Well hello, Rose Rankin…See ya Stan Smith!
It’s official: we’ve reached peak Stan Smith. Maybe you don’t care — they look great, they’re comfy, and if they’re good enough for Phoebe Philo and Kate Moss, well, who are we to argue with that?
But if you’ve started to crave something a bit more exciting, something that makes you smile every time you look at your feet, something that’s smart enough to wear to work or down the pub, then we’ve got just the thing. We’re one of the first UK stockists of Rose Rankin sneakers. You probably haven’t heard of them, but that’s about to change —they’re already popping up in the fashion press, and the retro-inspired designs and luxe fabrics have got where-did-you-get-those-shoes written all over them.
Irish-born Rose has been designing and customising her own trainers for years, before making the decision to create her own line of work-to-weekend trainers. Her bold designs are handmade in Portugal from premium fabrics, mixing prints, colour pops and metallics, with a comfy leather lining to put some spring in your step.
We’re stocking three styles for AW15: the Velvet Colt Runner, the Gold Colt Runner, and the Cheetah Simmy Mid-Top. The retro-style runners are made from fuchsia velvet with metallic silver and turquoise leather, or gold camouflage leather with nude mesh and dark green leather accents. The Simmy is a cheetah print pony skin high top (don’t worry, they’re not made from ponies — it’s textured cow hide), trimmed in tan leather with a shimmering silver lining. All three styles have been hopping, skipping and jumping out of the shop — we had a waiting list for weeks before they arrived. As well as looking amazing, Rose Rankin’s are great for autumn. They’re snazzy enough to brighten up cold, dark mornings and the chunky sole is good when the weather’s bad. At £169, they’re a bit more spendy than Stan, but we think they’re worth it — and once you’ve tried a pair, we reckon you will too.[CR]
A quick reminder that the mid-season sale continues instore and online. There are plenty of great tees and sweats available. Here are a few highlights:
There's plenty more where that came from! You can see all our sale items here.
It’s easy to forget how fortunate we are to be based by the seaside, especially on days when it's cold and raining. Luckily, we have this season’s collection from Simeon Farrar to remind us of better days.
Simeon Farrar was a well-known name in fine art with a fondness for incorporating printing into his work when he decided to use t-shirts as a new medium for his pieces. These proved very popular and, in trying to meet demand from fashion retailers, he has found a middle ground where he can produce t-shirts, bags, dresses and scarves in quantities that are practical, whilst maintaining the individuality of each piece. He is well known for his t-shirts featuring line drawings of supermodels such as Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and Georgia Jagger, who seem happy to feature in his designs, and for gently mocking fashion’s super labels, which sometimes don’t seem quite so pleased. To fulfil his own creative needs, Farrar now has two lines. Recently, he has started the Black Score label, producing short runs of t-shirts drawing on his favourite subjects of fashion and popular culture for their inspiration. We have a number of Black Score designs in stock at NOLA, and you can see the whole lot here. His Simeon Farrar line has developed into a more traditional label, producing seasonal collections based around a single theme. This has allowed him to develop his methods further, experimenting with colour and texture. By using more processes, these pieces are increasingly unique and closer to his artist roots. This season his theme is the seaside – ice creams, lollipops and fairground rides. We have a range of his individually printed, dyed and finished bags, including this canvas gusset tote in Waves Wash...
Thank you to Refinery29 for featuring us in their Day Pass feature on Brighton. All of these designs celebrate the freedom with which they are manufactured, making a feature of imperfections in the printing and using paints and washes to create unique items – no two are the same, creating works of art that you can wear. You can see our whole collection by clicking here.
Refinery29 Day Pass feature
Rebecca Minkoff is well-loved in the States and Japan, but little known in Europe. She started her own label at the tender age of 21 and spent five years designing and printing t-shirts in her apartment. Things really took off for the Rebecca Minkoff label in 2005 when she started designing handbags. Her Morning After Bag – the M.A.B. - was an enormous hit and remains a staple, with obsessive fans collecting each variation every season. For the next four years she concentrated on handbags, growing her brand into a major name. In 2009, she launched her first ready-to-wear collection and opened her first store in Japan, where the label first took off in a big way, in 2012. What makes Rebecca Minkoff different from a lot of designers is her accessibility. In her blog, on Instagramand twitter, she doesn’t oversell her products but refreshingly documents the things she loves – the style, music, food and anything else that inspires her. We’ve just taken delivery of a few choice items from the pre-Spring/Summer collection, and lovely they are too, with a stronge emphasis on sport-luxe. There’s this Tiger Curved Yoke knit:
A lot of Rebecca Minkoff’s designs play with silhouette and the ‘curved yoke’ pattern across the sleeves on this sweater creates the illusion of shape to a very wearable crew neck sweater. The tiger stripe pattern is great too – it looks straightforward but, up close, it’s a pixelated image. A nice detail!
