Why I Love The Butlers At Claridge’s

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Lisa Richards has a London hotel crush on her own personal Jeeves, in Mayfair’s Art Deco haven of fabulousness.

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In The Bag // Virgin Atlantic to MIA

The Resource team are off to Florida next week on a press trip covering Miami, St Petersburg and Orlando. After our Virgin Atlantic flight out of Heathrow (where we’re hoping to make the most of the Clubhouse’s superlative facilities – by far our favourite airline lounge in the world), we’ll be fighting the jetlag at The Setai, Four Seasons Miami, the Mandarin Oriental, Fontainebleau and The Townhouse.
As passionate travellers who are still bowled over by the concept of trotting the globe (in the very best of taste, naturally) in the name of discovering beautiful things, people and places, we’ve already created an exhaustive list of must-see, must-eat and must-shop destinations. After poring through endless travel books and websites, we’ve also created a long list of spots for the perfect photographic opportunities – our favourite being a sculpture park made up of upended Airstream trailers between Tampa and Orlando.
One of the stores in which we’ll be parting with our hard-earned is MAKR Carry Goods in Orlando. Functional, beautiful, handcrafted accessories, we can’t stop thinking about this Zip Carryall, created by Jason Gregory, who has grown the brand since 2005.
+DETAILS:
MAKR, 444 West New England Avenue, No. 102, Winter Park , FL 32789
www.makr.com

Hotel Couture, London Style // London Fashion Week

As London Fashion Week does one last twirl in front of the mirror before it hits the capital on 16th September, we take a look at some of the city’s most beautiful hotels that are, without question, fit for a fashionista. (Are you thinking about coming to London between the 16th and 21st of September? If you want to stay somewhere hot, forget about it – unless of course there’s always a suite at Claridge’s on hold for you). Here’s where the sartorial set unpack their Globetrotter luggage and get their beauty sleep during one of the most fabulous weeks in London’s calendar.

1. Boundary
Peter Prescott and Sir Terence Conran’s Shoreditch hotel, just across from Shoreditch House – which will be teeming come the 16th – is our new favourite hotel in London (there, we’ve said it). Wonderful detailing, beautiful rooms, gadgets a-plenty, stunning staff, a breathtaking roof terrace and a packed caff downstairs (perfect for East London hipster watching) mean that Boundary is still at the top of its game.
www.theboundary.co.uk

2. One Aldwych
For those whose Louboutins are too high, then a room at One Aldwych, just across the road from host venue Somerset House, is just a totter away. The fashion set will still, no doubt, be piling into their liveried Fashion Week cars for the 30-second journey across the road. Great basement pool, good sized rooms with ample bathtubs and a buzzing bar.
www.onealdwych.com

3. Soho Hotel
New Yorkers hot-hoofing it over the Pond will no doubt attempt to bag a room at Firmdale’s stylish Soho outpost – the Manhattanites have fallen for the company’s Crosby Street Hotel, in NYC’s own SoHo, after all. Beautifully designed rooms, thanks to the talented eye of Kit Kemp, and a busy bar make this a must-visit hotel during LFW.
www.firmdale.com

4. Hoxton Hotel
For fashion designer-wannabes and supermodel hangers-on, the eclectic, clever and very cool Hoxton Hotel is Fashion Week’s budget choice.
www.hoxtonhotels.com

5. The Von Furstenberg suite, Claridge’s
Where would Anna Wintour stay during London Fashion Week? Where would she kick off her heels, messy up that bob and throw her dark glasses to one side while she puts her feet up? Our money’s on Claridge’s Von Furstenberg suite. We adore Claridge’s – it’s one of our favourite places in London. Not just in terms of a favourite hotel or restaurant, but a destination in its own right. The suite boasts a baby grand piano, photography by designer Diane Von Furstenberg, a remote-controlled loo (for those who are too posh to flush, obviously), a four-poster bed and a butler. We think Ms Wintour will definitely feel right at home.
www.claridges.co.uk

Where do the fashion set call home in Manhattan? Read our stylish NYC hotel round-up.

