November 02, 2020 2 min read

Thinking of something stylish and a bit different as a Christmas gift for that friend who always has their finger on the fashion pulse ?

Our striking Kew building is a triumph of concrete and a tribute to brutalist style. Working with Alexander Thurlow we have developed unique jewellery piecesbased on the striking shapes found in our building. One of these would be an arresting memento for a regular visitor to Kew but they are attractive statement pieces in themselves.

Staying with the architectural theme might they like something to add a touch of style to the desktop? This brutalist concrete desk tidy is the perfect home for pens and paperclips and looks awesome with a spiky cactus planted in it. 

Remember Randy Newman singing “Baby You Can Keep Your Hat On…”? One of our favourite books this Christmas is The Hats That Made Britain Beautifully laid out with crisp clear photographs of iconic hats from pith helmet to busby, tam-o-shanta to cloche, this is a fascinating exploration of the history of headgear.

Perfect style is timeless but can be deadly. In the Design Registers collection are wallpaper patterns from the Victorian era that would look awesome on contemporary walls. Bitten by Witchfeveris one of those perfect gift books-stylishly produced and telling a surprising tale of death by design. It includes samples of those beautiful papers alongside the shocking story of how the arsenic used in early printed wallpaper may have led to many deaths 

Moving forward in time but sticking with a (less dangerous) design vibe consider The Seats of London. Produced in conjunction with The Museum of Transport this book explores the stories behind the moquette fabrics covering the seats on London’s tubes and buses,

Do they enjoy combining the style of yesterday with the look of today in their own look? Try a cool grey 1920s cloche hat(channelling their inner flapper and bringing the 1920s to the 2020s), drape their lovely neck in the timeless elegance of Walter Crane’s Arts And Crafts Swan and Iris design on a pure silk scarfdesigned exclusively for The National Archives  or would they like to learn how to do their hair in a Victory roll a la Andrews Sisters with a guide to the hair and fashion of the war years. Glam up a tired jacket with a snappy pin badge its design inspired by Queen Victoria’s head on the Penny Black postage stamp. 

The coolest place to take notes is is our Cupid & Psyche Tattoo notebook. This limited edition ruled notebook has a monochrome cover design based on a 1905 tattoo and is edgy and distinctive. 

Do they like to stretch their mid a little? How about a puzzle book –let them unwrap it and dazzle you by solving the puzzle (maybe help a little). Escape Room puzzles are very now –let the intellect of the greatest Victorian detective combine with the modern escape room conundrum in The Sherlock Holmes Escape Room Puzzles. 

Sally Hughes
Sally Hughes



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