Winser London: progress report



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Back in February, I ran a piece on the newly-launched Winser London. An online-to-offline fashion start-up founded by Kim Winser (former CEO of Pringle Of Scotland and Aquascutum), it specialises in luxed-up working wardrobe essentials at a friendlier price point than you’d expect. Supplementing the online offer are pop-up shops, so far in Gerrards Cross and Harvey Nichols. Nine months on, I caught up with Winser to find out how the first year of trading is going, what the challenges have been and what’s next for the brand… (more…)



Introducing Printic prints



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I’ve just bought a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera to satisfy my old school Polaroid cravings. (Alas the Impossible Project’s new-style Polaroid film wasn’t working for me.) The white bordered credit card-sized photos are perfect for personal keepsakes and the camera is a fun addition to parties, weddings and family events.

But let’s face it, it’s not always convenient to lug a camera around. So for the iPhone generation, Printic is a cute take on the Polaroid format. Install the app on your iPhone/Android phone, set up a profile, then select images to get them printed remotely. (more…)



Huishan Zhang: China’s young luxury modernist



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Huishan Zhang’s signature embroidery is based on an interlocking figure of eight, which in his native China is the luckiest of numbers. Who knows if this helped the fledgling designer’s recent win of the coveted £25k Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize? On closer inspection, it’s more likely the clincher was his impeccably-cut dresses (he trained at the Dior couture atelier) and decorative ways with crystal-covered lace. (more…)



First look at Joseph SS14



2014 will be a big year for Joseph. Having just celebrated its 40th anniversary, next year will mark its returns to the LFW catwalk. I have extremely high hopes. Having just seen the SS14 look book and collection, I can promise a return to the fashioned-up basics and utilitarian tailoring that Joseph is loved for.

The styling here is great, and very reminiscent of Joseph’s 90s heyday. We’ve all seen this look imitated lately by Celine, Stella et al, but Joseph did it the first time around, along with Helmut and Jil. Right down to the too-short pants (Joseph always cut a mean trouser), pool slides (styled by Jane How) and grunge-luxe make-up (shoutout to my girl Shinobu). Judge for yourself…

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