Transit par Such is a beautiful collection designed and produced exclusively in Italy. The fabulous feel of the fabrics belies the innovative technology and cutting edge production techniques, they really are some of the loveliest fabrics you will ever feel. Along with the unparalleled quality, timeless style and casual elegance Transit designs pieces you will want to wear time and time again.
It is a firm favourite in the boutique, with an ever growing and loyal following and we are delighted to be the UK’s largest stockist.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year – this is how we spent it!
My brave (crazy?) nephews entered the Lyme Lunge; dressed as two of the cutest spacemen you could hope to meet they ran, along with penguins, batmen, hippies, and a couple of hundred other Lungers into the balmy waters of Lyme Bay.
Sarah and I were not personally up to a dip in the sea in the middle of winter but cheered them on with the promise of hot chocolate and maltesers!
It was a very British do that raised lots for ShelterBox with a great party atmosphere. Maybe next year we will be a bit braver and actually go in ourselves!
We are so excited to be working with Campomaggi bags this season.
The Campomaggi brand was born in 1980 from the fashion designer Marco Campomaggi, from Teodora, Italy.
During his high-school years he manually manufactured his first models of handbags, almost for fun, using saddle leather and metal studds, and sold them on the seaside sidewalks and to his school mates.
Today the Campomaggi line offers a collection of handmade handbags and accessories, unique, unrepeatable, with a vintage look: timeless objects which are not consumed within a season, but which acquire value with the passage of time.
Do have a look at their website for lots more images – www.campomaggi.it.
Late summer in the boutique is always one of our favourite times of year. The boutique is starting to fill with amazing bags, boots, clothes , and scarves from all over the world. This is a tiny selection of some of our favourites.
Rose gold jeans – Joes and print shirt from Transit.
Artisan bag from Raison D’Etre.
Clutches, purses and belts in lovely autumnal shades.
Velvet blazer with a twist from Transit.
Kelly bag by Ally Capellino and shoes from Chie Mihara.
Maxi dress by Blank London and boots by Hudson London.
Hand painted Mialius Bag and scarf from Becksondergaard.
We have just received the new Codello Peanuts collection. The Snoopy and friends collection is something completely different featuring motifs lovingly drawn by hand on silk viscose and wool. Great to give denim a fashion pop or for a nostalgic moment!
We are so excited to introduce some of our new brands for Autumn/Winter 2012, and the thought of our fabulous new arrivals is certainly making our rainy “summer” slightly more bearable.
It was wonderful to be able to do most of our buying in Paris this Spring – we spent three packed days scouring the Paris shows and simply can’t wait to show you what we have found.
By Zoe, created in 2005, has become one of the new must have brands of the Parisian fashion scene. It offers a neat fashion style with beautiful unique prints and comfortable materials with a very feminine and romantic style. We think it is full of key wardrobe pieces which have a french feel. Their website is www.byzoe.fr.
DAY BIRGER ET MIKKELSEN is the brainchild of Keld Mikkelsen. The DAY brand is defined by modern, classic and ethnic designs, expressed in a sexy stylish way. Since opening in 1997 the brand has become a global design-driven company merging ancient embroidery patterns and prints and trimmings with contemporary silhouettes and tailoring.
Roque by Ilaria Nistri.
In 2006 Ilaria Nistri’s passion became her profession. Together with Simone Rafanelli, she created a label that was critically acclaimed from the very start. With the main goal set on conveying the designer’s passion and love for precious fabrics and unconventional shapes Ilaria Nistri managed to create luxurious pieces with good balance between tradition and modernity. Always keeping the balance between tradition and modernity, together with a constant technological innovation season after season.
Just a few of our new finds x
Bath Place is a delightful narrow street of cottages mixed with an eclectic mix of indies offering an amazing range of unique goods.
It is believed that in the middle ages this narrow lane was the main route into Taunton. In the 18th C the street was straightened and all the buildings range from then.
It is a lovely place to spend a couple of hours wandering – these are just my highlights …
The Harlequin Gallery (www.harlequingallery.co.uk), a fab gallery showcasing contemporary British Art and Craft, full to the brim with wonderful ceramics, jewellery, sculpture and paintings.
Jane Armour and Ginger Fig are great shops to find birthday gifts and a huge range of unique cards. Newcomer Suzi Smith has a beautiful range of homeware and items for the garden.
