The May Edit 2018

The Shop at Bluebird moves to the heart of Covent Garden.

The Shop at Bluebird moves to the heart of Covent Garden.

By BEL JACOBS


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The Shop at Bluebird, one of the great retail sites in Chelsea, ups sticks and opens a new flagshipin the heart of Covent Garden – and it’s worth the wait. The usual perfectly curated selection of brands including Alexander McQueen, Chloe, Temperley London and Victoria Beckham now sits inside a stunning 19th century, Grade II-listed Carriage Hall, where the soaring courtyard and eclectic decor creates a ‘Playground of Wonders’. Carriage Hall, 29 Floral Street, London. https://shopatbluebird.com




Bridal shirt and trousers, £395 each. Mother of Pearl.

Bridal shirt and trousers, £395 each. Mother of Pearl.

One of my favourite labels ever, Mother of Pearl, launches its first bridal line, inspired by creative director Amy Powney’s personal dilemma last year when dressing for her own wedding but not wanting to go meringue. The result is a typically –  and gorgeously – quixotic collection of easy-to-wear bridal outfits, including a rather beautiful pyjama suit, all made using 100 per cent organic silk. Oh, I most definitely do. www.motherofpearl.co.uk/


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Aestheteis the first lingerie company in the world to make bras, slips and knickers in a sweet mix of hemp and silk – and it’s the first Scandanavian lingerie brand to play with peace silk, silk made unlike conventional silk without killing the moth. The first designs are just the start of this brand’s work with sustainable materials and production. Look forward to more. www.aestheteboutique.com/


Gung Ho Designs take up temporary residence at LDC’s Exmouth Market pop up.

Gung Ho Designs take up temporary residence at LDC’s Exmouth Market pop up.

To celebrate Design Week, LDC – the London Designers Collective– presents its Meet the Maker Experiences and Concept Store, currently in residence at 30 Exmouth Market. Lovely labels including Gung Ho (lovely designs pictured),House Thirteenand REIN Londonwill be telling their unique stories and selling their wares while hosting workshops and events: learn how to carve wax with jewellery experts Stooki and discover the traditional Japanese rope bondage art form, Shabiri, to create your own accessories (or whatever) with Figure A. Find out more about the store and its workshops herehttps://londondesignerscollective.com/


Henri’s ‘gem of a store’ at 274 Hackney Road.

Henri’s ‘gem of a store’ at 274 Hackney Road.

Henri, founded by Henrietta Adams, is a gorgeous women’s shirting label with real focus on people and product. From an initial commitment to using 100% organic cotton, the label’s sustainable ethos has become an exciting driver of the brand. From working with women’s cooperatives to indigenous cotton seeds, natural dyes, handwoven and khadi fabrics, the supply chain is part of a rich story, culminating in shirts that are cut beautifully and made ethically to empower women from maker to wearer. Now, Henri opens a gem of a store, at 274 Hackney Road, with a small selection of other ethical labels including ZM Jewellery and Ottowin footwear. https://henri.london/