Thursday, 2 October 2014

Staff Picks: HOLLY


At Cabbages & Roses HQ we have come to realise that the biggest fans of our brand are...well, ourselves. Perhaps it's because we develop an emotional attachment to the products having seen them through their development stages; from initial design to getting them on the shop floor. But there is nothing more exciting to us than a brand new delivery of new season pieces. It's fair to say that all of us who work here have managed to find a free corner of our wardrobes, irrespective of our individual styles, dedicated to the unique style that is Cabbages & Roses. 

That is why we have decided to share our favourite pieces from this season, and how we style them. 

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First to show off her favourite pieces is Holly. 

Holly

She is the Head of Operations and all-round Cabbages enthusiast. Having worked at C&R for 5 years she is well versed in styling a-line knits, tartan shirts and woolly hats with her usual chic and simple style aesthetic. It comes as no surprise then that her favourite pieces are the Brown Square Sweater and the Brown Bobble Hat. 


Holly amused by a passer-by.



Styling her Square Sweater with simple straight-legged jeans, Holly shows off the beautiful shape of the Square Sweater. 



 Pairing the Square Sweater with the Bobble Hat in the same colour is a simple and easy way to get a whole new look for Autumn. The brown and black melange of colours keeps the two pieces from looking matchy-matchy. 



Thanks to Holly for sharing her look! 

To get Holly's style, shop the items here - 





Christabel x 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Sydney Street Exclusives

Fabric & Home 
Our double fronted store in Chelsea is home to an eclectic mix of fashion, fabrics and homeware pieces. Every item is handpicked, hand designed or personally sourced by creative director Christina Strutt who has beautifully and ever so thoughtfully packed her own personal style into the four corners (or eight if we're counting both shops) of the store.

Some of our products are exclusive to the shop - not available online. We wanted to show you a few of our favourite pieces in the hope that you will come and visit us, or for those of you more than a hop, skip and jump away; an opportunity to glimpse through the Cabbages & Roses windows.

Champagne Crate & London Bags 
Crates are the perfect storage solution. Place them at the end of a bed or under a table and fill to the brim with absolutely anything.

Medium Sized Crates £30,  Square Cushions £45

Vintage Garden Tray £32, Bundle of 18th Century French Books £250,
Industrial Table Lamp £199, Grapefruit Bubble Bath £39

The Cote Bastide scented range is available from us exclusively in our store. A great gift, they come in a variety of scents and uses, smelling just as beautiful as they look. Our favourite is the Orange Blossom Bath Oil, £28. 

Côte Bastide Orange Blossom Bath Oil £28

 
Wooden Ladder £360
Wooden Chopping Boards £40
The Wooden Chopping boards come in a variety of shapes and sizes; Keep them out on your kitchen counter for a rustic feel. 

Pink Lemonade £7.50 , Wash Bags £26
The sun's out (for now), and we've got barbecues on the brain. Wash down your sizzling sausages with a bottle of Pink Lemonade. Or keep them on your kitchen shelf and just look at them - they really are that pretty!

Come and see us soon!

Cabbages & Roses x



Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A W 1 4 - Behind the Scenes

Last weekend we were at Brook Cottage (Christina’s beautiful house in Bath) shooting the new AW14 lookbook. On a rare sunny day in the West Country, the two models; Minnie and Tessa were cocooned in an array of cashmere, knits and woolly hats. Taking reprieve in the shade of the big oak trees, we attempted to capture the snug cozyness and misty-breath coolness of a sharp winter’s day.  

Capturing Winter on a warm Summer's day: Long wool coats and Summer linens. 

Walter the dog followed us around, and made for a good nap companion when the sun became too much…

Minnie wearing the Annabel Dress: New for AW14
Assistant Designer and Stylist, Violet.
Talented photographer, Katy Lawrence, worked tirelessly under the beating sun to capture her vision of a romantic winter’s day. Katy shoots all her photos on film, using natural light. 

Multi-use Apron: Katy keeps all her film rolls in the front pocket of her Apron.


Working hard



The AW14 collection is a mix of androgynous workwear pieces, oversized knits and feminine dresses. 





The AW14 Workwear Capsule Collection will be available to buy online and in store from August. The rest of the collection will be arriving intermittently over the coming months. 