Gift Aid // Resource’s Christmas Wish List

Leaving it a bit late, aren’t you? Because we wouldn’t want to deny you that lovely, warm feeling you get from gift-giving, here’s our Christmas wish list of outstanding items. Stationery, jewellery, art, fashion accessories and outrageously expensive objéts for the home: you can’t go wrong with a gift coming from any of these categories. Choose carefully though, dear reader, as your choice says an awful lot about you.
For us? You shouldn’t have…

"luxury Christmas gift guide"

(from top to bottom)

1. Lanvin shopper
It’s totes amazing. It’s a tote. It’s amazing. And it’s by Lanvin. And we love it. Big enough for a cheeky overnight stay – clean pants, socks, iPad, glossy magazine, cashmere jumper, Gucci washbag – this crocodile shopper is divine. And yours (well, ours) for just $25,000. Snip! If you can’t quite stretch to that, there’s a cute Lanvin iPad on netaporter.com for £80 which would make us happy. But not totes happy.
www.lanvin.com

2. Smythson notepad
Thinking of beautifully-made stationery? Yes, Smythson is obvious, but look at it: it’s beautiful. The Panama notebook is our note-taker of choice.
£45, from Smythson
www.smythson.com

3. Chanel book
A hefty, beautifully produced coffee table tome is a sure-fire winner for us. Ensure the cover is beautifully designed and its contents about fashion, architecture or fine art.
Chanel Three Book Set, Special Edition, Assouline, $750
www.assouline.com

4. Sunglasses
We love the new season collection of Oliver Peoples sunglasses. These classic style aviators will be the perfect staple for any wardrobe.
£350, Mr Porter
www.mrporter.com

5. Frederic Malle perfume
Heaven scent: Frederic Malle’s beautiful collection of aromas is on the list of every stylish lady and gent in the Capital – ours included.
Musc Ravager, £90 from Liberty
www.liberty.co.uk

6. Toothpaste squeezer
We have a new favourite online store: Park and Bond is a beautifully curated collection of fashion and accessories for those with style and taste. We love a functional-yet-fabulous gift, hence our wish for this toothpaste squeezer (we kid you not).
www.parkandbond.com

7. Cufflink holder
And while you’re there, pick us up their exquisite cufflink case. Unnecessary luxe. Divine.
www.parkandbond.com

8. Horse’s head
Horse play: Anthropologie can do no wrong this Christmas. From adorable little stocking fillers, to showstoppers like this Andalucian horse head, we insist upon at least one gift from their collection.
£398, www.anthropologie.co.uk

Dressed For Success // NAHM

The Shop at Bluebird is responsible for some of our most excessive spending sprees. From beautifully sourced pieces of jewellery and hefty coffee table tomes, to cleverly curated collections of fashion, we have battered the plastic on each and every visit. The latest design powerhouse to grace the hangers of this King’s Road institution is NAHM. The hotly anticipated debut collection from New York-based duo Nary Manivong and Alexandria Hilfiger (from the Hilfiger fashion dynasty) takes its style pointers from classic shapes infused with modern silhouettes. We’re loving the autumnal palette and craftmanship, with quirky moments of asymmetry and layered sheer fabrics for extra visual interest. Launching tonight (Thursday 15 September) at The Shop at Bluebird, we’re expecting pieces to fly out of the door.
+DETAILS
www.nahm-nyc.com
www.theshopatbluebird.com

Design For Life // London Design Festival

This year’s London Design Festival is a must for connoisseurs of fine design. Nine days celebrating the UK’s most prolific, exciting and groundbreaking designers, the entire capital will be taken over by events, exhibitions, pop-up galleries and landmark projects. Here is our pick of just a few of the visual delights going on show, from 17 to 25 September.

A_LA: Timber Wave
Amanda Levete Architects and Arup’s Timber Wave creates a dramatic welcome to visitors to the V&A – the new host venue for the Festival – on the busy Cromwell Road. As the lights go down over London, watch as passers-by and commuters on buses stare in wonder at this beautiful piece. On-site from 17 September to 15 October.
+DETAILS: V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL. www.vam.ac.uk/
While you’re there:
Hyde Park’s boating lake
is the perfect spot from which to see the city from a very different viewpoint. If rowing isn’t your forte, hire a pedal boat and play chase with the resident ducks and swans.

