Sunday, 13 July 2014

Inspirational Industrial Homeware

When I think of homeware trends I tend to think of floral scatter cushions, fairy lights and "shabby chic", trends that have been dominant for (too many) years now. Well this year there is a new, more manly, homeware trend in town, which has a distinctly more industrial flavour. 

Think robust, hard and flat materials like concrete, marble, metal and stone. Materials that have previously only been used for exteriors or floors have crept into the homeware section. But rather than being cold and uninviting, you have something rather more beautiful, sculptural and delicate. I've picked some of my favourite pieces to give you some industrial inspiration. 

1. Etsy is a goldmine for concrete related homeware and it's a great place to get inspiration. I love this concrete lamp, it's painted gold inside which gives a nice contrast against the matt grey. Handmade in Berlin, each one is handmade so you know you are getting something truly unique. Concrete hanging lamp £121.50 GANTlights on Etsy. 

2. I have ALWAYS wanted one of these boards! They are hard to come by and can often be way over priced and too tiny to be practical. Well the guys over at Harrop and Penny have come to the rescue and stock them in 3 great sizes. They are made in England too! Noticeboard £40.

3. Another gold/concrete combo, this time on a wonderful geometric succulent planter. Perfect to add a little greenery to your desk or around the house if you don't have a garden. £44.96 from ConcreteGeometric on Etsy

4. Previously only used as a murder weapon on Cluedo the candlestick has been having a bit of a renaissance of late. I love the marble patterns contrasted against the smooth shiny surface of the copper. Chunk of Marble Small by Menu £48 available from The Goodhood Store.

5. There is something very satisfying about changing the date on a perpetual calendar, this one is made in England by Green & Blue and changes like a church hymn board, lovely stuff! Perpetual calendar in Navy Blue £65 available from Dyke and Dean

6. Who needs a lamp shade when this bulb is practically a work of art in itself!? Nearly 20cm in length, it's a whopper so watch your head. Globe mega Edison filament bulb £20 from Dyke and Dean.

7. Paperweight, book end, table decoration? Whatever you want to use it for this geo shaped cement piece is a great price and an easy to way to invest in the industrial trend. Geo shape by Serax available £12 from The Goodhood Store. 

8. Don't be confused by the cold marble exterior, this cushion is 100% silk, feather and down stuffed softness. Marble cushion grey by Ferm living £57 available from The Goodhood Store. 

9. These replica milk bottles do lean on the "shabby chic" side of things but with a cool slate grey paint job they definitely have an industrial feel. Porcelain replica vintage milk bottle £21.96 from urbancartel on Etsy. 

Do you like what I've picked? Have I inspired anyone to head down to their local B&Q to pick up a bag of cement? Thanks for reading :) 

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Cut Make Trim - Handmade leather bags from London's East End.

Me and my Cut Make Trim Saddle bag, wearing ASOS playsuit and New Look Sandals. 

I received a lovely little present in the post from Dalston based leather bag makers Cut Make Trim a few weeks back and I couldn't wait to post about them as I've been getting so many compliments wearing my new bag. 

Cut Make Trim bags are British made through and through, with a small team of craftsmen based in their East London workshop they offer 5 classic satchel designs. What makes Cut Make Trim stand out from the rest of the crowd is the amazing choice of colours available, including neon green, mustard, tan, powder pink and fluorescent orange . I opted for the Saddle bag in Powder Blue, an unusual choice for me as I do love black and tan, but I'm so glad I did as I absolutely love it and have taken it everywhere with me (including holiday) since I got it. It's the perfect size for a day or night handbag and would be ideal at festivals as it doesn't get in the way. 

 My saddle bag having it's close up around the pool. 

The 13" satchel in green - £79

 The Saddle bag in Purple - £44

You can find out more about Cut Make Trim, their products and their workshop by visiting their website at Or if you are London based you can visit them at their stall in Covent Garden's Jubilee market every Saturday and Sunday.

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

A visit to Private White V.C

A few weeks ago I ventured down to Manchester to finally pay a visit to one of my favourite British brands; Private White V.C. The brand have been going from strength to strength over the last few years, it's so great to see a British manufacturing brand (and a northern one at that) doing well. As well as the factory shop in Manchester they are opening a store in Tokyo and launching a womenswear line later in the year. 

The shop has been fitted out so nicely, with lots of cool features (including original work benches, copper piping lights and an upcycled safe)

Private White not only make their garments in the factory building, they also support other UK made brands, stocking Cheaney shoes and Dawsons Denim (aprons pictured)

I fell in love with this Camouflage Harrington jacket, a wardrobe classic with a fun twist. £375

The story of Private White V.C from Victory magazine (1987) blown up and used as wallpaper, very cool!

