ENTERTAINMENT - Celebrity Popcorn at the Odeon in Streatham, London!

Head down to the newly refurbished Odeon cinema in Streatham.  They are celebrating the refurbish with a bespoke popcorn consisting of images of local celebrities on!  They include - Naomi Campbell, Sarah Beeny, Ken Livingstone, Chuka Umunna and Paul Merton! 

 

FASHION - Vivienne Westwood's words of wisdom

We are strong believers of Vivienne Westwood's quote.  All our handbags are made ethically in Europe and we hope that our handbags are timeless.
 
Being a British company, Wilbur & Gussie is proud to support the manufacturing industry within England. Ultimately it is the company's commitment to quality craftsmanship and creative detailing that lend the bags their unique aesthetic. 
Harley £325
Illustration Inspiration

ARTISTS - Rene Gruau

FOOD - Plenish Clense

 

FOOD - Tomato and Pomegranate Salad

A few weeks ago I bought an Ottolenghi cookbook to kick start my carb free month!  All going well so far!  Last nights dinner consisted of the tomato and pomegranate salad and what a sensation it turned out to be.  Would definitely recommend.  

Tomato and Pomegranate Salad

FASHION - True Rocks

True Rocks: 50% rock'n'roll, 50% kitsch, they're a great way to add oomph to any outfit....

http://www.truerocks.com/wp/product/biscuit-pendant-yellow-gold-plated/

FASHION - Monica Vinader

Has anyone not heard of Monica Vinader?  Her bracelets seem to decorate the wrist of many a celebrity these days.  Brett was in fact given two bracelets at her birthday recenty and as a result we are all now big fans!!

www.monicavinader.com

FASHION - Summer Espadrille Sizzler

A close up of the hottest summer shoes, the Chanel Espadrilles! The hottest shoe this season. You just have to look at the price to realise this is not your everyday espadrille..... 

ARTISTS - Gabriele Galimberti

HOME - John Julian Design

Sculptor and designer Julian Sainsbury is recognised for his collection of exquisite John Julian Design kitchen tableware.  Supplied at The Conran Shop and Daylesford Organic.  

The collection has proved very popular with the team here! 

http://johnjuliandesign.co.uk/

FOOD - Fine Chocolates

Paul Young is a ground breaking and inspirational chocolatier who is a the forefront of the British chocolate scene.  Paul's passion for his craft and his cutting edge creativity have won him numerous awards. http://www.paulyoung.co.uk

BEAUTY - Bio Effect EGF Serum

Revolutionary Icelandic anti anging serum containing plant derived EDF.  A serum that improves the appearance and health of your skin and one that the team here at Wilbur & Gussie are big fans of!! http://www.bioeffect.com

FASHION - Zoe Jordan

SS14 - ZOE JORDAN

Zoë’s design style focuses on clean lines, fresh palettes, and boyish elegance - all that is missing is a Wilbur & Gussie clutch bag!  The Coco is a great shape to tie in with her clean cut shapes and will add a touch of glamour to your Zoe Jordan outfit! 

We also like the shape of the Edith, our envelope clutch bag, with the subtle lines of the envelope fold tying in with Zoe's style – and luckily we have them in most colours so you can find the perfect one to suit your mood!

To view her full collection or shop online visit her website here.

PLACES - The Barbican

The Barbican is hosting a fantastic exhibition this summer in London.   "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier  From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk"
This is open now and stays open until the 25 August 2014 so plenty of time to visit!

 

 

ARTISTS - Henri Rousseau

Henry Rousseau had a strong colour understanding. The use of colour is cleverly used alongside the clever composition of his paintings.   We are greatly influenced by his work especially whilst designing our silk prints for our clutch bags.

 

 

FASHION - Terry De Havilland

We are very excited that Terry de Havilland, the iconic British shoe designer is opening a pop up shop in Carnaby Street, London.  The shop will open in April and will remain open till mid July.


"It's been over 30 years since I last had a flagship store and I can't wait to show it off," the 74-year-old de Havilland told Vogue.com.
They will be selling a range of styles from throughout his 60 year career so there will definitely be something for everyone!   Currently the studio is making shoes in East London for fans such as Pixie Geldof, Kate Moss, David Bowie, Bianca Jagger and Cara Delevingne.

