Lucia van der Post picks some of her favourite things for the coming autumn…
When it comes to country clothing trust those who live there to understand best the codes and know what works. Which is why when that fine old traditional country label Holland & Holland decided to bring a more modern touch to their clothing lines they enlisted the support of Stella Tennant and Isabella Cawdor, both of whom were born and bred to the (rather grand) country life. The result is a collection that straddles brilliantly the need for pieces that work (lots of room in the shoulders, for instance, for the shooting set), but that also move more easily from country to town. Lot of gorgeous cashmeres, silks and wools. Can’t wait to get out onto the moors in the coyote fur hood (£2,700), worn over the Prince of Wales check A-line skirt (£620) and a fitted thermo jumper (£470).
Big on the catwalk for A/W are capes (see page 29) and few have made them more elegantly desirable than Sands & Hall. A new British company, just a year old, has six designs launching this autumn and another six later in the year. They’re all made from either Harris or Donegal tweed, and they come long, short, loose or belted – in other words in myriad different shapes. Something, then, for everybody. All come in typical tweedy colours – greys and beiges, muted colours that suit our winter skies. From £385 to £2,300.
Hand in hand
Still thinking of country life and autumnal walks – Gizelle Renee’s beautifully soft leather gloves are just the thing. A new all-British brand, the gloves are all handmade, come in singing colours, often with cute trims – strips of Liberty fabric or flamboyant Elizabethan-style cuffs made from printed cotton or mink and enlivened sometimes with cut-outs or buttons. They’re all just that little bit different. From £150.
Get your goat
New Turkish company Cashmereinlove delivers up a slightly different take on cashmere. There’s a great range of T-shirts, sometimes in pure cashmere, sometimes mixed with cotton or silk, some with intarsia patterns on the front, others given a different riff (from £212). I particularly love this wonderful silk and cashmere sweater given a Bohemian vibe with two strips of black fringing down either side (£319).
Out of Africa
Chelsy Davy has launched a collection of ethical jewellery made from gold and precious stones all inspired by Africa. Nicest – in my view – are the pendants formed from a tusk-shaped curve of gold and topped by a precious stone (£1,500 with an emerald) – a sell-out at the launch.
Maison Numen features charming objects for the home all made by craftspeople whose aesthetic is deeply imbedded in the culture and mores of their native country, such as these lovely blue and white ceramics by Mexican artist Ana Gomez (£1,300 for a set of three food containers).