All posts tagged: Boutique


Introducing… Native & Co

Native & Co is an independent homeware and lifestyle shop in London’s Notting Hill. Founded by two product designers, Taiwan-born Sharon Jo-Yun Hung and British-Japanese Chris Yoshiro Green, the shop specialises in crafted home products that are predominantly sourced from Japan and Taiwan. Working with small suppliers, specialist workshops and local craftsmen, they seek out simple, discrete pieces that are both functional and beautiful at the same time. Here you’ll find traditional cast iron kettles, hand-made ceramicware, canvas aprons and striped linen tea towels. Their shop interior is as well thought out as the products on display, from the furniture that Green crafted himself to the little touches that make the space homely. Laid out on the table is the Arita Porcelain Collection, which includes Japanese kitchen tools such as a sesame mortar with pestle and lid, a lemon squeezer, a ladle stand and multi-functional canisters. Tableware includes ceramic tea cups, rice bowls and plates that use 400-year-old porcelain techniques and are adorned with traditional Japanese navy and white patterns. Hand-bound brooms,  made from Japanese hemp …


Do South shop styling

I love exploring the different neighbourhoods or mini villages in London, discovering independent shops, seeking out good coffee and just soaking up the atmosphere. One such place is Crystal Palace, a forty minute overground ride for me from King’s Cross. I don’t often venture south of the river, but about a year ago I was tempted out of my north London cocoon with the promise of vintage and antique shops, and it didn’t disappoint: there’s four-storey antique emporiums, retro clothes shops, homeware stores, food markets on Saturdays and stunning views right down the hill to the City. So when Do South shop, a treasure trove of vintage finds, handmade goods and modern design products, asked me along for a sunny Sunday morning of styling with three other bloggers I couldn’t say no. Do South, set up in 2011 by the lovely Freddie Oke, is situated right in the heart of Crystal Palace’s shops, on the corner of Westow Street and Central Hill. It sells a real variety of goods, from design-led, modern furniture and accessories from the likes …


Introducing… Shedquarters

Followers of my Instagram might know that I fell in love with these lovely porcelain espresso cups from alissa + nienke (two designers who joined forces after having met at Design Academy Eindhoven) during my last trip to Amsterdam. They’re almost too good to use everyday. So, I was delighted  when I learnt that British homeware shop Shedquarters was selling them in the UK, partly just in case I wanted to add to my collection! Shedquarters is an online shop selling contemporary homeware and accessories that feature bold patterns, colours and textures. It was started by Hayley Pryke and Ross Frame last year from a shed. Here, they answer some of my burning questions… How did you start Shedquarters and where did the name come from? We set up the online shop last year after deciding it was the right time to leave London and start our own business. It’s something we had always talked about and had the dream to work for ourselves. We moved to Cambridge and spent some time converting a shed into a studio, which is where …


Introducing… Starling Store

The lovely Nicola at Starling Store sent me a sneak peek of her new autumn/winter collection last week. In case you didn’t know, Starling Store is an online shop launched in early summer last year. It has a hand picked selection of colourful and contemporary homeware, all curated by founder Nicola Eslick, who spent the last two decades on a long adventure travelling the world, exploring quirky stores in Tokyo, the chicest boutique in New York and the flea markets of Paris (I’m just a little bit jealous…). She now lives in the seaside town of Brighton with an ‘oblique’ sea view (again, jealous). She says of her shop: Starling Store aims to offer a collection for the individual; for when you are searching for something a little bit different, something inspirational. Each and every piece from the collection is hand picked for it’s original design combined with practability and quality. It is our aim to offer products that will enhance our lives and become the heirlooms of tomorrow. For her, inspiration was born out of a …


Sukha: a cosy, eco-friendly boutique in Amsterdam

I discovered Sukha – a cosy, eco-friendly boutique on Haarlemmerstraat – during my recent trip to Amsterdam. Sukha means ‘joy of life’ in Sanskrit. Step inside and it is literally like you breathe a sigh of relief; it is so calm and relaxing, with the smell of scented candles and wild flowers dotted throughout the store. It’s a bit hippy, with day beds to lounge on and sprawling text and doodles (not a word of which I understood, but it looked pretty…) on the walls. Here, you will find that nearly all the items they sell have a sustainable background or are Dutch designed or produced. Most of the products are created in small quantities, and some under their own Sukha label. There are wooden beaded chains to hang over a picture or hook, handmade paper garlands, thick wool throws and cashmere jumpers. The displays are beautiful in themselves too: a salvaged stick to hang clothes on, old cotton spools to display jewellery, and artfully arranged display cabinets on the walls.    All images my own


