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Zadig & Voltaire

When this French brand opened up in Sloane Street two years ago, there was a sigh of relief. At last a slice of Paris had been brought to London. Now with successful retails in Westbourne Grove, St John’s Wood and Richmond, Zadig is aiming to build on that reputation and plans to open a handful more this autumn. Branded as the “affordable luxury” line with their chic and subtle, yet easy to wear collection, Zadig &Voltaire have managed to cater for a wide spectrum of ages. Founder Thierry Gillier is the reason behind the success, her approach of adapting to […]

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AG Limited Editions

To all those who can’t resist a new designer handbag it seems the market is about to get some steep competition in the form of nothing less than a Gucci. Daughter of the late Maurizio Gucci, Alessandra Gucci has paved her own way under the name AG and is launching her first limited edition, designer handbag collection. AG’s inspiration for her new design came from her interest in Botany and each of her bags have been influenced by the way floral imagery is depicted. The most interesting decision of AG’s however, is her choice of leather.  American Alligator. AG felt that […]

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Adili

Yet another online fashion website joins the ever-growing market of cyber shopping but this is one with a difference.  Said to be pegged as the best ethical fashion shop online, Adili aims not only to fulfil the shopper’s needs but also to educate them on the ways of ethical living.  The new website aspires to show its readers that there is such a thing as eco chic.  While the crunch is still curbing even the most diehard shoppers amongst us, this revolutionary site allows the shopper to purchase items specifically geared to their own ethical value, making it a guilt-free […]

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Coccinelle

Leading Itailian brand Coccinelle has joined forces with top 1970s cult designer Barbara Hulanicki to createa new handbag collection. Hulanicki, founder of BIBA, has incorporated her iconic designs into the collection which will be sold from October in Coccinelle stores. Each of the six bags has been made in Italy and is of limited edition. Hulanicki has managed to create a widevariety of styles, ranging from clutches or bowling bags to shopping bags and purses and with prices under £200 the bag is an ideal guilt free treat. All of them are embellished with the exclusive and recognisable Art Deco […]

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Lily and Lionel

Lily and Lionel Good news for devotees of e shopping sites, the ethnic fashion label, Lily and Lionel, is to launch its new shopping site later this month.  Following the example of the hugely popular net-a-porter site, Lily and Lionel have also decided to go online without a bricks and mortar store but for the moment will focus predominantly on accessories. Creative Director Alice Stone became interested in jewellery and clothes from a young age, “I would go on holiday and bring back a broach from a market. I’m influenced by colors and buildings and cultures from other countries.” A […]

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MB and Rock Republic

Maria Buccellati and Rock Republic Could this be every fashionistas dream?  This autumn, Maria Buccellati will be collaborating with Rock Republic exclusively for Harrods.  United by their mutual belief in uncompromising quality, the designers will be launching a new season of cashmere and jeans. The collection will not only be using the finest quality of fabrics but also will be custom made with hand detailed washes.  MB and Rock Republic are looking to join three different Italian styled 4 ply cashmere jumpers with Rock premium denim jeans.   Once the muse of Dolce and Gabbana, Maria Buccellati has a talent […]

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Qeelin

Qeelin  This October sees Qeelin, the luxury Chinese jeweler, extending their portfolio of stores still further.  They will be showcasing a range of unique jewellery from all across the world at an especially designed boutique in the Wonder Room at Selfridges.  Inspired by Dennis Chan, designer of Qeelin, the shop-in-shop will be keeping with their Asian theme highlighted in their other boutiques in Hong-Kong, Paris and since August 2008, in Beijing. Qeelin is the brain child of Dennis Chan and Guillaume Brochard and was launched in 2004.  Both wanted to synthesize the richness and opulence of Chinese heritage and the […]

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Love-Worn

Love-Worn Based exclusively online, Love-Worn is the latest thing to emerge from the endlessly talented PR turned vintage purveyor Arabella Gubay.  Gubay has put an end to those tireless mornings spent scavenging markets for hidden vintage gems and brought it all to your home with her new website.   Chanel, Dior, Pucci, Balenciaga, Gubay hasn’t missed out any favourites and Love-Worn’s aim is to entice not only those who go weak at the knees at the thought but also those who have little time to hunt for these names yet given the opportunity could  be as easily seduced.  Gubay’s love […]

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Born to Shop

Charity Retail Trust Launches “Born to Shop” Charms The principal charity of the retail sector has collaborated with the range Born to Shop to create four different charm designs.  The charms have been created to work with anything from handbags to mobile phones and the designs include miniature handbags and shoes in either purple or sparkly pink.        House of Fraser, Harrods and Beales have signed up to stock these collector’s item charms and Browns of York is soon set to follow.   Retail Trust is aiming to educate both the shopper and retailer with the suggested donation of […]

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Masquerade

House of Masquerade For four nights only, a temporary fashion space from Absolut Masquerade and fashion illustrator Daisy de Villeneuve will be launched.  The room will be transformed into a giant treasure trove, including a walk-in dressing up box filled with vintage clothing and accessories from Mint going on sale.  The joint collaboration with Absolut Masquerade means that there will also be a cocktail bar serving Absolut Vodka throughout the evening and if that wasn’t enough to sway your decision, there will be a stylist on hand to help guests with their fashion options as well as Absolut Masquerade gift […]

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Visa Swap Show

The great and the good of the fashion world descended on Covent Garden for the 2008 Visa Swap fashion show on Wednesday night. And what a crowd it was. The most fashionable of the fashionable were there sipping on cocktails in tea cups and milling around the loft space. Erin O’Connor and Olivia Inge were there gliding elegantly through the trendy crowd as Margot Stilley hung out with friends enjoying the vodka cocktails.                 The night was held to support TRAID and the Swap event and there was a very edgy catwalk show […]

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Tailored Shirt

There is nothing better then a crisp, well cut, stylish men’s shirt. It has a way of changing a man. (In some cases it makes a man.) And this is exactly what Upper 10 is all about. Upper 10 is a company that makes hand-made, bespoke shirts of the highest quality. The fabrics are the highest quality cotton from Italy, France and Egypt and the prices of the shirts vary from just £60 to £135 depending on the fabric selected. They have over 1200 for you to look at in their selection. But some men hate shopping. They hate trailing […]

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