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FASHION: Gentlemen, this one is especially for you

12 Sep

Simon Carter in Wendover. I know, his parking’s terrible.

Well, hello!

There I was, wandering around the lovely market town of Wendover the other day (about 15 mins south of Aylesbury), when I came across a shop that had just opened its doors for the first time – none other than the fantastic Simon Carter, purveyor of supercool cufflinks, menswear, leather goods and other man-essentials.

Darwin Lacewing jade cufflinks, £75

If you don’t already know the brand, Simon Carter is a London (and international) success story that’s now developing stand-alone stores outside the capital. Aside from the new venture in Wendover, there’s also a shop in Great Missenden and apparently one in the pipeline for Yorkshire. Quintessentially British, it doesn’t take itself too seriously, allowing blokes a flash of personality at work without resorting to horrific novelty ties.

Half newspaper delivery boy, half cool Soho satchel and all in this season’s supertrendy blue. Love it! Canvas/leather, £100.

I had a quick gander around the bijoux store in Wendover.  It stocks mostly shirts, luggage and accessories – so perfect for picking up a business flourish or a present for a difficult husband. Yes husband, I’m talking about you.

So there you have it. Always delighted to stumble across something new and splendiferous, and relieved that one of my readers Ricky will be placated – he’s been on at me for a bloke’s fashion feature for ever. There you go, my old china, this one’s for you.

Simon Carter, 6 South St, Wendover, Bucks. www.simoncarter.net


FOUND: Fab vintage emporium in Bicester (yes, you read it right)

6 Jul

 Anyone who’s been to my house will know I have a weakness for Sixties furniture so I’m always happy to mooch around a vintage store. This one, Paton Place, is like a diamond in the rough of central Bicester, and well worth checking out if you like vintage crockery and clothes, or recycled furniture and accessories.


Paton Place is a large rectangular space that goes deep into the shop, but it’s thoughtfully sectioned so that you start in the ‘kitchen’ (with the crockery), move through to living room (usually a sofa set in front of the fire, though it had just been sold so there was something else there), then the ‘bedroom’ and clothes area (with changing rooms) at the back.

 The owner Rebecca used to own a stall at Portobello market and with her business partner Jan has obviously gives a lot of thought to the ambience of the place, from the styling to the retro music playing and even an honesty box next to the coffee and cake, self-served in vintage china.

Not everything hits the mark, but that’s just the way with vintage stuff. The price points are really good – very little over £100, unless it’s a big piece of furniture – and it’s great to see a little bit of quirkiness and personality in the centre of Bicester. Paton Place has been open for less than a year so go and support it if you’re in the area.
Paton Place, 3 Crown Walk, Bicester. Tel: 07831 702513

Found: lovely indy kids shop (&10% off this week)

26 Apr

Gorgeous Giggles kids shop, Princes Risborough. Looks cute, doesn’t it?

I see so many identikit high streets and chain stores doing Muddy Stielttos that when I come across a well-thought out shop, beautifully presented, I get all tingly and excited. (Don’t say I should get out more, that’s impossible!!!)

I found one the other day in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire. The high street in Risborough follows the template of many small English towns struggling for business – a lot of charity shops, a few estate agents, and a number of small independents that seem to come and go.

But I think Gorgeous Giggles will be a stayer. Open for a year now, it’s a children’s fashion and toy shop, from 0-7 years, and it’s been really well thought out. Apart from looking aesthetically cool, the clothes are labelled clearly in years (and there are some lovely pieces at Boden-esque prices) and there’s a whole section dedicated to Christening gowns – a great idea.

The play area is squared off at the back of the shot

There’s a padded enclosed play area with toys from the shop to occupy children so their parents can mooch in peace, then at the back of the shop you’ll find a really well curated toy section – good quality wooden toys, plus favourites like Tummy Ache etc.

Next door is a quirky cafe/fromagerie/tinkery gift shop The Field Mouse (warning: young children will be at the window display in seconds!) or there’s a Costa at the end of the road for more mainstream pleasures.

PS By the way, all this week there’s 10% off to celebrate the shop’s 1st birthday. Just say ‘happy birthday’ at the till to qualify. Come on, you have to admit that’s cute.

Gorgeous Giggles, 4 Duke St, Princes Risborough, Bucks, HP27 0AT.
Tel: 07519 547 694. www.gorgeousgiggles.co.uk

Do you want to know a secret?

11 Oct

A typical afternoon's shopping in Thame


It’s so hard…. I want to tell you, but I’ve promised not to….

Oh God, discretion is so dull. I’ll just skim around the edges and whet your appetite until I can let the chat vendre la mèche.

Well my little shopaholics, there’s a new shop opening in Thame in the next month or so, where In the Pink used to be (next to The Spread Eagle).

It’s going to be a goodie. A really slick, cool store. I know, in Thame. Never mind the virgin birth, this is, like, a proper Christmas miracle.

The concept behind the shop is fab , the owners really know their stuff (and have good taste, which always helps) and the eclectic stock, which includes ceramics, art, homewares and jewellery, is high-end without a bonkers price tag.

My lips will be unglued in a few weeks so I can tell you more. Until then, just hold off on the John Lewis frenzy. My mystery store may have your festive shopping all wrapped up.





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