Sunday, 1 February 2015

The Bloggers' Market

When five of the internet's favourite blogging gals announce they're selling off their pretty clothes for as little as 50p a piece, it would be foolish not to expect a bit of a rampage. The frantic sale was held inside The Foundry, a delightfully quaint bar cum café overlooking the Camden Stables Market; its blend of contemporary furniture and rustic decor is a Pinterest paradise. To one side of the café were five stalls laden liberally with clothes and shoes, behind which five lovely ladies - Olivia, Dunya, Kristabel, Lucy and Carrie - were doing their utmost to engage the unforeseen throng of fellow bloggers adamant on parting them from their formerly trendy treasures. Imagine if charity shops did Boxing Day sales. Yeah, that.

The Bloggers' Market

Despite that I would look smashing in one of Olivia's dresses, I didn't visit to buy any wares. (Although I couldn't resist trying Olivia's delicious honeycomb brownies, which are an excuse in themselves to arrange a bloggers' bake sale. Just saying, Liv.) The Bloggers' Market was the opportune moment for a catch-up with friends Paige and Adora, who had bags filled with fashionable fancies within minutes of our arrival. And of course to say hello to Olivia, who remains the cheeriest and most charming young woman I have the pleasure of knowing, even when she finds herself surrounded by bloggers battling for her bargain blouse.

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

London Sock Company

Socks are the most understated of fashion accessories. Unless you're into that cropped-leg/ankle-swinger look, socks barely see the light of day from the moment you take them out of your drawer. It's almost a shame, really, when there are so many colours and patterns to fancy up your feet. (And I should know, given I have more than fifty pairs.) But socks aren't there to be flaunted in the same way as, say, a printed shirt; more to offer a flutter of personality, much like a pocket square in a suit jacket.

London Sock Company

London Sock Company would certainly agree. This relatively recent addition to the British menswear industry takes inspiration from Victorian elegance to offer a luxury range of colourful and fashionable socks, available to buy from select boutiques or - rather inventively - a monthly "Sock Club" subscription.

Now, I know what you're thinking - "elegance" and "luxury" aren't words you'd often associate with socks. But they're important words if you're aiming for outstanding quality. London Sock Company have developed their first collections in partnership with a century-old sock maker, plus fresh fashion design talent. It's a combination of traditional design and modern ideas. And like the best accessories, the final products are simple, wearable, yet eye-catching. They even have the thumbs up from supermodel and BFC ambassador David Gandy.

Of course, if you're thinking this is all a bit too much hype over socks, then I suggest you carry on wearing your tediously sensible black socks to the office. But I believe every detail counts, even those we may only see when you're sitting at your desk for lunch, and the hems of your trousers are halfway up your calves.

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Friday, 23 January 2015

Nigel Cabourn AW15

Perhaps the most practical collection exhibited at London Collections: Men - especially so for autumn/winter - was Nigel Cabourn's hard wearing outerwear. The AW15 collection celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Vivian Fuchs. Fur-trim coats, chunky knitwear and vintage-inspired jackets are just some of the key pieces prepared to keep you extremely toasty during the winter months.

Nigel Cabourn AW15

Among these, the most iconic is arguably the Everest Parka, a Nigel Cabourn classic, which has featured in his winterwear collections since 2003. Inspired by the clothes worn by Sir Edmund Hillary during his 1953 ascent of Mt Everest, the coat is made from weatherproof Ventile cotton filled with goose down and lined with sheepskin. The design can supposedly withstand temperatures of minus 40 degrees Celcius, although I shan't be testing that claim any time soon!

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

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