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Probably the Best Socks, Free with any Sneaker

If Carlsberg made socks they would be Ivy Ellis socks, that is how strongly we feel about these beauts.  Produced in small batches (there are only so many socks two people can make in a day) in a small family run factory in the Scottish Highlands they embody the best of 80’s America, varsity, sportswear and all things vintage Ivy League.  The husband of one of our team (who also happens to be a rather cool guitarist in a well know rock band) has declared them so good that he refuses to... Read More


Anyone Else Glowing… ?

As a team we all seem to be glowing (I am being too kind… perhaps a little burnt). Classic early summer behaviour that has us all reaching for the Caudalie sun care testers. So I invite you to join us this Saturday when Paula, our very own Caudalie skincare expert, will be in store all day offering free personal skin advice (basically helping us avoid the early summer burning).  She has goodies aplenty and great advice for any skincare questions. If you wish to book a consultation please just shout with... Read More


Boxes of Delights

This is What Happens when I go to Paris I have long been a fan of Olivia Dar, an Italian designer via London, Paris and Christian Lacroix, now based in her own atelier in New Delhi crafting literally the most beautiful hand embroidered jewellery and accessories. I had wanted to really see her designs before buying them and this year in Paris I did just that. This is where the internet fails me, you literally have to feel the quality to understand it. The purses are satisfyingly heavy whilst the... Read More


Our Every Occasion Expert Edit

 We are often presented with ‘I need an outfit for …. ‘  And I can confidently say we can give almost everyone a solution or inspiration to consider.  It is well worth perusing our event edits below, visiting the store to browse or give us a call to discuss some options over the phone.  The best thing we hear from you is ‘I would never have tried that on by myself but I love it’  Confidence, inspiration and honesty is what we do our very best to offer.


Ba&sh – The Latest Arrivals and Mid Season Sale Pieces

Focus on Cool Girl Parisienne Brand Weekend Notes Delivered Rather Late in the Day  Apologies, I was supposed to send this much earlier but the sun came out and the garden demanded my attention to wage war on weeds, which are literally enormous.  So in summary, what I was supposed to share is the latest drop of Ba&sh. It is all wafty, super light and as ever feminine, french and very effortlessly cool girl.  Ba&sh have also discounted the earlier drops and we have price matched, lucky you if we... Read More


Back at the Beach for Our Latest Collection Launch

Beach Season Begins With quite the coolest of colour palettes; white, chocolate, blue, black and tobacco. Chic it is and focusing on two new brands for us – Greek Archaic Kori, unsurprisingly from Greece, Athens to be precise with rather brilliant embroidered linens and Petite Mendigote from Paris and very French in every regard.  Size down for Greek Archaic and up for Petite Mendigote.  Thrilled to have one of our favourite muses back modelling, thank you Mandy.   P.S. Mandy wears a Small (Greek Archaic), 1 or Small (Petite Mendigote) and... Read More


Feels Like a Celebratory Weekend – 15% Off Everything …

In-Store and Online 6th, 7th, 8th May  A Coronation Celebration Weekend What better way to celebrate than with 15% Off everything, quite literally everything.  Just enter KING15 in the ‘Got a Discount Code’ box and 15% will be deducted off every full price item (excluding Sale items) until Midnight on Monday 8th May 2023. Before you jump in the car please see below our opening hours this weekend, doors open 2pm Saturday and stay open until a rather party inspired 7pm…  Do join us in the shop or just click away and we... Read More


Our Week in Store – All Things Max Mara

What a Week We’ve Enjoyed  For those that were able to join us on Wednesday I just want to say thank you. The shop was alive with joy in being together, learning from the team at Max Mara, enjoying super food and wine and trying on beautiful clothes.  For those not with us I have pulled together below some of the looks we showcased. Thank you to the team at Collen & Clare for shaking up the shop, gamely modelling and embracing the madness. To Vittoria and Carolina from Max... Read More


20% Off Timeless Layers Whatever the Weather

It seems that we still need a layer every time we step outside and the forecast doesn’t appear to be changing. So we have a treat for you, until midnight on Friday we have 20% Off full price coats from Rains, Rino & Pelle and Troy London.  Three very different brands, all rather covetable; Rains for proper water protection, utterly unisex and brilliantly simple, the Fishtail Parka would be my pick and is never on sale. Rino & Pelle the hero piece has to be the Invasion Scuba that works as a... Read More


Buyer’s Pick of the Newness

Sunshine is tantalisingly close, I can feel it coming.  And so it is time to prepare – from the feet up.  Just arrived from Western Australia is nail polish that can stand up to sun, sand and sea with it’s UV protection within, chip resistant and genius colours. Add to that the new range of Vinosun from Caudalie, hero products being the Very High Protection Water that looks and smells super cool and the Aftersun Repair Lotion and we are as good as beach ready.  For beach clothing we know... Read More


Could We Ask You Something…?

This is a new one for us.  We would like to ask you to take part in our survey.  We are being very grown up and making plans for the future with quite a serious new technology project about to start and to help us with this we would love your input.  The link below is to a short survey that will take just a couple of minutes. Whilst you may not need an incentive we will be picking a participant to receive a £100 Collen & Clare Gift Voucher... Read More


NEW IN : Our Own Label Knitwear

Light Layers and Long Relationships Light Layers and Long Relationships  We have been working for 20 years with a family run factory in Kathmandu to produce our own label knitwear that, from the get go, has been all about organic yarns, fair trade and ethical sourcing. Each piece is made on hand machines, hand dyed and hand finished by a team of almost 100, largely women, for whom this job provides the main income for their families. It is an enduring relationship and perhaps the one I am most proud... Read More


Spring Cleaning in Progress

25% Off Some Last Chance to Buy Styles Keeping this short as the missing hour of today is already feeling rather real.  It’s been another bonkers week of new arrivals so we have been spring cleaning and it seems some pieces have sold so well we only have a couple of sizes left so we’ve taken 25% Off in a the spirit of last chance to buy and all that. Lucky you if it’s your size left, head to the Sale page. P.S. The latest drop of Pink City Prints... Read More


The Sun Came Out So The Dream Dresses Are In The Window

It’s a damn fine selection, even if we say so ourselves.  Greek brand Dream has landed and is lining up rather nicely in our window and when the thermostat hit a heady 15 degrees today we all started reaching for our favourites.  With dress weather seemingly within reach I have my eye on the Skazen skirt but the favourite of the day is the Godet dress in Ivory (although why it’s called Ivory I have no idea, it’s white…) 


DELILAH Voted Best Make-Brand UK

Our make-up brand of choice has swept the board (again) this year with 13 super star products. Delilah makes make-up refreshingly simple and if we had to choose just one product it would be the Intense Mascara. It might feel last minute, but there’s still time to get a treat delivered in time for Sunday.   We will ship every order placed before noon on Thursday 16th as UK Next Day Delivery, meaning it will arrive in time for Mother’s Day.


FREE UK DELIVERY WEEKEND – Celebrating Fabulous Females

It’s a FREE UK DELIVERY WEEKEND Should you be in the market for a small gift for a fabulous female in your life this is for you. We have free UK delivery on all orders placed before midnight on Sunday 12th March. Just enter FREEPOST in the ‘got a discount code’ box and we will do the rest. P.S. If you would like it gift wrapped just add a comment in the notes box. P.P.S Our edit below of cute gifts


FREE SHOWER GEL with every Caudalie Fragrance

Our very generous friends at Caudalie are giving away a FREE full size shower gel with every fragrance purchased for the rest of this month. Put your chosen fragrance in your basket and we will match the shower gel (unless you tell us otherwise in the notes box), please don’t add the shower gel aswell, we will sort that out. Just thinking that could be Mother’s Day, International Women’s Day or frankly any other celebration of self or others covered.  Save the Date for more Caudalie treats as our expert... Read More


We Had Almost Packed the Coats Away…

“Cold With a Risk of Snow” I have literally copied this from the 7 day weather forecast…whilst the store is bursting with light, bright new season I feel we may be thinking about keeping warm so please take a further 25% Off Sale coats until midnight on Sunday. This is an online only offer (basically the coats are in our warehouse) so if you wish to try one (and are in the area) choose ‘Click & Collect’ and we get them to the store otherwise we will deliver as usual.... Read More


Our Wardrobe Switch Has Flicked

What to Wear for the Transition Weeks There is a day each year in the shop when our wardrobe calendar literally switches from ‘I can get away with wearing head to toe black and grey to ‘give me new season colours right now’.  Today is that day (making a calendar note for next year right now…February 23 is henceforth Wardrobe Refresh Day) I went to work in old jeans, boots and a grey roll neck and came home in new American Vintage cord trousers and a Razpark jumper and tomorrow... Read More


Your Wardrobe Refresh

Back to the Very Best of the Basics we Should All be Wearing Oh the joy of great basics at this time of the year… It is too soon (really) to embrace light dresses and all things linen, unless we are off to warmer climes, but absolutely time to freshen up our shirt and t-shirt edit. These really are the things that must be crisp and whiter than white.  Add in a great pair of jeans, a jacket and a pair of sneakers and that is your wardrobe complete.  The... Read More


Loving Collen & Clare This Weekend

I normally roll my eyes at the whole Valentines thing and approach the subject of ‘doing a window’ or ‘choosing an edit of products’ with more than a hint of bad humour but this year we have gone all in.  The Untamed Florists have come to Collen & Clare for the week and set up a rather cool pop-up flower counter.  So with gifts, fabulous new season collections and all manner of floral solutions to hand the week ahead would be a good time to pop-in. P.S. Anyone else thinking... Read More


New Brand, Tricky Name, Great Stuff

So much new stuff arriving it is a veritable explosion of colour and texture and making it rather hard for me to focus on one brand only but here we go.  It’s a new one this week, I’ve had my eye on it for some time but in all honesty just couldn’t get my head around it’s name… Munthe.  As with everything a little education goes a long way and the tricky name is merely the surname of the rather cool Naja Munthe from Copenhagen.  We have also had a... Read More


Final Call for Sale – Open for an Extra 15% Off

Our Last Call for Sale Making room for new season deliveries means it’s time for the last hurrah. With everything half price already for the next few days you can take a further 15% Off.  Just enter FINAL15 in the ‘got a discount code?’ box before midnight on Sunday for an extra 15% off all sale items.



Just as the origins of Chinese New Year are steeped in legend, so is the brand that is Maharishi. The cult streetwear brand of the 90’s, ‘Maha’ is yet again the ‘stuff’ fashion collectors want to add to their wardrobes.  With a tradition of utility wear, army influence and environmentally sound fabric sourcing way before it became the norm this is a brand that you won’t find everywhere – but the pieces age brilliantly.  This collection marries the year of the rabbit with the tigers and dragons we expect.  Happy... Read More


Brand Alert – New Season Dea Kudibal Has Arrived

For the Dea Kudibal Fans Not remotely weather appropriate, but new season Dea Kudibal is in the building and we are going to attempt to shoot some pieces on the beach tomorrow, do wish us luck…  Over the last few years we have become devotees of this Danish designer, a graduate of London College of Fashion, back in her home town of Copenhagen and designing collections that seem to work for us all.  We have worn her pieces for events, to the beach and been stopped in the street to... Read More


It’s FINAL REDUCTION Time – Up to 60% Off

It’s FINAL REDUCTION time. All Sale items are now half price, some with 60% Off. We have also added Apple Pay, Klarna and Google Pay to our payment options online, not sure if you will love us or hate us for that… is it just too easy to shop now…? It looks as though the weather is setting in for the weekend, do pop into the shop if you are venturing out we are open all weekend (equally a little sofa surfing sounds rather appealing).


New Season Pieces To Wear Right Now

Starting 2023 Dressing To Match My Surroundings This morning the waves were spectacular in Southwold and without getting my new coat wet we managed to sneak this shot under the pier. Had I posed in front of the water in said new coat we would have been very wet and whilst water repellent we are not waterproof … and besides I will be wearing this in coming weeks for buying appointments and need to look ‘tidy’.  The point of my ramble… I’ve got a new coat and I love it... Read More


Festive Gifting Services / Final Call for orders

Our trusty DPD service has been under huge pressure this last week but it looks as though we can still herald today as the last for UK delivery. Orders before 11am this morning will be despatched and on their way today.  Pop into store, we are open until 3pm Christmas eve for you last minute shoppers. Merry Christmas Prepping.  



 It’s a great weekend to place an order, it could be big, small or tiny, who cares because it’s our Free Delivery weekend.  Just enter FREEPOST in the ‘got a discount code?’ box before midnight on Sunday and we will pack and post your orders for delivery within the UK for free. If you would like us to gift wrap anything just say ‘gift wrap please’ in the notes section.  P.S. We use DPD to deliver and as many of you tell us, it seems to be super fast and... Read More


The ‘How To’ Create a ‘Wish List’ Email

A lesson in how to drop a subtle hint … Confession time. My husband sent me a ‘wishlist’ from our website a few weeks ago and I had no idea what it was and ignored it completely.  Suffice to say I was reprimanded and have now gone out of my way to familiarise myself with this rather handy functionality.  Step by step details below on how to send a ‘wishlist’…  Here’s hoping  some of your wishes come true (or are at least opened by the recipient).


20 Years = 20% Off Almost Everything

Whilst this more than coincides with Black Friday it is all part of the meticulous planning that goes on at C&C HQ…  How better to thank you for a fabulous 20 years than with a finale weekend of 20% OFF almost everything.  It is easier to tell you what isn’t included; Beauty, Fragrance, Make-up and Jewellery. The rest is included, socks, hats, scarves, advent calendars … Just enter 20BLACK in the ‘Got a discount code’ box at the checkout or pop into the store and 20% will be deducted from almost everything. 