It’s no surprise that a handbag designer would use leather in their clothing, but the combination of a striped sweater with leather is not what you might expect. The front panel is pleasingly soft and the cut is beautiful. It can be washed, so it’s practical too. Sweatshirts continue to be big news and Rebecca Minkoff plays with them to create something quite unique. These McCall sweatshirts in blush and neon green use detailed weaves on the sleeves combined with feminine lacework to create tops that can be worn casually with jeans or dressed up to equally stunning effect. We’ve also got a great pencilskirt in the neon green weave, with the lace panel front. One of Rebecca Minkoff’s staple designs is the Clara dress. It’s a short, fitted dress with a shaped bustier top, elasticated shoulder straps, piping and panels front and back. This season it comes in a beautiful all-over floral print, which contrasts nicely with the structured nature of the dress. We couldn’t take Rebecca Minkoff without stocking some of her bags, of course. We’ve got this wonderful M.A.B. tote in scarlet. Made from textured saffiano leather, it’s a stunning colour and has everything you could want from a tote. Also in stock are a couple of smaller bags. The Hudson Moto Mini is made from saffiano leather in rose gold, gold and black and, for a small bag, is packed with pockets to help keep you organised. The strap is removable so it can be worn across the body or used as a clutch.
This mini version of Rebecca Minkoff’s Morning After Clutchcomes in classic black. It’s made from soft, supple leather and is packed with details inside and out. It’s got a studded leather and gold chain strap which can be worn long, doubled to wear over the shoulder or removed to make a stunning clutch. It even comes with spare leather tassels, so you can dress it up even further!
If you’re going to wear a ring, it might as well make a statement.
Here at nola we’re totally in love with SVP Jewellery’s collection of rings. Precious and semi-precious stones mounted in gold vermeil, they have an air of glamour about them, with a modern edge. They look great worn separately or in groups and are adjustable, meaning they can be worn on different fingers. This also means they make ideal gifts, as you don’t have to worry about getting the size right.
Sussex-based designer Sarah Parham draws inspiration from architecture and a love of the curious and distinctive. She has created a range of jewellery that focuses on beautiful, unusual stones, precision cut to enhance the colours and textures of materials such as moonstone, smoky quartz, fired opal and purple amethyst. The names of the stones alone suggest a bygone era – one of treasure chests and bejewelled luxury.
SVP designs are not old-fashioned, however. Simple, bold settings in gold vermeil are used to emphasise the raised stones themselves, giving the rings a modern edge and creating statement pieces that will look great worn to finish an outfit or just for a bit of every day sparkle.
The rings themselves are handmade in Rajasthan. The stones are sourced by one of India’s most respected gemstone families and are created by highly skilled traditional craftsmen who receive a good wage for their artisan products.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...........
You can view our entire collection of SVP Jewellery here.
Ah, the humble sweatshirt has grown in fashion stature over the last couple of years but now their popularity has sky-rocketed. Sweats are fabulous for chucking on on those days when your mind has gone sartorially blank. Teamed with jeans and sneakers, there's no better outfit for running around town. But put on a pair of heels and a big statement necklace instead of the sneaks and you're ready for a night on the town.
Queen of the sweatshirt, Zoe Karssen, creates eye catching motifs and puts them on superb quality fabrics. We've got lots in store this season but check out her super slouchy New York Girls Hoodie and the Born Lucky sweat.
For ultimate comfort, Zoe's cotton Skeleton sweatpants can't be beaten.
