Retail concepts

Maureen Doherty, a good egg



Maureen Doherty Egg

“I’m not trying to make anything new. There’s so much pressure in fashion to every six months have this newness. When I opened Egg, I wanted it to be like a chair: well that’s OK for 10 years. It’s not for six months; it’s 10 years. I like the fact that it can be an heirloom.”
Egg founder, Maureen Doherty, Hole & Corner

Sad to hear of the sudden passing of Maureen Doherty, whose quiet brand Egg was a highlight of any Dover Street Market visit, or the occasional stroll to her store in Kinnerton Street. This interview from Hole & Corner is a delight.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Maureen Doherty by Matthew Donaldson for Hole & Corner
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On my radar: Abask, your new design destination



Abask interiors

Heads-up: there’s a fab new e-commerce platform getting a lot of attention right now.

As fashion and beauty online retail have become saturated, as well as an overall fatigue with trends in consuming, it makes sense that some are shifting interests to interiors, a somewhat slower pace of taste signalling – for now.

Abask is the brainchild of Matchesfashion co-founder Tom Chapman and former ecommerce director Nicolas Pickaerts. Its premise is room-themed edits of lovingly-crafted artisanal pieces – whether new, vintage or antique. I’m all about the Study, where desk-destined Murano glass paperweights sit alongside Carl Auböck brass knick-knacks and exquisite vintage fountain pens.

Heading up the buy is the brilliant Bryony Sheridan, former buying manager for Liberty home and interiors. (Remember my stationery post here?). Following in the footsteps of The Garnered, The New Craftsmen, and perhaps, CoutureLab before them, the site champions a thoughtful ethos of buying from the heart and the hand and pushing back against the flexing and fast flipping culture we’ve seen in fashion recently.

Crucially, storytelling content is a big part of the Abask sell. Videos, photography and interviews will help cement the value of products, an essential component when selling online. And of course, anything that invites us into the minds of creatives is a hit with me. Step this way for Creatives and Their Workspaces (below) and the shopping lists of stylish tastemakers
Gio Ponti Abask

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IMAGES: Abask; Gio Ponti
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On Joopiter, style storytelling and investment dressing for the hype set



Joopiter by Pharrell Williams

Hot retail news of the month so far comes from Pharrell Williams’ new online auction platform, Joopiter. “Pioneering a modern collecting economy”, it’s a way to sell off his extensive (11-storage units worth) archive of cultural artefacts, while the site simultaneously serves as an online archive of the archive, complete with content to add cultural clout to the pieces.

The first sale goes live next week (but previews from today here) and will consist of one-off items such as an 18k gold Jacob & Co BlackBerry (est sale price $15k-$25k) and blinged-out Swarovski-ed Stan Smiths (est sale price $2,500-$3,500).

Why should we care? (more…)



Is this the ultimate jean?



APC L'Etiquette jeans

I haven’t bought APC jeans for quite a few years. The last pair were beautifully rigid but too boxy everywhere so I hardly wore them. But always loved the quality of their non-stretch denim.

This APC collab with L’Etiquette (the best mag in France) might change all that. (more…)