"It's difficult to re-break a brand, but with the shop we're going to try, because without a shop, where are you? It feels like the right time to return," de Havilland says. "That 70s depression is back; everything's 50 shades of bloody grey. We need colour. We need an antidote to this weather, to this attitude. Yeah, it feels right. It feels right."


The Terry de Havilland shop is now open in London - 8 Ganton Street, London W1.  They also have an online shop to view this visit here - www.tdhcouture.com.

 

FASHION - FIGUE.COM

Figue launched their online website and boutique in New York, in 2012 and have transformed our summer style.  Their aim is to bring together the urban energy of Paris and London with the natural beauty of the Mediterranean and Stephanie’s passion for travel.

Designer Stephanie von Watzdorf in her studio.

    

Make sure to have a look at their travel log as well.  This blog is full of beautiful images from around the world showing off their inspiration.

ARTISTS - Paolo Spinazza

 

ARTISTS - Tanya Ling

Tanya Ling started off as a fashion designer for Dorothee Bis and then for Christian Lacroix.  Then in 1996 Tanya Ling held her first exhibition of drawings in Gavin Turk’s studio in London, this turned out to be an amazing success as British Vogue spotted her and here she received her first commission – and the artist was born!

"There was no looking back for Tanya Ling as she has constantly been making contributions to some of the top magazines in the world such as Harper’s Bazaar and US Elle. As well as some commercial commissions with world renowned fashion houses such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Jil Sander, Louis Vuitton, Selfridges and Harrods." - Labellegeek blog

To see more of Tanya's work visit her website here.

FOOD - Guilt Free Chocolate

We have recently discovered a guilt free chocolate bar!  Ohso take the finest 53% cocoa Belgian chocolate and add over a billion 'friendly bacteria'.   Ohso is dairy, wheat, gluten and nut FREE.  We will include a bar with every clutch bag ordered so you can share this secret with us.

If you love it visit www.ohsolovesyourtummy.com and enter our special promo code: ohsowilbur .  

FASHION - Mary Katrantzou

"Mary Katrantzou's intelligent use of illusory digital patterns is inspired by the art of trompe l'oeil. Structured dresses and blouses emblazoned with vivid, hyper-real prints ensure that the Central Saint Martins graduate's eye-catching designs are must-haves for those in the know." Net a Porter

Beatrice has styled her Mary Katrantzou skirt with a simple, white silk shirt from Juicy Couture and finishes her outfit off with a Wilbur & Gussie 'Charlie Purple' silk clutch bag.

 

PLACES - Mussee de la Chasse, Paris

Being animal lovers, a museum on hunting and stuffed animals at first, didn't really appeal to us.   After entering the museum we realised how the focus is on the strong relationship between humans and animals and we LOVED it here!
Each room is dedicated to an animal, with paintings, sculptures furniture based around this. It is not a 'natural history museum as you'd expect, it's more of a grand city house decorated for an eccentric prince!

Find it here!

Silicone knitwear designer

FASHION - Xiao Li

Xiao Li graduated from London's Royal College of Art last year.   Her collection consists of stylish, silicone garments moulded from knitwear.

For more information on Xioa Li visit here.

PEOPLE - Isabella Blow

Somerset House host an incredible exhibition on Isabella Blow.  The exhibition really gives an insight into Isabella's life, whilst showing off her incredible and extraordinary taste in fashion. 

FOOD - The Meringue Girls

For obvious reasons...

For more information have a look at their website!! - www.meringuegirls.co.uk

FASHION - House of Hackney

 

ARTISTS - Friedrich Nagler (1920-2009)

Friedrich Nagler created sculptures out of reclaimed bits of metal, nuts, bolts and old taps - producing a wonderfully bizarre collection of mini sculptures, that we love!!  

PLACES - Titanic Museum

Discover the birth place of the largest passenger liner of it's time at the Titanic Museum.  Here you can explore the history and fate of the Titanic through the various interactive galleries and almost feel like you are on board as you walk through the interior of the ship with it's impressive recreations of the cabins and engine room.