Nola fave, A.P.C. have been producing ace sweats for many many years and they are always best sellers. We've got some great camo ones coming in for Winter but check out the Rue Madame and Peacock sweats currently gracing our rails.New to nola this season, but fast finding a place in our heart is French label, Leon and Harper. The Sacha sweatshirt is an oversized beauty, screenprinted with hand sewn finishes.
Be still my beating heart.
Much as I don’t want to wish away this wonderful summer, there’s something about opening boxes of beautiful knitwear that makes me yearn for crisp autumn mornings and curling up in front of a roaring fire.
This season our labels have really excelled themselves when it comes to woolens. The autumn/winter collections are chunky and textured, rich with merino wool, cashmere, mohair and alpaca. Luxurious comfort in pieces you will wear season after season.
Here are a few of the highlights:
‘Subtle’ and ‘leopard print’ rarely go together but nola favourites A.P.C. have managed it! A sheer knit in the softest silk and cashmere blend, it feels and looks wonderful.
This Jenny sweater is incredibly soft to touch. The combination of mohair in the material and the pointelle knit make it substantial but light as a feather. We’ve got it in a lovely light beigeas well as this diagonally striped black and white.
If there’s one piece that will make you crave autumn’s mellow fruitfulness, it’s this. Heavy duty and 100% merino wool, this cape just exudes Parisian chic.
If it’s 100% cashmere you want, Chinti & Parker are the designers for you! This season, their offerings include these three beauties. The Stars sweater also comes in oatmeal and blue.
This Mae sweater is enough to make a Danish detective jealous! This heavy knit is handmade, meaning no two are exactly the same.
These Marcel, Misha and Maxence knits are all in wonderful alpaca-rich blends. Soft and substantial, you won’t want to take them off come spring!
The Rabens Saloner collection for Autumn/Winter features several knits in luxurious blends including merino wool, alpaca and, in this case, every punk’s favourite material – mohair. A looser knit, their sweaters are hang beautifully and are a joy to wear.
This is just a sample of the knits available at nola this season. There are more from all the labels above, plus alpaca blends from Pomandère and wonderful jumpers from YMC in chilli, tobacco and rainbow stripes. Check out all this season's knitwear by clicking here.
Imagine, if you will, you're enjoying a blustery walk on Hampstead Heath. The dog is bounding around being all "look at me, I'm so cute" and you get a telephone call. You reach for your iPhone and lo and behold, it's not the dog everyone is looking at, it's you and your sensational faux snakeskin A.P.C iphone cover. THIS CAN HAPPEN! At nola we have the covers for iphone 4 and iphone 5 and you just need to shop our fabulous new edit of AW13 A.P.C.
Time and time again, A.P.C deliver some of the best designed knits and jersey around. Wearing it is like being a part of a secret club. All of us who love it's understated chic recognise it immediately when other people wear it and we kind of do that nod of approval to each other.
Buying A.P.C is addictive. Once you've worn just one of their tee shirts you want more. For me it's their accessories that I go slightly doolally over. This season I've fallen head over heels for the amazing Tango Shoes, a collaboration with Argentinian shoemakers Tango Leike.
These black suede and patent leather shoes are just so sexy. Great for a night out but even better with a pair of great jeans (I'm going to team mine with our Koral 4 month wash skinnies).
The knitwear this season is just so perfect. Lots of scrumptious cream wool and a jawdroppingly beautiful navy wool cape.
There's more to come, but have a look at our current online selection - we think we've got the best selection in the UK. And don't forget, we offer free UK P&P.
Currently listening to The Archies; Sugar Sugar
No, I'm not opening a branch of Chicken Cottage. I've been buying into premium denim BIG TIME for AW13. The big three coming to nola in Fall (I'm calling it Fall because they are all American brands and that's how they talk) are.........Koral, Frame and Current/Elliott.
You cannot believe how excited I am to get these beautiful American denim labels in store.
KORAL was set up by two designers from the Seven family so they have a ridiculous amount of denim experience behind them. Their focus is on fit and a flawless finish. The washes of the denim are graded as "Lived In" so a 4 Month Wash will look like you've worn them for 4 months. Easy. For Pre SS14 I've bought some great soft coloured denim with ankle zips.
|Koral Zip Skinny in lovely sludgy 70s colourways|
FRAME are another Los Angeles label specialising in the best denims and fits. The washes are named after roads in London or LA. Expertly engineered and crafted to give an almost bespoke fit. All Frame jeans have a 29" inseam. This makes me giddier than you could ever imagine.