20 Years = 20% Off Coats

I know we are all swamped with Black Friday deals this week but the confession here is that I appear to have deleted the rather cool edit of coats that Claire prepared in anticipation of this being our last week of a 20% Off offer.  I am so sorry and it is now rather late at night and I have to be up early to go to London tomorrow to buy more coats (for next Winter, phew) so please forgive my rather abridged edit below… But the BRGN coats have... Read More


Launching Signed, Sealed and Delivered Christmas Shopping

Christmas, Signed, Sealed and Delivered by Collen & Clare. We are often told that a parcel with Collen & Clare ribbon under the tree generates excitement in even the most grown up of grown ups.  Let us help with the picking, wrapping and delivery of presents this year.  We can help you pick as many presents as you need, or perhaps it is just one, it really does not matter.  We will wrap and write, in our best handwriting, your message to the recipient on our bespoke gift tag. We... Read More


20 Years = 20% Off Sneakers & Boots

Hello, Hello, Just confirming (in case you haven’t guessed) that we are celebrating our 20 years of ‘being’ with 20% off ‘something’ for each week of November. So far we’ve had knitwear and jeans and so in the spirit of helping to build our working day to day wardrobes the next category is sneakers and boots.  Just enter 20FOOT in the ‘Got a discount code’ box at the checkout or pop into the store before Sunday 20th November and 20% will be deducted from any pair of boots or sneakers.  I seem to... Read More


20 Years = 20% Off Jeans

We took our orange rail to the beach again, lining up some of our favourite jeans as part of our month of celebratory treats. This week it is 20% off all jeans, all brands, all styles.  Just enter 20JEAN in the ‘Got a discount code’ box at the checkout or pop into the store before Sunday 13th November.  (Don’t forget if buying NYDJ always size down)


20 Years Ago Today

20 Years Ago Tonight … … on a similarly wet and wild night we threw open the doors to Collen & Clare and to celebrate, as part of a series, our artist friend Louisa Marq has captured the essence of it all. It may feel as though I have been standing here at this counter ever since but in reality this little business has kept me more than busy. The need for glasses is still relatively recent and the hair is a little wilder than ever but the joy in... Read More


Weekend Distractions are all Pearls and Pomegranates

I am off to a party this weekend, a proper dress up do and suddenly I want sparkle and large earrings.  Whilst I should be tempting you with more of our 20% off jumpers to keep you warm as the temperature has properly dropped I apologise, my edit is all earrings and bracelets (note the use of the plural there, you need to layer them…). Fabulous new deliveries in from the queen of sparkle Caroline Svedbom and the latest from Ottoman Hands, all pearls and pomegranates. P.S. Final call for... Read More


20 Years = 20% Off Knitwear

Kicking of a month of treats and celebrations. Been banging on about it all year but finally we have hit the month that we opened 20 years ago. November 2002 was wet, wild and windy and so far November 2022 is starting the same. What better treat that 20% Off Knitwear this week.  Just enter 20KNIT in the ‘Got a discount code’ box at the checkout or pop into the store before Sunday 6th November.  I have chosen some of the brighter pieces for this edit but we have a lot of neutrals... Read More


Inspiration to Help You Sleep This Autumn

 For those of us in charge of the gifting project each year I find that from here on sleep can be interrupted with list writing in the wee hours.  Whilst I used to be an advocate of said list writing and slowly building up to festive shopping I fear the world we live in now dictates rather more organisation, the romance of last minute shopping consigned to Christmas Past. So my job this week is to plant the seeds of ideas and nothing more. Sleep well. For the ultimate gift... Read More


Absinthe, Jellyfish and Globulus

Absinthe, Jellyfish and Globulus … really, honestly, all new in this week. When I was told about a new niche range of fragrances based on the recipes of gardener monks from the middle ages I was intrigued. When I was told the woman behind it was Chantal Roos, the perfume legend that launched Opium and Kouros (back in the day) I knew it would be good. When I was told the ingredients included absinthe, moss, mint and sage I was hooked. My personal favourite is Globulus but do pop in to... Read More


Shop The Window – All New Black Colour

The latest delivery from Black Colour looking rather fine in our window this week against our Autumnal Southwold Blackshore backdrop. Each outfit is broken down below for ease, shout if you need help or call us on 01502 507947.


25% Off Two BOTW (that’s Brands of the Week)

We have new collections of Dea Kudibal and American Vintage incoming so as we make room for them what better treat than a double ‘Brand of the Week’. Until midnight on Sunday we have 25% off these two best selling brands.   Just enter BOTW in the ‘Got a discount code?’ box at the checkout (or pop into the shop) and 25% will be deducted from all American Vintage and Dea Kudibal clothing until midnight on Sunday 16th October. Scroll down for a sneak of what’s coming… the Dea Kudibal Fern... Read More

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The Show, The Whole Show and Nothing But The Show

It is a little over a week since we filled ‘Shed 3’ at Harbour Marine Services (HMS) in Southwold Harbour for our 20 year fashion show and what a week it has been.  So much amazing feedback, so many photographs and videos to watch and social media has been very busy for all involved; Kirsty Woolnough make-up and Twiggy’s Hair Salon in Halesworth cannot be thanked enough for taking our brief and making it so brilliantly real.  And to John Walford Shows, Le Roc, our hosts at HMS and our... Read More


20 Years in the press

Our very own Vanessa took some time out to do an interview with the EDP, letting us know the ins and out of running Collen & Clare whilst juggling being a full time mum, wife and business woman. You can read the full article here


Our 20 Year Fashion Show First Look

Celebrating in Style Whilst the wind howled and the rain lashed down in Southwold Harbour on Friday night the atmosphere in Shed 3 was rocking.  Thank you to all who came and to the many more that wanted to but space limited us (perhaps we could ask Mr Buckley to build a bigger boat shed for next time…).  The list of help, so often freely given, to put on an event like this is almost endless and so it gives me great pleasure and pride to say that we raised... Read More


Fedoras, Frills and Four Legged Friends

Fedoras, frills and four legged friends are it seems what we need for stylish strolls this weekend.  Embracing the wonderful Autumn feel and indulging our reputation for chic countryside pieces the edit below is all things Troy, Penelope Chilvers and introduces our Barbour ‘for dogs’ edit… we appear to have a whole new department.


Your Invitation to Our Celebratory 20 Year Fashion Show

We invite you to our celebratory 20 Year Fashion Show Friday September 30th 2022 The Harbour, Blackshore, Southwold, IP18 6TA Drinks at Le Roc 6.30pm  Show Starts 7.15pm in HMS Shed 3 Tickets £20 include a welcome drink at Le Roc email or call 01502 724823 Dress: “a nod to nautical” I am proud, excited and nervous but we will be celebrating 20 years of Collen & Clare showcasing our latest collection in a very special venue at the heart of Southwold. Le Roc will also be holding an ‘after show’... Read More


Rino & Pelle – Modern Dutch Masters of Outerwear

Rino & Pelle, Modern Dutch Masters of Outerwear Quite the largest delivery of the season has arrived, we stopped counting the boxes when we got to 70. Rino & Pelle is the coat brand of choice for many and I can only urge early shopping as we consistently sell out.  The hero coat is Keila, above, this season in a choice of 4 colours. Flattering, super warm and an awful lot of coat for the money. The fabulous faux fur that is Nonna does has new competition this year in the... Read More


Noteworthy, Footworthy Birkenstock and Blundstone

Footwear this week and two of the best for you just arrived with some noteworthy styles.  Birkenstock, the rare Arizona soft bed in Taupe Suede and just a handful of Boston slippers (only larger sizes at the moment). For me, the Arizona Rivet in Chocolate is already my daily go to and I anticipate will be well into October but the Siena Big Buckle is rather pretty and that oiled leather just gets better with wear.  Should we encounter wetter weather Blundstone is the go to and we have the... Read More


New Season Dea Kudibal – It’s Good

Dea Kudibal has become one of our best selling brands over recent seasons, both in the store and online. The secret I think is that the shapes are merely tweaked, if not exactly repeated, they are washable and somehow they make you feel dressed but not fussy.  This collection is called Highland Treasures, inspired by ‘wild nature’ and ‘barren landscapes’, clearly the designer knew something we didn’t about the weather we would be facing this summer … Whilst it is still hot I have started to wear a couple of... Read More


Save The Date – Fritton Lake ‘The Return’

Last year we invited you to join us for a day of ‘R&R’ at the private members club that is Fritton Lake.  Whilst we planned a glorious June balmy day the weather had other ideas and it rained, biblically. That said a great day was had by all and (much to my surprise) we have been invited back again, with the promise of better weather … So this email is a ‘Save the Date’ for Friday 16th September 2022, a day where the sun will shine and the wonderful facilities... Read More


Our Sale Most Wanted Edit

A sale is an opportunity to be brave, to try something new and push boundaries.  The pieces we pick can form the foundation of a whole new season or perk up other outfits we already have buried in our wardrobes.  Whilst the gems in our sale are many and varied the two themes below keep turning up in conversation.  I would recommend them both.  The first is Coastal Grandmother. As a fan of ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ (or anything Hamptons based) any item that fits the white, cream or tan definition... Read More


Our LATITUDE Festival (with a dash of Sale) Edit

The Festival Edit – Made Even Sweeter with Half Price Bargains… A bonkers week at C&C HQ; out on the road buying for next Summer, getting our store and website ready for the Sale and finding time to sneak a photoshoot in with quite the coolest classic car and caravan combo and rather glamorous team members.  This is how we do festival chic (with the help of @roaddrifterrentals).


Newness Newness | Made in England | TROY

New Brand – Troy The Story – Every piece is 100% Made in England’ (and Troy HQ is in Norfolk!)  May we Introduce you to Troy (founded by sisters that grew up in a house called just that), this brand is all about heritage and getting better and better with age and wear. Using only the finest materials, working with British mills and craftsmen Troy is the antithesis of fast fashion. My personal favourites are the ‘Tracker Jacket’ and the ‘Unisex Camo Jacket’ (I am thinking Latitude next week…) and if... Read More


Beach Ready and Launching Our Exclusive Towelling Collaboration

I cannot honestly think of a better weekend to launch our exclusive beach collaboration. We have teamed up with luxury towelling brand Bridie & Bert to create a capsule beach wardrobe. With a chic palette of black on milky cream with fluo orange fringe details we have taken the classic robe and lengthened it a little, added side splits, a deep but flattering V neck and two rather useful fringed pockets. We have also made quite possibly the biggest towel ever, double sided towelling with fluo fringe edges and room... Read More


Price Matching Sale Edit

Our window this week supported the 2022 Southwold Arts Festival theme of Rainbows and provides us with the theme for our ‘Price Matching’ edit. When brands go on sale we do our best to price match ahead of our full Sale so please do enjoy the first dibs on these pieces and do shout if you see something elsewhere that we can match. Shop our sale here


New Season MaxMara

… and a trip to Farm Stead Lodges This email will always divide opinion but the longest day has passed so it is time to start talking ‘New Season’ (not mentioning autumn or winter…) and oh my is it going to be a good one.  We were invited to visit the new destination that is Farmstead Lodges (Insta @farmsteadlodges) nestled in beautiful Suffolk countryside at Easton to photograph the latest delivery from Max Mara. We may have been somewhat distracted by the wonderful setting and incredibly cool interiors but they... Read More


Sunday News – A Summer Skincare Event + Sharing Our Reviews

Join us in store on Saturday 2nd July 10am-4pm to meet our new Caudalie expert, Paula. With years of experience in the beauty industry Paula will be in store with her ‘skin scanner’ (utterly painless and rather cool) offering personalised advice on the best summer skincare routine. Annie is in-store today until 4pm if you would like to secure your slot on 01502 724823 or email her with your preferred time (on the hour or half hour). Paula will have lots of goodies on the day and the rather collectable summer... Read More


Window Worthy Essentiel and Perhaps a Gift for Him…

The High Summer drop from Essentiel has arrived and made it straight into the window. It is all ‘yellow submarine’, ‘fresh lavender’ and ‘blood orange’ tones perfect for long lazy summer nights (and sounding rather like list of cocktail ingredients to me). The Brancuso wide striped belt is a thing of genius, so good we bought it in both colourways, and perfect with the Beeknees dress (or frankly any dress). Next weekend sees us celebrate, indulge, remember and thank the men in our lives. We have a great selection of wardrobe... Read More


Inspired Southern California living… in Suffolk

Clearly we are not in California but we do have the waves (recently) so I am happy to explain that our love affair with Rails is to do with our connection to laid back living here on the East Coast. A superb ‘high summer’ (let me know when it arrives…) collection of shirts and dresses to wear by the sea has just arrived in store. It is all rather good but if I had to choose it would be the Mel Gingham top or the Paris blouse personally.  Final note... Read More


Menswear for the Long Weekend

The Menswear Edit  Last week we were invited to a rather cool new destination moments from the store. Toad Hall Lodges, chic and cosy timber cabins provided a great back drop for our pick of menswear for the here and now. Barbour (the White Label stuff), Hartford (for it’s fabric quality) and Universal Works (never fails) form the back bone of our favourite brands and a great weekend away wardrobe.  P.S. Thank you Reece for modelling and Gavin for sharing your cool cabins with us.


Still So Much New In

Let me introduce you to Gem Bazaar, gemstone jewellery from India that includes ‘cabochon’, ‘baroque’ pearls and ‘rough cut’ aquamarine, all such great words, and the jewellery is more than lovely and already a personal favourite. Also worthy of note from the ‘New In’ area are the great basics from American Vintage including the best ‘vee neck tee’, Jacksonville, in a pretty palette and Black Colour have delivered the perfect ‘under slip’ that so many have asked for this season, it is called Bea and comes in black or champagne.... Read More


‘Summer in a Bottle’ as Recommended by India Knight

In this week’s Sunday Times Style magazine India Knight wrote about the power of scent to evoke memories, particularly those of childhood summers, and chose Soleil des Vignes from Caudalie as her scent for this summer. It seems you (and we) could not agree more and so (whilst we have stock) for every order of Caudalie products placed over £49 we will send you a super beach bag as a gift.  First dibs and all that.  Soleil des Vignes is inspired by a sunny break in Cap Ferrat, with notes... Read More


20% Off On V to Celebrate 20 Years

20 Years Ago This Week…. I packed my bags and left London to return home to Suffolk and start the planning of Collen & Clare in earnest and whilst we didn’t open the doors until November this still feels worthy of celebration. To mark this milestone I would like to offer you 20% off everything for 2 days both in the store and online.  Just enter ‘#20%ONV’ in the ‘got a discount code’ at the checkout or pop into the store and 20% will be taken off all full price items until the store... Read More


We’ve been Nominated for an Award 🏆

We have been nominated! Thank you to those who have clearly nominated us to take part in this years Muddy Stilettos award, it really is an awards process driven by you, we do not put ourselves forward at all, so thank you. You may recall we won this category last year and apart from how quickly this year has gone we really would like to win again this year for two reasons. Firstly (as you may have heard) we celebrate 20 years this year and secondly they have pimped the... Read More


Making An Entrance

Dresses to do Just that In It’s a winning window this week and one I shall call ‘dresses with which to make an entrance’ To be honest it needs little comment but I will say that it seems the invitations are arriving thick and fast and socialising is back on. This week we have been dressing people for weddings in Tuscany, 21st dinners in Suffolk, and royal garden parties in London. With notable customers driving from North Norfolk for an end of day swoop and a fabulous couple from Lincolnshire... Read More


An Exclusive Dress Just for Us

 Dream Delivery Our favourite Greek brand Dream has arrived and with it the first of some ‘exclusive’ projects we have been working on as part of our 20 year celebrations.   The Haze Ikat dress below has literally been made just for us, you cannot get it anywhere else in the whole wide world. It is based on a best selling shape, a flattering shirt dress, the perfect ‘midaxi’ length (not too short, not too long), contrast pink turn back cuffs and neck lining (that we didn’t photograph in all the... Read More


The Easter Edit

Dressing Up for Easter  It has been fabulously busy in store this Easter weekend, dare I say ‘just like the old days’.  With requests for work, play and parties it seems we all want a new dress.  The edit below is just the tip of the iceberg, there are more to come both online and in-store but the ‘long and the short’ of it is there is something for everyone.  If you click the window shot above you will go straight to the complete dress edit but some of our... Read More


An Awful Lot of Newness

With so much to choose from I have no real theme this week… just a few of my (and clearly your) favourite things.  P.S. Anyone else remember Maharishi, possibly the coolest stuff in the shop right now. Thank you Elliot for popping back to model for us and to Tim, the wetsuit clad sea swimmer, who joined in with some Karate Kid fun on the beach.


