Thursday, 11 October 2012

Pinterest Competition!

You've got to Pin it - to Win it in our Autumnal themed Pinterest Competition. We're in love with Pinterest. It's such a great place to come across the weird and wonderful, and if you're not careful loose track of time!

We've created a board of all our favourite Autumn finds from cosy knits to warm auburn leather pouches to bright orange Nixon watches and Paul Smith mugs (perfect for hot cocoa!).

We want you to get involved too!

All you have to do is create your own Pinterest board titled 'Bloomsbury Autumn Look' and include your favourite Bloomsbury products that would make your Autumn season extra cosy!

The board must include at least 10 pins from Bloomsbury, but show us what Autumn really means to you.

Once your happy with your board email us with a link to your board at
We'll pick our favourite board on 25th October so get pinning!

Louis Ghost celebrates it's 10th Anniversary

It was back in 2002 that designer Philippe Starck created the Louis Ghost chair for Kartell. This year it's celebrating it's 10th Anniversary. We love the Louis Ghost here at Bloomsbury, it such a beautiful classic design that you can never get tired of. Created from a single mould of polycarbonate Starck describes it as a 'a sort of ghost, a reflection, the shadow of a chair' with clean minimalism and transparency taking the chair to a new level.
The Louis Ghost chair has become Kartell's best selling product and synonymous with the Kartell name. Available in a wide range of colours, crystal or opaque it's a design that's adaptable to everyone, be it in your bedroom or round a dinner table.
We've written about the Louis Ghost's notoriety before in this post here where artist Simon Martin created a film detailing the history of the Louis Chairs and how Starck has re-interpreted the design.It's just a winner with everyone!

via Kartell Press 10th Anniversary

iconic silhouettes

via Kartell press 10th Anniversary

Kartell 10th Anniversary

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

PS Christmas Collection

Here's a quick snap of the wonderful Paul Smith Christmas collection print, a quirky take on the mini on location print - this holdall is now in store!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Know your Paul Smith

We recently had a lovely visit from two Paul Smith accessories reps, Noel and Kim, for some training on the new season products and a really insightful look into how many of the Paul Smith pieces are made. We were led through the materials, the reasons behind the choices of colours, prints and fabrics and a sneaky peek at what to expect next season.

The first fascinating thing we learnt was that all of the prints across the men's bags are printed in the UK using a special sublimation process. This means the print is actually sucked into the fabric and won't ever come out or scratch off. So your bag may get a bit grubby but the print won't ever be affected! For this season Paul has started using a polyester mix (on the cycle components print) which I think really shows off the quality and details of the prints brilliantly. Another addition to the bags this season is the introduction of a cross-grained Saffiano leather on the straps. This leather is much more hard wearing and durable than previous choices and will ensure your bag will wear well, whatever you throw at it!

This season there is also a good number of items that are made in the UK, which we've noticed people are increasingly looking for. It's nice to know that a British designer is utilising our great traditions and workmanship. Some notable pieces are the women's cable knit snood, hat and mittens. This cute set was all knitted up in Scotland, with a beautiful mix of knit styles on the snood and hat, you just know this is going to be cosy! Just look for the 'Made in the British Isles' swing tags on pieces for items that are made right here. 
The knitwear, both men's and ladies, always have a nod to the signature stripes, usually in a more muted tone. But as a great example of how the accessories are linked to the main fashion lines - we were told that one of Paul's inspirations this season were jellyfish (???) and you can see some neon flashes throughout some of the knitwear. 

We were also told that the signature Paul Smith stripes and swirls are being pulled back a bit, you can already see that this season. Don't worry they aren't dropping the stripes, but want to be more selective with how they use their signature. This is evident in the women's handbags, looking at the collection the swirls are mainly confined to the edges and trims allowing just a hint of the swirling colours. Personally we think this is a nice move as it makes that hit of colour a bit more subtle and elegant. Check out this Globe bag for one!
Pro tip - If your covetable Paul Smith handbag should get dirty then a tiny bit of washing up liquid in warm water lightly applied should help lift out marks, also a spit polish will lift out subtle marks.

Something else to look out for this season are the special pieces with the 'Daydreaming with my Camera' swing tags. These pieces feature a photo print taken by Paul on his trips around London. So the beautiful hankies we have in store are all shot by Paul - we really like the close up Number 20 as this is the Paul Smith head office front door!
As for next season look out for dark prints and colours and the use of more upholstery style fabrics. We all cooed over some beautifully heavy striped fabric that was going to be used on bags and shown the next Mini on location prints...think spotlights...

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