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We are very proud to be one of Alex Monroe’s official stockists. We have a lovely collection of his delicate luxury jewellery pieces in the shop, including the very beautiful Bumble Bee necklace. We are very happy to specially order anything for you, please call the shop on 01258 452880 to find out more.
Alex grew up in the countryside, in the wilds of Suffolk in a big old house surrounded by nature. He lived a life of adventure in rivers and forests, roaming freely in nature’s playground.
In the years to come, this idyllic but eccentric childhood would shape Alex’s jewellery. His love for the natural world continues to provide an inspiration. A fondness for the eccentricities of Englishness provides a touch of humour and nostalgia. A fascination with the intricacies of making things ensures superb craftsmanship.
After training at the Sir John Cass School of Art in London, Alex created his first collection in 1987. His aim was to produce excellent quality jewellery, which was originally designed, hand made and well priced. This was jewellery made to be worn and made to be loved. These values remain unchanged to this day.
Becksöndergaard Copenhagen was founded in 2003 by Lis Beck and Anna Søndergaard. The women share a strong passion for fashion and entrepreneurial drive, they decided to build an accessory brand that offered affordable and stylish designs with a personal look that would last for more than one season.
Becksöndergaard quickly established itself as an innovative brand on the Scandinavian fashion scene and today shows four yearly collections of accessories offering scarves, knit, bags, purses, belts, and jewellery. The designs are unmistakably Scandinavian with a personal, quirky touch which is seen in colour choices, details and the hand-drawn, almost art like prints on the scarves that have become the signature of the brand. Do not be surprised to see a baby deer wearing a pointed hat while balancing on top of the Earth, accompanied by floating balloons and funky cats.
Unique to the brand is the scarf collection, which features a wide selection of designs in luxurious wool, silk, modal, cashmere and cotton qualities with unique hand-drawn prints offered in an abundance of colour choices at affordable prices.
A resent development is the new Becksöndergaard bag collection designed with the brands DNA “Rebellious Love” in mind. Raw leather, sophisticated details and functionality are the keywords used in the design process where the aim is to offer designer leather bags of high quality at affordable prices.
Burt Shavitz was a happy bee keeper in Maine. In 1984 he met Roxanne Quimby who made candles from the leftover wax from his hives. Together they founded Burt’s Bees and since those early days, the company has grown to be a leading natural beauty product manufacturer with over 180 different lines over half of which are almost 100% natural and on average are 99% natural. The best selling product today is still their lip balms, including the original beeswax flavour.
The company is proud to say that none of their products is tested on animals, neither do they contain parabens, petrochemicals or sodium lauryl sulphates. Having been trail blazers in the early years they are still very relevant in the natural skincare world today.
Chococo have been hand making beautiful chocolates near Swanage in Dorset since 2002. They have won over 75 national and international fine food awards in that time. They use single origin chocolate and wherever possible local and seasonal ingredients with no added preservatives or sugar. They are packed by hand into their beautiful colourful boxes.
From small boxes of four beautifully crafted chocolates to a large box of 25 treats to share Chococo has become a firm favourite with customers looking for the perfect present at The Hambledon Gallery.
Since its launch in 1989, Great Plains has set out to create a must have collection of high quality basics alongside contemporary fashion inspired styles. Instantly satisfying the style demands of any modern wardrobe, quality, affordability and unique design accents lie at the heart of this London based brand. Celebrating comfort, style and premium quality through effortlessly on trend collections, the range has expanded to include accessories and a core essential collection including denim styles to sit with bestselling basics.
With a focus on feminine separates, versatile dresses and much loved knitwear, Great Plains strives to create a capsule wardrobe for the modern woman who loves to experiment with contemporary fashion trends, but is not dictated by them.
Imagined by Yves Chareton in the United States in 1979, the Hartford project revisits American wardrobe classics, bringing them a twist of modernity. A decisive meeting was to launch the adventure, when a New York manufacturer sold Yves old stocks of Oxford and chambray fabric that were impossible to find on the market and which were ideal to make the first vintage-inspired Hartford shirts.
The studio returned to Paris a few years later. The brand structured itself and began its commercial development, the collections grew in size and became synonymous with faultless materials and style.
By mixing European influences with a very west coast casual style, the brand quickly gained cult status on both sides of the Atlantic. It’s not surprising that Bruce Springsteen and Eric Clapton soon became unconditional fans.