We Can Now Ship Worldwide

We Can Now Ship Worldwide This week we had a very grown up meeting with the team at DHL Express and are delighted to say we are partnering with them to deliver our blue parcels all over the world. And it’s not just any DHL service, we have signed up to DHL Express Go Green. With the ultimate goal of emission neutral logistics DHL Go Green offers climate neutral shipping and contributes to projects fighting the climate crisis, it feels like the best of services. We have standard charges to... Read More


Barbour House of Hackney, Alexa Chung, Emma Paton, Boats, Coffee…

Our friend Emma Paton popped in last week to peruse our Spring collections and whilst well known for her love of dresses the weather demanded some additional layers as we attempted a photoshoot in wind and snow.  We were offered shelter at our favourite cafe Le Roc and also invited into the wonderful world of boat building at Harbour Marine Services (should you need a boat built just for you look no further). Aside from food, coffee and boats the fashion conversation landed clearly on two brands, our first season... Read More


50% Off Mid Season Sale

We need to make room for new Summer goodies and I can think of no better way than offering 50% off to do so. The pieces in this ‘mid season’ sale are not on the shop floor (because that looks fabulous just as it is) so I would suggest ordering online and choosing ‘Click & Collect’ if you wish to pop in to try them on. Highlights, corkers, investment pieces and personal favourites below. Happy Sunday Sofa Shopping.


Taken by Terrariums

I have wanted to introduce some ‘greenery’ to the store for some time and have finally found Green Factory. A team of ‘terrarium-makers’ have been working from a Parisian atelier (what a job!) since 2014 and have quite the coolest green things I have ever seen.  Hand blown glass domes, engraved with a ‘Green Factory’ tattoo for authenticity, are filled with plants sourced from Europe and a perfect ecosystem created. For a quick science re-cap it is thanks to photosynthesis that they require almost no maintenance, welcome to the wonderful world... Read More


Free Delivery This Weekend + Gifts to Celebrate …

Free Delivery This Weekend  Perfect timing for a gift edit to celebrate the brilliant women in your world. Just enter FREEPOSTAGE in the ‘Got a Discount Code?’ box at the checkout until midnight on Sunday 13th March for free UK delivery on all orders. For the Home Lover… Soft pyjamas, cosy slippers and luxurious knitwear, ‘at home’ in style Shop Now For the Beauty Queen… Must have eyeshadow pallets, striking lipsticks and award winning foundations. Shop Now Pamper Her… Soothing bath salts, detox masks and body creams – a spa... Read More


Smiles, Peace, Cashmere and a History Lesson

In Need of Distraction We have filled our windows with colour, smiles and peace symbols from Jumper 1234. The latest lightweight cashmere knits to literally buy now, wear now (and may even make you smile). I have hardly taken off my grey smiley cardigan this week (I am enjoying the irony far too much). And for something completely different. As we celebrate our 20th Year of Collen & Clare I am overwhelmed by the pride the team all take in being part of this story. Our weekend superstar, and full time... Read More


New Shoes Herald a New Season, Discuss….

This Weeks Subject of Debate… “The foundation of a new season wardrobe starts with shoes” I firmly believe that it does, most definitely in the Spring. There comes a day, usually in March where, unless there is snow on the ground, lacing up or pulling on a boot feels just a little ‘heavy’. The call for something ‘lighter’ beckons. Whilst the fashion futurists predict a return to formal footwear I am not ready to banish my sneakers just yet but perhaps a ‘Siri’ slide (with a sock for chillier days)... Read More


Dresses to Dream Off

From denim to dresses.  Last week we were all about the denim but (fickle creatures that we are) our attention has been diverted to dresses. Whilst we await the start of Spring we can wear these with chunky knits and boots, then with sneakers and finally sandals.  Dea Kudibal is as wearable as ever, we all have a favourite shape, I love Rosanna but Harper is winking at me this season and the Kindra is bang on trend for a shorter, fashionista style.  The first of our new brands to... Read More


15% Off American Vintage – Our BOTW

Can I tempt you with a ‘brand of the week’ offer? I have a need for newness in my wardrobe and at this rather ‘in between’ time there is a brand that does ‘transitional’ rather well. American Vintage allows you to add colour whilst layering. Mix up a Pinoberry short jumper with a Massachusetts cami. The East Long Cardigan is a perfect over dresses or as an additional layer if turning up the heating is not an option. A wardrobe for all eventualities right there.  Just enter BOTW15 in the ‘Got a discount code?’ box... Read More


In-store Caudalie Event

To Caudalie lovers out there!  We have been waiting patiently for some time for the re-launch of the Premier Cru range. It is here and very much worth the wait.  Annie and I have been testing it for a couple of weeks and whilst we cannot turn back time we do seem to be radiating more youthful skin.  Abbie, our Caudalie expert, is going to be in-store on Friday 25th February for one-to-one consultations. We have 30 minutes slots available to book between 10am and 3pm. We are offering you, our Caudalie lovers, first dibs on the appointments... Read More


We are Literally Bursting with Newness

Literally Bursting With Newness There is a week each Spring when the new stock starts, not so much to arrive steadily but, suddenly seems rather to drown us. This is that very week and when presented with a wall of boxes to unpack we decided instead to take to the beach and jump around in some of it.  Admittedly we chose the brightest, most bonkers items we could find but we expect nothing less from mega brand Essentiel Antwerp, a riot of print and colour. As this Spring begins so does... Read More


In Need of Newness… Double the Denim Please

There is a moment each Spring when almost every customer through the door asks for new jeans, this year that moment has arrived but with a slight difference.  Make it black or grey please.  A great investment for now that works perfectly for head to toe black – the ‘Texas Tuxedo’ if you add a denim shirt or jacket – but equally works when adding pops of Spring colour knitwear (look no further than American Vintage for this). Add some new earrings, perhaps a little bag update and some sneakers… et voila.  ... Read More


Finding Your Perfect Denim: DL1961

Do you ever look in your wardrobe and see multiple pairs of jeans but feel none of them are really ‘that pair’. Don’t worry, we hear you. This is why we are stocking customer favourite and all round premium denim brand DL1961. DL1961 is a family-owned brand, creating premium denim with sustainability at their core since 2008. Overseeing the entire process from fibre to finished garment, they pride themselves on their leading fabric and sustainability technologies. This means you can not only look great, but you are doing your bit... Read More


Sustainability; doing our bit

Sustainability is a term that’s increasingly used and often overused with little back up as we begin to be more aware of the environment we live in. The phrase ‘buy less, buy better’ comes to mind when we think of sustainability within the fashion industry. The industry is responsible for 4-10% of global greenhouse gases, so we are all keen to do our part. This can be something as little as buying less, researching where your items are coming from, or buying from more eco conscious brands. At Collen &... Read More


Take some time for you with the new Caudalie Vinotherapist range!

Caudalie was founded in 1995 by a husband and wife at the heart of their family estate vineyard in Bordeax, France. Caudalie is known for their natural and luxurious products created with the anti – oxidant power of the grape and the grapevine. “We were looking for a French name connected to our wine-making roots. Caudalie is a wine term that refers to the unit of measurement for the time the flavours of a wine linger on the palate after tasting it.” – Caudalie. The Replenishing Vegan Body Butter The... Read More


Our 50% Sale is in Full Swing…

The Great Spring Clean Out We are clearing, sorting and marking down like demons this week. I believe our website has now caught up with our red pens in-store and (with just a handful of exceptions) everything on sale is now half price. To make your hunt a little easier we have created some categories below, happy clicking.   P.S. Click and Collect still going strong here in Southwold or Free UK Delivery for orders over £50. 


Introducing you to Lola’s Apothecary

Lola’s Apothecary was created by gentleman named Dominic. His aim was to create a range of couture natural beauty, spa and wellness to be handmade. Each product is thoughtfully curated to bring joy, wellness and peace to the recipient. The products are handmade in small batches and are packaged only in glass, protecting and honouring the natural materials within. Since starting Lola’s apothecary Dominic has assembled a team from the local community in Devon. Each member shares his passion and commitment. At the heart of each product is a vision... Read More


Last Call for Morgan …

 Our Team, Thanks and Tears I remember writing this time last year that being a shopkeeper had been short on upsides in 2020 and whilst 2021 has been far from an easy ride, as I write this now, I am brimming with pride, thanks and quite a lot of emotion.  Armed with more than 20 negative ‘latty flows’ (as the youth in the team call them) we were able to enjoy an evening together in Southwold at our favourite haunt, Le Roc in the harbour. Just us, a roaring fire,... Read More


Our Christmas Window and Gifting Guide…

Our 2021 Christmas Window What better way to celebrate this remarkable year than with a visual expression of thanks and kisses for your continued support and interest in what we do .  We have worked with artist James Straffon (I like to think of him as our very own ‘artist in residence’) to take the ‘ampersand’ (love that word) from our logo and explode it into giant kisses. It seems you can see it from quite a long way up the high street, but up close you get great ‘vignettes’... Read More


The Latest Coat and Boot Edit

We have had more coats and boots delivered this week – phew is all I can say.  Our window showcases the latest from Rino & Pelle but other key coat brands to look at include waterproof puffers from Rains, fashion statement warmth from Dualist and of course, timeless, one time investment pieces from ‘S Max Mara and Weekend Max Mara.  As for boots we have new Shoe the Bear, a re-stock of the waterproof wonder that is Magda from Woden and we have more styles from Esska arriving this week. ... Read More


Let the Halloween Weekend Begin….

The Halloween Edit A knit of orange, a skinny jean, a chunky sneaker and off we go, patrolling the streets for trick or treat. A poet I am not, but you get the gist. For those of us hanging behind our kids this weekend as they forage for treats, at least let’s do it in style.  We are open for adult treats all weekend, Saturday 10-5pm and Sunday 11-4pm and should you be too scared to sleep, online anytime.


We have a date for your diary

On Friday 22nd October we will have not one but two expert facialists from Caudalie in-store offering free skin consultations and 20 minute Express Facials (we are transforming a changing room into a treatment room for the day). We have a handful of slots available for the facials and whilst full details will be released next week if you want to secure a facial please email with a contact number and she will be in touch. 


Winter Neutrals – Our Rather Lovely Edit

This week we headed to the shore line to capture the perfect Winter Neutrals edit. A totally different look to the bright colours and beach huts of last week and if I were packing for a weekend on the coast these are the looks I would love to nail.  Quite possibly our favourite photoshoot to date… where shall we go next? A palette of greys, creams, whites and blacks works so well and provides the back bone to many brilliant wardrobes. Each piece just works with the next and it’s... Read More


What’s All This Khaki Malarkey?

Khaki Malarkey Honestly, it’s a thing. This new season seems to be all about khaki and it’s best friend, camo print.  I can see why, it works with denim, flatters almost all skin tones and is so easy to add a pop of colour to. Key pieces from our edit of designers below (I fear the coats will be sold out almost as I send this email). I have been living in the Black Colour Kenna dress this week and will be adding our own label Dian sleeveless knit when the... Read More


Window of the Week

A Wonderful Window Morgan’s window this week has been generating comments along the lines of ‘could I have it all please?’ and ‘can I add it to my Christmas list?’. Judging by how many times we were in and out of the window yesterday it seems that everyone is ready for new season and key pieces are going quickly.  Which leaves me with one job only, to let you know exactly what is in the window, full edit below (minus the Mulberry bags which are ‘in-store’ only). P.S. The Aprincess... Read More


Do Your Shoes Fit?

Do Your Shoes Fit?  There seems to be a lot of talk in our house this week about whether the astroturf, school shoe, rugby boot, football boot or general trainers (the list goes on…) still fit ahead of the great return to school (oh how I LOVE September). It’s rather made me want some new footwear for myself and for anyone over school age the answer to my question above is probably yes your shoes do still fit but perhaps we would rather like some new ones. So for the... Read More


New Season , Bring it On

Sharing some of our best selling new pieces this week. The slightly bonkers but rather wonderful brand that is Me369 is back. Printed silk dresses and skirts, my personal favourite is the Francine maxi length shirt dress with a tiger and fairground ‘Fun’ on the back, statement dressing I would say. We have also had our first delivery of Brazilian brand Farm Rio. Bold, bright dresses for which they plant a tree in the Amazon for every item purchased, they have already planted way more than 50,000 trees. They do... Read More


Lusting Fairisle

If ever there was a morning to think of new knitwear… Our first delivery of the sustainable, slow-fashion, Suffolk inspired super brand that is Quinton & Chadwick has arrived and whilst it is all British made wool that should bring us over all hot and bothered in August, today I rather fancy it.  Jess Quinton, the designer, takes inspiration from the Suffolk Coast and we could not be prouder to fly the flag for her brand up here. Whilst we have more to come and other colours to add to... Read More


The ‘Best’ Practical Sun Hat

Last week Anna Murphy, Fashion Director at The Times wrote this; ‘A practical sun hat – chapeau! The best I have found after years of looking is from the French brand Travaux En Cours. It comes in assorted neutrals and colours, it is woven out of paper (not that you would know) and the largest size fits even my preposterously large bonce. It’s available from one of my favourite boutiques, the Suffolk-based Collen & Clare’. Wow. Anna Murphy thinks we are good… and so are the hats. We have had... Read More


SALE Time Never Felt SO GOOD..

