Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Belle Heir

Belle Heir sells the most exquisite vintage clothes for babies (and up to five-year-olds) - proper antiques, really, rather that mere second-hand clothes. The spotty dress here is Belgian from the 1930s; the middle, crocheted dress is from the 1920s, and the gingham coat is 1960s. Unique treasures, with price tags to match. Pictures: Belle Heir.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Sasha Gibb

Textile designer Sasha Gibb makes her work - cushions, throws and patchwork - from salvaged vintage British wool blankets, which she re-dyes and sews from her small workshop in Jersey. She also makes French hemp and linen sheets for hanging over windows as rudimentary (but great looking) curtains. The pieces are all one-offs and are hardwearing, washable and "designed with real living in mind", she says. Pictures: Sasha Gibb.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Lazy Giraffe

Deepa makes beautiful jewellery by hand in her small home-studio in Cambridge. Everything is made in very limited editions and is amazingly inexpensive. For example, these sweet glass-and-silver earrings are just £20, and you can buy these three stacked 14ct gold rings (one textured, two smooth) for a mere £22. Pictures: All Things Original.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011


What a pretty linen dress. Handmade to order for $220. Pictures: Rennes.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011


Very sweet stripey cashmere baby blankets from Ocabini - they're hand-dyed, sun-dried and hand-spun in Nepal, and are £130 each. Picture: Ocabini.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Me & Em

These polka-dot, very-fine cashmere scarves from Me & Em are lovely. Pictures: Me & Em.

The Original Canvas Bucket Bag Company

I am keen on these simple, hardwearing canvas bucket bags with rope handles - good for logs or laundry or for the beach. They come in four sizes, the biggest costing just £25, plus postage from the Isle of White. Pictures: The Original Canvas Bucket Bag Company.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Ace & Jig

I really, really want this dress, but it's about £125, plus shipping from Atlanta, plus customs charges. Expensive, then. Damn you, weak pound. Picture: Les Nouvelles.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Celia Lewis

I absolutely love Surrey artist Celia Lewis's watercolours of pigs - painted from life, in her garden, of her own Gloucester Old Spots. Her paintings start at just £50, mounted and including postage, which I think is amazingly cheap. Pictures: Celia Lewis.

Lara Scobie

These beautiful and delicate blue-and-white ceramics are made in Edinburgh by Lara Scobie, and sold on a brilliant new-to-me website Seek&Adore. Pictures: Seek&Adore.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011


The perfect dress for this weather, and it has sleeves! From NW3. Picture: ASOS.

Monday, 13 June 2011


Happy-making handmade booties for children, from Nepal. Pictures: Woolenstocks.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Illa of London

The kind of jewellery I like wearing: small smoky quartz earrings and a gold vermeil bangle from Illa of London. Pictures: Illa of London.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Marley Boutique

Marley Boutique is a really small range of inexpensive but rather lovely clothes for children, all handmade in London. I love this floral shirt (£28) and bloomers (£26). Pictures: Marley Boutique.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Furla Guggenheim

I hardly ever see handbags I like, so I actually had to accost (or, rather, make my husband accost) a stranger sitting at a cafe in Paris yesterday when I saw her carrying this one. It has a long, stripey cotton strap (see bottom pic) so that you can wear it across your body, and is mottled black leather with a green suede pocket on the front. In the flesh it's literally the nicest handbag the world has ever seen, and I'm starting to save up for it right now. Although I'm slightly concerned it doesn't appear to be on their website - only this one, which isn't as nice. Pictures: Endless.com

Thursday, 2 June 2011


A really beautiful, and unusual, ink-tipped linen scarf from Anna. Just £25, and perfect for hols.

Nice Things

The lovely (but quite terribly named label) Nice Things is from Barcelona. They have shops across Europe, and sell in the UK in stores like Nola, Fashion Dispensary, Attic and Get My Fashion. I particularly love the bottom dress; it's silk and embroidered and not bad value for £100, I reckon; buy it here. Pictures: Nice Things.