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Forget the jubilee—bring on the stuff

I like a fancy royal spectacle as much as the next girl, but am having a tough getting it up for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. She is just such a singularly un-compelling figure, and—did you see The Queen? Because maybe you’ll agree—possibly the toughest mother-in-law ever. I do rather love the merch, however. There’s nothing I’m a bigger sucker for than a super-cool take on the Union Jack.

Like this punkified scarf from Age of Reason.  Warning: it’s from Coco de Mer, which is a very fabulous high-end London erotic boutique, and the website is on the NSFW-ish side.

This Liberty scarf hits a more subdued note. Doesn’t Queen Elizabeth look sweet and possibly almost vulnerable here?

 

I am just immature enough to admit that this House of Holland commemorative tea towel cracks me up every time I look at it.

And for the lady who wants to play things more sophisticated, Mulberry just yesterday introduced a very limited edition of  bags to mark the Jubilee. All of which are a bit too I-get-regular-manicures for me, but all of which I’d very much like nonetheless.

Posted on June 1st, 2012 15 Comments

Give me Liberty. Of London!

It’s always a self-destructive exercise for me to visit the Liberty of London website, because my mind immediately goes to splurgy places. I am obsessed with Liberty prints, but an ocean—and an awful exchange rate—rudely come between me and my passion. The Liberty for Target collaboration was  a serious retail high point of my life, and I left the editors’ shopping preview literally weighted down with plates,  mugs, flower pots (I don’t garden) little baby dresses (all my friends have boys) boxer shorts, and more. I would have wheeled the bike right out of there if I could have managed it. So I literally gasped upon viewing this suitcase on their site the other night, all done up in one of their famous Hera prints. As it turns out, it’s a mini-suitcase and a rather tinny one too, but now I’m feeling quite strongly that Liberty must pull a collaboration with a luggage company, create a normal size version, and make all my dreams come true. One of these days I probably will just make one big fat order from the Liberty website, exchange rate and international shipping be damned, because the truth is that most Liberty stuff is fairly reasonably priced. And so much of it makes great gifts.

Who wouldn’t want this super-chic paperweight, for instance?

Not everyone realizes that Liberty also creates lovely art nouveau prints. And yet they do. Isn’t this scarf almost too pretty?

And how about  this one? What does Matthew Williamson have on these people, I ask you?

A Liberty-lined Barbour jacket just seems like the logical next step.

For a while now, Liberty has collaborated annually with Nike to create sneakers that I think are fantastic in every way but would never under any circumstances wear myself. This year’s models, introduced just last week, are no exception.

Another nice collab: these RetroSuperFuture sunglasses, a fun spin on the classic Ray Ban Clubmaster  shape.

And don’t even get me started on the treasure trove of beauty and delight that is the Liberty fabric section.  I have had to talk myself of ordering yards of it more than once because I am the least crafty person in the world and know that it will sit in my closet, unused.

Look how at once elegant and trippy this one is.

And this one is so excellently 1970s-childrens’-book-illustration-y.

Posted on April 9th, 2012 3 Comments