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Sicilian Jewels

First of all, sorry for the long blog absence. September is a pretty intense month in a fashion designer’s calendar. We have to deliver the Autumn Winter collection and prepare the following year’s Spring Summer collection for wholesale. It wasn’t all doom and gloom as we visited California at the start of October for some much needed rest and relaxation, so there are some posts dedicated to the sunshine state coming up very soon. Anyway, it’s full throttle back in Hong Kong as I have a number of exciting projects in the pipeline. Aren’t these Dolce & Gabbana lip colours gorgeous? I'm trying a different colour each day thi...

Meet Bernstock Speirs

The Bernstock Speirs hat shop, open since 2004, is on the northern tip of the famous Brick Lane, away from the hustle and bustle of the shops, galleries and curry houses, as well as the weekend market crowds. The shop location quietly reflects the Bernstock Speirs brand – cool, off beat, away from the main stream and a style leader. In fact, their pom pom hat with veil was recently copied by retail giant Aldo, but luckily withdrawn from sale after highlighted on Twitter by my cousin Style Bubble no less. I sat down for tea and a natter with the lovely and funny Paul Bernstock and Thelma Speirs back in July at their atelier… ...

Shoreditch Shops

I ended up continuously popping in and out of shops that caught my eye whilst wondering around the Shoreditch East London area. Such as… Hand crafted birch furniture at Unto This Last… Cute baby chairs! Unto This Last is at 220 Brick Lane, London E2 7EB (020 7613 0882). The front of Cafe And stocks select designer homeware and the back is a light and airy cafe… Cafe And is at 77 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DJ (020 3487 0980). Opening hours: Wed – Sun 10:30am-6pm; closed on Mon & Tue.   Hostem is a men's clothing store selling the likes of Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester and Junya Wantanabe…I hear they are opening a ...

Meet Alex Monroe

It's been a while since my last post. This time of year is always extra manic with production and deliveries for Autumn Winter, as well as getting the new Spring Summer samples ready for our sales agents. Anyway, I have a series of posts about my summer in London coming up! Through my work and travels, I am lucky enough to meet a lot of super creative people. Their work and histories are so inspiring, and I thought I would share some of them with you… In the UK and Japan, the name Alex Monroe needs no introduction. His jewellery is stocked in department stores and the best boutiques. Open any magazine and his delicate, nature ...

Couldn’t Wake Up But Had To Go Go

I overslept and was very late for a brunch date. So what did I wear? My boyfriend jeans and white t-shirt – a classic, no need to iron, fail safe ensemble. Accessories jazz up this simple look. I wore these vintage 1960s sunglasses which I bought from the Haight district in San Francisco last year. When I travel, I always scour the local boutiques to get to know the local designers and end up picking up something unique. My souvenirs are always something wearable. There is no brand name but it's hand made in France. I'm hoping they might be a sample for Paco Rabanne or Courreges. I wear this cherry bakelite necklace so often...