 


Perspectives: St Paul’s Cathedral
John Pawson’s installation at one of London’s most iconic structures is a must-see at this year’s Festival. An elegant, stone, spiral staircase, rarely seen by visitors, is the location for a collaboration with Swarovski. Pawson has created a precision-made lens which sits at the bottom of the stairwell. Combined with a spherical convex mirror at the top of the stairs, together they create a breathtaking composite image of the view upwards, through to the top of the tower.
+DETAILS: Saint Paul’s Church Yard, London, EC4M 8AD
While you’re there:

If the sun’s shining, pop over to the Jean Nouvel-designed One New Change shopping centre and head to the top floor for dramatic views of the St Paul’s cupola. Oh, and a glass of Moët Ice at Madison. Read our review here.
Madison, One New Change, St Paul’s, London, EC4M 9AF. Tel: 0208 305 3088.

Lee Broom, Salon
Award-winning designer, and Resource’s chair designer of choice, Lee Broom debuts his new upholstery collection at this year’s London Design Festival. ‘Salon’ is inspired by the curvy lines of the 1930s, and boasts sexy, soft silhouettes, stud detailing and nods towards haute-couture. Broom will also be creating an exclusive design salon in his Shoreditch studios, an intimate setting that will showcase the work beautifully.
+DETAILS: Lee Broom’s studios, Electra House, 93 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY.
While you’re there:
Design is thirsty work. Head over to Loungelover, the beautifully hip bar created by the team behind Les Trois Garcons, for a heady cocktail. We can highly recommend the Lavender Lady: Berkley Square gin, wild lavender, kaffir lime leaves, agave nectar and peach liqueur. 1 Whitby Street, London, E1 6JU. Tel: 0207 012 1234.

 

London Design Festival Breakfast Talks, Marcel Wanders
One of the world’s most prolific and unique designers, Wanders’ designs are quirky, fun and functional. A true design powerhouse, as well as pieces for internationally-renowned furniture houses, he is founder, art director and co-owner of design label Moooi (above). As well as products, Wanders has designed the Mondrian Hotel in Miami, and created the interior of the new Villa Moda store in the World Trade Center in Bahrain.
+DETAILS: 23 September, V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL. (Pictured: Gothic Chair by Studio Job for Moooi. See more pieces from Moooi’s collection at The White Building, Portobello Dock).
While you’re there:
The V&A’s shop, in the world’s finest art and design museum, is one of the best museum stores we’ve seen. We especially love the Yohji Yamamoto concession, with exclusive t-shirts, bags and scarves.

 

REDDRESS
Contrasting location with form, this dress, an installation-slash-performance-piece, is made from 550 metres of crimson Finnish wool. Its bodice is the stage for a performance artist, while its pleats and folds are enormous enough to hold and envelop some 238 visitors.
+DETAILS: 22-25 September, York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2. www.reddress.fi
While you’re there:
Cream tea at Albion, just down the road in Shoreditch, at the pavement-level caff of Conran’s Boundary, is a steal: a pot of perfectly brewed English breakfast tea served with scones, jam and cream, plus cheeky chunks of excellent brownie, dense fruitcake and flapjack. We never thought we’d ever say this, but we recommend sharing.
Boundary, 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DD. Tel +44 (0)20 7729 1051.

 


Barber Osgerby: Ascent
Designers of the London 2012 Olympic torchere, and creators of show-stopping furniture for the likes of Established & Sons and Vitra, this is Edward and Jay’s first gallery show.
+DETAILS: 24 September – 19 November. Haunch of Venison, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1S 3ET.
While you’re there:
Cross Regent Street and pop to Hix Soho for a spot of lunch. Mark Hix’s sexy, sleek, art-clad restaurant serves celebratory British dishes and some fine cocktails. Read our review here. Hix Soho, 70 Brewer Street, London, W1F 9. Tel: 020 7292 3518. www.hixsoho.co.uk

 

 

 


