design

London loves: Sophie Hulme



Sophie Hulme Chiltern street store

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. (more…)



What to steal from Dries van Noten SS19 menswear



Dries van Noten SS19 by Sara Cimino for Hero

Sublime squiggles, optimistic rainbow colours, shiny surfaces, utilitarian silhouettes and casual tailoring were the hallmarks of the Dries van Noten SS19 menswear collection. There are always so many styling elements to steal from a Dries show. He’s a sublime colourist and this season he collaborated with the Verner Panton estate to achieve these outstanding undulating prints… (more…)



Long read: What I saw at the Lalique factory and museum



Lalique factory cold working workshop

While the business of luxury has flung open its damask curtains in recent years, there’s one area that remains a relatively closed affair; the inner workings of the factory.

Factory, atelier, workshop, call it what you will, luxury brands like to reveal a limited, curated view (as witnessed by the craftsmanship porn videos flooding their social media feeds). But it’s rare that they open their doors to outside visitors. Which is precisely why a posh factory tour is one of my favourite perks of the job (more…)