Wednesday, 16 June 2010
- Valerie Stivers-Isakova
Continue reading "Six Of London's Best Fashion Labels"
1) Alice & Astrid: A Notting Hill institution for owner Astrid's classy, feminine designs for silk lingerie, pajama sets, robes and nightgowns. This is the local it-girl's stop for sumptuous teal silks, hand-made vintage lace accents, creamy chiffons and the occasional weekend-in-Devon touch like flannel PJs or felted slippers.
2) Brora: The Scottish know cashmere and the English know civilized behavior, and between the two they've created the shop we've always thought should exist. The four Brora outposts in London (one on Ledbury Road in Notting Hill) sell beautiful, high-quality, well-cut sweaters in every size and color of the rainbow. Also, the same color-range of dresses, linen skirts, knit tees, hats & mittens. Every item is simple, but perfect.
3) The Organic Pharmacy: The English have more entrenched animal rights and environmental activist concerns that we do in the states, which means five boutiques in London selling the vastly popular, pricey Organic Pharmacy products. The line is known for its simple packaging, great textures and scents, and for employing the latest science in environmentally friendly beauty.
4) Rigby & Peller: The real “Victoria’s Secret,” this lingerie maker has a royal warrant, which is a seal bestowed by Buckingham Palace when the queen likes a store. Rigby & Peller’s bras and knickers are that holy grail of lacy, sexy, well-made and comfortable, and they make pretty bras bigger than a B cup.
5) Toast: You know how rich people always seem to have the perfect slippers or summer dress kitchen apron, the kind of thing that should be obvious and easy to find but instead is impossible? All that stuff comes from Toast.
6) Tabio: This is the Japanese company that sells the best socks in the world.