Sneak peek of their Womenswear collection which launches AW14/15, I tried on a few pieces and they were gorgeous. The same high quality fabric and attention to detail from the menswear range has been used to create the womenswear collection.  

As well as a tour of the shop I was also shown the rest of the factory building which was fantastic. From the cutting rooms to the sewing rooms you really get a feel for the true essence and the people behind the brand. These are just some of the pattern blocks, there are over 2000 in the building!

Lovely speckled and striped silk/cotton knitwear. £110

Beautiful copper hardware detail on the Twin Track £495

When it comes to detail, nothing has been left unaccounted for. The G1 Harris Tweed Flight Jacket (£450) comes with removable neck guard and an inconspicuous place to store it inside when not in use. 

If you find yourself in Manchester so I would really recommend a trip to see the guys at Private White V.C, you can make an appointment by emailing the factory shop at or you can take a virtual tour by clicking here. 

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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Grenson x Concept By Cruise Collaboration

Cruise has been a longstanding brand in the North East for over 30 years now so when they launched "Concept by Cruise" their high end menswear/streetwear venture in March last year it went down a treat. It's great to see a North East business doing so well and I wanted to share with you their latest collaboration with British shoemaker Grenson. The Grenson and Concept collection is a subtle reworking of three popular silhouettes amongst Grenson fans; the Curt, Archie and Stanley all get a premium makeover. The Concept Made In England exclusives are crafted from superior leather and suede, with a fully Goodyear Welted construction. The limited collection is finished off in typically premium fashion with a dual branded sock-liner, and hand numbered in an edition of 12.

The guys from Concept went behind the scenes at the Grenson's Northampton factory to see the making of shoes and have made this great video. It's amazing to see the amount of work, detail and craft that goes into each pair.

To get your hands on a pair before they sell out head over to Concept by Cruise now.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

ELEVENPARIS & Colette celebrate the Simpsons 25th annivesary

I am a huge Simpsons fan, I remember being slightly obsessed with Bart Simpson in my pre teen tomboy days. So when I received this press release I knew I would have to post about it. Concept store and all round "FASHON" name Colette have teamed with with the creative studio at ELEVENPARIS to product these 4 limtied edition t-shirts. My personal favourite is the Bart Simpson one (where he is cheekily defacing Colette's logo) The collection will be available exclusively from Colette from July 15th. 

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Home Inspiration from Howkapow

Looking at homeware fills me with a lot of joy. It's something that can easily transform a room yet needn't cost the earth. As Summer approaches I thought I'd give you a little colourful homeware inspiration from one of my favourite online shops Howkapow. Bristol based Howkapow was set up in 2010 by wife and husband team Cat & Rog. The whole shop is bursting with colour and they sell everything from homeware to jewellery to prints and gifts. If you haven't already have a ganders at their site at

1. Oh god how adorably kawaii are these wooden dinosaur salad tossers? 

2. I love this Danish style lamp with it's bursts of orange and red. Perfect to brighten up a room day or night. 

3. In rented houses the kitchen can often be a bit tired and old, add some colour to your worktops with this bright yellow storage jar! 

4. Big graphic prints have been on trend for a while now and don't look as though they'll be going away anytime soon, so if you haven't already invested try this super fun and very reasonably priced YEAH print! 

5. Pantone products are a bit of a cult item amongst design studios up and down the country, why not add to the set with this coffee maker?

6. Why just stop at your walls when you lights can be pieces of art too! 

7. Another Scandinavian inspired piece, this wooden wall clock is simple and chic.

8. More bird prints, this time in the form of this fun table mats. 

9. I don't need to say much about this, just the fact it's a gold mug, a gold shiny mug! Go buy it.

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Friday, 4 April 2014

A Casual Man x Tanner & Oak "Avonstock" Card Holder

The gents over at A Casual Man have collaborated with British Luxury leather accessories brand Tanner & Oak to make this delightful Leather card holder. Made entirely in the UK, with the vegetable tanned navy leather sourced from a small supplier in Walsall, it's then put together by hand, finished, edged and stamped with the ACM logo in Leicestershire. 

I think you'll agree it really is a lovely unique piece, especially with the lime contrast inside. It's double sided, meaning there is plenty of room for cards and notes. The "Avonstock" card holder is only £30 (pretty good price considering it is UK made!) And you can buy it direct from the ACM shop by clicking here. 

Don't forget to check out the A Casual Man blog and have a look at the other beautiful leather accessories over at Tanner & Oak. (including some rather fetching hip flasks!)

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