Preview the Workwear collection on Pintrest.



Christabel x













Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Behind the scenes with Katy Lawrence

We are so pleased to introduce Cabbages & Roses muse, photographer and filmmaker Katy Lawrence. She is the exceptional talent behind our fashion films and most recently, the Summer 2014 shoot (out soon). Katy's photos use natural light, with no added nips and tucks to the finished product. Her use of  film photography, rather than digital, creates beautifully authentic photos with a warm vintage feel.

Katy Lawrence; Self portrait

The Summer '14 shoot took place in the garden and woodlands surrounding Christina’s converted farm house in Bath. Inspired by white linens and English summers; Katy captured the carefree feeling of summer-bliss against the backdrop of wisteria, willow trees and woodland.

Preview of Summer '14 lookbook. Photo by Katy Lawrence

After the shoot I took the opportunity to talk to Katy about her personal style and inspirations. In this short interview, Katy shares a selection of her favourite photos and style tips. All photos are by Katy Lawrence, unless stated otherwise.

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Hello Katy! Firstly, thank you for letting me pick your brain. Your personal taste falls wonderfully in line with the Cabbages & Roses style, and I couldn't be more excited for you to share your photographs and inspirations with us.  

We first met you in 2010 when you produced the first Cabbages & Roses film. What inspired you to be a  photographer / filmmaker ?

With the growth of social media I started to notice these beautiful fashion films that people were making. I remember watching them and thinking ‘I want to do that’ but I had absolutely no idea how. So I just took my best friend to Cornwall, put her in my favourite Cabbages dress, gave her some balloons and filmed her with a really simple little digital camera. I sent it off to Cabbages just to tell you how much I love your company thinking nothing would come of it and then you asked me to do a film which lead to other films which lead to this photo shoot. To this day I’m still a bit hopeless- I have absolutely no technical ability; I rely heavily on sunlight and I follow my instinct of what looks good within the frame.

Cabbages & Roses SS13; Cornwall 

Who is your absolute favourite photographer of all time?

It would have to be Tim Walker. I could sit and look at his pictures for hours. They are so witty and eccentric and so wonderfully British. I love so many of his photographs, but the Vogue shoot in India with Lily Cole is my all time favourite. 

Photo by Tim Walker

Photo by Tim Walker

Where would we find you on a lazy summer Sunday?

In London, you’d find me on Hampstead Heath reading my book or spending too much money buying flowers on Columbia Road. When I’m not working, I’ll take the sleeper train to Penzance and stay at our family cottage near Lamorna. My favourite thing to do is walk the beautiful stretch of coast between Porthgwarra and Nanjizal Cove, which is where the SS13 shoot took place.

Pedne Vounder Beach, Cornwall

West Penwith coastal path, Cornwall

What is your idea of a perfect holiday?

A French roadtrip with an old friend, sleeping under the stars, exploring rivers and lakes- wild swimming, fresh bread every day and an endless supply of peaches and Orangina

Poppy Field, L'Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue, France

L'Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue, France

Which piece from our SS14 collection best describes your personal style?

I love the bib dress and the lovely deep pockets and straps that cross over at the back. It’s so sweet and so unique. I also love the square sweaters, you can chuck them over anything and they will always look good. [Click to Shop]

The Square Sweater, Cabbages & Roses SS14 shoot, Winchelsea. Photo by Hill & Aubrey 


With such an eye for beautiful and interesting things, I can only imagine that your home is a haven of inspirational design. How do you like to decorate your home?

I love filling my bedroom with things that I pick up from my travels. Like a little handmade felt monkey from Mexico, a rose printed china bowl and an old sewing machine from a French Brocante. At the moment, I’m collecting little handmade floral tiles from a shop in St Ives. 

Photo by Wellbeck Tiles, http://www.welbeck.com/collections/vintage/ 


Do you have any style tips we can bring into our own homes?

I love hanging things about the place - jewellery, clothes and dried flowers. I also love to make photocopies of my favourite floral materials and use them to decoupage old bookshelves, wine boxes and tables. It’s very simple and easy to do.





Thank you so much to Katy for sharing her photos and thoughts. 
To see more of Katy's stuff, visit her Tumblr, Instagram or Youtube Channel

Christabel x