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Urban Cross Stitch

Sharpen your needles, the age old art of embroidery is undergoing a shock revival, with Urban Cross Stitch kits destined to change its image from an old-fashioned pastime to a modern graphic medium. The brainchild of London based pattern-cutter, Phil Davison, who works in the fashion industry, Urban Cross Stitch kits are inspired by street art and popular culture. Davison’s popular Banksy’s Balloon Girl, for example, is made up of more than 1,000 tiny stitches using 17 different shades. Other contemporary patterns include Pac Man and Space Invaders designs as well as message with a more edgy feel than the […]

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Olivella Face and Body Bar Soaps

With every company jumping on the green bandwagon Olivella has taken the concept one step further. They are launching their face and body bar soaps which have a natural rich green hue gained from the chlorophyll in the olives from which they’re made. An age-old Italian skin-care secret, the benefits of virgin olive oil have long been known and are claimed to provide unparalleled anti-aging benefits. Olivella is also rich in antioxidants Vitamin A and E, and contains bioactive substances that stimulate and smooth the connective tissue to combat the first signs of aging. Made from 100% virgin olive oil […]

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The perfect partnership

News of another, perhaps more highbrow, collaboration has come our way. Crystal company Lalique and illustrious old-school porcelain brand Haviland have joined forces at the opening of their new flagship store in Mayfair on Wednesday night. Interestingly this partnership has spanned almost a century when Suzanne of the Lalique household married Paul Haviland, head of his grandfather’s Limoges porcelain business, after meeting on holiday – it is all very Capulet and Montague – only this union thankfully ends happily, and with no blood spilt on either crystal cocktail glasses or china tea service. The gorgeous boutique is fresh in style […]

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Matthew Williamson for H&M

Here’s a tip: take a sneaky peek at Matthew Williamson’s first collection for H&M out next month and be the first to snap up his finest creations for spring/summer at a bargain price. The quirky designer joins a rostrum of other top designers, namely, Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli and Viktor & Rolf, all of whom have successfully collaborated with the high street brand. ‘It’s been fascinating to search back through my archives [in the past 11 years] to isolate the most iconic pieces, then rework them for H&M,’ Matthew says. ‘The spirit of the collection is both covetable […]

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Openings & Launches

Tini Opens

Last week Guy Pelly, Nick House and Piers Adams let the public into their latest venue, Tini in Walton Street, following a lavish opening that coincided with Donatella Versace’s Fashion Fringe Party. However contrary to the Evening Standard’s claim that this new watering hole is aimed at sloanes alone, Guy Pelly tells The Handbook that this couldn’t be further from the truth. ‘It is a very European street and that is the market and clientele we are heading towards,’ he says. Furthermore, he has rebutted general opinion that suggests he is just a PR-machine for his other club Mahiki, ‘I’ve […]

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The Accessory Factor

Sales of luxury accessories up by 40 per cent at Selfridges According to the team at Selfridges, they are seeing an increase of around 40 per cent increase of classic luxuryaccessories across its stores in Birmingham, Manchester and London. As the recession deepens, Selfridges’ customers are showing no resistance to investing in timeless classic pieces. Iconic handbags including Chanel’s ‘2.55’ (£1,600), Louis Vuitton’s ‘Neverfull’ (from £330) and Gucci’s ‘Babouska’ (£525) have experienced fifty per cent uplift at Selfridges’ stores nationwide as customers opt to invest in accessories with longevity. In contrast to the high street where bright citrus shades are dominating […]

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Fashion Fringe Roadshow

Colin McDowell, Founder and Creative Director of Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden is hosting a Road Show tomorrow to discuss fashion in our capital city. Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden was launched in 2004 under the creative direction of fashion historian McDowell and global entertainment company IMG, as a nationwide search to find and develop design talent across the UK. Fashion Fringe is now an annual event and a key part of London Fashion Week in September. The competition is now open for aspiring young designers, four of whom will be chosen after a summer of intensive mentoring to showcase […]

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Fashion & Beauty

Kyoku

Kyoku, a new grooming range for men is about to go on sale at Selfridges and to celebrate Kyoku are offering their shoppers complimentary facials. From 2nd-22nd April, the bespoke Kyoku for Men mini facials will be available at Selfridges every Saturday and Sunday during store hours. The lucky men will not only be able to trial the Kyoku products but also experience a 20 minute facial massage while seated in leather recliners, listening to relaxing music through state-of-the-art wireless headphones provided of Bose. The Kyoku products pride themselves in designing their products specifically with a man’s skin in mind. […]

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Deliciously Sorted for your ideal summer wardrobe!

Heidi Klein, the iconic one-stop destination holiday shop has teamed up with Deliciously Sorted Ibiza, Ibiza´s premier concierge service, to offer an exclusive and personalised service. A summer holiday wardrobe delivered directly to your hotel, villa or boat this summer. Placing the order is simple and heidi klein will offer you free shipping to your holiday destination. Simply order online at www.heidiklein.com for everything you would need for your holiday, from bikinis and sunhats to kaftans and indulgent cashmere, heidi klein creates the perfect holiday wardrobe, from barefoot chic to super yacht glamour. Deliciously Sorted Ibiza,who claim to be serious experts on Ibiza, are […]

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Alto Lounge Bar

Opening in early May this year on the former site of Umbaba in the West End, Alto will represent a complete departure from other high-end nightspots in both design and sensibility. This new lounge bar/nightclub will offer a much needed, light-hearted, carefree and quirky attitude against a backdrop of resplendent surroundings to counteract the gloom of the day. Alto’s interior has been inspired by the Art Nouveau movement of the turn of the 20th century (1890-1905), credited for bridging neoclassicism and modernism in design. Elegance, true sophistication and upholstered luxury will be showcased in this remarkable space, transporting patrons to […]

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Vertu Constellation Pure Collection

Vertu rules the roost of the luxurious handset market and it seems that even the credit crunch hasn’t stopped it forging ahead with its current new crop of exclusive mobiles. Its Constellation Pure Collection may not look very different at first glance but two years of research and development went into its colouring process, which has resulted in a stain resistant leather. Each handset is developed with its own made-to-measure tool, allowing it to achieve the ideal size and alignments of the phone, and is created from steel, leather and ceramics. The result is a modern highly stylish and elegant […]

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Monocle

Monocle Magazine has joined Comme des Garçons in their second collaboration together to launch a candle based on their best selling Hinoki Scent One fragrance. Launching internationally this April, the candle is made in France by Comme des Garçons. The Hinoki Candle’s unusually high concentrate fragrance was created from ingredients including cypress, camphor, thyme, cedar wood and incense, by Comme des Garçons perfumier Antoine Maisondieu, exclusively for Monocle. Its distinctive woody, Japanese spa-inspired scent comes in a 50-hour-burning candle set in a thick, black matt glass container, featuring Monocle’s signature font. “We sold out of Hinoki Scent One around the […]

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