Apr 17, 2014

A Diamond on our Doorstep: Lunetier

Tamer Fernandes is the man (and the glasses) behind Lunetier; a treasure chest of vintage eyewear in the Portobello Green Arcade, next door to Hayley Menzies HQ. Lunetier stock frames from as far back as the last century and the cupboard of Tamer’s own personal collection holds frames that look positively futuristic; there is therefore something for absolutely anyone who comes through this door…

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Mar 28, 2014

Vintage Treasure

Every Friday, just outside the Hayley Menzies and Ottoline HQ there is a treasure trove of beautiful vintage couture pieces to fun bric-a-brac. Fashion die-hards arrive early to snap up one-off collectable pieces.

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Mar 27, 2014

Night Free? Must See…

Yves Saint Laurent: The Film

The Hayley Menzies and Ottoline HQ is buzzing this morning after one of the team has burst into the office buzzing with enthusiasm for the new Yves St Laurent biopic which she says is an absolute treat for the eyes, ears, brain…everything.

She made us all watch the trailer on YouTube and now we are completely in agreement so we thought she should write a little review as an outlet for her fashion passion:

“I went to see the new Yves St Laurent film by Jalil Lespert last night and it was so so so so so good. It follows Yves’ iconic career from the very beginning and documents the emotional journey of him and his family as he becomes one of the most revered fashion geniuses of all time. The focus is on the downs as well as the ups; his battles with depression, drugs and alcohol are very much part of the story but the film is not a sad one as it is pure passion that drives the plot. His private life was not only shared with the public but with his business partner Pierre Bergé, who would also become his lover and theirs is perhaps the most important relationship of the biopic. YVES SAINT LAURENT begins with Yves as the 21 year old successor to Christian Dior and, against a backdrop of Sixties’ liberation, ends with him as the head of one of the biggest fashion houses in the world.

The film’s photography and scenery is simply stunning, making this a film that would be enjoyable even for those that aren’t necessarily interested in fashion. Many of the outfits are recognisable as being Yves’ iconic designs and the film generally has a happy vibe and beautiful feel. Highly, highly recommended.”

Hilariously, our new fashion film critic speaks so many languages that she didn’t notice when the film moved from French with English subtitles to English and back again. We rather wish we were in that boat too.

Mar 21, 2014 / 2 notes

Ottoline Store Launch Party
On Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of attending a soiree in the middle of trendy Notting Hill to celebrate the launch of OTTOLINE and its dual-brand flagship store with Hayley Menzies (who incidentally designs the most lovely fur shawls).

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Feb 20, 2014

Ottoline in Fortnum and Mason
We are delighted to now be stocked in Fortnum and Mason in St James. I took a trip from Notting Hill to Fortnum’s on afternoon to see our SS14 Acid Safari collection in all of its glory in the magnificent store.

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Feb 19, 2014

Rapper Wrapped in Ottoline

US rap sensation Angel Haze loves her new Ottoline Wolf Eye scarf.

Shop Ottoline scarves: www.ottolinelondon.com

Feb 18, 2014

Ottoline Features in the Telegraph Luxury

Ottoline Tribal Snake Scarf featured in the Telegraph Luxury, Springs Best Scarves.

Nov 21, 2013

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.

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Oct 10, 2013

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.


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

Odetta Vintage
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.

Reciproque Depot
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!


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

Oct 4, 2013

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.

Ott x