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Boutiques We Love: The Hambledon, Winchester

The Hambledon, Winchester, Hants

The latest in our Boutiques We Love series is divine Winchester store, The Hambledon. Positioned opposite the city’s cathedral grounds in a rambling Georgian building, it boasts charm in spades and a blend of fashion and homeware to die for. An hour from London by train, this one’s well worth the trip and proof that there’s plenty of inspirational shopping away from the Big Smoke.

What boutique are you from and where are you based?
We’re from The Hambledon in Winchester. It’s sort of a department store but only selling things we love.

What brands do you sell?
Quite a few womenswear labels, including Bellerose, Chinti and Parker, Paul & Joe Sister, YMC, Baum und Pferdgarten, Goat, MiH.

When the new stock arrives do you get to try everything on?!
Not if Victoria (owner) gets her way. She’s quite strict about trying on in shop hours. We’re here for the customers, but there’s always a bit of a rush to get in the fitting room when we’re on a lunch break.
 
Describe your personal style?
Victoria: The plainer the better; grey is always good.
Lucy: I just wear what I like. A full skirt and some cashmere knitwear sees me through bulldog hair and unpacking parcels.

What Chinti and Parker A/W ’12 piece are you most looking forward to wearing?
We’re absolutely loving the star print tunic.

What do you think makes Chinti and Parker unique?
We love an ethical brand that makes beautiful clothes. Everything is super wearable with beautiful detailing.

The girls from Girls

The girls from Girls: Marnie, Jessa, Hannah and Shoshanna

We’re just a little bit obsessed with Girls, the HBO series featuring a gaggle of twentysomething females, who, in between raging hangovers and the quagmire of adult relationships, strive to earn a livable wage without giving up on their dreams. All with plenty of self-sabotage along the way. Sound familiar?

A close second to the incredibly sharp, funny writing is the wardrobe. In particular, the adorable geek-chic ensembles worn by the show’s writer/producer Lena Duhham who stars as Hannah, and the bohemian insouciance of Jessa, played by British actress-artist, Jemima Kirke.

Lena Dunham as Hannah in Girls works a masterclass in geek chic


Above: Chinti does Hannah

The insanely beautiful Jessa played by Jemima Kirke

Above: Chinti does Jessa

How Chinti and Parker Develop a Breton T

From start to finish a garment takes six months to develop. The process begins with the design team pulling together sketches, fabrics and prints they find inspiring. Everyone sits down around a table and design development begins.

Inspiration meeting

Moodboard

Chinti co-founder Rachael, designer Amanda and production manager Phiona fly out to our fabric mill in Portugal. Each season the mill develops new materials and this informs the design phase.

Fabric sourcing

Surrounded by moodboards and fabric swatches our in-house designers start sketching. They develop ideas for both style and print.

Design development

Having sourced materials that are both luxurious and ethical, technical drawings are sent to the factory and samples arrive a few weeks later. It is important for us to measure each garment against spec to check it’s perfect. We can only finalise the design once we’ve seen that the pockets are in flattering places and that the sleeves are the perfect length. Fit is really important when developing a luxury product.

Breton T

We aim to wrap each piece beautifully.

Beautifully wrapped

Bookish Cool – We’re head over heels for Penguin’s patterned covers

Chinti and Parker do Bookish cool, literally

As you’re no doubt aware, we like a book reference or two at Chinti HQ, so when we stumbled across this panoply (see below) of beautifully illustrated book covers by Penguin, we simply had to share them with you. While we would never advocate judging a book by its cover alone, or worse still, admit to buying literary classics for their bookshelf clout and then never reading them, there are quite a few that make superbly complementary accessories to our autumn winter ’12 collection. It-bags are blessedly over and besides, what else is a self-respecting Neo Beatnik going to carry?

Chinti Hearts Pinterest

Is it just us here at Chinti HQ or is the world becoming ob-sessed with Pinterest? This isn’t mindless perusing or procrastination, this has turned into a full time hobby! For some clever reusing and recycling, take a look at our newest board: ‘Green Inspiration’.

Chinti's Green Inspiration board

Chinti’s Green Inspiration board

Post a link to your profile in the comments section and we’ll check out your boards!

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