The day kicked off with an excellent interview with Nick Wallis on BBC Southern Counties radio. He got the whole idea of slow fashion and the benefits of buying quality and knowing where your kit comes from. Then I raced to the boutique and put the bunting up as pictured. Just in case you ask about my nice cardy, that is a summer version of the gladys cardis I've got in stock from Herefordshire-based Keep & Share.
Shortly after, quite frankly, overdoing it with the bunting (well I did make it myself and I do have at least 150 metres), we had the arrival of the glorious Beate Kibutz, from Makepiece, who ventured south from Todmorden, and bought her whole AW09 and SS10 collections with her.
We also had a rather wonderful model, Helene Manca, who wore the knitwear most elegantly. Beate gave a talk about the history of the Makepiece label and the wool industry and Helene descended the stairs in a charming stream of knitwear, such as the specatular Briar Rose Dress from AW09:
In fact, we had a little double-act going as we styled, or I should say award-winning personal stylist Chantelle Znideric styled the knitwear with some of my tweed.
the twosome..and Helene in the Toklas jacket.
And the carapace chunky dress from AW09 in pink. I've got this style in black and a dusky blue. The necklas is also from Cred
Eloise and Beate in amongst the tweed and knitwear..
Another feature of the evening, somewhat overshadowed by the beauty of Helene and the colours of Makepiece was the previewing of my menswear. Fortunately, we had a couple of handsome chaps who looked rather dapper and enthusiastically modeled them for us.
So the boutique is now open for business. We've had a great few weeks with ladies and gentlemen curiously venturing upstairs only to be delighted with the unique, beautiful pieces we've got on show.
Eloise Grey, Upstairs at Purity is at 20 Downing Street, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PB. It's about an hour by train or car south-west of London on the Surrey/Hampshire border.
P.S The bunting is also available to rent.