Some lovely news for London retail. Sophie Hulme has just opened her boutique on Chiltern Street, joining Marylebone neighbours, Bella Freud, Mouki Mou, Cire Trudon, Trunk and Monocle Cafe (plus, Mr DRG’s fave haunt, John Simons). If you don’t know it, Chiltern Street is such a delightful shopping street, a block or two from Marylebone High Street, with a feeling of stumbling upon a secret discovery. In fact, when one high profile magazine editor discovered Mouki Mou, she didn’t tell her team for months lest they ruin the magic.
Sophie Hulme is known for her beautiful but cleverly engineered bags and for the store launch, she has teamed up with another respected British design house, Darkroom, for a collection of bags and pochettes (below).
These signature Sophie Hulme silhouettes have been given the graphic Darkroom treatment, with Bauhaus-inspired repeat motifs executed in a kind of lasercut leather marquetry technique. It’s a similar technique to the one Hulme uses for her ‘The Project’ line, which upcycles offcuts of leather in a vivid patchwork effect. There are a few of the original ‘Project’ pieces available to buy in the new boutique too.
Visit Sophie Hulme at 38 Chiltern Street, W1
WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Sophie Hulme
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