“Blink” Retail: Tallulah and Hope with The Luxury Collection hotels, Asia

Tallulah and Hope‘s collection always has the gift of transporting you to sunnier climes just by slipping into one of their signature kaftans. Their newest offer is a limited edition set of four printed silk kaftans inspired by some of The Luxury Collection‘s stunning tropical resort destinations (Phuket, Koh Samui, Langkawi & Bali). Oh to be wearing a T&H kaftan in any one of these stunning resorts!

Vana Belle, Koh Samui

Vana Belle, Koh Samui

Hero Pearl kaftan, inspired by the Vana Belle resort

Hero Pearl kaftan, inspired by the Vana Belle resort

Hero Aranda, inspired by the Laguna Nusa Dua resort,

Hero Aranda kaftan, inspired by the Laguna Nusa Dua resort,

Naka Island , Phuket

Naka Island , Phuket

Beach Poncho Nala, inspired by Naka Island

Beach Poncho Nala, inspired by Naka Island

The Andaman rainforest

The Andaman rainforest, Langkawi

Beach Poncho Electra, inspired by The Andaman

Beach Poncho Electra, inspired by The Andaman resort

These were launched on 1st April and are available exclusively online at www.tallulahandhope.com and the resort boutiques until September, from £295.

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“Blink” Retail: New Collection from Tallulah and Hope

We’ve been keeping a close eye on Tallulah and Hope since the label launched in 2010. You can read up on the founders and their inspiration behind the collection here.

Well, we are several collections down the line now and T&H has gone from strength to strength, swiftly finding a place in many very stylish women’s wardrobes. They have diversified the range, adding lots of new shapes as well as introducing swimwear, yet most importantly they have retained their original vision and built upon their unique handwriting.
Their newest collection launches on the Tallulah and Hope website on 1st August, but the collection is already available in-store at Selfridges London, Fenwick Bond Street, Boutique 1 Dubai as well as Harvey Nichols Riyadh.

We asked Zoe and Lisa about the inspiration behind this collection and they told us “This season we have taken a graphic approach to recurrent themes in our work – water and light, creating bold, directional stripes that have a strong nautical feel.”.

Classic Long kaftan Skybirds, Tallulah and Hope

Classic Long kaftan Skybirds, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Long Shadow, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Long Shadow, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Splash, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Splash, Tallulah and Hope

 

Thalia Short Deck Stripe, Tallulah and Hope

Thalia Short Deck Stripe, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Bathing Belle, Tallulah and Hope

Hero Kaftan Bathing Belle, Tallulah and Hope

Now I want to be back on holiday!

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Blink Retail: Tallulah and Hope SS’11 Collection

You may recall our interview with Zoe and Lisa of Tallulah and Hope, celebrating the launch of their wonderful new label. Here we are, a little further down the line and their kaftan collection has graced the beaches and boardwalks of some of the most desirable holiday locations, worn by some incredibly stylish women. We were so excited to hear that they are launching a new collection of print and pattern in their signature silhouettes, and even more delighted when Lisa and Zoe sent over the images so that we could showcase them here on the “Blink” blog for you all to be tempted by too!

We asked the T&H team about the inspiration behind the new offer and this is what they told us: ” This collection is titled ‘Minimal Glamour’ and, in keeping with our manifesto of elegant simplicity and refusal to bow to holiday wardrobe cliches, the new SS11 collection offers a sublime combination of kimono inspired prints with a striking yet demure colour palette.”

Lisa and Zoe have also added some perfect beach bags to their collection. These have been 100% ethically produced in collaboration with a small, artisan fair trade co-operative.  Both the ‘Boat’ Bag and ‘Tallulah Tote’ are made from palm fibre which is light, yet very strong and resilient.

All of the new styles will be available on the Tallulah and Hope website from the end of April. Well, now all we need is to book that holiday…

Tallulah and Hope's Spring Summer '11 collection

Tallulah and Hope's Spring Summer '11 collection

Tallulah and Hope's Spring Summer '11 collection

Tallulah and Hope's Spring Summer '11 collection

Blink Events: Christmas Shopping Diary Dates

Hello dear readers, my inbox has seen an influx of great shopping event invitations and I wanted to share the joy with you. If you are looking for unique Christmas gifts and to have lots of fun while buying them, then get these dates in your diaries…

Firstly we have the Kensal Flea. The inaugural boutique flea market takes place on Saturday 27 November at the Paradise by Way of Kensal Green, 19 Kilburn Lane London W10; from 12pm until 5pm. We’ll be looking out for some wonderfully stylish self gifting from our friends, Tallulah and Hope. There will also be vintage homewares and beautiful jewellery, delightful things for mothers and babies as well as the men in your life.

Once you have exhausted yourself in a shopping frenzy you can chill out in the bar or restaurant while listening to some great tunes from DJs Russ Cuban, Mark Rae and Barry Ashworth (Dub Pistols) and 6Music’s Shaun Keaveny is even hosting the charity karaoke room.

Next, on the 3rd December until 18th we have the Orange Dot Christmas Market at 54 Tavistock Place, Bloomsbury, London, WC1. A perfect place to find a gift for the arty members of your family and perfect for you if late night shopping, gallery viewing and mulled wine sipping sounds like the ideal shopping scenario! Orange Dot are dedicated to championing new talent so we’re sure there will be a great selection of handcrafted creations to suit all budgets.