 

 

http://www.titanicbelfast.com/

Italian Restaurant in Belfast

FOOD - IL PIRATA

Off the beaten track, Il Pirata named after the Italian cyclist Marco Pantani (the pirate), this Italian restaurant has a minimalist and urban vibe. The menu is simple, rustic with a good selection of sharing dishes and all reasonably priced.

http://ilpiratabelfast.com

FASHION - Envoy of Belfast

We love Envoy of Belfast for all our key pieces, great classic lines but still encompassing designs that will keep you en-pointe with the latest fashion trends.

https://www.envoyofbelfast.com/

 

FOOD - Tramshed

It may not be the most romantic restaurant and probably not the best option for a vegetarian, but Mark Hix's Tramshed based in Shoreditch certainly makes an impact with its menu and decor. Originally, an electricity generating station for trams, Tramshed these days serves up a simple menu consisting mainly of steak and chicken, however we think the presentation of these dishes along with the specially comissioned artwork by Damien Hirst will be the talking points at the table.

FASHION - Elemental

Specialising in recycled and reused vintage + retro furniture and lighting, Elemental was first established 12 years ago in Spitalfields. Their collection ranges from oriental antique furniture to industrial and school furniture from all periods and places.

http://www.elemental.uk.com

The Cheapside Hoard - London's Lost Jewels

PLACES - The Museum of London

The Cheapside treasure was discovered in 1912 and the jewels date back to the 16th & 17th centuries. The Museum of London exhibits the hoard and explores some of the mysteries surrounding the findings

 

For more information visit :www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/

ENTERTAINMENT - Ron Howard's RUSH


An exhilarating portrayal of the real life rivalry between the two Formula 1 drivers, James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) for the F1 1976 season title. Beautifully directed by Ron Howard and written by Peter Morgan, Rush is captivating, with strong performances from Bruhl and Hemsworth from the start, and not forgetting the fantastic soundtrack by Hans Zimmer;

Huff Post Entertainment quoted 'a Zimmer score that could double as a lost Van Halen album'

The real champions Niki Lauda & James Hunt

 

Fashion editor at British Vogue!

PEOPLE - Kate Moss

We are excited to hear that Kate Moss will be joining British Vogue as a contributing fashion editor.  Kate has been on the cover of British Vogue 33 times over the last 20 years - her first being in March 1993!

"I am absolutely delighted that Kate is going to work with us in this new role, her undoubtedly brilliant sense of style, depth of fashion knowledge and understanding of what makes a wonderful image will be exciting to see on the pages of British Vogue. I am really looking forward to working with her on ideas." - Alexandra Shulman

Jewelled eye make-up

BEAUTY - Chanel SS14

A new trend spotted this season, jewelled eye make-up! Thought up by Chanel's Creative Director and makeup artist Peter Philips. 

We feel that this new make up trend will definitely compliment the jewelled finshings on your Wilbur & Gussie clutch bag!  Shown above is our classic envelope clutch - 'Charlie Navy Silk'.

featuring W&G clutch bags!

FASHION - Harper’s Bazaar Pop-Up

We are excited to be a part of the Harper's Bazaar boutique in Bicester village.  Our clutch bags are being sold alongside other great British brands chosen by the Harper's Bazaar team. 

"EYE-CATCHING EVENING BAGS" The mission of Wilbur & Gussie is to create playful and stylish bags that transcend time. Its distinctive designs, produced by craftsmen in the UK and Spain, incorporate eye-catching prints with opulent clasps inspired by fine jewellery, for infinitely unique, elegant yet affordable evening bags. - Bicester Village

HOME - Zaha Hadid for Leo Hillinger

Zaha Hadid has designed a limited edition wine bottle for Leo Hillinger.  The renowned Austrian wine maker will be producing 999 of Zaha Hadid's specially made bottles.  

"The concave indentation and the bottle's surface have the same curvature, enabling a set of bottles to interlock and be perceived as singular whole. A smaller indent and volume has been created at the base of the bottle for correct handling and to accommodate any sediments." - Dezeen Magazine

 

Louis Vuitton bid farewell to Marc Jacobs

PEOPLE - Marc Jacobs

Louis Vuitton bid farewell to Marc Jacobs.