One Day Designer Sale
Fill your home with beautiful pieces of work by UK designers at this one-day sale. Exhibitors include London Kills Me, Susan Bradley (work pictured), NamNam Ceramics, Creative Clerkenwell and Design With Flair.
+DETAILS: Monday 19 September, Craft Central, 33-35 St John’s Square, www.craftcentral.org.uk
While you’re there:
Need a sugar rush after splashing all that cash? Walk south-ish down St John’s Lane and partake in a near-religious foodie moment: a custard filled donut from Fergus Henderson’s St John Bread and Wine. An outrageous lump of sugar, carbs and creamy custard, this fried bundle of love is a must-eat London experience.  St. JOHN Bar and Restaurant, 26 St John Street, EC1M 4AY. www.stjohnrestaurant.com/

 

Tokyobike Tour
Get on a rather stylish bike and peddle your way around some of the best exhibitions and events during London Design Festival, thanks to the collaboration between Japanese bike brand Tokyobike and London Design Guide. There are tours all through the festival, and each includes expert commentary from a different design expert. Only 10 places are available per day, so book now. The price is £30 per tour (each tour lasts for three hours), and this includes lunch at designjunction‘s pop-up cafe, a bike and helmet. Peddling hosts include Aidan Walker, Duncan Riches, Johanna Agerman Ross and Max Fraser.
+DETAILS: Tours depart from designjunction’s Holborn HQ, Victoria House Basement, 37-63 Southampton Row.
While you’re there:
Still feeling energetic? Head to Holborn’s branch of All Star Lanes for some retro ten-pin bowling fun. All Star Lanes, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, London, WC1B 4DA. Tel: 020 7025 2676.

Photo credits: REDDRESS photographed by Bernhard Ludewig; John Pawson photographed by Susan Smart.

Casting A Beady Eye… // Luis Morais

We’ve been working beads with our Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore for a while now. Now that look’s gone mainstream with the sartorial set, and the bangles of choice to offset your classic timepiece are by Miami-based designer Luis Morais. Available from the superb Mr Porter website – if the man in your life needs styling, head on over – we’ve fallen for the quartz and gold number with skull detailing.
+DETAILS
Quartz and gold skull bracelet by Luis Morais, £990
www.mrporter.com

On Our Bikes // Tweed Run

The combination of dressing up in our finest country garb with bike-riding and a proper knees-up in Shoreditch is a winning one for us. The Tweed Run, now an annual fixture in the London hipster calendar, takes place this year on Saturday 9 April. With limited places available, registration for the event takes place on Saturday 26 February – bear in mind that all places were snapped up in just 45 minutes last year. Dig out your flat caps, cycling capes and plus-fours for a jolly stylish ride through the streets of the metropolis. Prizes will be given for those most handsomely dressed, and for the best cycle. There’s also a prize for the best moustache, so there’s still time to start your facial cultivation! The 10-mile jaunt will take in the city’s most famous landmarks, stopping for a spot of tea en route, with the whole shebang winding its way to the fashionable streets of Shoreditch.
+DETAILS
http://tweedrun.com/

The Million Dollar Christmas Countdown

Porsche Design’s answer to the humble advent calendar is an exercise in excess. Famed for their sleek designs, it’s wondrous and slightly perplexing to see the company behaving in such an ostentatious manner. Porsche Design’s advent calendar costs a cool million dollars (approx £618,000) and stands 1.75 metres high – and only one is available on each continent. Each window hides a Porsche Design goodie and for your cool yule million you’ll get a kitchen, speedboat (photographs illustrate the larger objects, obviously), gold sunglasses, running shoes, a P’6910 Indicator Chronograph in rose gold, and cufflinks. Clearly aimed at the man who has everything (apart from a speedboat and kitchen) there’s not a cheap European chocolate in sight.
+DETAILS
Available in Europe from Harrods: www.harrods.com
www.porsche-design.com

Looking Hot

The summer look is hard to achieve – we look to the effortlessly stylish Madrileños for inspiration who ooze elegance whilst holidaying over the hottest months of the year. A washed-out Ralph Lauren polo shirt (with the collar turned up, naturally), sitting-just-on-the-knee crisp cotton shorts, an over-indulgent, over-sized watch, Tom Ford sunglasses and a pair of espadrilles complete our must-have summer wardrobe for the stylish man about town who finds himself at the coolest beachside restaurant.
One of our favourite espadrille companies – and, remarkably, we have a few – is based in the sunny climes of Hertfordshire. Bizarre, we know, but we’ve fallen in love with Espadrille’s Basque-influenced stripes and colour palettes. If you don’t think you can quite carry off the striped look, there’s also a block colour range. We’re currently sporting these sexy Barcus stripes. A bargain at £18 a pair. Order them online: www.espadrille.co.uk

A Winning Formula

We have an unhealthy obsession with wristwatches here at Resource. One of our favourite brands, Hublot, has just announced a collaboration that has caused a stir of excitement in our offices due to their appointment as Official Watchmaker of Formula 1. The multi-year agreement will see the company produce a range of high-tech, limited edition watches, starting with this, a restricted production of the King Power model which incorporates the F1 logo in white gold. We want one.