I am pretty convinced this newsletter will largely go unread, our hearts and minds are clearly focused elsewhere today. But perhaps that provides an opportunity to bag a bargain. Our Sale is up and running from this weekend and it’s a good one. Delighted to share that we have made it to the finals of the Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Muddy Stilettos Awards and have a fighting chance of being crowned Best Women’s Store 2021.  Just like the football the finals start with a clean sheet and so we need to... Read More


Wraparound Windows, Weddings and Winning

The windows this week are a complete wraparound of the latest delivery of our own knitwear. Morgan has created a visual masterclass in how to wear Collen & Clare knitwear, pretty much every piece is in there… In the main window the spotlight is on Lala, our v-neck cardigan in a new cashmere and lambswool mix to create a lighter but perfect layer for the summer. Lala works perfectly with dresses, jeans or over the shoulder for a tennis club vibe but don’t forget Dian, our one size perfection of... Read More


New Season – Get In Quick

I write almost knowing someone will read this and shout at the screen ‘why, oh why, oh why….’, so here goes; The Autumn Winter collections have started to arrive. I know, it makes little sense but without debating the why’s and wherefore’s suffice to say they are rather good.  Our window is all Weekend MaxMara, lots of orange, green, pink and blue, key pieces below but I also have to mention 3 pieces from ‘S MaxMara. The Adesso sweatshirt (it’s a long zip through scuba hoodie, not really a sweatshirt, lost in... Read More


This Week We Were Nominated for an Award AND We Went to Fritton Lake …

The weather has, as it turned out, not stopped play this week at Collen & Clare. We’ve had an away day at the super cool (not so secret) Fritton Lake Members Club (sign me up now please) AND been nominated for an award.  We have often been asked to enter competitions and shied away from them but as we approach 20 years of Collen & Clare we would rather like to try and win one. Muddy Stilettos has over 500,000 subscribers and provides quite the coolest commentary on lifestyle in... Read More


Bold Prints and Patterns But Don’t Neglect…

From the ‘highly reliable’ social barometer that is our shop floor I can report this week of hearing words not uttered for months. I was quietly asked for a ‘cocktail party’ dress. Once our jaws were collectively picked up from the floor, we hustled and bustled with rather glamourous and wonderful results. Spirits are lifting.  Our window is bursting with dress brand of the moment Pink City Prints. Block print specialist Molly Russell brings together artisans and design to create desirable, sustainable fashion (click on the photo to shop or pop... Read More


Exclusive Invitation to Join Us at Fritton Lake Members Club

This is something different and more than a treat… The rather cool venue that is Fritton Lake members club has invited Collen & Clare to come and play for the day and we can bring friends (that’s you…). Spaces are limited but we get to swim, play tennis, volleyball, petanque or perhaps do nothing but lay on a lounger or hang out in the Sauna on the lake. I have it on good authority the weather will be great and the goody bags are shaping up nicely.  Shout with any... Read More


Our Style Edit – Going Out for Grown Ups

The ‘Going Out’ Edit We are perilously close to being able to dress up and go out (or is that ‘go into’ a bar or restaurant) and so this week armed with a wonderful invitation from The Swan Hotel, a rather amazing model and some great dresses we went ‘on location’ to practice how we might do ‘going out’. Photoshoot Credits Model – Charlotte Pallister Art Director – Morgan Richards Photographer – Steve Hodgson Location – The Swan Southwold by kind invitation of the Manager, Liliane Aubourg P.S. The Gold... Read More


A Week of Smiling Eyes…

A Week of Smiling Eyes Things we have learnt this week: you all have very smiley eyes, we are not ‘shop fit’ (…yet!) and everyone needs new clothes (including me). Finding words to describe the pure joy of old school shop keeping seems to be beyond me this morning. Suffice to say I have slept like a baby this week (albeit with dreams of running out of stock, we clearly won’t let that happen) and we are beginning to find the muscle memory associated with being on our feet all... Read More


Hello You… Doors Open 10am on Monday

Hello You, Hello Again or Just Hello We are ready to open our doors on Monday morning at 10am and welcome you warmly.  Yesterday the ‘shop’ team came together for training, final preparations, joyous chat and Morgan’s legendary flapjack and I have to say it was magical to breathe life back into our special building. So what does our new world look like…  We will be open from 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday (and re-opening on Sundays from May 2nd). We ask you to wear a ‘face’ covering at... Read More


Sneaky Peek Inside The ‘New’ Shop

Inside the Shop … Again The store has had a face lift this week, I hope you like it. We managed to salvage the fittings from our Burnham Market shop and miraculously they seem to look just as good in Southwold. There were several stinking hot days last summer when my amazing family lifted, shifted and deconstructed my dream store. To now see those fittings will have a second life is wonderful.  So, I think this week we had better fill this shop with fabulous things to tempt you all,... Read More


Getting Our Boogie Back …

‘Yes Sir, I can Boogie’.  It’s official, we are the exclusive stockist of cult disco brand Brutus Gold. It’s a long story but in recent weeks I have made a friend. His real name is Nigel but his alter-ego is Brutus Gold from the greatest disco show in the world, Love Train (smiling already…?). Brutus has launched his range of organic cotton, hand printed, retro inspired t-shirts and hoodies and chosen us to be his very first stockist. I can’t decide between ‘Young Hearts Run Free’ (favourite song), ‘Do The... Read More


Inside Our Shop…

Almost as good as being in the store… A glimpse of our shop and the wonderful merchandising Morgan and Jo have been up to this week (we thought we needed the practice, just in case we had completely forgotten how to do it). I have tried to pick out in the edit below the items that my eye rested on but shout if I have missed something that you would like to see more of. We are adding newness to the website everyday, just click on the photo to go... Read More


Our Best Selling Brand …

One of the questions I get asked most is ‘what is your best selling brand?’ Finally I have an answer, caveated of course (my husband says I have a future career in politics…) by how you define ‘best selling’ – is it number of units, number of orders, value of orders, gross profit – you get where I am going… Whichever way you cut it there is a very strong performer and it is Black Colour. A Danish brand that has been one of the best companies to work with... Read More


Feeling The Love, Sending The Love?

Sending Love From signet rings to signature scents reminding us of travels past or planned. From boots to stomp across fields in together, or just bags of love, I think we have something for everyone this month to let them know we are thinking of them, missing them, wanting them or just appreciating them.  Not normally one for all the commerciality of Valentine’s but I think this year feels a little different, we could all do with a hug and if we can help you with that just shout.  P.S.... Read More


Newness At Last, Spirits Are Lifting

Cold it may be but we have fabulous new deliveries arriving and all of a sudden our spirits are lifting. For the first time this week I ventured away from my black uniform of recent months and I felt better for it. So today we showcase some of our best-selling brands, coincidently all with a heavy dose of French influence, strong back stories and ethical credentials. American Vintage (rather confusingly a French brand) can do no wrong with its light, lofty knits perfect for colourful layering along with Flotte, the cool... Read More


Our Crazy – But Great – ‘Hope’ Sale

The sky has rather demanded that we start to look forward with ‘hope’ this week with some spectacular sunrises and sunsets here on the east coast.  So here we go, I have gone a little crazy and marked down an awful lot of good stuff for full and final reductions. It won’t get better than this, we have priced each item individually many with 70% off, we are making way for a new season, this is the last time I will talk ‘Sale’. In other housekeeping news, we have had... Read More


Time To Look After Ourselves

Cutting to the chase….. Whether we are juggling home schooling, working from home, missing family, missing friends or missing whatever we can remember of normal life I feel we are in need of digging deep right now.  The world appears to have fallen off kilter and whilst it sorts itself out we need to hunker down (my 12 year told me yesterday ‘nobody says hunker down… duh’, I kinda need support to tell him some of us do). So this week is short and sweet and nothing to do with... Read More


We’ve Added More Good Stuff to the SALE

Welcoming 2021 With a Renewed Sense of Hope  As we plan for this new year, I hope we don’t forget some of the things we learnt last year and rush back to our old ways. If your plans for this year include more conscious buying decisions, to buy less but buy better, then you may wish to take a look at the below. We have added several new and rather key brands to our Sale today and increased the discount on many items to 50% off, but it is the... Read More


Conscious Christmas Shopping

With great joy we open our doors tomorrow morning at 10am. We are prepped and ready (well, we will be by tomorrow morning, hoping the elves come overnight to clean up the chaos we created today unpacking new goodies). But before tomorrow we are taking a moment to reflect and consider. This year feels more than ever to be a ‘Conscious Christmas’, one requiring and demanding more thought and consideration, not just about who we will see and how we will celebrate but also about the gifts we give.  We... Read More


25% Off Our BOTW Max Mara – Oh Yes, Weekend and ‘S MaxMara

25% Off Weekend Max Mara… It’s a big one this week, our BOTW is Italian power house Max Mara.  I wouldn’t normally discount, but these are not normal times, this is a moment for us all. Perhaps it’s a gift idea or more importantly a treat to self. I have chosen a few of the key pieces below, largely from our window but sometimes with Max Mara it is the least photogenic, least shouty pieces that will become a wardrobe staple.  Just enter BOTW in the ‘Got a discount code’... Read More


Dress it Up, Dress it Down – Jumper 1234

Dress it up, dress it down is a well used fashion phase perfect for our brand of the week Jumper1234. I’ve taken the best pieces to create two different brand blending rails, with lockdown and winter ahead there has never been a better time to shop this brilliant brand. DRESS IT UP… Somehow the simple luxe of a cashmere roll neck is the perfect foil for festive sequins, take your pick for colour, a cherry red, new neon’s or ever classic black. The neater shape of a Joan Vee neck... Read More


That Spooky Feeling 🎃

A Spooky Week Ahead  It seems only fitting to share our ‘Haunted House’ window with you as the half-term break kicks off. In addition to the window pieces I have added some of the new goodies that have arrived this week, luckily lots with a hint of halloween orange, blood red wine, witchy black or frankly rather scary moths. Worth commenting on are the Mou boots that have just arrived, taking ‘house slippers’ to a new level and the inspiring story behind new earring brand Vurchoo. Alex, a former graffiti... Read More


Coats can be pretty

Statement Outerwear Everyone loves a new coat and if ever there were a season to up your outerwear game it is Autumn Winter 2020. This weeks #brandblending rail proves that coats can be pretty and you don’t have to leave the glamour indoors. The French brand Dualist is new to the UK this season, warm, eco and super cool – the metallic linings give your face it’s very own uplighting. Genius! Pattern comes from fairisle knits and texture from corduroy and velvet, all beautifully cosy with added luxe. The ultimate... Read More


Bohemian Winter Brand Blending

There is a definite change of season in the air, the endless summer of 2020 a distant memory, fading fast. We are now looking winter fully in the face and it’s going to be a long one, sigh… So to the positives, the wafty dress trend that we embraced over the summer has morphed into the ultimate Boho layer fest for autumn/winter. You can wear your summer dresses in all their floaty, pretty glory or add some newness from our favourites Ba&sh and Black Colour. Add textural knitwear from Me369... Read More


Our ‘Ask The Expert’ Series Continues with Gallivant Founder, Nick

For the next in our ‘Ask the Expert’ series we turned to ‘Best Niche Fragrance’ winner of the year 2020, Nick Steward Founder and Creator of Gallivant perfumes. We have been selling Gallivant fragrances for some time now and love the story behind each one, the passion and professionalism that defines Nick and his approach to what is effectively a dark and mysterious industry. The question we wanted to ask Nick is; ‘Whilst our travel options are limited, what fragrances best inspire the destinations we wish we were visiting?’ His... Read More


Most Wanted this Week

And suddenly thoughts turn to boots (and even socks…)  For the last few winters we have had a sell out boot from Scandinavian footwear brand Shoe The Bear (bonkers name but great boots) called Agda. Functional and fashionable we have not been able to get enough and still need more. But this year Agda has competition and judging from the last week it appears to be stiff competition. May we introduce Bex in leather with shearling detail, a nod to a hiking boot and a great crepe sole. Perfect for... Read More


Our ‘Ask The Expert’ Series Starts with ‘How to deal with “Maskne”‘ by Mandy Oxley Swan

For the first of our #AskTheExpert series we knew exactly who to turn to and what to ask of them. Mandy Oxley Swan has been a friend of ours for many years and is our go-to skin and beauty expert. One of London’s top facialists she is a sought after adviser and our resident sage on all things skin care.  So the most pressing first question we need to ask our expert is; ‘All this mask wearing is taking it’s toll on our skin, can you help please?’ “Maskne. A... Read More


Forever Summer Our Coolest Edit

Our first photoshoot for too long was down on the farm, the harvest is in and the fields provided the perfect backdrop for our high summer collection from Dream. A new brand to collen & clare this summer, Dream is from Greece and whilst we have talked about it a lot there were some styles that we just didn’t have shots of, hence the new looks you see here. All made from super lightweight cotton these really are the cool wardrobe additions we all need right now, literally. The check... Read More


Brand Blending – Blush Neutrals

The prettiest of seasonal blush tones paired with classic neutrals and an accent of tobacco. Not an obvious colour combination but to us, it feels beautifully calming and modern. We’re dreaming of sun kissed skin with this edit. Bare legs with a gauzy skirt from Black Colour or the “is it, isn’t it?” animal print chiffon from our favourite dutch brand Moliins. If you are feeling brave you could double up the prints and layer over the Bellerose over-shirt, go on, live a little or keep it a perfectly understated with the long... Read More


Brand Blending – Opposites Attract

#brandblending Week Three. Thank you for your ‘shopping’ this last week, it has been wonderful to see so many orders from those we would normally only see ‘in-store’, thank you. If you have any questions setting up an account just email, Claire and I are here to help with styling, gifting and sizing. Service is what we do. Don’t forget to enter FREEPOSTAGE in the promo code box for all orders over £30 and we will start packing.  They say opposites attract and that’s what this rail is all... Read More


Brand Blending – Cool Blues

#brandblending Week Two. This week has been all about setting up ‘click and collect’ from our Southwold store and offering FREEPOSTAGE (just enter this promo code at the checkout) on all web orders over £30, so please keep supporting us, we are doing our best to add newness to our website and adapting to new ways of working. Morgan’s notes for this week are all about ‘Cool Blues’, here’s hoping you too can stay cool over this long, hot, promising weekend. We are Coastal Chic to our core and this... Read More


Brand Blending – Spring Brights

#brandblending is a project we were working on before lockdown became our new way of life and it is very much the brainchild of my wonderful wingwoman Morgan. Whilst she is ‘furloughed’ and ‘locked down’ for now I have taken her notes, literally, and will share them with you weekly as an additional email to our ‘Lockdown Lowdown’, enjoy. “So ‘in in’ is the new ‘out out’ and we’ve all got a little more time on our hands. If like us you’re chartering these unknown waters with lists, endless lists,... Read More


Our Fashion Show is Postponed

But Our Stores Are Open and Full of Mother’s Day Inspiration! In light of the challenges facing us all for the coming weeks we have taken the decision to postpone our Fashion Show at the Sainsbury Centre until the Autumn.  We will be in contact with those who have already paid for tickets over the coming few days, offering a refund, credit or carryover for the re-scheduled date, yet to be finalised.  Our stores remain open and we are following all advice as it comes on a day by day... Read More


Our New Season Key Colour Is…

…Pink, Worth a Look Even If You Think You Don’t Like It. Last week we took a few of our favourite ‘buy it now and wear it now’ pieces to the beach for a photoshoot with renowned skin facialist and all round superstar Mandy Oxley-Swan. By her own admission Mandy’s wardrobe is dominated by black and leopard prints, this ‘hint of pink’ was a brave departure but turns out she loved it, as do we.