CURRENT/ELLIOTT were set up in 2008 by Emily Current and Merritt Elliott and has raised the bar for the denim standard. Born out of love for vintage denim and it's American roots, the collections respect the history of denim and every style offered has a historical reference, an original vintage sample and year of origin.
|Frame Le Skinny de Jeans|
Of course we still have our brilliant Nudies and IDA by Donna Ida and the fabulous Denham brands, we just felt that there was a gap in the denim market in Brighton for more premium denim. We think we've got the best denim selection for women in Brighton now. we'll let you know when it's in store.
I'm loving the printed denim that's around this season. It's great for women like me who can't really carry off a busy print in a top. My current favourites at nola are the A.P.C leopard print and the IDA Ivy in Dreamtime Noir. Both look great with a simple plain sweatshirt and statement jewellery.
|Fabulous washes at Current/Elliott|
|A.P.C Leopard Print Jeans £155 at nola|
|IDA Ivy jeans in Dreamtime Noir |
Click here to see all jeans available at nolaCurrently listening to Althea and Donna - Uptown Top Ranking
I'm not mentioning the weather. I'm just not. OK?
I'm focusing on my Footwear Future, where the sun is all shiny and the sea is glistening and I'm on Brighton beach for an after work drink on Friday. THESE THINGS WILL HAPPEN.
When the sun does eventually get it's hat on. I'll be wearing a selection of these beauties:
|APC Braided Wedge|
All sandals available at nola. Click here.Currently listening to: Wanda Jackson - Hard Headed Woman
Ack, snow, sleet, grit, sludge. Welcome to Spring folks. I'm convinced this weather is just that diva Winter having a final hissy fit before she lets Spring take the floor. So until Madame Spring actually gets her butt in gear, we're still wearing the woollies.
Spring knitwear is playful and funtimes. Hitting the shop floor this weekend is this cheeky mohair oversized sweater with skull motif Zoe Karssen . Wear with the new Zoe Karssen 'The End' jeans for a cool weekend look.
|Skull Sweater in Pink or Black £175|
Well hello Friday, where've you been all week?
Yes, I know the weather is still rubbish but I've got Spring in my heart. I'm feel positive vibes pulsating from nola HQ. And all because of this little beauty........
|American Vintage Oversized Silk Knitted Jumper in Strawberry|
Happy Friday to you all. Have a lovely weekend! xxAmerican Vintage Jumper at nola - FREE P&P!Happy International Women's Day - X Ray Specs - Oh Bondage
Whenever I go shoe/boots shopping, I hear the woman from that old Nescafe ad saying to me "Cheap Shoes????" (with Denise Van Outen, her heels broke off her shoes, you remember it now). Her voice makes me do one of two things, either walk away from the cute hard plastic, uncomfortable cheap ones I've just fallen in love with but know I'll never wear, or rush to the till with the blow the budget, have in my wardrobe forever, wear to death pair.
|As modelled by the lovely Sam (wearing Nudie Tight Long John in Bleach/Black)|
Now, there's always exceptions to the rule but in general with footwear you gets what you pays for. I've learnt, after many rash purchases, that I'd rather spend decent money on a pair that will last me years than spend the same amount on a couple of cheaper pairs. The cost per wear just makes it a no-brainer. And most high street brands aren't so cheap any more. Probably £60 - £80 for shoes, £150 plus for boots?
My shoe collection is VAST. Seriously. In that collection are many, many cheap pairs of shoes I've only worn once because they've torn my feet to shreds but I still hope that one day I'll break them in. I won't, and I'm determined to ditch them soon. There's also a lot of gorgeous pricey pairs of going out shoes that I wear a couple of times a year, and I know they will last me forever.
Then there's the old faithfuls. The pairs of boots and shoes I wear at least five times a month, and they've lasted me years. Like these APC cowboy boots. They cost £340, three years ago. They are so beaten up, (they make me feel like Keith Richards) and I've had them resoled twice (£48), but I reckon I've worn them at least 250 times because they are the most comfortable boots I've ever owned.
So that's £1.55 a wear (and getting cheaper every day). It's a big outlay in one go, but for a pair of classic boots that never date, I reckon it's always worth it.