Since then, the brand has kept pace with the times while preserving its cherished family values.
Hudson was founded in East London in 1990 and is still based in Hoxton, where all the shoes and boots are designed.
While Hudson shoes are now worn all over the world, the irreverent attitude towards fashion, and idiosyncratic blend of tradition and modernity, come straight from the streets of their home city.
Whether it’s music, art, style icons or film, there’s always inspiration to be found. Often imitated, never rivalled, Hudson strive to innovate, surprise and push boundaries in footwear design.
Each shoe has been influenced by a far-flung corner of the world, capturing an array of unique finishes and techniques along the way. From dip dyed leathers to the signature play on the androgynous look, they continue to experiment with new treatments and quality leathers every day, creating the eclectic mix of shoes and boots they are so well known for.
We have been buying Ida Jeans for many seasons. We have found that they are the most flattering jeans we’ve had which suits a broad age range. They are incredibly hard wearing and unlike some jeans, they keep their shape between washes. We buy them because they have a generously high rise and work well for all shapes. We always make sure we have a good mix of washes, sizes and shapes in stock in the shop
Donna Ida Thornton is the owner and is the creator of Donna Ida, the denim based fashion brand. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Donna Ida Thornton moved to the UK in 1999 for a career in marketing when she spotted a gap in the market. While out shopping one day Donna realised she couldn’t find anywhere to buy jeans that she felt truly comfortable in. Department stores had a great selection but she couldn’t get the service she needed. So when a friend suggested that Donna should open a boutique that just sold jeans, she did exactly that.
Donna Ida Thornton opened the doors to her first boutique in Chelsea, London in 2006 after spotting a gap in the market for a shopping haven that specialised in premium denim. Stocking an edit of the best denim brands, she quickly gathered a reputation as the ‘Jean Queen’ by fitting London’s fashion conscious women, editors, street style icons and influencers in their perfect jeans.
The Belgian knitwear label was launched by Caroline and Alan Eaton in 2000 in Brussels. Over the years the collection has grown to encorporate other lines to make a complete women’s wear collection, but the signature ‘fantasy’ sweaters, available in lots of cheerful colours still make up an important part of each season’s range which are so important to the identity of the brand.
New to The Hambledon Gallery for Autumn Winter 2018, the clothes bring a feminine, playful look perfect for our customer who wants practical clothes which set her apart from the crowds.
We have been buying Jumper 1234 for a number of seasons now, initially just for Fall/Winter, but we now buy throughout the year. Each piece we buy is made to order, so production is very limited in the styles and colours we choose.
Founded in 2014 by a team of friends with a shared desire to create no fuss, core pieces that would sit timelessly, wear effortlessly and still excite women by looking great and feeling even better. It is designed in London with a contemporary edge and a ‘playful heart’. Production is based in Mongolia, the home of the very best cashmere.
Jumper 1234 uses raw cashmere, which is carefully refined to filter anything other than the purest fibres. The cashmere comes from a vast countryside which supports the lives of the nomadic herdsmen of Mongolia and their families.
The herdsmen of Outer Mongolia are as passionate about their cashmere as Jumper 1234 are. The relationships between the buyers and the herdsmen is crucial. In most cases, the herdsmen rely on the income received from this to sustain their way of life.
The cashmere is combed out of the goat in March each year after the harsh winter has finished. Mongolian cashmere is naturally sustainable; the fibre is only removed once the goats begin to moult naturally and then removed using traditional hand combing.
The pieces we have in the shop are not just the result of talented technologists, they are the workings of artisans who have years of experience knitting cashmere. Real craftsmanship goes into the making of every Jumper, which is also, quite brilliantly, machine washable.
The production is based in Ulaan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia, situated between the great land masses of China and Russia.
Launched in Copenhagen in 2007 by Penille Anderson, Just Female has grown into a hugely successful fashion brand in a few short years.
The design behind Just Female is the combination of clean lines and raw detail that together create a very unique and edgy feel.
The brand’s ethos is to create designs with a minimalistic aesthetic and strong identity that shines throughout the collection.
Keith Brymer Jones is a London potter who now works out of a converted bakery in Whitstable in Kent. For over twenty years he has been designing ceramics and is best known for his word range. He designs simple styles which are hand stamped with words.
