1) Last moth saw the launch of womenswear brand Blonde + Blonde from high street fashion retailer BANK. The line features chunky cable knit cardigans, breton striped slouch jumpers, and classic parkas. Available throughout BANK stores and online, pieces start at £25.
2) Issey Miyake is introducing a brand new handbag label for autumn/winter 2011. The new brand is called Bao Bao Issey Miyake; there are around 50 different models in the range and a wide variety of colourways are available. The collection was inspired by the bag series Bilbao from Pleats Please Issey Miyake, which has been showcased in previous seasons.
3) American accessories label Coach has announced the opening of its first global flagship store in London, timed alongside the brand’s 70th anniversary this year. The 6,900 sq. ft retail space is designed by the Coach Architecture Group and features a mix of custom designed cabinetry with vintage and bespoke freestanding fixtures. The New Bond Street flagship location will feature complete collections from both its men’s and women’s ranges including shoes, sunwear, jewellery, watches, outerwear and fragrance.
4) The Only Way is Essex star Nicola Goodger has teamed up with a local jewellery designer to put her name to a unique silver collection. Brand founder Tanya Krackowizer’s designs include earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets; Nicola has put her name to a selection of her favourite pieces, which will be known as the As Worn by Nicola G line.