Getting Deep, Dark and Dirty With the New Santal Fragrance From Loggique

To celebrate the launch of her new fragrance Santal, Pauline from Loggique will be running a free fun drop-in perfume lab on Friday 21st February at Collen & Clare Southwold between 10am and 5pm. Santal is a sandalwood fragrance with notes of cardamon, papyrus and labdanum. These scents are deep, dark and dirty but blended with a few florals they create the most fascinating of fragrances. And our fun giveaway with any purchase from the Santal range, is a 10ml perfume oil designed by your own hand alongside the perfumer.... Read More


Scent with love…

Make this valentine’s day all about you. Whether you are opting for a romantic date with your better half, spending the day with your girl gang or just chilling at home with a glass of wine for one, our selection of scents will have something to get your heart racing. Love is in the air Whether you are looking for a fancy first date fragrance or something to rock a romantic vibe, then we recommend you take your pick from our Gallivant range. Keep it close to home with ‘London’,... Read More


Free Delivery until Sunday

Free delivery on all orders over £50.00 until midnight on Sunday, just enter the code FREEPOSTAGE at the checkout to receive free standard delivery – if you would like it quicker please email us on  To make it even easier we asked our buyers to pick some sale items that they believe are firmly in the ‘buy now, wear now’ box for him and her and some ‘must have new season’ pieces from the collections that are arriving daily, checking our ‘new in’ is becoming something of a daily... Read More


New Brand Alert – Gallivant

We are very excited to be one of the very few UK stockists who supply Gallivant – an indie perfume from London. With the ethos ‘less is more’ it’s believed that a quality perfume can speak for itself, it doesn’t need to be loud and flashy. Expressing the pleasures of urban exploration, sights, sounds and smells. This unisex perfume takes its inspiration from the most creative destinations. The freedom to wander and travel. The fragrances are not only about capturing the experience of travel but about making life easier –... Read More


What the Collen & Clare Buyers Are Gifting This Christmas

Vanessa & Morgan have chosen the gifts they will be giving this Christmas along with personal wish list items. All orders placed by 10am on Thursday December 19th will arrive in time, so whilst there is no need to panic just yet, it may be time to start serious contemplation. Hoping the inspiration from two girls that do a lot of shopping helps! Party girl… Smart man… Must have accessories… Jewel gifts… Cosy knits… Staying in… Or walking out…


Three Ways to wear the midi dress…

As the party season approaches, it comes natural for us all to want an extra bit of glam to our day to day outfits. We are no longer saving those ‘party frocks’ and heels for after dark parties, we are turning bold and glittering in daylight. We have rounded up three ways you can wear Baum Und Pferdgarten’s midi dress both day and night. Smart casual chic: Whether you are heading on a daytime date, or enjoying a stroll round the Christmas markets, this is the perfect ‘smart casual’ way... Read More


Shop our Proudly Independent High Street

Southwold invites you to shop our Proudly Independent High Street on Saturday 7th December 2019 all day until 7pm.  Join us in Southwold on Saturday December 7th for a day of Proudly Independent Shopping. We will all be offering festive cheer, great service, great product (we genuinely believe you can do almost all your shopping in this town) music, mince pies and mulled wine. With the promise of ‘flash mob’ carol singers up and down the High Street – some of them being led by our very own Morgan – who... Read More


The Autumn Edit …

…. from our buyer Morgan Remember, remember the 5th of November knitwear, layers and boots.The clocks have fallen back and my thoughts turn to all things cosy. It seems there is a new season dress code, lighter weight dresses and skirts are given longevity by layering with chunky knits and pairing with a knee boot or a heavier ‘hob nail’. I’ve already treated myself to the ultimate winter coat. The Urbani, does it all, chic yet utterly waterproof and warm (I should know I walk to work and have tested... Read More


Shop Our Heritage Check Edit

Checks are firmly on the fashion agenda this autumn. This week we have chosen some of our favourite statement pieces that make us feel equally “To The Manor Born” but oh so bang on trend, cries of “fire up the Aga” and “walkies” can be heard across the nation.


Your Invitation To Our New Season Launch – Shoe The Bear

We are kicking off the New Season with a Southwold in-store event on Thursday 29th August 5:30-8pm.                         You are invited to join us for the launch of our Autumn collections and a pop-up showcase of cool Scandi footwear brand, Shoe the Bear. Reasons to join us: Adnams will be in-store with a pop-up “gin in a tin” bar We have 40 shoe care kits to give away with every Shoe the Bear purchase (each kit is worth £35) We... Read More


All Things Aldeburgh

With Aldeburgh Carnival taking place this weekend and Collen and Clare’s Caudalie Day happening shortly after on Wednesday 21st, it seems that Aldeburgh is the place to be this August! There’s so much to see and do in the gorgeous seaside town we call home, so we’ve put together a little Collen and Clare guide of some of our favourite spots for you. One of our favourite things to do – other than shopping, of course – is to explore some of the fantastic places to eat and drink around... Read More


Festival Fever

With Latitude just around the corner kicking off a summer full of festival fun, we have put together some of our favourite looks to see you through a weekend of singing and dancing. A gorgeous pair of For Art’s Sake sunglasses and Essential Antwerp’s iridescent jacket will have you festival ready come rain or shine. We love Alexa Chung’s Barbour jackets to keep you looking stylish into the evenings paired with a chunky Grenson boot – perfect for marching through the fields and dancing the night away, just add glitter!... Read More


Ahoy There Art Lovers!

Our Christmas Angel windows were such a hit that we have commissioned our favourite artist, James Straffon, to create a permanent installation in our Southwold store. We are thrilled to be collaborating with James again, whose clients include The British Embassy Luxembourg, Tate Modern, The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Paul Smith and of course, Collen & Clare! We will be celebrating this Saturday, opening at 10am to reveal the artwork with drinks, the artist himself in residence, and the opportunity to purchase original artwork. We would love you to... Read More


Caudalie – Summer Essentials

At last, some real sunshine has hit the skies and we can’t wait to get our swimmers on and take a trip down the beach. However we won’t be going anywhere without packing our suncream and skin protecting essentials. Caudalie has produced not just a very beautifully smelling sun cream, but a collection that is highly protective and environmentally friendly too. A selection of the safest UVA/UVB filters have been used to ensure maximum protection without the use of harmful nano-particles. Caudalies formulas are biodegradable for minimum environmental impact to... Read More


Barbour by Alexa Chung

Leading heritage and lifestyle brand, Barbour is collaborating for the first time with fashion brand, Alexa Chung to create a collaboration which sees outerwear from the archives re-imagined through the Alexa Chung lens. This collection explores tradition, craftsmanship, modernity and character to create pieces that are both timeless and energised. “Some of my happiest memories have unfolded in a Barbour. The smell of the wax alone makes me feel like I’m home. For me Barbour has been part of my childhood, my coming of age and I am extraordinarily proud... Read More


Find Your Fit at our Bra Fitting Event

FIND YOUR FIT We firmly believe that the key to a great outfit is it’s foundation. Let our expert fitters from Wacaol and Fantasie find your perfect fitting bra. 10am – 4pm on Thursday 30th May at our Southwold store. Please call 01502 724823 or email to book your appointment as spaces are limited. “Make the most of what you’ve got!” WACOALEmbrace Lace Contour Bra in Lilac Grey/Multi £46.00 WACOALAphrodite Fuller Figure Bra in White £46.00 WACOALHalo Lace Soft Cup Bra in Sweet Pink £26.00 FANTASIECarla U/W Side Support Bra in... Read More


Birdie Fortescue’s Guest Buyer’s Picks

“This weekend we open the doors on our new location in Burnham Market, most recently the home of well known interior designer and specialist antiques dealer Birdie Fortescue. Earlier this week Birdie and I met up at her showroom in Fakenham and over coffee we talked about our mutual love of all things furniture and fashion. It is with great pleasure that we share our Guest Buyer’s Picks this week – Birdie has chosen some favourites from our collection and I have had great fun choosing some superb pieces from her website.... Read More


NEW Location, Location, Location!

Please join us to celebrate our ‘new home’ in Burnham Market anytime between 11am – 5pm on Saturday May 18th 2019. We will have fizz aplenty, stylists on hand to introduce our collections and our Scent-Maker-Alchemist Pauline Bickerton will be hosting her own ‘Candle Lab’ to launch our lifestyle brand, Loggique. To make the move happen we will be closed in Burnham Market for a week from Sunday 12th May re-opening on Saturday 18th May. You will find us opposite Satchells and adjacent to North Street Bistro at: 16-18 North... Read More


Laboratory Perfume – Let’s Go Eco

Laboratory Perfumes is not your ordinary fragrance house… since its creation in London in 2011, it has pursued the qualities that make up timelessly wearable scents that both men and women love. During a time when many perfumes tend to lean towards something very over complicated and exclusionary, Laboratory Perfume showcases a breath of fresh air. We are in love with three scents, Amber, Gorse and Samphire. Each scent has been scientifically formulated to create something rather charming and unique to every individual wearer. Taking a step back from the... Read More


Caudalie Marie Claire Award 2019

Caudalie has done it again, they never fail to let us down when it comes to great skincare! Recently claiming an award for Marie Claire’s Prix D’Excellence Beauty Award 2019, Caudalies Vinopure collection is one that your beauty bag cannot be without! Powered by salicylic acid plus a blend of grape polyphenols and six organic oils, the Vinopure collection helps to unclog pores whilst acting as a barrier against the production of acne bacteria. Using 100% natural scent ingredients, our skin is left feeling clean with a breath of freshness after every application.... Read More


Our Brand Focus This Week Is…

…Our own label! Our runways this week, in all stores, are showcasing our latest ‘own label’ collections and we couldn’t be prouder. For the first time we have a signature leather bag collection. The three styles are made with high quality smooth cognac leather with fluo and tassel detailing, our own ‘ticking’ lining and super dust bags. Vanessa and Morgan have worked on the designs and had the tough job of testing them for months and they now appear to have a bag for every occasion. For our own high-quality... Read More


Sanoflore; The kind way to look after your skin

Introducing the newest addition to our beauty and skincare department, Sanoflore has been creating certified organic skincare since 1972 and we are loving it. Crafted from the purest botanical plants located in the Vercors Natural Park in the South of France, the region is one of Europe’s most protected from pesticides and has been for more than 45 years. All products are not only kind to the skin but manufactured from renewable resources and with the environment in mind, complying with the ECOCERT certification standards. This season we introduce two... Read More


Join us at our “Candle Lab” – so much better for you than an Easter Egg ….

Join us in our Southwold store on Thursday 18th April between 3pm and 7pm…     …to launch our new collection of Loggique candles, diffusers, handwashes and moisturisers. Come and meet Pauline Bickerton, Scent-Maker-Alchemist (how cool a job title is that…) and take part in our ‘Candle Lab’.     Pauline will be on hand to introduce you to the brand – all Made in Suffolk – and for this evening only you can design your own scented candle. Pauline will be bringing with her the whole range of candle... Read More


Our Summer Dressing Candy Crush

The clocks have gone forward, the days are longer and we’re feeling the need for a shot of colour in our spring wardrobe. If like us the invitations are dropping on the doormat on a daily basis (not really but you get the idea) and you’re looking for a couple of outfits that will be flexible  enough to take you through the season, whether its a wedding, the races, dinner with friends or a family BBQ then we think we’ve got what you’re looking for. Our Sherbet Lemon from Baum... Read More


Noble Isle – Exclusive Interview

Our very own Managing Director Vanessa speaks to Noble Isle founder Katy in an exclusive interview below. They discuss the highs and lows of the high street and the best moments/memories within Collen & Clare’s journey! There has been a growing trend of consumers shopping from their arm chairs and turning to online shopping instead. But would you want the British High Street to suffer and see shops close? We certainly wouldn’t! There is something very special and incredibly British about wandering round the serenely, idyllic towns across the UK... Read More


The New Rixo London ‘Love Over Gold’ collection…..

The Rixo London launch party for the ‘Love Over Gold’ collection was a heady mix of floral wallpapers, real life fruit and vegetable market stalls, ‘Feeling Fruity’ signs and an under current of gold chain link prints. Our edit of dresses, skirts, tops and even a ‘body’ combine and clash all of these influences into what is quite the strongest Rixo London collection we have seen. All of the outfits and accessories below are in our Southwold store this weekend (Aldeburgh and Burnham Market stores will receive their collections next... Read More


New Season Focus

The sun came out and we headed to the beach to shoot some of our new season favourite looks from our Super Scandi Brands Baum und Pferdgarten and Essentiel Antwerp. With a focus on colour that you can wear now without freezing, we layered up for a feminine but strong look.   Belstaff – Marvingt 2.0 Leather Biker Jacket in Black | £895.00 Essentiel Antwerp – Sicile Sweater in Blue Lagoon | £209.00 Sebastian Ruffle Wrap Skirt in Tiger Skin | £139.00 Think of this look as a brand new... Read More


Brilliant Boutiques – We Made It!

Last month the Sunday Telegraph Stella magazine asked for nominations from its readers for the best boutiques in the country. We are absolutely delighted and over the moon thrilled to say thank you, thank you, thank you to you all for your support – We made the list, we are officially a ‘brilliant boutique’. Many of you sent us copies of your nominations and we can only say how touched we have been, such enthusiasm and warmth. We love what we do but this has just given us an added... Read More


We Heart ❤ New Season

Whilst the message this week is clearly one of love we can’t help being slightly distracted by the all the new season goodies dropping everyday. Collen & Clare HQ is a veritable chocolate box of goodies. The big question is what to wear now, whilst the thermometer may at times suggest deep winter our fashion instinct senses spring is in the air. So we have chosen some key wardrobe candy for your delectation this week. Jumper1234 Summer Rainbow Crew in Candy | £179.00 A great transitional piece, feeling truly new... Read More


The New Way to Wear Wood – Branch Jewellery

Introducing the new way to wear jewellery… Branch Jewellery have produced some stunning collections that give your jewellery box a well needed makeover! Founded in 2003 by Jewellery designer Wendy Pickard who had an eye for using nature and local woods as inspiration from a very young age. Making her first ever necklaces with the imagination of acorns and whatever else she could get her hands on! Branch Jewellery quickly grew a reputation for timeless style, bold designs and originality with their distinctive pieces. Having evolved over the years with... Read More


Stella Magazine – Best Independent Boutique

We have been overwhelmed with the responses we have received to our ‘We need you’ email last week and just wanted to say thank you to all of those who have taken the time to email to nominate us for the Best Independent Boutique list 2019. The results will be published on February 17th 2019 in the Stella Magazine – until then we wait with baited breath and pretty much everything crossed…….. Words from our Founder Vanessa on why she hopes we make the list…… I would like to nominate our... Read More


Behind the Brand – Essentiel Antwerp

Recently featuring in celebratory ‘Hello’ magazine, we can’t wait to share with you our latest collection from Essentiel Antwerp along with some behind the brand information! Essentiel is a Belgium fashion brand that was created in 1999 beginning with their first collection consisting of just four t-shirts that were available in 20 different colours. These were soon a major hit selling out fast which then lead to the first store opening in Belgium’s city of Antwerp in the year 2000. Behind the brand is founders Inge Onsea and Esfan Eghtessadi,... Read More