There will be homewares, gifts and stationary from Biba’s Tea Party, clothing from Brat and Suzie as well as Monty O’s Curiosity Shop featuring vintage clothing, furniture, ceramics, art and much more!  As well as the Christmas Market, screen printer and artist Joel Clifford has created a giant advent calendar that will be taking over one of the gallery walls.  Each specially designed print captures a different place in London in the winter and every day we will be opening up a new door and revealing a new print which will be available to buy but they are in limited runs of 10 so don’t hang about!

Then finally, on the 4th December there is an exciting one off event hosted by Madame Geisha and Spindle magazine from midday until 5pm at 82 Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch. Shop until you drop from a selection of bespoke fashion creations from talents such as Brett Le Bratt, Jade Jagger’s Jezebel, Draw in Light and many more. There will also be loads of amazing original artwork for sale from some of Europe’s finest artists including Inkie, Ben Allen, Tommy Penton and Jewel Goodby.

Alongside the shopping will be the launch of ‘Sort Yourself Out Love’ which we just love the sound of! Mrs Jones (super talented designer and stylist to the likes of Scissor Sisters, Kylie and Rhianna) and her team will be available to customize your outfit while Victoria Saunders attends to your hair and make up. You will indeed be sorted out and ready to celebrate the festive season in style!

As if this wasn’t enough there is incredible music from Roots Manuva and Ricky Ranking with DJ Jawa. Wow! We’ll be seeing you there.

Blink Interviews: Tallulah and Hope

Tallulah & Hope is a niche clothing brand selling luxury kaftans, ponchos and accessories exclusively on line. The brand has just launched so “Blink” thought we’d get in there first and interview the creative duo behind this exciting new label.

Lisa Ispani and Zoe Holborough met 9 years ago. At that time Lisa was a PR, and Zoe was a stylist. They became instant friends; but continued to work independently on various projects.

Lisa worked for years with Versace and other luxe clients. She organized fashion shows in Milan and Paris amongst other insanely fancy events, and also helped launch new designers and brands.  In 2006, she went freelance. Amongst other projects worked with her husband’s award-winning restaurant group Canteen and launched his visionary design studio Very Good & Proper.

Zoe, meanwhile, worked with Brit designer Russell Sage, Parisian hipster and super-stylist Camille Bidault-Waddington, and as personal stylist to the entire Osbourne family. Three years ago, she launched ‘Lady Sew and Sew’, a local sewing class which rode the vanguard of the hip ‘make do and mend’ movement.  Zoe has held sessions at art previews and private events, and she had her own ‘Lady Sew and Sew’ tent at Camp Bestival.

In 2008, while holidaying together, Lisa and Zoe began discussing dream holiday wardrobes- and envisaging the perfect kaftan. It would be so well cut that it would fall perfectly on whoever wore it. It could be worn in a multitude of ever more stylish ways. It would be the one piece you ever need to take away with you; the one thing that could be relied upon to make you look amazing without investing any effort at all. This was the dream that led to the creation of Tallulah & Hope. It took two years to perfect an this year, they made their fabulous kaftan collection a reality. Lisa and Zoe are particularly devoted to their print designs, which are entirely exclusive, and very limited edition. Each print will run until it sells out– after that, it’ll be gone. Well, that’s a ‘call to action’ if ever we heard one!

Do you think that wear-ability is more important than creativity?
Ideally you need them both!  The most successful design is about having both beauty and function.   Tallulah & Hope is all about beautiful garments that are also really useful and wearable. At every stage in the design process we have been led not only by aesthetics but by the ease of wear and practicality.

Which comes first for you, personal style or trends?
Personal style every time, as you move into your 30’s you develop your own understanding of what works best for you. High fashion trends are always interesting to watch but ultimately its about your individual style.
We love this quote from Lauren Hutton “Fashion is the zillion things you are offered each season; style is what you choose”

What is currently tempting you into making a purchase?
Chanel brown leather clogs for SS2010, Stella McCartney’s linen piquet trousers and a pair of 1978 ‘Bang On’ Vintage sunglasses from Oliver Goldsmith.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Doing what we love, making beautiful garments, being our own bosses and hopefully building a successful business and brand.

Can you share with us your most fabulous fashion moment?
Lisa- For me it was when I working as fashion PR. I was collecting Sharon Stone from the airport in Milan, as she was a guest at one of the shows. I was waiting for her to come through the arrival gate.  Like a vision from a movie she come striding through wearing a full length fur coat with sunglasses on, hands in pockets and a trolley piled high with 20 Louis Vuitton cases followed behind her.
Zoe- when I was working with Sharon Osbourne when she was judge on the X Factor, I would regularly drive around central London with hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of precious jewelry from Bond Street. On one occasion, as I didn’t want to leave the jewelry in the car,  so I wore nearly million pounds of jewelry to get my legs waxed!

What season are you currently working on and how is it shaping up?
Our focus is on introducing new and exclusive prints every few months. Our launch collection features two signature prints ‘Sandgrouse’ and ‘Starlings’ in two different colourways. We are now finalizing our new print stories and colourways which we will release later in 2010.

Any final words of advise?
If it feels good, it is good.

Thanks so much to Zoe and Lisa, not only for this interview but for putting so much temptation our way! Now all we need to do is book the holiday worthy of such a stunning wardrobe… We wish Tallulah and Hope the amazing success that it most definitely deserves.

Tallulah and Hope

Tallulah and Hope

Tallulah and Hope