Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Tweet meets Anna Kreeger of M. Hulot

After posting about M. Hulot's collection in YMC I got the chance to ask the designer behind M. Hulot a few questions about life, design and who she'd most like to work with...

What do you love about the UK craftsmanship?

First and foremost, I love that we have an industry over here and I think it is important to be resourceful and to use what is on your doorstep. We have a big history of leather goods here in the UK, so there is wealth of knowledge and expertise to draw on. I love that it has a different look from other areas- it has an artisan edge and I choose to make goods where you can see the workmanship ie. Raw edges next to buffed and painted edges, and stitched body contrasted with clean, un-stitched flap.

If you could collaborate with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be?

That's a tough one! In terms of collaborating with someone with a similar style to me I'd love to work with Margaret Howell. However, I also love the idea of working with a brand or designer that is different in style and seeing how the two worlds can merge! I am talking with a Jewellery designer friend, Sophie Webster, and we are talking about working on some simple and exclusive small leather goods that would incorporate some specially designed hardware. I love the idea of doing small side projects like this, that make you look at your designs in a new way.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Believe it or not, a Fashion Designer, although my taste has changed! This choice stayed firm through out my life, although at A-levels I thought I may want to be a Textile Designer or Art Historian. I studied clothing design for my degree.

What's next for you?

Keep on moving and spreading the word! Expand my stockist list, design and produce some pieces exclusive to the website, collaborations as above and maybe some men's styles!

For more info, visit YMC or the M. Hulot website.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

If I was a rich girl...

Every now and then I wander into a little fantasy world of my own and pretend I have all the money in the World to spend on lovely things for my selfish self.

Tonight was one of those nights when I needed a little pick me up of super cute jewellery and velvety treats.

1. If I had a spare £830 to spend on handbags, this Pauric Sweeney Madame bag would be in my top five, it's practically perfect in every way. If it had a long strap as well as the short ones, I would start saving up now. Check out the other Pauric Sweeney bags, they are all just a bit too lovely.

2. Waist belts are one of my things, I wear them on an almost daily basis but I need to collect more. This Lizzy Disney one would fit right in with my wardrobe.

3. I love these Bordeaux Velvet Gatsby Loafers, I want them, I need them...

4. Cute and simple jewellery is all I do, I'm not one for fussy, extravagant things. This Sarah Chloe love necklace would fit in beautifully with my gold bee and sausage dog necklaces.

*A little bit of this post was sponsored but all opinions are my own*

Monday, 12 November 2012

La Renard

In France my jumper would be called le renard and hunted with only her cunning to protect her. I'm a little bit obsessed with jumpers with animals on at the moment, who wouldn't want a little fox on their boobs to cheer them up every now and then?

Mine is from Joules (they've just added a beagle one, I want a puppy jumper now!) but I spotted some at Next last week which was cute too!

In other news, I got a bit bored at the weekend so decided to jump on the ombré bandwagon so I'm now half a blondie. I used the L'oreal Wild Ombre kit to do it, I think it looks alright for £6!What do you think?


Sunday, 11 November 2012

Next Fashion Lock In

Last week I decided to run away from the office and the North for an evening to venture down to London for the Next Fashion Lock In. I was feeling very under the weather so couldn't think of anything better than blogger girlies, fashion and a couple of cheeky cocktails to cheer myself up.

We started with cocktails and canapes (tiny burgers, tiny fish + chips and massive olives!) in Apres, a cute little bar just off Bond Street, where I caught up with lovely people I hadn't seen for ages (I really need to say yes to more events!)

When it was time to venture over to Next on Bond Street, Daniela, Kirsty and I excitedly headed over discussing Marmite and other vitally important things.

We were all given envelopes with 10 tags in when we arrived so we could pick out our favourite things and make a mini collection each! You can see what our favourite pieces were on the Next blog here! We also got to choose a few pieces each to take home (thanks Next!) but seeing as I had to get the last train back to Manchester, I was on a time limit to choose something. Thankfully Amy was on hand to keep me calm!

In the end I plumped for a burgundy Check Jacket (it's a looser fit than it looks on site) and a black laser cut top, both of which I am a little bit in love with. Because I had to leave a bit early I missed out on the photos with the rest of the bloggers (which you can see here!) so I made the boy take a few snaps of me in my new coat.


Saturday, 10 November 2012

YMC x M.Hulot

YMC have teamed up with leather accessories brand M.Hulot to make a cheeky capsule collection of simple but super high quality accessories to take us into the new year.

All of the pieces in the collection are untainted by fuss, instead focusing on the quality of the Italian leather handcrafted in the UK. The simple styles include the Prussia Satchel; two tone leather, classic shape and practically perfect in every way, the Howe Clutch; hard Italian leather, contrasting colours and super simple and the Kampuchea Purse; glazed leather, suede and contrasting red interior.

My favourite is the Prussia Satchel in tan, I need it in and around my life!

To see the full range, visit YMC.
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