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Snow Peak: Japanese gorpcore for the uber-luxe set



Snow Peak New Balance London

Do you see yourself as outdoorsy, athletic, adventurous and at one with nature? I’m none of those things so why am I so enamoured with Snow Peak? And specifically its new retail playground in Piccadilly?

Back-story: Snow Peak originated in 1958 when founder Yukio Yamai, a dedicated Japanese mountaineer became frustrated with the standard available kit he was using. He set to creating a company that aligned his love of nature with high quality design and craftsmanship of the sort we’ve come to expect from Japanese brands. Fast-forward to the late 80s and his son (and current president) Tohru Yamai joined the fray to reinvent the image of camping in Japan. Later, Tohru’s daughter (now vice president) Lisa Yamai joined and launched the clothing division.

So how is Snow Peak different and more tantalising than any other high-end glamping purveyor? It’s not just the romanticism of a Japanese concept. (OK, maybe a little.)Noasobi’, the concept of ‘playing in the outdoors’ is key, but for me it’s the magic combo of high-tech performance products with unfussy design and fine attention to detail.

Snow Peak London store Piccadilly
Snow Peak London store Piccadilly
Snow Peak London store Piccadilly

Think Manufactum meets Visvim in terms of product offer, with wrap dresses, trad kimono styling, Saki Ori vests and grip-soled Geta sandals happily residing alongside technical nylon outerwear and fire resistant cottons for those campfire singalongs.

The store is a masterclass in stealth seduction. Uncluttered layouts and lots of calming glass and reclaimed wood lend an aura of quiet, expensive comfort. And while the clothing takes precedence upstairs (including a wonderful collaboration with New Balance’s Tokyo Design Studio – below), the ground floor hosts a tea and coffee hangout, with ceramics sold alongside.

Snow Peak New Balance London
Snow Peak New Balance London

Below ground is where you’ll find all the camping porn. Tents, multi-purpose sleeping bags, rechargable lanterns and all manner of foldable accoutrements promise to turn your humble abode into a fantasy log cabin. It’s less Nuts In May and more ‘survival of the chicest’ super-luxe expedition. But all totally believable and executed in the best possible taste. Maybe there’s hope for me yet…

Snow Peak London store Piccadilly
Snow Peak London store Piccadilly

Snow Peak London store Piccadilly
Snow Peak London store Piccadilly

Snow Peak is at 16A Regent Street, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4PH and online at End Clothing*, Matches*, Kafka Mercantile and Snowpeak.co.uk.

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The Glossier London pop-up is almost here



Glossier London pop-up is coming

Why is all the beauty stuff I like so freaking expensive?

Thankfully, Glossier is coming to the rescue with its Glossier London pop-up. Opening at 13 Floral Street, Covent Garden, WC2 for three months from 20th November, I’m interested in the Milky Jelly Cleanser*, Stretch Concealer* and new Futuredew*. The Glossier Play stuff isn’t really speaking to me online but maybe it will in store. I’m keeping an open mind.

Anyone else a Glossier fan? What do you recommend? And did you see Emily Weiss on the cover of Time…?

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IMAGE: Glossier Boston store
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Slow beauty: Perfumer H



Perfumer H The Garnered

It’s been great seeing the slow, steady development of Lyn Harris’s Perfumer H brand. She likes to keep things manageable, working with select partners to sell her candles and exquisite natural perfumes.

Marmalade is still my number one favourite autumn candle smell and you can now buy these beautiful Michael Ruh jewel-coloured glass vessels from the brilliant craft-focused etailer, The Garnered, which ships internationally.

In other Perfumer H news, Lyn has just announced a new travel-friendly 50ml sized perfume spray bottle. Read more about Lyn Harris and Perfumer H here, or in my book here 😉

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IMAGE: The Garnered
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Peter Lindbergh, the street photographer



Peter Lindbergh Dior New York Times Square

Sorry to be a Peter Lindbergh bore but this new photo book looks like a total gem.

Only Lindbergh could persuade Dior to ship 80-odd couture outfits from its temperature-controlled Paris vaults to the streets of New York. The grimy streets of Times Square no less, where Lindbergh and his team shot his favourite supermodels street photographer style, sans the OTT hair and make-up that would normally accompany such finery on the runway for his book, Dior by Peter Lindbergh.

Peter Lindbergh Dior New York Times Square

The outfits span the 70-year Dior archive, from hand-sewn constructions by Christian Dior himself, to recent creations by Maria Grazia Chiuri. In the spirit of 1950s couture editorial photography, the contrast of the elegant gowns against the grit of the street is as bold as ever. I’m intrigued by the shot of Alek Wek, above. That looks like it *could* be an original Dior bar jacket, but I’m wincing for the stylist whose neck would be on the block should there be the slightest tear in the wasp waist, or trace of foundation on the collar.

If you’re a lover of the street photographer greats and Lindbergh, then this will likely appeal. It comes cloth bound in a double volume, the second volume being a collection of Lindbergh’s editorial photography of Dior clothing over the years. Not so interesting to me as the street photography volume, but a fantastic package overall.

Dior by Peter Lindbergh is £150 and will be available from Taschen any day now. Pre-order here* and watch the video here.

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IMAGES: Dior by Peter Lindbergh
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