Retail concepts

Positive fashion: recycled gold jewellery



Lilian von Trapp

Two sustainable jewellery brands on my radar; one high end and one more affordable.

I came across Lilian von Trapp’s discreet fine jewellery (above and below, from £310) last week at one of the SS19 press days. I love these super-fine recycled gold earrings that are stone-free but just as twinkly as the rarest diamonds.

You can wear one or two, or wear different sizes in each ear or different sizes in the same ear. (more…)



Eye candy for your lips



Rodin X Vanessa Traina

Lipstick boxes daubed with painterly flowers are a thing. I’m loving the look of this Rodin X Vanessa Traina collab, although I’ve never tried Rodin’s lip products. Are they good? I like the idea of the lip and cheek oils (below), which I imagine give a barely-there stain, and they’re packed with safflower seed and sunflower seed oils so even though it says it’s a matte finish, they shouldn’t be drying. Buy them at Liberty and The Line.

Rodin X Vanessa Traina Lip Oil (more…)



ASMR hometail with Gabriela Hearst



Gabriela Hearst Flagship Madison Avenue

I’m in KonMari heaven looking at this newly opened Gabriela Hearst flagship store on Madison Avenue. The perfectly folded sweaters, the pristine reclaimed oak and marble eco flooring, the minimalist styling offset with cosy honey-and-blonde colour palette; is this not the visual equivalent of ASMR? (more…)



It’s not about product so what works in bricks and mortar retail now?



what works in bricks and mortar retail now? Tiina The store Amagansett Christopher Sturman for The New York Times

News broke last week that Debenhams, one of the UK’s biggest department store chains, is closing 50 stores. I worked as a sales girl at Debenhams in Oxford Street during my art student years and I loved it. I worked with amazing people, liked selling and would pop across the road to the Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf exhibitions at the Anthony d’Offay gallery in my lunch hour.

I haven’t really shopped there as an adult, other than occasionally for beauty or pots and pans. I’m more of a high-end heritage shopper or I go to the minimalist stores like Cos and Arket. But it’s a serious warning sign that retail really is changing. Debenhams’ competitors like John Lewis & Partners and Selfridges have been much better at creating a modern lifestyle destination, which taps into the idea that stores aren’t only for shopping. (more…)