Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Woad Inc

These wool blankets are dyed in Norfolk using natural woad indigo pigment, which they grow organically on the farm there. They're part of a small organisation called Produced in Norfolk which works to protect rural skills from dying out, such as thatching and cider making and wild bee keeping. Picture: Woad Inc.

Monday, 21 November 2011


Australian company Helveticus make sturdy-looking bags from vintage Swiss army blankets. Picture: Helveticus.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Grahame Clarke

These porcelain pieces by Grahame Clarke are just the kind of thing I love. You can order this hare bowl and pheasant jug directly from his studio. Pictures: Grahame Clarke.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Jess Brown

What a beautiful quilt by Jess Brown. I absolutely love it. She has a new collection cming out next year called Jess Brown for Woman and Home, which will be a small collection of dresses and workshirts, and is bound to be lovely. Pictures: Jess Brown.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Monkstone Knitwear

Insanely cosy looking jumpers from this delicious, brand-new knitwear company, based on a farm in Pembrokeshire. The top jumper here has two little buttons on the back, and is £190; the second is knitted from undyed Dorset and Welsh Black Mountain wool, and is £180. They will see you through the coldest winter. Pictures: Monkstone Knitwear.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011


This lovely label Roseanna is designed by two super-stylish Parisiennes. It's only been going two seasons - I spotted it at Donna Ida, one of only a few UK stockists. They do have an online shop, though (I'll take this shirt and this jacket please). Pictures: Roseanna.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Laurence Doligé

I was just in Fenwick and spotted this new French label, Laurence Dolige, designed by the woman who founded Madame a Paris. It's a cross between APC and Margaret Howell: quite simple clothes in really heavy, lovely quality materials, not as boyish as APC and not as boxy as Margaret Howell. I tried on masses and wanted it all. In fact, there was a check shirt and a pair of cotton trousers I was particularly taken by, and I'm trying to resist heading back there after work for some purchasing. Pictures: Laurence Dolige.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011


Sula is a British label designed by Alison Taylor, featuring quite lovely handmade clothes in hand-dyed silk and cotton and hand-loomed wool from her own fabric workshop in Vietnam. Visit her online shop here. Pictures: Sula.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011


This is a really lovely shirt, that I probably need to own, from Vanessa Bruno Athe at Urban Outfitters. Pictures: Urban Outfitters.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Esk Valley

I'd like to weather this winter in one of these Esk Valley jumpers, handmade in Scotland's only organic wool mill. Picture: Esk Valley.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Moheda Toffeln

Nice Swedish clogs from Moheda Toffeln, made by the same family company for five generations. They don't have an online shop yet, but you can buy them with free delivery here. Pictures: Sarenza.

Louise O'Neill

Beautiful 18ct-gold earrings by Louise O'Neill.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Eden Pottery

Handpainted spongeware jugs from Eden Pottery in County Down. Pictures: Eden Pottery.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Hurley Burley

Gold vermeil and aquamarine earrings - £40 from London jeweller Hurley Burley. Picture: Hurley Burley.


These summer sandals would look good with thick wool tights and dresses in winter, too. They're from Ash, but only available in lots of sizes at (the new-to-me fantastic discount shoe store) Sarenza, because they're last season. Ash also make these excellent looking, simple and sturdy biker boots, which I also have my eye on. Pictures: Sarenza.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Black Lily

Black Lily is another lovely Danish company to add to the list. They have an online shop where you can buy things like this perfect little blue suede bag and this embroidered scarf.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

EP by Easton Pearson

The prints at Australian label EP by Easton Pearson are amazing. I love that top in the middle. See the whole collection here. Pictures: Bahamonde Weather Girl.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Marie Walshe

A gold vermeil twig bangle from Brighton jeweller Marie Walshe. It's £105, and you can buy it here. Picture: NotHS.com/Marie Walshe.

Margarete Häusler

Hand-painted linen bags from Berlin, by Margarete Hausler. Pictures: Margarete Hausler.

Scholten & Baijings

Beautiful, amazingly colourful merino blankets by Dutch company Scholten & Baijings, available from Darkroom. They're £295 each. Pictures: Darkroom.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Brittany pottery

Many of my childhood holidays were spent in Brittany, so I'm so fond of this traditional Quimper pottery, painted with quaint men and women in national dress. As with anything that's popular with tourists there are masses of cheaply produced copies around, but if you want the real stuff you can buy in online at HB Henriot. I would love a set of his-and-hers bowls. Pictures: HB Henriot.

Rowen & Wren

These bud vases from Rowen & Wren look lovely in groups on a supper table; fill them with sprigs of blossom or individual blooms. They come in a pack of six (all slightly different shapes) for £18. Picture: Rowen & Wren.

Sarah Hickey

Sarah Hickey makes beautiful, rough-cut jewellery from her garden studio in Northumberland. These earrings are £59 (top) and £39; all Sarah's pieces are handmade with natural stones so each one will be unique. Pictures: Sarah Hickey.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Sparrow & Co

Glasgow-based Samuel Sparrow will be launching his online shop soon, selling beautiful handmade things for your home, such as Moroccan glasses, sheepskin rugs and notebooks. Pictures: Sparrow & Co.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Martyn Edgell

I can waste far too much time looking at antique pottery online. I actually don't mind things that are chipped and a bit shabby, but if I had lots of money to spend, I would shop at Martyn Edgell. Pictures: Martyn Edgell.


I always find so much to love at Ganni. I just tried on this new-season dress in Anthropologie (although I see it's £40 cheaper at ASOS) and can confirm it ticks every good-dress box. Really lovely. Picture: ASOS.
UPDATE: A reader has pointed out that the dress has been removed from the ASOS site. It's still available at Anthropologie, Regent Street (London) - though not online.

Friday, 5 August 2011


Talking of Swedish things, I love the look of this label from Stockholm, Bric-a-brac, run by two super-glamorous Swedes, Malin Engblom and Christina Wingas - selling lovely, simple things to wear for women, men and children. They ship internationally. Pictures: Bric-a-brac.