Our Fashion New Year Resolutions

As 2018 comes to a close our thoughts turn to the new year and some of the key themes we believe will help you make great ‘New Year Wardrobe Resolutions’, no calorie counting, dry January’s or gym memberships here …. just good honest suggestions for a happy you however many resolutions fall by the wayside ….. 1. SOURCE SUSTAINABLY  Merveilleuse Rich Moisturiser | £43.00 Top of our resolution list this year is to be more environmentally conscious and choose sustainably sourced items. Every year, thousands of tonnes of clothes are thrown... Read More


Hark The Movie – Herald Angels

If you have any connection to our stores, our locations or just need to feel a little Christmassy, then settle down for the next 10 minutes with a glass of something festive and let us entertain you. This Christmas we commissioned artist James Straffon to create installations for all of our store windows with a contemporary take on stained glass windows and inspiration take from the carved angels in the roof of the beautiful St Edmunds Church, Southwold. James has worked all over the world, his clients include The British... Read More


What’s on our Wish List

Whether we are prepared or not, Christmas is fast approaching… Did you know it is just 6 shopping days left until the big day! If you are like us and have left all your shopping until the last minute (same as every year!), don’t panic you are in the right place and we are on hand to give you some well needed inspiration! We know it can be rather daunting with so many items to look through, so many people to buy for and so limited time…how do you know... Read More


Stocking Fillers – Orelia

No matter what your age, you are never too old for a stocking on Christmas day. We love the idea of waking up to a bundle of handpicked presents beautifully gift wrapped awaiting for us by the fire! We couldn’t think of better stocking filler ideas than the jewellery from one our all time favourite brands – Orelia. Orelia began in 2007 creating timeless accessories combining precious components and beautiful charms without breaking the bank. We love the use of colour and inspirational stories behind each collection. You can layer... Read More


Brand Focus – Jumper1234, the slogan collection…

Jumper1234 has become one of our best brands as judged by sales and staff demand (many of us have multiple pieces in our collections already) and the latest drop looks like it could be the best yet. We love the way these jumpers fit and feel, making everyday dressing somehow easy. Worn with jeans casually or under a jacket for a more serious silhouette, take your pick. This latest collection is all about the ‘slogan’ but a little bit about the brand first. Jumper 1234 began in 2014 with a... Read More


A Very Special Christmas Experience with Collen & Clare

With Christmas just round the corner, we are already starting to get just a little excited here at Collen & Clare HQ… Inspired by The Swan being added to our favourite Mr and Mrs Smith list of ‘cool hotels’ we have teamed up to offer a special Christmas shopping package. If you are like us and haven’t even started your planning yet, don’t worry you are in luck with a exclusive 2 night Southwold experience! Arriving on Friday evening with a welcoming glass of mulled wine at The Swan Southwold,... Read More


Brand Focus: Air & Grace

Being one of the comfiest shoes in fashion right now, we can’t stop wearing our favourite Air & Grace designs! Founded by Claire Burrows who began with a vision to create great shoes that make us feel amazing. Launching with a simple philosophy ‘made beautiful for busy feet’, we feel that every individual can most definitely relate to this. Whether you are a workaholic, shopaholic or busy run-around parent, you want to look great but feel comfortable in what you are wearing. Our very own Vanessa Collen went behind the... Read More


Videos of our AW18 Fashion Show

    Last week as many of you will know, we hosted our biggest fashion show to date. We would like to give a special thank you to everyone who helped make the night so special and to Spring in Southwold for creating the brilliant videos below which highlight our catwalk looks, capture the night and tell the amazing story of our friend Georgie, who inspired the night. We raised an amazing £4,000 on the evening for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and will continue to collect donations for the... Read More


Collen & Clare Fashion Show 2018

Last Thursday, we hosted our annual Fashion Show at the gorgeous Henham Barns in Southwold. The night was in aid of the brilliant East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity, and we are pleased to announce that we were able to raise over £4,000. The Fashion Show was based around key looks from our Autum / Winter collection, with local models taking centre stage on the runway wearing some of our favourite brands including, Rixo London, DvF, Michael Kors, Belstaff and Max Mara, just to name a few! A big thank you... Read More


Lore Originals; the intelligent way to look after hair

    Just as the season changes, so should your hair-care regime and this season we are super excited to introduce you to our newest beauty brand, Lore Originals. Brought to us by the team behind the iconic Taylor Taylor London, Lore Originals delivers a super effective unisex haircare routine, with products promising to provide long lasting health for all hair types.  The core collection is made of up a capsule of 6 multi-use formulas, allowing you to streamline your everyday hair-care routine to a speedy and effortless regime. The capsule... Read More


‘Let There Be Light’ Fashion Show

We are super excited to invite you to join us on the 20th of September for our annual Charity Fashion Show. This year, we are supporting the East Anglian Air Ambulance, who have attended over 22,000 lifesaving missions since their launch in 2000. By kind invitation of Hektor and Sarah Rous, the evening will be hosted at the beautiful Henham Barns, near Southwold.  Expect a fashion-packed evening, showcasing our latest brands along with must-have’s for the upcoming season. The evenings events will kick off at 7pm with a champagne arrival. There... Read More


Inspirational Women

Behind every great brand is a great woman. We put the spotlight on some of the most influential women in fashion and share why they inspire us at Collen & Clare.   Penelope Chilvers  Image Source: Penelope Chilvers  During a stint living in Barcelona, working as an artist and designer, Penelope Chilvers discovered a love of riding in the Collserola Park. The search for the perfect riding boots was the first step towards building her own footwear brand. Unable to find anything suitable in the local shops and marketplaces, Penelope... Read More


Brand Focus: Chiltern Street Studio

Ranked in the Most Influential Top 100 list of people in fashion, the Chiltern Street Studio team brings exciting and inspiring brands such as Jumper 1234, Bellerose, and Lisa Taylor to Collen & Clare. Headed up by Jane Wilson & Denise Tavernier who have over 25 years experience in the industry, Chiltern Street Studio offers a reputable platform for sales and distribution of unique and sought after brands. Whilst visiting the duo on our latest buying trip, we thought it was only fitting to throw some questions at the team for... Read More


Collen & Clare’s Guide To Southwold

Voted one of the UK’s best seaside towns by The Rough Guide in 2017, Southwold is the perfect place to come and unwind. Boasting the Adnams Brewery and Distillery on your doorstep, stunning sandy beaches, an iconic pier, an array of eateries and independent shops, there is something for everyone. If you are planning a trip to our quintessentially British seaside town, but want some insiders tips on where to stay and things to do, then look no further than our guide below.   Where to stay: The Swan Hotel Perhaps the... Read More


Our Sale Must-Haves

  Our Summer Sale is in full-swing, and it is the perfect time to bag yourself a bargain. With upto 60% off our top designers, there really is no better time to shop our edit. Take a look below at our sale must-haves or browse the full collection here.     Rino & Pelle Soft Leather Ruffle Jacket | Was £299 Now £149.50    Timeless and practical, the leather jacket is an iconic wardrobe essential and the Ruffle Jacket from Rino & Pelle is no exception. Crafted in a butter... Read More


Festival Style Guide

  With Latitude kicking off the start of the festival season next week, there was no better reason for us to head to the countryside to shoot our key styles for this years events. Expect to find feminine floaty dresses, teamed with  hardy metallic boots, bright pops of colours and plently of accessories to keep you dancing till dawn.  Whatever festival you are off to this Summer, our edit of foolproof outfits will have you covered for the weekend; whilst offering plenty of choice whatever the weather may throw at... Read More


Southwold Arts Festival 23rd – 30th June

The Southwold Arts Festival is back for another year, kicking off this Saturday, the 23rd of June for eight-days of music, drama, poetry, visual art, photography, dance talks and literature. The acclaimed event will launch with the annual Street Festival at 12 noon, which features musicians, performers, dancers, stalls and a fancy dress parade. The following seven days sees a whole host of cultural activities being hosted around Southwold.  For the latest timetable and ticket prices please click here.  Here at Collen & Clare, we are super excited to join in... Read More


Southwold Bra Fitting Event 14th June

This Thursday the 14th of June, we are hosting a Bra Fitting Event in our Southwold Store, in aid of Breast Cancer Research.  Expert bra fitters from Wacoal will be on hand throughout the day to give you one-on-one advice, helping you find the perfect fit, whilst we will provide you will plenty of cups of tea! With every bra sold, we will be donating £1 to Breast Cancer Research, so there really is no better time to find your fit and do your bit!   Our top 5 reasons... Read More


New Season Rixo London

Rixo has just arrived to Collen & Clare, and we can’t wait to show you our latest edit. SS18 sees the brand deliver a stunning selection of new patterns, all of which have been expertly hand-crafted in their London studio.  Expect to find all of your favourite silhouettes as well as some new styles, all decorated in this season’s must-have prints. First up is their ‘Under the Sea’ pattern.  Inspired by a magical kingdom which lies in the dark depths of the ocean, this mesmerising sea life print features hand painted... Read More


The Dress Edit

Summer is fast approaching, and with the new season comes plenty of excuses for a new dress. Whether you are heading to Garden Party or a Wedding, hitting the Beach or City we have a gorgeous edit of must-have dresses for you to slip into this Summer.     Rixo London Emma 30s Bunch Floral Print Dress | £305 No matter where you are heading, The Emma Dress from Rixo ticks all the right boxes. With its calf skimming length, high side slits and a gorgeous floral print, this feminine... Read More


How To Care For Swimwear

So you have found the perfect swimsuit for your holiday, but how do you keep it looking new for seasons to come? Often swimsuits can quickly tire and breakdown as the result of chemicals such as chlorine, sunscreen and deodorant. However, by taking time to follow these simple steps you can easily prolong the life of your swimwear.   Once you have finished swimming or sunbathing, hand wash your swimsuit in luke warm water with a mild soap to ensure that all traces of chlorine and salt, which will slowly... Read More


Treat Weekend

This weekend, we are treating our lovely customers to £20 off every £150 spent – the perfect excuse to get your hands on those special items that you’ve had your eyes on all season! Stuck for inspiration? Why not take a look at what our Head Office staff have picked! Vanessa The Divine Oil  and Scrub from Caudalie are both bathroom essentials for getting my skin ready for the summer months. The Divine Scrub promises to leave skin soft, silky and delicately scented with its unique blend of plant oils and... Read More


Buyers New Season Picks

Last week felt like the start of Summer in Southwold, and to make the most of the beautiful sunshine we decided to shoot our Buyers New Season Picks to show you all what we will be wearing this season. Whether you have a special occasion in the diary or are gearing up for Latitude Festival, we have a range of gorgeous collections for you to choose from.   Elegant and bohemian, the Waist Tie Maxi Dress from Diane Von Furstenberg is a real show stopper. Cut from a luxurious woven... Read More


Collen & Clare’s Secret Sale 2018

It is that time of year again, the Collen & Clare Secret Sale is back and bigger than ever for 2018! Once again, the sale will be hosted at the Southwold Arts Centre, which is located in St Edmunds Halls on Cumberland road. Running from Thursday the 5th to Saturday the 7th of April and there are certainly steals to be had! With many designer items priced at £20 or less, you would be crazy to miss this sale. Expect to find a range of exciting goodies from brands such... Read More


12th April New Season Shopping Event

With the clocks going forward this weekend and the weather ever so slightly warmer, Spring is definitely in the air!  To celebrate, we invite you to join us on the 12th of April for our New Season Shopping Event. The night will be hosted in our Southwold store and kicks off at 5pm with fizz and a showcase of our wonderful goodies that will ease you into the warmer months! Along with gorgeous clothes and accessories, the lovely Lynda from Delilah will be in-store to give a master class in this... Read More


Mother’s Day Gift Guide

  If you are still on the hunt of what to gift the matriarch of your family for this years Mother’s Day, then you have come to the right place! Whether you are after a simple ‘thank you’ token or the Crème de la crème of gifts, we have something for you. From must – have socks to plush handbags, explore our hand picked selection of gifts suitable for that special someone this Mother’s Day. Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Set | £49  Every Mum deserves a pamper, and the Premier Cru... Read More


Belstaff SS18 Edit

  New season fashion has arrived, and we couldn’t be more excited. First in-store is British heritage brand, Belstaff. Renowned for iconic outerwear since 1924, Belstaff is now a global luxury lifestyle brand which caters for those with a modern lifestyle. From classic biker jackets to investment leather pieces, Belstaff promises to bring a slice of British legacy to any wardrobe. This season, expect to find new silhouettes as well as much – loved classics. Key pieces include the luxurious Kentledge Shearling Parka, the practical Wembury Wax Coat and the... Read More


Buyer’s Sale Picks

If you haven’t had a browse at our fantastic Winter Sale then now is the time to do so, as all clothing and accessories are now discounted with 50% off!  Sale shopping is the perfect time to build your wardrobe, however it can be daunting and with so many items to look through it can be hard to know where to start!  But our Buyer’s are here to help, and have shared their key sale pieces which will work in all wardrobes.   Timeless classics with high price tags often... Read More


Rixo London Pre SS18

Rixo London is back, bringing their gorgeous collection of dresses and blouses for Pre SS18.  Once again, the girls at Rixo London are offering distinctively British and vintage inspired pieces, which surpass any trend or fad for a timeless quality. Expect to find both new and old silhouettes from the brand, all that have been adorned with eye catching prints something which has become synonymous with Rixo London. For SS18, expect to find a sea of vibrant colours which are set against sumptuous silk fabrics along with dazzling sequin pieces and... Read More


How To Care For Cashmere

Winter has well and truly arrived, and as the temperature drops there is only one thing for it…Cashmere! The quintessential of luxury, this super soft fabric is an essential in many wardrobes. Despite this, caring for your cashmere can seem both a little daunting and time consuming. Due to the fine properties of the fabric, cashmere is prone to pilling and worse still, is much loved by hungry moth larvae! But fear not, with a good care routine you will be able to get the best out of your woollies... Read More


Our Christmas Wish List

Christmas is fast approaching and if like us, you still have the majority of your Christmas Shopping to do, then you have come to the right place!  Whether you are after ultimate gifting from the likes of Mulberry, Penelope Chilvers,  Orwell + Austen and ChloBo  or unforgettable stocking fillers from Caudalie, Orelia, Becksondergaard, Annick Goutal and Delilah Cosmetics we have something for everyone. Still stuck for ideas? Then read below to find out what is on our Christmas Wish List this year, happy shopping!   ChloBo Double Devotion Set of 2 Bracelets... Read More


A Very Collen & Clare Christmas

Welcome to Christmas at Collen & Clare.   Inspired by the trend for festive animal decor, we invite you to explore our Christmas Menagerie. Expect to find a family of embellished wild animals inhabiting our stores. Adorned in a mixture of gorgeous prints and luxurious materials from some of our favourite designers, this family is certainly ready for the party season!   Diane von Furstenberg Long Sleeved Collared Flare Shirt Dress | £414  Sargossa Inspire Nappa Heel Shoe | £220 Icelyn Feather Jumper | £289  S Max Mara Vadare... Read More


