Ottoline in Fortnum and Mason
We are delighted to now be stocked in Fortnum and Mason in St James.
I took a wander from Notting Hill to Fortnum’s on Saturday afternoon to see our SS14 Acid Safari collection in all of its glory in the magnificent store. Displayed wittily in the grip of articulated wooden hands, the chain trim sparkling under a majestic chandelier it was a wonderful and proud moment.
Not to miss a shopping opportunity in one of London’s finest institutions, and with Easter not far off, I got my “Shop On!”. The mountains of quintessentially British, Alice in Wonderland-esque style Easter treats were literally crying out my name… I left with a Noah’s Arc of eggs but unfortunately made it back to Notting Hill with just one. Oops.
Do pop in to Fortnum’s and have a look at our collection!
Rapper Wrapped in Ottoline
US rap sensation Angel Haze loves her new Ottoline Wolf Eye scarf.
Shop Ottoline scarves: www.ottolinelondon.com
Event not to be missed
Hello, My name is Paul Smith - Fashion Exhibition at the Design Museum
Until the 22nd of June 2014.
Get a deep insight into the incredible world of the designer Paul Smith, from his start in Nottingham to the international influence he has gained over time.
Ottoline Features in the Telegraph Luxury
Ottoline Tribal Snake Scarf featured in the Telegraph Luxury, Springs Best Scarves.
Ottoline is on Polyvore!
Ottoline London is glad to announce the launch of their brand on Polyvore.
Get creative with our beautiful pieces!
New York Trunk Show
The craziness and buzz of New York is infectious and you get a sense that anything is possible. I love the ‘go get’ American attitude and feel inspired.
We arrive at Soho House, Meat Packing on a crisp but sunny lunchtime. I could quite happily move in. The people are cool, creative and everyone is pretty damn hot! No detail is left un-catered for and the rooms are quite splendid with fantastic views and a fabulous mini bar that could (and did) get you into a spot of trouble.
My travel companion is Claire – my oldest friend who now lives in Geneva – and we are in New York to host a trunk show on Mercer with Bex Manners of Bex Rox jewelry.
The event was super chic with mixologists shaking up life enhancing (really) cocktails, mountains of uber healthy nibbles (almost untouched – but hey that’s fashion!) and fashionable guests included Stacy Engman art curator extraordinaire and Asim Abdullah, owner of Emanuel Ungaro. We partied into the wee hours before collapsing and calling it a night.
Where to Eat, Drink and Sleep:
Sleep - Soho House: www.sohohouseny.com
Lunch - Balthazar: www.balthazarny.com
Dinner - Omars: omar-nyc.com
Cocktails – Rose Bar: www.gramercyparkhotel.com/nightlife
Vintage Shopping in Paris
I adore shopping for vintage pieces. The thrill of discovering a treasure that you are unlikely to see anyone else wearing is simply addictive. There, I said it. I am addicted to shopping. Fact.
During the launch of Ottoline at Paris Fashion Week, I managed to slip away for an afternoon of unadulterated vintage shopping with my best friends Alice and Claire. Women on a Vintage Mission – we marched the length of Rue de Rivoli and the breadth of the Marais district at a pace my personal trainer would be both proud and astonished by. Tucking in my tail bone, I engaged my glutes embracing the spree as double whammy booty toning and booty shopping trip…. I was in Heaven!
So admittedly I spent a fair whack in La Jolie Garde-Robe, however the pieces I bought there ARE investment pieces and I’m sure my bank manager would be proud! However there are a number of amazing vintage stores that have gorgeous pieces that won’t get you into any financial trouble. Here is a peek into our Little Black Book.
Little Black Book of Parisan Vintage Stores.
CASH TO SPLASH
La Jolie Garde-Robe
15 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris +33 1 42 72 13 90
The collection at La Jolie Garde-Robe is breathtaking. Carefully selected pieces ranging from 1900 to the 80s.
Hermes 1970s Silk Jersey Maxi Dress – I have dreamt of owning a dress like this for years. 650 Euro
Escada Green Suede and Gold Clock Belt – off the scale amazing. 120 Euro
Woven Belt with Ornate Gold Buckle and Silk Tassels. 180 Euro
Leonard Silk Jersey Dress. 300 Euro
76 Rue des Tournelles, 75003 Paris +33 1 48 87 08 61
Come On Eileen
16 Rue des Taillandiers, 75011 Paris +33 1 43 38 12 11
A treasure trove of vintage delights ranging vintage Converse, Levis, Hermes and Lanvin to Pucci.
97 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, France +33 1 42 71 13 41
Delightful heartstopping vintage Chanel bags that make you want to rob a bank.
95 Rue de la Pompe, 75116 Paris, France +33 1 47 04 30 28
This is the largest consignment store in Paris and with new Haute Couture and brand name pieces arriving daily it is one to go see!
ON A BUDGET
There are 3 Free P Star stores in the Marais district. I found the one on Rue de Rivoli to be the best. Sure, you have to rummage but the fruits of your labour taste SO much sweeter when a gem is unearthed from the musty pile!
Free P Star
8 Rue Sainte-croix de la Bretonnerie, Paris +33 1 42 76 03 72
Free P Star
61 rue de la Verrerie, Paris +33 1 42 78 00 76
Free P Star
20 Rue de Rivoli, Paris +33 1 42 77 63 43
Gold Lame blouse with cute button detailing. 15 Euro
Black Leather Mini Skirt. 30 Euro
Swiss Mountain Scene Cardi - one to be admired in Verbier! 15 Euro
Black Mohair Cardi. 29 Euro
Timeless Treasures in Paris.
I couldn’t be more delighted with my vintage Escada belt and will be rocking it round the clock!
Next week I will be posting more vintage finds from my trip to Paris including stores to add to your Little Black Book, so stay tuned.
Valery Demure represents Ottoline at Paris Fashion Week
Valery Demure is excited by objects of uncommon beauty, well-versed in how the perfect accessory elevates and gives allure to an existing look.
The Paris Showroom is a curated space where Valery presents a unique grouping of rare, modern and vintage pieces. Demure prides herself on discovering the best jewellery and wearable art, informed by her experience in the field of bijoux and accessories.
Personality is an important part of her story – it’s why her friends are photographed wearing our discoveries. Beauty has many facets, more elusive than a certain archetype. Interesting characters with charm and intellect are beautiful to her.
Esprit de Corps, her blog of culture, elaborates on the things she loves, sharing her passion beyond jewellery.
We are delighted to be represented by Valery Demure, especially in her showroom in Paris. We were amongst a collective of designers including Uncommon Matters, Swash, Assad Mounser, Shourouk and Fenton Fallon Jewelry.
Heres a peak of the Paris Showroom:
Valery Demure Agency:
Hayley Menzies at London Fashion Week
Hayley Menzies, Creative Director of Ottoline talks Street style at London Fashion Week.