More recently, he has become well known as one of the judges on BBC 2’s ‘Pottery Throw Down’ and ‘The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts’.
Wendy bought his mugs from the word go when he threw each piece himself. At one point he was throwing 1000 pots a day to keep up with orders. Today he has a little help.
English founder Lyn Harris spent five years training in Paris, then in Grasse at Robertet, the world’s leader in natural aromatic ingredients. Following this, Lyn successfully created bespoke fragrances for clients before founding Miller Harris Perfumer London in 2000. 15 years later, Miller Harris’s signature style is defined by Lyn’s love of naturals and her precision in using them. Whilst respecting tradition, Miller Harris strives to push the boundaries, creating exquisitely crafted fragrances that are innovative yet timeless.
Choosing different scents to suit different seasons, occasions and moods, s0 that you can build up a wardrobe of fragrances rather than being restricted to purely one. It is not often that you find a fragrance house that changes the way you feel about scent, but Miller Harris does exactly that.
15 years after its creation, Miller Harris continues its collaboration with Robertet, using the finest quality raw materials, to create a unique and personal journey for each and every wearer.
Miss Pompom is an independent knitted accessories brand based in Brixton, South London.
This brand combines bold and bright colours with modern, geometric patterns and clean lines, embodying a playful, youthful aesthetic.
Designers Bronwyn and Emily create colourful contemporary knit pieces like oversized scarves, chunky bobble hats and cute fingerless gloves, almost always with a pompom.
All Miss Pompom knitwear is made from Italian yarns in a small factory in Istanbul, Turkey and sold in carefully selected boutiques throughout the UK and Europe.
Sustainability and traceability issues are important to Miss Pompom. They endeavour to be as transparent as possible about our raw materials and processes.
At The Hambledon Gallery, we have been buying Moray Cashmere for years. They source only the pure long staple cashmere fibre from Mongolia, known to be the best in the world. The cashmere is spun with greater twists which means the yarn is tight with a high tensile strength which minimises the risk of pilling and maximises the density of the cashmere in the finished knitwear.
It is only possible for Moray to supply this premium product at a fair price by making to order, holding minimal stock and not advertising or visiting trade fairs, so once we have sold out, we have to wait for the next season.
The Mongolian side of the operation is overseen by their Scottish cashmere expert who not only ensures that communication is clear and that production is on spec, but also that the product is up to the benchmark of excellence demanded.
Ottod’Ame present a range of luxury daywear pieces, perfect for those who want something unusual but also intrinsically wearable. Their printed separates and use of textured fabrics make them the go to brand for high end bohemian style dressing.
Founded in 2003, Italian label Ottod’Ame is known for its playful prints and beautiful fabrics that blend designer Silvia Mazzoli’s nostalgic inspirations with a modern, tailored aesthetic. Touching on rock references, historical clothing and eclectic bohemian styles, Ottod’Ame offers a uniquely romantic twist on contemporary style. Distinctive and luxurious, Ottod’Ame’s signature printed dresses, lavish evening wear and knits channel timeless elegance.
Born and raised in England, Penelope Chilvers originally trained as a painter at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, she was given a scholarship by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, to complete an MA at Complutense University in Madrid.
Her love affair with Spain and local craftsmanship began long before. As a child she spent every school holiday in the province of Girona where she first came across rustic, handmade alpargatas. She has been trying to make the perfect raw edged, bullhide moccasin ever since.
Penelope lived for a few years in Barcelona as a painter and designer, where she collaborated with artists and artisans. She worked with wood turners, designed for the textile industry and worked on interesting projects e.g. the restoration of the Picasso Museum. While living in Barcelona, she enjoyed riding in her lunch break in the national park of Collserola in the hills above the city wearing traditional Spanish riding boots. This was her inspiration and she commissioned a small number of traditional makers to produce her first boot, the Long Tassel Boot, most famously worn by Kate Middleton in 2004. The now, Duchess of Cambridge continues to wear Penelope Chilvers’ boots.
Having returned to the UK, Penelope began to work from her kitchen table, selling over 100 pairs of the Long Tassel Boot in a short space of time to a leading fashion boutique in Notting Hill, called The Cross. From that moment on, she got to work, designing her first comprehensive collection to launch at Paris Fashion Week in 2004.
Penelope Chilvers has a reputation for superb quality, comfort and effortless style.
