Just after my London launch on 4th Oct I was approached by Stylefinder.com who wanted some high resolution pics and stockist info. I hadn't heard of Stylefinder. It's a fairly new interactive product by the publishers of Vogue and Tatler, the venerable Condé Nast. It was in the middle of the postal strike so I decided to get up early and deliver the disc of my pics to Hanover Square personally. So now I'm listed just after Emilio Pucci..Eloise Grey on Stylefinder.com. Stylefinder calls itself a 'website dedicated to bringing daily shopping advice.' Anyway, it was great to see their interpretation of my styles: 'expertly-cut, it's sure to be the one you reach for season after season'.
It may come as no surprise that a tweed-lover such as myself is also a Radio 4-lover. Radio 4 accompanies me on my journey, rather like background music, but occasionally I hear items that are worthy of a proper sit-down and listen. Woman's Hour's treatment of organic wool just before my Elstead show was very timely. Organic wool is quite a conceptual leap for many people. Apples and chicken are easier to understand how and why one would want organic. If you have a good feel of the fabrics used to make most of the coats on the High Street you'll notice the difference.
Next, in rather different vein was my feature in the local paper. I love the local interest side of living outside London and how small a world it seems. Both the journalist and the photographer had interviewed my parents over the years for various issues. The journalist had just interviewed Vivvy Butler, the local designer for whom I used to make skirts.
Also coinciding with my Elstead show was a long feature in Country Living Magazine on the Isle of Mull Weavers. This coincides with the Country Living Fair in Islington, and the weavers will be showing there this week.
I opened the FT on Saturday (9th Nov) only to find an article about the Mitford sisters and fashion. I felt somewhat excluded but then I have just started out so one can't be known by everyone. If only, they'd seen my lovely Mitford Coat, it would have been perfect. My Mitford coat is inspired by Nancy. It is a comfort, however, that my styles seem to be hitting the mark, even though I try not to be to trend-led. I want my designs to last for season after season, as the fabrics certainly will.
Also, apparently I'm going to be featured in Surrey Life Magazine in December.