The UGG Edit

    Explore our latest edit of luxurious footwear from UGG. From the iconic sheepskin Classic Mini Boot to the Leather Niels Biker Boot, there is something for all styles.   Reykir Boot Designed with a sumptuous sheepskin lining,  the Reykir  Boots are perfect for battling the elements with. A hybrid of style and function, the Reykir Boots feature a waterproof suede outer with contrasting sheepskin panels for a statement making finish. Reykir Waterproof Boot in Black | £250 Viki Boot An update to the classic hiker boot, the Viki Boot from... Read More


AW17 ‘Winter is Coming’ Fashion Show

Last Friday, the 6th of October, we hosted our biggest Fashion Show to date in aid of the fantastic charity, Street Child.  The event was a huge success, and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came and made the evening so memorable! The Fashion Show was based around five key looks, taken from our Autumn / Winter 17 collections. The show started off with the ‘Winter is Coming’ set. The models wore all things Winter, with luxurious fur lined coats from Joseph and M.i.H taking centre... Read More


‘Winter is Coming’ Fashion Show

We are super excited to announce that on the 6th of October, we will be partnering up with the Charity ‘Street Child’ to bring to you our biggest fashion show yet! Hosted at St Felix School in Southwold, the ‘Winter is Coming’  Fashion Show will celebrate the best of Collen & Clare’s Autumn Winter 2017 collection, whilst supporting this fantastic charity and it’s causes. Street Child strives to ensure that every child has the chance to go to school and has successfully transformed the lives of more than 60,000 children... Read More


Brand Focus: Rixo London

Inspired by an Oriental world, Henrietta and Orlagh, creators of ‘it’ brand Rixo London invite us to journey east with them, with their gorgeous ‘Shanghai Chic’ AW17 collection. Iconic shapes from previous seasons, have been reinvented in stunning hand – painted patterns. Expect to find silky silhouettes, adored with cranes, bamboo, moons and clouds for a grown – up, bohemian aesthetic.           Rixo London Neck Tie Pussybow Blouse in Red | £175  Sadie Mini Star Necktie Blouse | £175  Sadie Necktie Blouse in Green Oriental Sky... Read More


Brand Focus: A Journey

We have been Malene Birger fans for the last 15 years, whether it be whilst she was designing at Day Birger et Mikkelsen or most recently at By Malene Birger. So when we were told about her latest brand A Journey we just had to take a look. This collection is in her own words ‘not about trends or being trendy. It’s me: a modern, travelling, busy woman who is thinking practically’. Practical for Malene means keeping to a neutral palette of dark brown, black, navy and cream – with... Read More


Festival Style Guide

Festival season is in full swing and it is that time of year again where you can be more adventurous with your attire. This year, we have mixed luxury brands such as A’Journey with everyday essentials from Citizens of Humanity to give you a fail – proof festival wardrobe. Take a look at our key festive styles this year and shop our edit at Collen & Clare.    Koren wears: Mads Norgaard Tour Player Solgan Top | £69 Chloe Stora Mustard Stripe Coat | Was £399 Now £279.30 Citizens of Humanity... Read More


What we are wearing to Latitude Festival

Held at Henham Park in Southwold, our favourite festival Latitude is just around the corner. Below we have put together what we will be packing for the weekend. Saturday     American Vintage Katetown Jumpsuit | £130  Lightweight and loosely fitting, the Katetown Jumpsuit from American Vintage will ensure you keep cool and comfortable whilst standing amongst other festival goers. Fuss – free and with a flattering silhouette, you wont want to take it off. Rose Rankin Colt Runner Sneaker | £178 Adorned in a gorgeous glitter embellishment, the Colt... Read More


Fathers Day Gift Guide

Take a look at our favourite Fathers Day gifts to spoil him with this year. From waterproof luggage to ethically sourced swim shorts, we have something for everyone.     Rains Weekend Bag | £65  Memobottle A6 Memo Bottle | £24  Laboratory Perfumes Amber Eau De Toilette |  £65  Corgi Skull and Cross Bone Socks | £18  Annick Goutal 1001 Ouds | £166 (in store only) Brauton Morris Sea Short | £95  Circle of Gentleman Jacinto Shirt | £159.95  (in store only) Newgate The Drummer Watch | £185 


Summer Skincare Essentials

Just like your wardrobe, your skincare should change with the seasons. There is nothing worse than finding your favourite winter cleanser is no longer hitting the mark, but fear not, we are here to suggest the perfect products to give your skin the summer overhaul it needs! First up, the perfect gentle exfoliating cream. We recommend going for a less abrasive exfoliator in the summer months as your skin is less dry and dead skin cells are less likely to build up. We suggest the Gentle Buffing Cream from Caudalie,... Read More


Brand Focus: Delilah

Yesterday, we were lucky enough for the lovely Linda from delilah cosmetics to pop into our Southwold store to give the Collen & Clare team brand training and to demonstrate the wonderful products that delilah has to offer. Headed by Rupet Kingston, Hannah Nicholson and Juliet White, delilah was born from the desire to create a luxury boutique, capsule brand which prides itself in making women of all ages, look and feel beautiful. Driven by a lack of boutique British brands, the team have been inspired buy an abundance of... Read More


The Collen & Clare Secret Sale 2017

After last years super successful Archive Sale,  we are excited to announce that this year we will be hosting a Collen & Clare Secret Sale at the Southwold Arts Centre in St Edmund’s Hall, Southwold. Once again, expect to find designer steals in clothing, footwear, accessories and beauty departments from Max Mara,  Joseph, DvF, MiH, JBrand, Fantasie, Penelope Chilvers, Grenson, T le Clerc, Anya Hindmarch and many, many more. We invite you to join us for a drinks reception on Thursday the 18th of May from 5pm – 8pm.  Due to the... Read More


Brand Focus: RAINS

Spring has finally sprung, and with the new season comes the inevitable April Showers. But fear not, as this is a great excuse to go out and invest in a timeless wardrobe staple, the raincoat. At Collen & Clare, we have a great range of rainwear for both him and her,  from brands such as Barbour, Ilse Jacobsen and RAINS. This season, we have fallen in love with a new brand to Collen & Clare, RAINS. A contemporary Danish label, RAINS was founded in 2012 with the initiative to interpret the classic... Read More


Easter Promotion

This Easter, we are offering our customers £20 off all items when spending £150 or more in-store and online. The promotion will be running between Good Friday and Easter Monday, and this is the perfect time to pick up any new season goodies which you may have had your eyes on! From Diane von Furstenberg to Converse, we have something for everyone. If you are unable to visit one of our three stores this weekend, then simply enter the discount code ‘Easter’ in the promotion field when in the checkout... Read More


Brand Focus: Hope Fashion

Founded by Nayna McIntosh, Hope Fashion was born with the aim of empowering and inspiring women to feel confident when dressing, whatever her size or shape. Spotting a gap in the market for both comfortable and stylish clothing for the over 40’s, Nayna set it her mission to create a collection of elegant and relaxed pieces which will make all women look and feel beautifully confident. Crafted from natural fabrics, her collection is manufactured in both Britain and Italy and Nayna works closely with the manufacturers to ensure that the... Read More


Balance Me Event

  We are delighted to welcome Balance Me’s Head Facial Therapist, Mandy Oxley – Swan, to our Southwold store on Saturday the 8th of April. Offering 25 minute appointments which will include a skin analysis session to investigate you skin needs, a mini facial plus advice on customised products and a complimentary travel size skincare product to take home. On top of this, when purchasing 2 or more face & body products, you will receive a full size ” Radiance face Mask” worth £18. Appointments will be running every 30... Read More


Lingerie Event

We are delighted to announce that we are holding a free lingerie event in both our Burnham Market and Southwold stores later this month. On Tuesday the 4th of April, experts from Wacoal, Fantasie & Freya will be in our Burnham Market store for bra fitting consultations between 10am and 4pm and on the 5th of April they will be carrying our their expertise in our Southwold store. We would love for you to come and join us for the event however, please be aware that spaces are limited so... Read More


Mother’s Day Gift Guide with ChloBo.

With Mother’s day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to make sure that you have the ultimate gift to spoil her with. This year, our eyes are set on ChloBo’s latest range, Love You More. It is an  irresistible collection of mixed metal  jewellery, and features both the brands classic charms along with collection exclusives. Expect to find the brands acclaimed flower heart charm, flower beads, iconic tassels and a sleek moon and star charm, all which carrying the ChloBo essence.  These look great when worn alone... Read More


Brand Focus: Diane von Furstenberg

One of our favourite brands at Collen & Clare, Diane von Furstenberg, has recently had a shake up; appointing famed Scottish Designer Jonathan Saunders as their new Chief Creative Officer.  Notorious for his exceptional eye for colour which is often shown in clashing combinations, it shouldn’t be a surprise that von Furstenberg has chosen him to fulfill the role, with both sharing a passion for a warm embrace of prints. By combining a mix of tones and silhouettes, Saunders has rejuvenated the brand,  evoking the ease of DVF’s original and iconic... Read More


Winter Skincare Essentials

 As the seasons change so do our skin’s needs. Winter often brings lacklusture skin which is longing for deep nourishment. When the air outside is cold and dry the lipid barrier, which protects your skin from moisture loss and infection, is easily compromised. Hence why itchiness, peeling and roughness are more noticeable at this time of year.  Irritation of the skin in any form is a major cause of skin aging and can aggravate eczema and other skin conditions, which is why taking care of your skin is so important in... Read More


Fashion and Food for Breast Cancer Care

Last Tuesday the 29th of November, Collen & Clare hosted a fashion show and supper night at the notorious Duck Inn, in Stanhoe. It was a brilliant evening with tables fully booked in anticipation of a fun filled night. The raffle included top prizes of ChloBo jewellery, Caudalie Gift Sets and Collen & Clare Vouchers plus many more goodies. Thank you to everyone who came, it was a great success and with your generosity and support we were able to raise just over £1,000 for Breast Cancer Care. If you... Read More


Gift Guide for Him

Explore our collection of gift ideas for him, from luxurious leather jackets to quirky cocktail making sets, we have something for everyone.     Panther Belted Jacket £1,250 | Belstaff  Hand – waxed for an authentically rough and worn – in feel, the Panther Belted Jacket from Belstaff will only get better with age. Stripe Wool Jumper £160 | Folk  The perfect chunky winter knit from British brand Folk. An effortless choice for everyday wear. Cocktail Mixing Set £34.95 | Sideshow Press  The ultimate gift for any entertainer, this Cocktail... Read More


Gift Guide For Her

Looking for the perfect gift to spoil her with this Christmas? Take a look at our carefully curated collection of the things that she is guaranteed to love.   Caversham Coat £795 | Joseph  Treat a loved one to this timeless tailored coat from Joseph. Crafted in a luxurious, brushed wool and cashmere blend with clean lines for a minimalist feel. Penelope Mixed Print Midi Dress £295 | Rixo  Step ahead of the trend this Christmas with the Penelope Dress from Rixo. Its lightweight silk fabric and playful patchwork pattern... Read More


Win a luxury 3 Night Stay and £150 Worth of Vouchers to Spend at Collen & Clare

We are super excited to announce that we have teamed up with the guys at  Abellio Greater Anglia for their latest Suffolk Coast competition. One lucky winner will win a fabulous three – night stay for up to five people at a luxury holiday cottage in Southwold, courtesy of Suffolk Secrets along with a personal shopping experience in either our Southwold or Aldeburgh stores. To make your stay even more special, we are throwing in   £150 worth of vouchers to spend on anything in-store! The luxury break is for... Read More


New Brand Crush: Belstaff

This season, we welcome British heritage brand Belstaff to our brand catalogue. Founded in 1924 in Stoke – on – Trent, Belstaff began with the purpose of producing the first ever water resistant wax cotton fabric, a move which quickly attracted a group who relished the freedom and daring which the fabrics allowed. Possibly best known for their four – pocket wax jacket, which became an instant staple for racing icons throughout the 20th century. Belstaff is the optimum choice for the fearless explorer and fashion enthusiast. Today, Belstaff is... Read More


An Evening of Fine Food and Fashion

We are thrilled to be teaming up with the fab team at The Duck Inn in Stanhoe to bring you an evening of fine food and fashion. Amongst many awards,  The Duck Inn is famed for winning The Good Food Guide’s ‘Local Restaurant of the Year 2017’, so we promise that this is a night not to be missed! The night includes a welcome drink and a three course meal for you to enjoy, whilst we will be showcasing key looks from our Autumn and Winter collections. A ‘Pop Up... Read More


15% Off Autumn Loyalty Event

Although we hate to admit it, it is about time to start thinking about Christmas gifting and what better why to start than attending our Autumn Loyalty event?! – where we are offering a smashing 15% off everything in store. With representatives from a selection of  suppliers on hand to introduce you to their new season collections as well as answering any style and beauty woes, we promise that it is a night not to be missed! The store is filled with perfect gifting choices, and this year we are all about... Read More


Buyer’s picks for AW/16

Morgan, the buyer at Collen & Clare talks us through her top picks for staying on trend in the new season… The nights are drawing in, the leaves are turning & the kids have gone back to school. Whatevs! It’s a new season & the new collection is starting to land at Collen & Clare. The palette is rich and dark. Forest green, russet orange & burgundy sit with smokey greys & sophisticated camel, all linked with gorgeously organic prints. Millie Oversized Dress £199 | Essentiel  Sunshine Coin Necklace £81... Read More


New Season Favourites From Barbour

Barbour, one of Britain’s  most iconic brands have recently launched their AW16 collection and we are in love!  Expect to find a collection which re-imagines classic styles such as the Border and Bedale wax jackets, as well as modern knitwear such as the “spit spot” sweater and the Stratus Cross Back to create a very minimalist and casual look. The collection combines both authenticity and practicality for unbeatable protection against the elements. The capsule is a fresh take on Barbour’s iconic style and offers cool sophistication and stylish silhouettes which... Read More


Burnham Market Flower Festival

On Saturday the 16th of July, Burnham Market will host its annual Flower Show. To join in on the fun, we’re calling the day a “Flour Show”, paying homage to the former occupants of our Burnham Markter store, the historic Grooms Bakery, who used Marriage’s flour for their baking.  Using Marriage’s flour sacks, our very own Morgan, former movie costume designer, has created these fabulous dresses for the shop which we think look good enough to wear! We will be open for business as usual from 10am, but the Flower... Read More


What to pack: Festival Dressing

With Glastonbury’s gates closing for another year, the festival season is now in full swing with Reading, Leeds, Wilderness, Bestival, V festival and our very own local Latitude festival still to come. With work attire out the window for the weekend, festivals are the perfect excuse to mix your look up as you defiantely can never be too stylish. Whether you are one for the boho luxe look or prefer a more street style finish, we have something for you. Take a look at what we are including in our kit... Read More


