Brands

Beauty bits: John Bell & Croyden



John Bell and Croyden beauty ION sei toothbrush

I’ve spent the last month in a wellness bubble, reading up on the apparently $8 billion industry. Like most people, I had zero interest in mindfulness, self-care and sheet masking rituals five years ago, yet here I am, as obsessed with meditation apps and rose quartz rollers as the next person. I wonder what came first – our anxiety-ridden culture or the industry that told us we need CBD facials and sound baths to stay sane?

I don’t have the answer, but my weakness is anything ritualistic that promises to counter the pressures of digital overstimulation and my not-done to-do list. (more…)



The perfume that never was



Marni perfume bottle Sybarite

Exhibition idea! All those incredible ideas, expensive mistakes, too impossible-to-produce design innovations that never came to fruition.

Example: this Marni perfume bottle by design firm, Sybarite, who created Marni’s global retail identity during the Consuelo Castiglioni years. Sybarite founders Torquil McIntosh and Simon Mitchell’s fragrance bottle never made it to stores, as Castiglioni decided to keep it for her own private collection.

“It nearly launched until Consuelo decided she loved it so much she didn’t want the public to have it,” (more…)



Gentlewoman style: what’s the deal with chore coats?



Vetra chore coat women

“I don’t need any more jackets!”

“You’ll wear it loads!”

This was the conversation between Dave and I in The Conran Shop a few weeks ago. I’d clocked a cobalt blue cotton twill workwear jacket by Vetra and he insisted I try it on. It was one of those Bill Cunningham-esque utility jackets, the kind I see on lots of guys I know, who look great in them. But you don’t often see them on women. (more…)



Coming soon: Honey F***ing Dijon X Dover Street Market



Honey Dijon by Benjamin Huseby

Is Adrian Joffe a secret clubber? I love the idea of him letting off steam at Berghain, perhaps togged out in a combo of Rick, Raf and Comme. And now he can wear the merch of one of his (and my) favourite DJs, Honey Dijon. (more…)