Tiina The Store

AW19 trend report: Notes on knits



 Tiina The Store cashmere by Kurt Markus

A heads up on knitwear as just like jeans, I’m always searching for the one find that will change my life. And no surprises that the first gem comes from Tiina The Store.

Tiina Laakonen’s blissful emporium sells the perfect mix of exacting luxury staples and niche curiosities. So alongside the Chimala jeans and Zanini dresses, you can now buy her very own sweaters (more…)



On my radar: Marco Zanini, the label



Marco Zanini Fall 2019 ready to wear

Did you know Marco Zanini is back? One of my fave Italian designers (I loved his stuff for Halston and Rochas), his aesthetic is of the off-kilter, oversized Prada-Manuela-Pavesi-Marni variety.

Now with his own name above the door, so to speak, the Zanini AW19 collection reminds me of 1990s Italian Vogue shoots (more…)



Denim update: Chimala – Japanese do it better



Chimala Monroe Jeans

Further to my jeans post, I tried the 701s. Oh dear oh dear, what was I thinking? Great if you’re 7 feet tall, fugeddaboudit otherwise! The denim was nice though.

On the white 501s front, I bought a pair of the 501 cropped from Next of all places (first thing I’ve ever bought from Next I think!), because they had my size and they do click and collect. I have to say, the shopping experience was smooth and painless. The jeans are OK, not particularly cropped but I’ll just turn them up like I do my other ones. (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…)