Currently listening to: Fat Larry's Band - Zoom
Gosh it's been a long time since I've done a blog. No excuses, I just seem to find it hard to run the shop, web, Twitter, Facebook, and then find pithy fashion things to say in a blog. But, as much as I love Twitter, sometimes 140 characters just isn't enough so I've decided to resurrect the blog and use it to keep you up to date with my antics, bring you interviews with designers from our labels and put up some pics of you lovely lot in your nola clobber.
Well, I'm on the quieter end of the buying season for AW13 - all done now. Wowzer, there's some good collections out there for next season. I think my favourite, and a new label for nola this season, is Rabens Saloner. Real edgy rock and roll vibes going on there for AW. It's such a good collection, I'll do a separate blog for it later. And I've picked up another label, Denham. Great denim from Amsterdam, (wait 'til you see the Ella jeans) and some really beautiful outerwear. And lots of other lovely stuff which I'll tell you about in more detail over the next few blog posts.
My last buying trip was to sunny Springy Paris on Monday for Winter 13 APC. A small collection but perfectly formed. I've bought some cracking camo sweatshirts and bought heavily into their "fake snake" accessories. And by gum, Jean Touitou is a bit tasty! Bit achy after my 15 hour round trip but A.P.C is always worth it.
I also picked up some of their lovely room fragrances - had a panic at Eurostar when I thought they wouldn't let it through customs but all was good. I've got the Toumbac (tobacco/vanilla), Cologne and Fig. Limited quantities because I couldn't carry too much. It's £25 a pop. I think I'm the only stockist in the UK.
A.P.C Room Fragrances iPhone covers. For iPhone 4 and 5!
A.P.C Coin purse to keep your pennies in.
Currently listening to The Beatles, Golden Slumbers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e_j66mgTDE
Come and Join Us For SomeFestive Fun at nola!!
Join us for a glass of Festive cheer and nibbles on Wednesday 30th November 2011 from 5.30pm. We'll be offering 20% discount off EVERYTHING instore, plus, if you donate 2 or more pieces of make up or toiletries for the "Give and Makeup"* charity, we'll give you an extra 5% off your purchase!
We look forward to seeing you!
Bring a friend!
and Womens Aid
protect the lives of thousands of women and children every day. Each week two women in the United Kingdom are murdered by a partner or ex-partner.One woman in four experiences domestic violence in their lifetime."Give and Makeup" is a non-profit initiative whose sole purpose is to get everyday essentials into the hands of women and children who need them the most.
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We've got a goodly selection of lovely A.P.C accessories now on offer at nola. Ranging from socks to leather wallets. There's something for everyone - ideal stocking fillers or just for self gifting.
Bracelet - £50
Candle - £25
Wallet - £140
Wow, we can't stop selling the new Malene Birger AW11 stock. The amazing lipstick red colour of the beautuful Lupa dress and Kite shoes are attracting all the ladies eye.
Lupa Dress £209
Carletta Kite shoes £289
Based on the androgynous style of Amelia Earhart, Heritage Research have produced their first collection for women and we are as giddy as kippers about it.
Here's a bit of background from Heritage Research themselves:
Earhart was a widely known international celebrity during her lifetime. Her shyly charismatic appeal, sartorial style, independence, persistence, coolness under pressure, courage and goal-oriented career along with the circumstances of her disappearance at a young age have afforded her lasting fame in popular culture.
Earhart’s accomplishments in aviation inspired a generation of female aviators, including the more than 1,000 women pilots of the USAAF Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) who ferried military aircraft, towed gliders, flew target practice aircraft and served as transport pilots during World War II.
Amelia’s sense of style reflected her independent personality,she was at odds with the feminine fashion trends of the day and instead was seen and pictured in newspapers wearing mens aviation clothing including chinos trousers and leather flight jackets, revolutionary for the time.
Soon after her record breaking transalantic flight, the Aviatrix was photographed for Vogue and it didn’t take long for masculine tailoring to become de rigueur for the Fashion Houses and style concious females of the 1930’s.
