Magazines

Is it too soon for beauty advent calendars?



Castelbajac X L'OCCITANE Classic Advent Calendar

This time every year we have this dilemma about whether it’s too early to discuss Christmas. But, hey, we need something to look forward to, right? The press got a first look at all the gifty launches a month or so ago (in a month-long junket known as ‘Christmas In July’) and so we’ve seen all there is to see of advent calendars, gift selection sets and the like already.

Beauty advent calendars still seems to have plenty of mileage in them (read my post on the business of advent calendars and beauty subscription boxes here) and brands and retailers are having to up their game in order to stand out. (more…)



Menswear edit: Holiday Boileau



Holiday Boileau men's logo sweatshirts

Feeling a post-holiday slump coming on? Extend the feel-good factor with a tee or sweat from Holiday Boileau, Franck Durand’s lifestyle line.

I just clocked these upbeat numbers on Mr Porter, so they’re strictly menswear, but hey, it’s 2018, why be limited by gender restrictions? (more…)



Shop the post: There’s no place like home



Fran Summers UK Vogue Alasdair McLellan

I feel a bit guilty saying this, but Alasdair McLennan’s story in UK Vogue’s September issue was my favourite. Even if, as a commenter on The Fashion Spot described it, “[it’s the] same editorial he’s been doing this entire decade”. (Ouch.) I know I should be raving about the Rihanna shoot or the Anton Corbijn shoot (which is lush) but sometimes I just want some tried and tested retro heritage candy, which this delivers. (more…)



Annin Flagmakers factory



Annin Flagmakers factory by Christopher Payne

The latest issue of Port magazine has the most wonderful photo feature on the Annin Flagmakers flag factory in South Boston, Virginia. Founded in 1847, the 186,000 square foot factory has been family-owned for six generations and is one of three factories in the U.S. What I love about Christopher Payne’s photography is how he captures the vastness of the flag-making operation as well as the small details like the ink splatters from the screen-printing machine. (more…)