6 Things We Love Right Now

1. Japan vs. England

Opening Ceremony is the one-stop shop for fashionistas who want to get their hands on hard-to-find pieces and genius collaborations. One of our favourite pieces is this sublime combination of sharp Japanese tailoring and English classic style. The Barbour x Tokito Driving Jacket is one of five designs from a mini collection which also includes this season’s must-have: the trench.
When in NYC, be sure to stop by the new Opening Ceremony showroom at the super-cool and quirky Ace Hotel in Midtown.
+DETAILS
Barbour x Tokito driving jacket, $850
www.openingceremony.us
Ace Hotel, 20 W 29th Street, New York City
Tel: +1 212 679 2222
http://www.acehotel.com/newyork

2. A Hot Trunk For Your Junk

We’re a little bit obsessed with luggage here at Resource. One of our favourite shopping experiences on earth is the luggage hall at Selfridge’s. We love to spend an hour (or more) testing each and every case for durability, comfort and ease of wheeling. The latest shiny arrival that caught our eye is the Officer’s Trunk (in size medium) from the Mobilizer NXT Hardside collection by Victorinox. This aircraft-grade, aluminium trolley with a super-comfy grip comes into its own when opened thanks to its trunk-style lid which flips back 180 degrees, meaning your packing can be undertaken with precision. (It’s the only way we pack). And with added extras such as its trademarked Interlok Attach-A-Bag System, you can easily add an additional piece of luggage onto its front. So clever. And oh-so pretty (in a really butch way).
+DETAILS
http://www.victorinox.com/category/4/401/4514
Available from Selfridge’s in the UK
www.selfridges.co.uk

3. The Final Straw

We love these beautifully crafted glass straws, hand blown by Brian Doran that arrive wrapped in a soft leather case. The perfect accessory to add a little something extra to your home bar set-up, you’ll never drink a long, cool G&T without them ever again.
+DETAILS
Available from Commune Design
http://communedesign.com/shop-items/glass-drinking-straws

4. On Our Bikes

There’s something a little bit sexy about bike shops – we’re not sure if it’s the smell of the rubber or the shine of light on aluminium and titanium that gets us going. Or maybe it’s the clientele in their tight little lycra outfits. We’re not sure. But what we do know is that bike design is seriously hot right now, and nothing has gotten us as excited about strapping on a hair-do squashing cycle helmet as the Dutch designed Vanmoof. Starting at 398 Euros – which we think is a steal for a piece of functional, beautiful design – Vanmoof’s stripped back city bike is our ride of choice.
+DETAILS
http://www.vanmoof.com/

5. These Shoes Are The Business

Quite possibly the most eclectic collection of accessories and clothing that we ever had the pleasure of spending our hard-earned on, Maryam Nassir Zadeh shows off its owners’ collective eye for the beautiful and exquisite. Designers such as Awareness and Consciousness, Confettisystem, Phillip Low, Lindsey Thornburg and Three As Four are showcased at this Lower East Side boutique. Show-stoppers for us came in the form of Dieppa Restrepo’s ambiguous, asexual footwear, so beautifully crafted that they’re almost too good for the sidewalks of Manhattan. Other accessory and clothing heaven high points include Haltbar’s mohair cardigans, knotted necklaces by Confettisystem, a steel coloured wrap tanktop by Ohne Titel and handmade wooden arrows by Fredericks and Mae. Although we’re not entirely sure what we’re meant to do with them.
+DETAILS
Shoes pictured, L>R: Light Grey Oxford (Elephant) $225; White On White Coca/Cao Oxford $259; Navy On Grey Coca/Cao Oxford $259
123 Norfolk Street, New York
Tel: +1 212 673 6405
http://maryamnassirzadeh.com/DieppaRestrepo.html

