Retail concepts

Shop the post: Indie gifts for Mother’s Day



Pott Lac candles and ceramic holder

Two recent discoveries on my radar for Mother’s Day* – or any other gifting occasion…

POTT CANDLES. Pott (above) is a candle subscription service offering handmade ceramic pots with refillable hand-poured scented candles. Choose your pot, then select your fragrance from a choice of ten (or an unscented one if you prefer) to get a new candle refill every month. The pots start at £30 (for the Petite size) and the subscription refills start at £10 a month (for the Petite).

If your giftee isn’t into subscription services (but who wouldn’t love this?!), Pott also sells individual candle pots. (more…)



The culture of fashion: Retail-edutainment rules at Dior’s renovated Avenue Montaigne flagship



Ballgowns on display at La Galerie Dior in Paris

Retail-edutainment is the latest portmanteau on my mind.

Dior is finally ready to reopen its Avenue Montaigne flagship after a two-year reno. This latest incarnation is a ‘universe of Dior’ which includes retail, restaurants and a gallery, plus a private shopping apartment that gives its guests the keys to the store – accompanied by concierges to attend to their every whim.

The Galerie de Dior is the masterstroke. (more…)



Quote of the day: Robin Birley on old money aesthetic



Robin Birley How to Spend It

“It’s like constantly having a little pebble in your shoe. If I’m having a conversation and I see a picture that isn’t hung right, I can’t focus. I’m desperate to go over and fix it. I’ve inherited that irritation, which is about not being happy until things are right.”
Robin Birley, How To Spend It

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Everybody wants to be Aimé Leon Dore



Aimé Leon Dore

Amazing really. There’s nothing fundamentally new about Aimé Leon Dore (chinos and varsity jackets – groundbreaking!), but the branding execution, styling, casting, collabs and community-building are masterful. It’s just had investment from LVMH and it seems to be the new preppy-revivalist playbook that everyone (read: Brooks Brothers, J Crew) is following closely.

The latest collection drops online at 11am EST tomorrow. (more…)