Pernille Corydon was born in 1976 in a small town on the Danish island Funen. Her jewellery brand was founded in 2007 and Pernille uses her love of nature and inspiration from her surroundings to create an ever evolving collection of feminine jewellery which has a distinctive simplicity of Scandinavia.
The classic collection is regularly added to with new designs, all of which are available in a number of colours, including silver and gold plated silver developing a full range of everyday wearable pieces.
Founded in 2013 by Vicky White, Plum & Ashby is based in Buckinghamshire. The small team shares an office with a family of birds happily nesting in the roof and Bertie, the furry four-legged friend. The unofficial mascot has been the inspiration behind many of the products and appears on some of the prints in the collection. The main range of these luxury toiletry products is for the body, including hand creams, body lotions and liquid soaps.
Dedicated to using the best raw materials and aiming towards plastic free production, their entire range is carefully made in England.
Sahara is renowned for creating contemporary clothing with a unique, bohemian chic aesthetic inspired by the spirit of adventure, global design discoveries and unbounded creativity.
The Sahara story begins with Founder Suzy Coppersmith-Heaven, a graduate from the Royal College of Art. More than thirty years ago, Suzy set out to travel around the world in search of inspiration.
After immersing herself in new cultures, witnessing unique artisanal collaborations and returning home to find a high street that was fast becoming homogenised, Suzy founded Sahara London.
Sahara creates clothes for the individual, not the crowd. With each piece created using luxurious natural fabrics and traditional techniques, our collections provide an antidote to the culture of fast fashion.
Sahara infuses British fashion with considered collections to suit a variety of shapes, skin tones, ages and personal styles. Their pieces are designed to feel luxurious, flattering and timeless.
Sahara foster meaningful relationships with cultures and communities around the world, hold their business to the highest standards and take ethical responsibility seriously.
Sahara continues to grow, influencing people everywhere; from the women who inspire, design and sell our garments to the women who love and wear them. The journey that began with Suzy is far from over.
It’s hard to believe that Superga is well over 100 years old. Under the care and attention of Walter Martiny in 1911, the Superga factory began to produce shoes with vulcanized rubber soles. It was here, in Turin, Italy, the Classic Superga 2750 heritage style was born.
After closing during the war, the Superga factory reopened with a mission to bring high quality footwear to the people of Italy. The 2750 became established as the people’s shoe of Italy, and Superga increased its product line with technical sport shoes, rubber rain boots and a growing range of colours and styles.
The 2750 shoe has been an icon since the very beginning and has inspired flatforms and mid tops, been transformed for all weathers, and has collaborated with top names to bring you fresh new designs. Taking you from the city to the beach, from the office to the bar, or from the high street to the park, the easy, comfortable Superga shoe has no boundaries.
WoDen is the brainchild of the two founders Carsten Holm and Peter Hildebrandt. The Danish trainer brand starts in 2013 out of a shared passion for creating quality sneakers with a strong appeal. The pair wanted to bend the rules and make an old dream come true; the first pure and true Scandinavian Sneaker.
As shoemakers with a strong track record of bringing shoes to the market, they knew that nature and Scandinavian design combined with a sneaker’s DNA and genuine quality at a midmarket price, would be the right platform to bring the Woden movement to people around the world.
We love them because they have a wide appeal, look beautiful and are incredibly comfortable. Everyone of us at The Hambledon Gallery has at least one pair. It’s a brand we buy all year round.
In the manufacturing process each sneaker is in contact with more that 100 people before the product comes out of its shoe box and has more than. 115 different components.
Woden believe that their products are made to be more than just another shoe. They aim to push the barrier for how shoes are constructed with attention to how they can ensure to give each shoe a green footprint.
Cork are used inside each trainer to improve climate control and comfort. Cork production is generally considered sustainable because the cork tree is not cut down to obtain cork; only the bark is stripped to harvest the cork.
Woden have been testing the durability when using recycled rubber in rubber outsoles for a long period and have managed to find a formula, with about 10% recycled rubber in combination with natural gum rubber and synthetic rubber.
Yerse has known the secrets of fashion, design and clothes making since 1964; how to sew, how to choose the right materials and how to work carefully to perfect every last detail. Designed in Spain.
Yerse draws inspiration from independent, passionate women who are true to themselves, and who are looking for the perfect balance between a natural and a sophisticated look.