Author

Claire Gasking

11/01/2019

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

31/12/2018

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

22/12/2018

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

18/12/2018

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

29/11/2018

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

15/11/2018

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

05/11/2018

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

30/10/2018

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