Last weekend, making my way from Piccadilly towards Knightsbridge I saw the Burberry Van, a romantically retro van stacked with Burberry boxes. No, it was not on its way to a wealthy client but in celebration of the festive period, a Burberry festive van can be seen circulating through central London. It really is worth a special spot or follow, and updates on the van's journey, which includes iconic London locations, are being posted on Burberry social media platforms including Instagram and Twitter. It's just a great touch to Christmas, isn't it?
The famed and iconic Brit Brand is also throwing an open-house shopping event tomorrow on Thursday 13th December, where Burberry Regent Street, Bond Street, Knightsbridge, Covent Garden and Westfield are open for customers to celebrate the festive season exploring the collection - where champagne and canapes will be served from 6pm in all stores. If the chance to shop and drink was not a reason enough to indulge in Burberry this Christmas, a pop-up store has opened in Harrods and features Burberry Prorsum bags, accessories, watches, heritage rainwear, ready to wear and a selection of exclusive pieces. Never far from the edge of great innovative technology, the space incorporates four Brompton Road windows and shoppers can purchase directly from the windows. What a way to spend a day, literally, window shopping...
Having been out of the office for a little while, it was great to come back to a package from Los Angeles, containing a t-shirt from Oil of LA. The LA based brand has been only going since this year and they have had a great amount of press and backing from bands such as Youngblood Hawke on CBS but their statement graphics have the Orange County calling out for the brand. I really prefer v-necks and a simple printed graphic so this choice from Kimberly of Pure Consulting PR in Beverly Hills was spot on. Worn with a pair of waxed canvas jeans and a simple, relaxed cotton tartan shirt, my colleagues said it captured the grunge trend perfectly. Or as I like to think, fits in well with the Los Angeles mentality of relaxed casuals but with an interesting twist.
In with the t-shirt were these, the limited edition Andy Warhol x Target x Campbell's soup cans, which were exclusive to the USA. The collection was issued to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first showing of Warhol's paintings, and the labels come in four colour combinations, like blue with orange or teal with hot pink. Retailed at 75 cents each, they were impossible to track down but Kim found them for me via a few contacts in the Mid-west. Not great for the carbon footprint but they look incredible on my office shelf...
As the growth of menswear rose, it was a mater of time before menswear stores become highly curated artistic spaces that makes the fittings a primary feature of the shop. LSoD favourite Percival have broken the boundaries of store vs gallery to install a special rug in its new Berwick Street store in London, W1.
The Sculpture House have collaborated with Percival on a specially commissioned artist-designed piece set into the shop floor. It is a curious work in concrete, crafted in a British workshop in a design that mimics a Persian rug. It is seen as a happy fit for the store in its exploration of the contact between heritage and innovation through use of material and function. This really is a great reason to head to the newly opened store, however culturally, this Concrete Rug by Alex Chinneck for The Sculpture House is an indication of future lifestyle trends to come.
Handmade, sourced and produced in the UK, Shackleton bags are on my Christmas wish list, who produce simple but striking bags and acessories. These backpacks are my ultimate favourites however they have a stunning array of luggage on the site, here.
After last week's excellent Mr Porter The Journal photo-story that looked at style-conscious country outfitting, the e-retailer has once again come up on top with this story with Chase Crawford. We have long known that Crawford is a style icon, a clothes horse of the best breeding both in the hit TV show Gossip Girl and private life. Shot at the St. Regis hotel in New York, the captivating images, with an air of 70s nostalgia, by Angelo Pannetta, Crawford is styled by Dan May using pieces from Dolce and Gabbana, Burberry Prorsum, Acne and Valentino to name but a few. With an accompanying interview conducted with Freddie Campion, this is a story not to be missed and gives great styling cues for the Christmas party season.
The Givenchy Rottweiler has gone to the great kennel in the sky, however their is a new dog in town - the Doberman, plus some now iconic Givenchy stars. Released this weekend via Style.com, the hottest label in Paris has released the shots of its pre-fall collection for AW13. With a host of digital prints in hyper-reality and some pretty vivid patterns, the collection relies on fluid, clean shapes and lines to present that great mix of street sports and culture with formal tailoring and strict constructions. With a focus on leather once again, this time on contrast sleeves to man-skirts, Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy just keeps getting better and stronger. Below are my top six looks but click through to Style.com to see his humour (pervert, on the back of a sweater) and dedication (the odd monogram of HDG, for House of Givenchy, or is that Hubert de Givenchy?).