Marc Jacobs first joined Louis Vuitton in 1997, when the brand was well known for their luxury leather goods and travel bags.   He joined as creative director and has led the brand through dramatic and fantastic changes.

 

The SS14 show in Paris was his final show, Marc Jacobs brought together influences from his previous 16 years at Louis Vuitton.  "Jacobs dedicated the collection to the many women who've touched or influenced him during his decade and a half in Paris, including designer muses Coco Chanel, Rei Kawakubo, and Miuccia Prada. You saw bits and pieces of their work in this collection, in addition to callbacks to his own greatest hits." -  Style.com

PEOPLE - Jodi Whittaker carrying W&G's Harley

Jodie Whittaker carrying our AW13 'Harley Black/Gold' at the TV Choice Awards last night!

PLACES - Club to Catwalk Exhibition

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is renowned for its fashion focus and the major exhibition of the Autumn is 'Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s'.  The exhibition includes 85 outfits including original creations from Katharine Hamnett, Betty Jackson and John Galliano.

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-from-club-to-catwalk-london-fashion-in-the-80s/

FASHION - Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon's eponymous shop showcases his full range of furniture and lighting, plus work by a selection of handpicked international designers.

Wharf Building, Portobello Dock
344 Ladbroke Grove
London
W10 5BU

Contact: +44 207 183 9737
Email:retail@tomdixon.net

http://www.tomdixon.net/shops/london

 

Most beautiful couple EVER

PEOPLE - Kate & JD

Way back in the mid 90s Kate Moss and Johnny Depp were THE couple... Oh if only their love had stood the test of time *sigh*..

FOOD - Rachel Khoo

Rachel Khoo definitely puts cool back in the kitchen... She graduated from Central St Martins and went onto work for a luxury fashion brand before heading to the Cordon Bleu school in Paris to follow her culinary dreams.  She is now a chef, writer and broadcaster and her third book 'The Little Paris Kitchen' is a delight, stuffed full of French classics from a Croque Madame to boeuf bourginon, crème brulee and tarte tatin. YUM!

http://www.rachelkhoo.com/

The colour of 2013

BEAUTY - Emerald Trend

A new trend spotted this season, jewelled eye make-up! Thought up by Chanel's Creative Director and makeup artist Peter Philips. 

We feel that this new make up trend will definitely compliment the jewelled finshings on your Wilbur & Gussie clutch bag!  Shown above is our classic envelope clutch - 'Charlie Navy Silk'.

ARTISTS - Jason Kim

Jason Kim is a Korean American fashion photographer based in New York.  His client list includes Elle, Glamour, Nylon, Club Monaco and Sony Music.

http://jasonkimphoto.com/

 

FASHION - Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster launched her own collection in 2013 after working as design assistant at Nicholas Kirkwood.  She was awarded the Conde Nast Footwear New Emerging Designer of the Year award in 2012 and was given the prestigious New Gen Award, for the second consecutive season, by the British Fashion Council for her forthcoming AW2013 collection. Stocked in Harvey Nichols, Matches, Dover Street Market and Net-a-Porter, her shoes certainly know how to turn heads!

http://www.sophiawebster.co.uk/

ENTERTAINMENT - BBC4's Burton & Taylor

We are SO excited about the much anticipated screening of Burton & Taylor, BBC4 Monday 22nd July 9pm.

Dominic West and Helena Bonham-Carter play one of the world's most famous couples and if the trailer is anything to go by it will be as magnetic as their real-life chemistry.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01ccv57

 

ENTERTAINMENT - BBC Test Card

It's hard to imagine a time when the TV wasn't aired 24/7 but not so long ago we knew the real meaning of 'downtime'.  This is one of the most iconic British images of the last 50 years, the girl with her chalkboard who filled our TV screens when the BBC wasn't showing programmes (youngsters, believe it or not in the mid 70s we only had 3 TV channels and they only showed programmed from late afternoon until shortly before midnight!)

 

Beautiful nail inspiration

BEAUTY - Pinterest Nails!

Wilbur & Gussie clutch bags deserve suitably gorgeous nails to match and we are always on the look out for inspiration.  Good old Pinterest (does our love know no bounds?) to the rescue... We could spend hours just looking at the nails alone... We LOVE...

www.pinterest.com