6. The Rug Of Love

We’re in the market for some fashion for our flooring. We’ve always been keen followers of The Rug Company’s ever-growing collection of work by some of the art and design world’s most important folk, and we applaud the arrival of Tom Dixon into their talented fold. Bold and graphic – we’d expect nothing less from Mr Dixon – the four-piece collection was launched at last year’s London Design Festival and was inspired by the iconic TV test card.
Office pooch Henry is going to have to find somewhere else to sleep as his derrière will not be allowed near this beauty.
+DETAILS
http://www.therugcompany.info

Irreverent Luxury

Adler

It’s not often that one can combine beautiful design with quirky motifs, humour and innate style. If just one man can it’s Jonathan Adler. His store was one of our high- and lowlights in our recent trip to Chicago. Why such a downer? Because we couldn’t squeeze a single thing into our already bursting suitcases. Not fair.
Mr Adler is not just a highly talented potter, but also a man with an eye for objéts of sheer beauty and a sharp wit. Basically, we think he’s rather fabulous. Click onto his website for beautiful items for the home, as well as his droll musings. His manifesto includes statements such as: “We believe celebrities should pay full price. We believe dogs should be allowed in stores and restaurants. We believe colors can’t clash. We believe in irreverent luxury.” Hear! Hear!
If you want the bad news, it’s this: his products are incredibly hard to come by in the UK. Shipping is available from the US, but you’ll no doubt have to double the cost of some of the larger items. Any sightings of his beautiful products on these shores, and we’ll let you have them.

English High Summer

lucien

We were going to show off the new Melissa Odabash swimwear collection, but as our teeth chatter in the office and our winter woolies are dug out from the back of our wardrobes, our minds are more fixated on the idea of cashmere. It seems that even the low-rent supermarket “fashion” labels are piling cashmere high – and pilling high, no doubt too. While you may be tempted by the rails of this sub-standard cashmere, remember that investing in more expensive versions of the soft stuff means you’ll own a beautifully made piece for years. Lucien Pellat-Finet’s denseley knit sweaters, hoodies, dog jumpers (no, really – our office pooch Henry is a huge fan), gloves and blankets are all about investing in beautiful design and fine quality. Emblazoned with cutesy logos, skulls and even the odd jewel (if you must), Lucien – dubbed the ‘King of Cashmere’ by some journalistic wit – now even offers a design-it-yourself service (well, kind of – you pick the logo and colour, he does the rest) as well as a fabulous gift idea for friends and family who have everything: send in an image and Lucien will turn it into a beautiful cashmere rug. The latest collection sees new luxury additions, including watches (in conjunction with Jacob & Co, natch), beautiful luggage stamped with Lucien’s eye-catching skull logo and leatherware. If you can’t quite stretch to a beautifully fitting sweater, then a bottle of cashmere shampoo – made exclusively for the label – will work wonders on your cashmere collection – we can’t guarantee it will bring a supermarket purchase back to life, however!
www.lucienpellat-finet.com

A Finger Of Fun

MacBook Air

A sighting of Land Rover’s beautiful LRX distracted us momentarily from Apple’s latest launch: the wafer-thin, super-pretty, size zero MacBook Air. Dubbed ‘the world’s thinnest notebook’, Apple’s latest supermodel has its sights firmly set on the wireless generation. According to its creators, it’s a thin as your index finger, and yet still boasts a bright, crystal-clear 13.3-inch widescreen LED display, a backlit keyboard and a large multi-touch trackpad which steals some clever functions from the iPhone and iPod Touch. One of the machine’s biggest coups is in what it lacks: rather than add a few pounds, the MacBook Air has been built without an optical drive (in other words, there’s no disk drive, for those of still using 80s parlance!). If you must install a DVD or use a CD, then you can do so remotely from your desktop computer (Apple is, quite rightly, assuming that us Macophiles boast two, three, sometimes four kinds of their addictive pieces of kit). Fast, thin and very, very pretty, Apple is very much still strutting its stuff and putting PCs in their place. Do we really need to tell you that we want one?

