The nights are drawing in, there's a crispness in the air...Autumn has arrived and with it we reach for classic corduroy. A perennial in the range, I couldn't imagine an Autumn season without cord. Ours is buttery soft, toasty warm and feels like velvet. To me it's the perfect winter fabric, both comforting and tactile and carries colour beautifully to brighten even the darkest of days.
This year we found inspiration in the charming streets of Columbia Road, East London, just up the road from our studio. For those who aren't London-based, this is a gem of an area, famous for it's Sunday flower market, colourful and noisy with traders selling best blooms and potted plants to the crowds which flock to barter. However, during the week you'll find the calmer, community-focused spirit which inhabits the area in a long row of independent shops; vintage emporiums, garden sundries, artisan makers, perfumeries, jewellers, bakeries and of course a local East End pub or two! Most noticeably the doors within the area are as unique and joyful as their inhabitants, shopfronts and homes painted in an array of happy hues. So it was here that we were inspired for our corduroy 'colour chart' bringing warmth and delight to our Autumn collection.
Meet our 'colour block cords'...
The new Bloomsbury. Available in three shades, Sapphire, Marmalade and Moss, this easy dress boasts a roomy raglan sleeve (for ultimate comfort), a drawstring at the waist (cinch in or leave looser to create the shape you want), midi length (perfect for tights and boots) and a notch neck which can be worn open or closed (think layering options!) Deep pockets and pretty smocked wrist details. An incredibly versatile shape to dress up or down. Pre Order in sizes XS-L for arrival first week October.
The Saltaire. Introducing our popular shirt dress in a new 'Mulberry' colour, the first batch sold out within days! This dress suits all sizes with a gentle fit and flare shape, clever bust darts to flatter your curves and nips in at the waist. Pre- order now to grab one in the next October batch. We have also added an XL to this shape.
The Market dress. Our new 'mini' version in black cord, this style is a great practical everyday style. Multi- buttoned bodice, gently puffed shirt sleeves, and of course deep practical pockets. Great worn with thick tights, practical enough for cycling to your favourite Sunday market!
The Mill Town. Our original three tiered dress, introduced five years ago in the very first collection and still going strong. A modern classic. Try belting with ribbons to create definition at the waist for different occasions.This year I've chosen a spicy mustard alongside our best-selling navy. Available in XS-XL.