Brendon Books and Maps is a wonderful independent book shop – with experienced staff always on hand to offer friendly advice and personal recommendations.
Taunton Country Markets offers a delicious range of home baked cakes and locally sourced vegtables, flowers and, we believe, the best eggs in Somerset!
Our neighbours are the Fish Shop, another excellent specialist food shop supplying the freshest fish you could ask for.
We are also lucky enough to have some brilliant places to eat, with the perfect bacon sandwich at Loafers, cocktails at the Cosy Club and our favourite place for coffee and lunch – The Scrumper.
With our unique range of shops and fantastic welcome Bath Place couldn’t be further from the High Street!
We love American Vintage at Coco Blue, it is the brand that represents everything that we are about – good quality easy everyday pieces that work really hard in your wardrobe and feel amazing to wear. It is a beautiful colourful collection from the South of France, full of essential staples for your wadrobe.
This year there are 57 mouthwatering colours to layer up or down as you please. Our must haves are the Massachutes 04 – a very soft sheer cotton round necked long sleeved top that is great under almost anything, and in such a huge range of colours one is never enough! Jacsonville 51 is the perfect summer tee – slubby cotton viscose with a flattering hip skimming fit. We team these with some great linen knits and finish with a coordinating jersey scarf – a perfect weekend look.
The whole collection offers simplicity, femininity, functionality . It is designed to be layered, with some pieces providing the base layers and the other pieces adding to a look that will cater for all body shapes and lifestyles. It has a huge celebrity following – Kylie Monigue, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson, Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Giselle and Penelope Cruz are major fans. We are delighted to be one of the UK’s largest stockists.
With the weather roller coasting from a balmy 72 degrees to a forecast of snow tomorrow it is certainly not an easy job to know what to put on in the morning! It’s too warm for a winter coat but I need an extra layer over my new spring tops.
As a seasoned scarf addict I really think the humble scarf is a solution to many fashion dilemmas. A long drapey scarf will disguise any number of not so svelte days, keep the chill off you first thing in the morning and is much easier to pop on and off than a coat.
They are a great way to introduce a pop of colour or print or to put your own stamp on a look. Have a look at our favourites for Spring.
The first weekend in March is always spent buying in Paris for AW 12. It is one of our favourite weekends of the year. We catch the early evening flight and are in Paris for 9.00 pm. Yay!
We love to walk and window shop in the evening, and here are some of our favourites ….. Lanvin, Prada and Dior, in the First Arrondisement just by the Elysee Palace where the President lives. My sister asked the gendarme if we could have a glimpse in the Palace grounds, but sadly no!
Saturday is spent at the Tuilleries, a beautiful public garden located between the Louvre and the Place de Concorde. Three massive marquees house amazing collections from all over the world, with a strong emphasis on French and Italian ready-to-wear and accessories. It is fashion heaven! We found beautiful hats from Italy, a fab collection of Maribou fur from two young Parisians, did a huge Transit order, two new jewellery collections and of course Epice scarves – and that was all before lunch!
After a quick whizz around the 1st – we head off to Fiorentini Baker ( www.fiorentini-baker.com). They hire a shop for the shows and it is buzzing and packed with buyers. Deborah Baker is exactly as you would hope, cool, funny and very inspirational. She designs timeless boots that are heaven to wear, handmade by artisans in Italy and built to last! The collection is great, with many new styles and colours for Winter. Later that evening we meet up with Deborah and her team for supper. It is very much a family affair – Debbie’s cousins handle PR and photography, and there seems to be genuine disbelief that their brand is so succesful globally. There is so much to say about F + B that I will do a separate post later.
Sunday is spent at the Palais de la Bourse, the French Stock Exchange where we found Mialius – Italian handbags in butter soft leather and dyed by hand in a fabulous range of colours. We are also very excited to introduce Roque by Ilaria Nistri, a collection that is the perfect balance between night and day – everyday but never boring!
Behind the Bourse is Boulevard Vivienne, one of the most ornate arcades in Paris. It is decorated with stunning mosaic floors, brass lamps and a beautifully renovated clock. We eat at the Brasserie Vivienne, steak frites, excellent red wine and finish with the best cheese I have ever eaten.
There’s just time to pop to Lauderee for obligatory macaroons,(I will not eat all of these in one sitting!) before catching our plane.
Thank you Paris for another amazing weekend x