All garments in the Heritage Research collection are based on actual clothing pictured on Amelia during the 1920’s and 30’s. Many of these styles are military issue such as the P-coat, chinos, trench coat and flight jackets. At first Amelia borrowed silhouettes from horseback riders, race-car drivers and motorcyclists, later adapting jodhpurs, goggles and the USAAF leather jackets, among other items. Other pieces reference her sartorial style away from the airfield where she could be seen in tailored English riding jackets, breeks and blouses or redefining work clothing of the era such as oversized shirts and mens brogues.
As you can gather, Heritage Research are passionate about what they do and it's really inspiring to talk to Russ about his collection, how it's made, who's made it and the fabrics he's used. ALL of the collection is made in England and here's some more information about the fabric Russ uses:
1. Cottons, linen, silk mixes - made in Italy
2. Liberty Floral print cotton - made in England
3. Wax cottons - British Millerain made in Scotland
4. All wools and tweeds - Woven in England
5. Mackintosh waterproof cotton - made in England
6. Chambray denim and hickory cotton - made in Japan
7. Leather - veg tanned Italian leather steerhide
8. All zips made to order by RiRi in Switzerland, all buttons made in England
We're so proud to be one of the first Heritage Research womenswear stockists in the UK, we think it's really important to support British brands at the moment, especially ones that work hard to get all the collection made in the country. And the attention to detail is second to none. WOW.
We've currently got a fantastic navy wool riding jacket, a pretty Liberty print shirt and a pair of navy military chinos in store.
We hope you love this beautiful collection as much as we do.
It's arrived! Well some of it anyway! we've had our very first delivery of the Vanessa Bruno Athe. We're getting it photographed for the web so it should be on line soon but it is now available in store. We've got this beautiful embroidered sweat shirt, a navy dress version, an amazing pair of knee length beige boots and a couple more really pretty dresses.
We've also just had a huge YMC delivery (yes Ceri the bobble cardi is in) and some cute tees by Netty Ratti. If you're in Brighton, pop along and see the new collections. We think they are fab and hope you'll love them too.
PS Sorry about pic quality!
We love a bit of chic French fashion, Scandinavian understatement and Italian pazzazz but we're also keen to get good, traditional British brands in store.
Alicia Waite in The Telegraph yesterday did a great piece on British labels that are setting the heritage trend. Of course we've got Burberry and Pringle who do the whole tweedy, waxed jacket, Aran jumper thing brilliantly, but it was great to see her focus on the smaller family companies and also the new up and coming brands.
With the demise of the Luella label, there's been a gap in the womenswear market for a label that does the traditional British thing with a twist. Alicia listed several British labels that are now getting the recognition they deserve.
We are particularly pleased that Heritage Research got a mention. Not only is HR a British label, it's a Brighton label to boot. And we're so excited to be stocking it!
HR have been designing cool menswear for years but have brought out a fabulous womenswear collection for AW11 which is also handmade in Britain. This first collection has cited female aviator Amelia Earhart's groundbreaking androgynous style as the design inspiration. Though Earhart was American, her grit and determination are at one with the ethos of the brand, which offers a no-frills collection of brilliantly designed cropped riding jackets, breeks, Liberty print blouses and more.
We'll let you know as soon as it comes in! You're gonna love it.
Last Monday I popped up to London to see the girls at Chiltern Street Studios. One of my absolute fave agencies. The space at Chiltern Street is so beautiful, all rustic bare brick walls and wooden floors. They have some great collections and on Monday I went to see Chinti & Parker. CP are a London based duo specialising in luxurious, ethically made basics, from cottons to cashmere. They are getting some great press at the moment and we've been keeping our eye on it for a couple of seasons. We think it'll fit in with nola's current collection perfectly. We've kept it tight, going for a couple of cotton vests, some great basic tees and a couple of cute, wearable skirts. We know you'll love them.
Just had the lovely @lisamacario tweet me this little recommendation of our Brighton boutique from today's Times newspaper. Do you think by "relaxed" they mean "drunk"?
THANKS THE TIMES!
We're starting to receive a few AW11 pieces now. And I'm getting so giddy. Yesterday heralded the arrival of the new Elizabeth Lau perspex jewellery. Huge love heart brooches and necklaces all packaged up in super pretty drawstring bags. The brooches are a bargain at £15, the huge necklaces are £42. Due to arrive in August is the lovely Treacle Tart sweater. We're getting it in black and in grey, priced at £135.