Par La Roy boutique in Mexico by Savvy Studio

It may be rainy and well on its way to autumn here in London, but seeing this light and airy shop in Monterrey, Mexico on Behance this week made me think back to summer, sunshine and palm trees. Par La Roy is a new boutique with a simple and clear layout, allowing individual products to stand out in a borderline OCD fashion. It’s branding and interior design was overseen by Mexico-based Savvy Studio with Emilio Álvarez. The store is predominantly white, bar the striking black grouting on the tiles and the soft pink rugs and graphics on the walls. It looks ever-so clean and calming. They say: The project’s formal and structured language is based on two contrasting materials: metallic tubing and fabric. The tubes provide a set structure whilst the fabrics create volume, generating a unique and inviting atmosphere       Images


Introducing… Monologue

A fab new design shop has opened on Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street called Monologue. I discovered it during London Design Festival and instantly fell in love with its curated collection of stationery and homeware, which at the moment is centred around themes of marble and bright pops of colour (just look at that marble till/workspace unit!). Founded by interior designer Pavel Klimczak, the store focuses on conceptual designs by emerging designers and young talent. It carries a range of furniture by French brand La Chance (the only shop to do so in the UK), including the playful cork and orange stool by Stockholm-based Note Design Studio above, and the distorted blue shelving by Paris-based Charles Kalpakian below. There is also lighting by Helsinki-based Mari Isopahkala, which shows the influence of the Dutch De Stijl movement and the clean lines of modern art. Her tall rectangular light rests on the floor, leaning against the wall, with a red cord twirling down to the green power unit below. It’s almost a piece of art as well as a functional object. Elsewhere, …

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Parc Boutique Lookbook Spring ’14

Here is some more spring inspiration for you, this time courtesy of Parc Boutique, who have taken inspiration from their favourite hue, Indigo, for their spring lookbook. Parc Boutique was set up in 2008 by Thao Nguyen in the northeast Minneapolis shopping district, and sells a variety of apparel from basic tees to blazers, vintage jewellery and accessories. Available in-store and online.   wardrobe PARC BOUTIQUE creative art direction THAO NGUYEN & WING TA photography WING TA OF CANARY GREY hair/makeup THEO NGUYEN floral styling JACKIE REISENAUER OF MUNSTER ROSE


Wait and See: a colourful and eclectic boutique in Milan

While I was briefly in Milan last week I stopped off at Wait and See, a lovely boutique housed in a former 18th century convent, which stocks a colourful array of clothes, shoes, accessories and vintage objects sourced across the world in flea markets. Founded by Uberta Zambeletti, this arty shop organises it’s collections by colour and features quirky details such as chairs upholstered in shirts and dresses and a revolving wheel to show off accessories and jewellery. Every day the staff write sentences with coloured chalk on the pavement in front of the shop, while mugs for sale display the shop’s philosophy, ‘La Vita è Bella’. They say: Wait and See – an open and promising invitation that evokes time and tranquility, anticipation and wonder. Browse at your leisure whilst enjoying a cup of our coffee. Relax, take your time, allow our pieces to seduce you, and wait and see what happens. Wait and See’s uniqueness is a reflection of designer Uberta Zambeletti’s varied cultural influences, her recognised passion for research and her inimitable …


Aesop opens first German store

When I went to Berlin for the first time one of our favourite areas to hangout was the Mitte district, with it’s hipster boutiques, specialist coffee shops and arty magazine shops. So it is no surprise that skincare brand Aesop has opened its first German store on Alte Schönhauser Strasse right in the middle of Mitte. The shop, designed by local architects Weiss-heiten Design, “marries elements of historical Berlin with Bauhaus and contemporary influences”. Inspired by Gerhard Richter’s abstract canvases and the city’s industrial history, the interior features a sea-green palette and clinical aesthetic which has become Aesop’s signature. Handmade raw concrete tiles cover the walls and floor, while a countertop of oiled German oak and steel shelves provide space to display the brand’s products. The architects salvaged a sink from a 1950s farm to reference the historic building’s previous life as a dairy store in the early twentieth century. Images: Weiss Heiten  You might also like a post on Aesop’s Covent Garden store, which was designed by French architect Ciguë, and features a similar shade of green. Read it …