In the Press | Conde Nast Traveller

Conde de Nast Traveller  June 2016 Francesca Syz. We were super thrilled to be featured in the June publication of Conde Nast Traveller.  Unveiling the Suffolk coast and its hidden gems, Francesca talks about the low-key charm of Walbersick with its wind – whipped cottages and wide sandy beaches,  the ruggedly charming Aldeburgh with the ‘freshest fish and chips on the planet’, taking a  picnic to the  island in Mere Lake in Thorpeness, sipping  oysters from a quayside shack in Southwold and of course a stop off at Collen &... Read More


The Collen & Clare Archive Sale 2016

Ever wished you had bought something you once saw from a previous season? Well now is your chance, as this weekend we are super excited to be hosting our very first archive sale at the beautiful Henham Barn. We invite you to come and visit us for designer steals from DvF, MaxMara, Joseph, Splendid, Simone Perele, Maison Scotch, Nigel Hall, John Smedley and many more from just £5. We will be open from 10am – 5pm on both the 4th &5th of June at Henham Barn, which is just off the A12... Read More


Expert Skincare Consultations & Mini Treatments in Southwold

Just as your wardrobe adjusts accordingly to the season, so should your skincare and beauty regime. Not sure what skin type you are, or what products are best suited to your skin? Pop into our Southwold store this Friday the 26th of May from 10am – 3pm, where the wonderful Jessica from Caudalie will be on hand to answer all your skincare questions. She will be offering skin consultations, mini treatments and expert advice straight from the much loved, award winning company. No appointment necessary,  just pop in for a... Read More


New Brand Crush: Rixo London

This season, we are getting ever so excited with our new brand Rixo London. Already causing quite a stir with those in the know – the brand has been spotted in the Sunday Times Style supplement and pictured countless of  times on style icons such as Poppy Jamie, Laura Whitmore and Millie Mackintosh. Born in 2015 by best friends and London College of Fashion alumni Herietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey, Rixo is a contemporary Womenswear label which offers distinctively British and vintage inspired pieces. Surpassing any trend, the collection is timeless... Read More


All Things British with Noble Isle

As with any new season, with Spring comes new scents, colours,  trends and fashion and it is the perfect excuse to revamp your beauty bag and reassess your bathroom shelf.  This season we are lusting after the British beauty and fragrance brand Noble Isle, a brand which is dedicated to the art of luxury bathing.  Apparently we aren’t the only ones who’s attention has been caught by the brand – The Savoy Hotel in London, a great British icon of luxury has chosen Nobel Isle as the brand of choice... Read More


Celebrity Stylist Leesa Whisker In-store this Saturday

This Saturday, we are thrilled to welcome Celebrity Stylist and Co-Founder of Fox & B, Leesa Whisker into our Southwold Store. From 12-4pm on the 2nd of April, Leesa will be on hand to offer styling advice to help you choose your perfect Fox & B blouse for this season and beyond. Featured in Vogue, Harpers Bazzaar and The Times for her beautiful styling, Leesa has a wide client base which has taken her to work in New York, Paris, Milan, Copenhagen, Dublin, Mardid and London.  Specialising in helping those who... Read More


SS16 Occasionwear

The Spring Summer seasons brings many occasions that make their way into gardens and under gazebos to spend time in the sun rather than indoors. So we obviously need a wardrobe to suit, right?   Collen and Clare are home to several designers that will have you dressed to the nines, ready for your weekend getaways, summer wedding or any party that may be thrown your way. Linen is always a go-to fabric when the warm weather hits us as it allows our skin to breathe, but S Max Mara... Read More


Easter Weekend in Southwold with Player Layer

Summer is just around the corner, and like many we are in need of some motivation to go to the gym (any excuse to buy new clothes!) If like us, your gym wardrobe needs abit of a lift, or you are tired of wearing the same old gym leggings as everyone else, then why not pop into our Southwold store this weekend where we are being taken over by the fabulous Player Layer team.  If you haven’t heard of them already, they are a British company which specialises in providing great quality base... Read More


SS16 Denim Trends

“Society has evolved – and so has denim” – Chloe Lonsdale M.i.H Jeans  Step aside skinny jeans, rigid, pure cotton denim jeans are having their moment this season.  After a decade – long rise of the super skinny jean, the irresistible anti-fit jean is back with  the most popular style being the high – rise straight leg . Finishing just above the ankle, these non-stretch jeans are nostalgic but not too retro for a modern spin.  Whether you prefer a boyfriend or flared fit, we suggest sticking to simple cuts... Read More


New Season Favourites From Bella Freud

A cult favourite amongst many, Bella Freud has become our ‘go-to’ brand for luxuriously quirky jumpers and deliciously fragranced candles. Her signature Je t’aime Jane, Ginsberg is God and 1970 sweaters have become best sellers in our stores, thanks to their playful pop culture references and being super easy to style.  Timeless and forever stylish, we have picked out our favourite looks for Bella Freuds SS16 collection. Easy to dress up or down, these sweaters are our first choice for effortless weekend styling.     1970 Intarsia Wool Sweater £280... Read More


Mulberry – A Touching Gift This Season

Christmas is the season of giving, but we at Collen & Clare understand it’s not always an easy task in choosing a gift for a loved one. However, we believe there’s no better way to show your appreciation of someone than giving the gift of a Mulberry handbag this Christmas. British made and caringly hand crafted using premium, genuine leather, Mulberry handbags offer elegant and stunning designs which create a statement piece that no woman should go without – making them perfect for the party season. Mulberry handbags are exclusive... Read More


Red Carpet Event: Winter Glow

Join us on Friday the 11th of December between 11am – 3pm in our Burnham Market store for a day filled with expert skin consultations, great Christmas gifting and fine wine form the Caudalie Bordeaux Vineyard. Mark, from the award winning French Skincare company Caudalie, will be in store to give expert advice on all your skin concerns and top tips on how to get your skin glowing for the festive season. We have 24 goodie bags filled of luxurious Caudalie products to give away –   Booking is advised... Read More


M.i.h Jeans Rebrands for SS16

M.i.h Jeans has long been a firm favourite of customers here at Collen & Clare, and we’re proud to have such a strong relationship with the premium womenswear brand. Guess what? We’ve got a surprise to share with you all!   ‘For the girl who loves denim and who loves fashion’   M.i.h Jeans has got us all excited by announcing a completely new brand identity for Spring/ Summer 2016! The rebrand marks the 10th anniversary of the company and will see the designer transform their range to build mainstream... Read More


Art for Cure Christmas Sale

Art for Cure is a Suffolk based charity which was set up in 2014 by founders  Belinda Gray and Sally Ball. The first Art for Cure event took place in 2014 in aid of Breast Cancer Care – a charity which means a lot to both Belinda and Sally, as both had sadly  been diagnosed with the disease. The event was a huge success with local artists and sculpturists exhibiting their work and selling over £200,000 worth of Art and Sculpturing over one weekend. Designed as a one – off... Read More


How to re-wax your Barbour Jacket

A wax cotton jacket, such as those from Barbour will last for many years. In order to retain its waterproof qualities and durability, we suggest in getting your wax jacket re-waxed once a year. This is very simple to do,  either send it to Barbour’s customer service team who will re-wax  and make any alternations for you.  Alternatively, it is fairy straightforward and quicker to do in the comfort of your own home. We suggest waxing with a tin of Thornproof Wax Dressing, a wax that is approved by Barbour. You... Read More


Barbour International x Triumph Collection

This Autumn, expect to find a new and exciting clothing line in our Menswear department. Two icons in the world of motorcycling, Barbour International and Triumph have collaborated to bring a contemporary collection which is inspired by the rich biker heritage of both brands.  It is not the first time that the brands have sat side by side, in 1964,  the iconic image of Steve McQueen was captured as he was seen kitted out in Barbour International whilst riding his Triumph Bonneville motorcycle. With Barbour’s motorcycling heritage dating back to 1936 and Triumph being... Read More


Fashion Show for Breast Cancer Care

Last Friday, we joint forces with the wonderful Southwold Ladies Charity Group to host a fashion show in aid of the fantastic cause which is Breast Cancer Care. Hosted in St Edmunds Hall in Southwold, tables were full of delicious homemade sandwiches and cakes which were washed down with a glass of fizz. Centred around a fashion show which showcased the latest collections at Collen and Clare, the afternoon was filled with laughter, fun and emotions. 60 goodie bags were up for grabs.  At £20 each these  included fantastic products from... Read More


Sunspel | A Pioneer in British Craftmanship

In 1860,  Thomas A Hill had an revolutionary idea of creating everyday, simple clothing from luxurious fabrics. This concept has since then made Sunspel a pioneer in British craftmanship, selling luxury wardrobe staples across the globe. With experience in the hosiery and lace trade, Thomas Hill set up his factory in Newdigate, Nottingham and used his fabric expertise to make some of the earliest t-shirts ever made. His produce pioneered the development of both the t-shirt and luxury undergarment – making them soft, lightweight and comfortable as possible.  As the first... Read More

Penelope Chilvers Shoes 07/10/2015

In The Press | Penelope Chilvers

Drapers Magazine  September 19 2015 Graeme Moran      Did you catch us in the September issue of Drapers?!   We are so happy to be able to call ourselves a favourite shopping destination of the fantastic shoe designer, Penelope Chilvers: Where are your favourite places to shop? Liberty is one of London’s most iconic stores and offers an incredibly comfortable shopping experience. I also like multi-brand boutique Collen & Clare in Southwold, Suffolk, and Burnham Market, Norfolk. We are obsessed with her beautiful footwear and accessory line, stocked in store... Read More


Southwold Ladies Charity Group | Putting On The Ritz

As you may know, October is Breast cancer awareness month – an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.  Here at Collen & Clare, we have joined up with the wonderful Southwold Ladies Charity Group and Are Putting on the Ritz in a bid to do ‘our bit‘ in supporting the campaign and those affected by the disease. On Thursday the 22nd of October, we invite you to come and join us at the St Edmunds Hall in Southwold from 2.30pm, for an afternoon filled of afternoon tea, fashion and fizz. The latest collections... Read More


Just landed | Newgate Watches

We are super excited to announce that we are now suppliers of the renowned British brand Newgate. Famed for designing and manufacturing iconic British clocks, the Shropshire – based company have now turned their skilled craftsmanship to watches.  The watches are  carefully designed with a touch of British eccentricity and finished off with lashings of the brands  contemporary style. Expect to find a stylish and innovative collection, which has drawn inspiration from Great British design. From the cool and casual Corgi, ( a favourite amongst us) to the sophisticated Liberty,... Read More


Perfume Training Day

Yesterday, the Collen & Clare girls all got together for a perfume training day hosted by KGA ( Kenneth Green Associates). If you are not familiar with KGA, they are  suppliers of international prestige beauty brands.  For us they deliver our much loved fragrances by Hermes, Annick Goutal, Serge Lutens and Terry De Gunzberg.   It was a great chance to meet others with a passion for the perfume industry, whilst being taught the meaning behind each scent and to get an insight of the process that is undertaken to create the... Read More


Over The Taupe | Blog post

Check out Over the taupe’s latest blog post. Our girl Genevieve is talking about everything Collen & Clare and her love for the coastal boutiques!   Coastal Chic, Collen & Clare Edition | Over the taupe    


Beck sonder gaard Scarf School

Welcome to Scarf School  Friday 7th August | 4pm | Collen & Clare Southwold     Scarf super brand  Becksöndergaard will be ‘popping up’ in our Southwold store to showcase their new Autumn Collection .  Join us from 4pm for a scarf trying masterclass, goodies and fizz.  All welcome. Below is a selection of our favourite Becksöndergaard Scarfs at Collen & Clare this season: 1. Chauncey Scarf | £69 2. Jarine Scarf | £49 3. Ash Scarf | £49 4. Supersize Nova Scarf | £69 5. Brighton Scarf | £75 6.... Read More


In The Press | Woman & Home

Women & Home Magazine September 2015 Clare Coulson Did you catch us in the latest edition of Women & Home?! We were lucky enough to be featured in their boutique shop special. In a quest to find new – season style staples,  the team at Women & Home highlighted their ten favourite independent boutiques around the country. See below for a selection of  Vanessa’s top picks  for keeping on trend this season. 1.  Black Glossy Goat With Soft Gold £895 | Mulberry 2. The Bodiam Denim Skirt £195 | MiH ... Read More


In The Press | Uniquely Away Magazine

Uniquely Away Magazine Summer 2015 Issue 13     Did you catch us in the latest issue of  Uniquely Away?!  Thank you so much to everyone at Uniquely Away magazine for featuring us in a beautiful spread on us and our store in Burnham Market. Make sure you get your copy of the magazine for an insight into exclusive holidays, leisure and experiences in Norfolk and Suffolk.    


Latitude Festival – Henham Park

  Cornflower Dress £325 | MiH  Walnut Beaumont Sunglasses £170 | Finlay & Co.  Sunnies Glasses Pouch £66 | Rebecca Minkoff  Fringed Finn Crossbody Bag £171 | Rebecca Minkoff  Double Zip Pistol Boot £160 | H By Hudson Make – Up Remover Cleansing Water 100ml £9.00 | Caudalie Beauty Elixir 30ml £11.50 | Caudalie  Divine Oil £17.50 | Caudaile Divine Scrub 150 gm £21.50 | Caudalie Fox Bangle £18 | Orelia  Statement Feather Haircrown £25 | Orelia A highlight in our Summer calender here at Collen & Clare is definitely... Read More


Burnham Market

  Opened on the 30th of May, Burnham Market is home to the newest addition to the Collen & Clare family. Situated in the beautiful building that was formally known as Grooms Bakery, we are positioned on The Green opposite Burnham’s acclaimed hotel, The Hoste. A light and airy space, with decor that recognises the importance of its formal occupancy, this store boasts a collective mix of brands which brings  together timeless, easy to wear styles in a warm, relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  Why not pop up for the day and be... Read More


In the Press – The Sunday Times

  The Sunday Times 12.04.2015 By Lucy Denyer Did you catch us in the Sunday Times this Morning?!  Home – Centre Pages – Lead Story, get your copy now! Thank you so much Lucy Denyer at The Sunday Times.      


The Duchess of Cambridge in Goat

Washington Crepe Coat £680 | Goat Loved by many, including The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton; British clothing brand Goat is a staple brand here at Collen & Clare. Renowned for creating understated luxury knits, classic dresses and sumptuous silk shirts, the brand is a master at making luxury look effortless. On her first solo engagement in New York City, Kate chose to wear the Goat Washington Crepe Coat – luckily you can get the exact same coat from us, due in store in Southwold any day soon! Call to... Read More


Lord Spencer Book Signing | Southwold

On the 7th of November we welcomed Lord Spencer into our Southwold store where he did a book signing to promote his new book Killers of the King. Laughter and Champagne flowed throughout the store and Lord Spencer kindly took time to meet and greet our guests. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and great to see so many of our loyal customers turn up for the event and have a great night. Call us for your own copy of Killers of the King by Charles Spencer on 01502 724823... Read More