This old thing



Jane Birkin - Hermes Birkin bag

I’ve been reading up about the crazy world of status bags and watches and deduced that the only way around the unavailability of ‘It’ Hermès Birkins and Rolex Daytonas is to go the imperfect route. As even pre-loved icons are hard to obtain (mint-conditioned pieces command the highest prices), better to go for the less-than-pristine patina, no?

For me, this aligns with my love of a well-worn leather tote. I just came across a picture on Pinterest of Jane Birkin’s legendary Birkin (above). You know, the one she adorned with personal charms and trinkets – and then auctioned for charity. This bag lived! The picture linked to a ten-year-old old Purse Forum thread on ‘slouchy, floopy, used Birkins’, imploring Birkin owners to share their own photos. (more…)



Gentlewoman style: the big striped shirt



Studio Nicholson Bissett stripe shirt

Someone on Twitter kicked off about the myth of the ‘crisp white shirt’. “It’s impractical, doesn’t suit everyone and doesn’t stay white”, they complained. To them I offer: the big striped shirt.

Specifically, this example from Studio Nicholson pre-fall 22, the ‘Bissett stripe shirt’. (more…)



Hed Mayner SS23



Hed Mayner SS23

I’m not quite sure how Hed Mayner escaped my notice until now, but here we are. Satisfying my love for all things utility-luxe, oversized and rough-around-the-edges, his SS23 collection is an excellent intro to his quiet, self-sufficient world.

Extreme sloping shoulders are something of a signature, seen here in pinstripe tailoring and 80s-Stone-Island-meets-90s-Yohji outerwear, as are repurposed fabrics – e.g., broderie anglaise bedlinens starched and refashioned into roomy tunics and dresses. (more…)