www.apple.com

We Dig It

JCB Phone

Those of us who already own shiny, gorgeous iPhones know that looking after your mobile phone has taken on new critical levels of care. Move all spillable beverages away from the iPhone; do not dump new iPhone into the bottom of handbag/briefcase filled with potential scratching items; do not allow iPhone to be handled by anyone under the age of 18; ask envious friends to please wash and dry their hands before fondling one’s iPhone; place on soft piece of material when putting iPhone down onto hard surfaces; stop wearing diamond earrings so that they do not scratch the iPhone when talking on iPhone; carry the iPhone using only a gentle-but-firm fingertip grip on its outer-most edges. Really. Come on. While we adore Apple’s most covetable piece of kit, our lives cannot be ruled by our mobile phone. However beautiful it is. And so to the iPhone’s antithesis: the mobile made for the anti-iPhone set who see their mobile as – gulp – an essential piece of kit that needs to withstand day-to-day knocks. Appropriately, big yellow digger company JCB have come to the rescue with their JCB Toughphone. Encased in tough rubber and the company’s trademark yellow, the phone has been given an IP54 rating, meaning that it’s shock resistant, dust resistant, splash resistant, drop resistant and can be used in temperatures ranging from minus 20 to 60 degrees Celcius. Handy. As well as being a butch little number, it’s also fully-loaded with gadgetry including Bluetooth, tri-band and built-in speakers. Nowhere near as pretty as the iPhone, and not quite so packed with modern technology, it is, however, pretty darn useful for those of us who just can’t offer the commitment levels an iPhone demands.

Available from Bamford And Sons
Tel: 020 7881 8010
www.bamfordandsons.com

The Look Of Glove

Alexski

The Resource team boasts some excellent down-hillers. Others, however, prefer the pre- and aprés-ski bits best of all. One thing that we do all agree on, however, is that when heading for the peaks, technically-advanced kit that keeps you toasty and looks the part is a necessity. There’s nothing worse than numb fingers when you’re stuck up a mountain – ski gloves and mittens need to protect, be tough, supple and water-resistant. Alexandra Bennet has been designing gloves for over a decade, and her collection of ski gloves – borne out of her passion for on-the-piste activities – are not only beautiful to look at, but a pleasure to wear. Alexski gloves and mittens are made from the highest grade of English waterproofed kid leather, with an inner Goretex glove and a lining of super-warm possum fur, meaning that not only will you be fully-protected against even the most extreme of elements, but you’ll also cut a dashing figure as you hit the slopes. Available in men’s (in black and chestnut) and women’s sizes (in black, chestnut, pink, powder blue, olive green, red and navy), we’re particularly partial to the sumptuous chestnut brown pair and this statement-making red pair.

Available from: www.alexski.com

A Thoroughly Modern Makeover

Barbour

Traditional, long-standing British companies are having to re-brand and get with it to survive in the cut-throat, claws-out world of fashion. Successful transitions from fusty to fashionista include Pringle, Burberry and Belstaff. Even Barbour have made the move out of the closet of the landed gentry and onto the backs of some of the world’s most stylish celebs. With the brand now boasting its very own ‘Wax Factor’ (their phrase, not ours), the traditional outdoors-y range has been given a thoroughly modern edge – without scaring off the old ladies and shooting brigade. As well as their classic designs, the 100-plus year-old company has introduced a new contemporary collection for men and women, utilising their iconic detailing and fabrics in 21st century fashion statements. A new concession boasting pieces from their contemporary and classic collections is due to open this week at Dobbies World in Cirencester, which includes a rainbow-like display of Hunter wellies. Must-have pieces for fashionistas wanting to muck about in the country!

www.barbour.co.uk

Town & Country

Overide

A visit to Tetbury isn’t complete without some serious credit card abuse in Overider – or so the girls in the Resource team tell us. A light, airy fashion boutique on the town’s busiest thoroughfare, the store’s own designs have an intriguing style of their own, mixing country motifs with this season’s must-have fabrics, cuts and colours. Items we’ve coveted so far have included a pair of patent Converse-style sneakers, some beautifully crafted leather boots, a very modern take on the tweed jacket and this gorgeous, whimsical dress splashed with bug designs.

Overider, 1 Church Street, Tetbury
Tel: 01666 500 401
www.overider.com

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