Friday, 25 February 2011
Thursday, 24 February 2011
Sophie Mason's label, Still, has impeccable ethical credentials. Her (lovely) duffle coats, shirts and dresses are all hand-made using traditional skills in small, family-run workshops in India. She also sells are range of rather more glamorous vintage dresses from her shop in Notting Hill.
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Gudrun & Gudrun are two women from the Danish Faroe Islands who make handknitted jumpers and cardigans from organic, undyed (expensive) Faroese wool - a wool which is naturally very oily, so the jumpers are practically waterproof. Helena Christensen loves them, apparently.
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Nancy Krzyzanowski enlists knitters, seamstresses and embroiderers from across Britain, working from their own kitchen tables, to produce things for her whimsical and nostalgic children's label, Loopy Design. I think her embroidered bloomers for babies are really quite special.
Pictures: Loopy Design.
Monday, 14 February 2011
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
We're going to Berlin this weekend, and while I'm there I'm going to make a beeline for this very lovely looking shop, Konk, which stocks small German labels like Ansoho and Isabell de Hillerin. These pictures are by Kristina, who writes the beautiful and indispensable blog, Mostly Berlin. She likes cafes, and flower markets, and going to galleries, and is a girl after my own heart.
Friday, 4 February 2011
Walks in the Wiltshire woods when the bluebells were out were a firm part of my childhood, so I love that The Woodland Trust are setting up this new website which will list all the best bluebell woods across the country. From April (when the bluebells will be flowering, of course), you'll be able to type your postcode in to find your local bluebell forest.
Pictures: The Woodland Trust.
Thursday, 3 February 2011
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Huxley's range of merino jumpers and cardigans, socks and belts, in upliftingly bright colours like ripe tomato, raspberry and cobalt are all made in Britain and are exceptionally cheerful. I think their cardis would look great on girls; I am obviously sold by the little H embroidered on the arm.