop at Starbucks? And after 21st July, there’s always the super-elegant Ralph’s next door to the Regent Street Ralph Lauren Polo store. Or the other fashionista favourite, Thomas’s at Burberry (I recommend the breakfast teacake)…
I think I first read about Paula Gerbase’s own name brand in The Gentlewoman. Known for her womenswear line, 1205, as well as being the creative director of John Lobb, her style is certainly very gentlewomanly.
The new line, Gerbase launches imminently and consists of layerable tissue-thin knits, tailoring and fine jewellery (‘I didn’t want to only work in one modality’ she told Vogue.) I really like the look of the jewellery – super simple and sculptural (and expensive I imagine). See more here…
Earlier this week, independent beauty brand Charlotte Tilbury made its airport retail debut at World Duty Free in London Heathrow. The week before, the eponymous brand was one of four indie beauty companies (alongside Anastasia, Hourglass and POLA) to be showcased within the DFS downtown store T-Galleria at Galaxy, Macau.
It’s about time these types of self-made or direct-to-consumer beauty upstarts joined the action within the travel retail space. Whether airport or downtown (in Asia), it’s the exposure to millions of travelling consumers (mostly Chinese) that counts here. The lure of duty free prices drives significant traffic but the brand mix needs disruption. For too long the likes of World Duty Free have been dominated by big brand houses such as Estée Lauder or L’Oréal, serving up passengers the latest skincare or cosmetics products driven by big ad campaigns. A handful of smaller K-beauty brands make it through at the best known airport stores such as The Shilla in Singapore or Hong Kong.
Even one of the biggest duty free retailers, Lotte in Korea, has started to do online live-cast shows via Chinese influencers (aka ‘wanghongs‘) to promote smaller cult K-beauty brands. Duty free prices for brands such as Clio, Wella Ju, and Laneez are reason enough for Chinese consumers to travel to Seoul, especially if they are being promoted by top influencers online.
It feels like the time is now for the indie cohort to liven up the duty free beauty space. Certainly in the UK. We’re waiting for you Glossier, Beauty Pie and Milk!
This post is contributed by DRG retail editor, ALISON FARRINGTON. Read her previous posts on Disneyrollergirl and follow her on Instagram.
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