PUBLISHED: 06:30 30 June 2014
When it comes to great buys this spring, few things will beat this classic, nautical striped jacket. It comes from the latest collection Martha’s Vineyard by UK designers Pomodoro, well known for its striking prints, contemporary statement colours and tailoring.
Now available at Artichoke, near Hingham, the collection focuses on stylish but casual pieces perfect for the warm days and cool nights of spring. This jacket is beautifully cut and made from brushed jersey, and at £65 it’s a great price for such a staple piece that you will wear over and over.
Artichoke, The Old Garage, Hackford, IP26 4RD; 01953 851458; www.artichokecollection.co.uk.
We all love the little black dress, and Norwich-based label Lazy Pussycat has one for all occasions. The black dresses come in an array of designs, all of which are cut to a classic, comfortable shape and are designed and hand-made in Norfolk.
Choose from plain black, the on-trend lace finish or eye-catching patterns which add a flash of colour, such as the fantastic daisy designs.
The new spring/summer collection also features white dresses embellished with some bright and pop-art inspired patterns. From £95, www.lazypussycat.com
A thing of beauty
Inspired by the beautiful Pre-Raphaelite art movement, the latest collection from Norwich jewellery designers Eclectic Eccentricity gives a romantic and dramatic twist to its trademark contemporary designs.
Entitled Muse – Celebrating Beauty Beyond the Conventional – the collection features intriguing necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings which will bring a hint of glamour to any outfit. We’ve fallen for the Alexa Bird Of Paradise Necklace, at £24; the timeless Ophelia Lily Locket. £17, and the pretty Naiad Labradorite Pendant, £26.
Man about town
With its strong British heritage, renowned tailoring and timeless pieces, Norfolk-based brand Bladen has two new fabulous ranges of suits and coats for men.
The Bladen Original and Bladen 1917 collections look smart and stylish, and are very much in keeping with current trends. Robert Oliver’s Menswear in Norwich is now stocking a selection from the label.
Robert Oliver’s Menwear, 238 Sprowston Road, Norwich, NR3 4HT; www.menswearnorfolk.co.uk
Guinevere, a beautiful 15-year-old Irish sports horse, takes centre-stage in the campaign for Joules’ new spring and summer collection, which has been shot at Holkham beach.
Guinevere was rescued by Redwings Horse Sanctuary in Norfolk after being found in terrible conditions on a farm in Wales. She has since been re homed through the charity’s guardianship scheme with new owner Amy Pointer – and is Redwing’s first model. It was Guinevere’s job to stand patiently with the Joules models while they modeled the latest equestrian designs – and she proved a big hit!
The new collection includes a classic polo shirts perfect for the weekend, made from the finest cotton in a number of colours, prints and styles, with prices starting at £29.
Joules has stores in Norwich, Holt and Burnham Market; www.joules.com
If you are planning to invest in a beautiful piece of jewellery, then take a look at the stunning range of certified, diamond, solitaire rings set in platinum or 18ct gold from Norwich’s Maddermarket Antiques. The family business also specialises in antique and secondhand jewellery and silverware, and manager Tony Earl has spent a lifetime collecting and studying precious metal, so he is always happy to offer any advice.
This solitaire ring is around £5400 and is the sort of piece to be handed down through the generations. Best of all, if you pop in and mention you read about them in our magazine, you will receive a 20pc discount.
Maddermarket antiques, 18c Lower Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EL; 01603 620610; www.maddermarketantiques.co.uk