Posts Tagged ‘Christina Strutt’

Our lovely shop in Japan…

July 18, 2011

Cabbages & Roses Shop visited by

British Minister of State, Jeremy Brown

Last Monday, Jeremy Brown, the British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth office, visited our little shop in Daikanyama. He was visiting Tokyo in the wake of the earthquake in March, which caused such devastation in Japan. His mission, organised by the British Embassy in Tokyo, was to investigate British companies who, in spite of the unfortunate events, have managed to thrive. Cabbages & Roses opened as scheduled one week after the earthquake and in the face of adversity, has enjoyed much success and was singled out as one such enterprise. He was proudly received by our ‘Tokyo Roses’ and enjoyed a little patch of England in the Japanese streets. Commenting on the authenticity and old fashioned Britishness of the brand, he wished us all much luck for our future with our Japanese partners.

Jeremy Brown Visit

Jeremy Brown Visit

Jeremy Brown Visits Japan

Christina xx

Diary of a Cabbage – Christina

June 24, 2011

Because we at Cabbages & Roses are rather getting into this blog malarchy, we thought it might be interesting to have a monthly spot called ‘This week I wore…’

My turn first, and this is the week that I had to leave sunny England to go to Tokyo and a round of parties (well, two parties) celebrating Cabbages & Roses first shop opening  in Japan.   This was sadly postponed from March when the events were cancelled because of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

My iPhone weather department tells me that it will be both sunny and hot and rainy and cold.  I HATE PACKING. Always short of space, and always pack totally unsuitable clothing – we’ll see how appropriate (or not) it was.

 

Saturday morning, June 4th, 6am.  

Not sure how to make the flash not work – feel it will be a little feature in this particular blog.

Black jeans from Jigsaw, extremely comfortable and stretchy, flat Marc Jacobs shoes (from TheShop at Bluebird), Cabbages & Roses swirly hem coat (available next winter) so useful, cool, floaty and washable.   Stripe cabbages & Roses t shirt casually tossed around the shoulders!

 

Flew British Airways (I LOVE British Airways – so cosy and safe and English and a bit like the BBC Radio 4) to Tokyo.  

Sunday (I think)

Dinner with friends at ‘the best chinese restaurant in Tokyo’ – luckily one floor below my bed in the Hotel Okura.   I forgot to take a photograph of me wearing what I wore, so here we are next morning, photographed without me in it.

Patched Vintage denim jacket from Cabbages & Roses and red and white gingham dress with white long sleeve t shirt dress underneath. All of the above available next summer from Cabbages & Roses. (note to self: find red gingham)

 

Monday

Meetings at Innocent offices, a visit to Daykanyama and our own little shop.

Luckily a sunny day (so far) I am wearing the white long side button skirt, white crumpled jersey plain empire top and swirly panel cotton coat.   The skirt available now from Cabbages & Roses – the fabric a random mixture woven together, of various weaves of white cotton with the occasional blue and grey stripe – I found this fabric in Paris in a heap on the floor of an exhibition, it was meant as a sample of all the fabrics the mill was able to produce, I asked for them all to be woven together for us and here it is. The coat is available in Linen this summer, and in the button skirt fabric next summer.

Shoes – as always white plimsolls from Cabbages & Roses. They need to be washed, but not sure how to explain to the hotel laundry that they can go into the washing machine and forgot to pack more… An absolutely entirely Cabbages & Roses ensemble!

 

Tuesday

Meetings and looking at a new department store.   Not sure what the weather is doing as can’t open window, and don’t believe iPhone. Grey sky. So, blues.

I am wearing the blue amos dress worn over blue stripe t shirt with kat crop jeans (can’t do up button so relying on zip!), and for further distraction a stripe navy&white t shirt and blue stripe t shirt (from autumn winter collection) with the blue stripe woven scarf from spring summer around my shoulders. Another absolutely entirely Cabbages & Roses ensemble.

Wednesday

Party at British Embassy, so wore Christina dress – lovely floaty chiffon affair with animal print – it is still undecided whether the creatures on this fabric are monkeys, dogs or foxes – it was originally called the monkey dress.   Designed to wear to Kate-my-daughter-Strutt’s wedding last August, and it turned out to be the most perfect garment for so many occasions, especially when ‘teamed’ with a worn denim jacket and of course plimsolls – luckily a new pair was purchased from Cabbages & Roses Tokyo shop! It survived the two parties of the day, and was photographed substantially by the 40 journalists who attended our Embassy Party!

Thursday

Hooray! No parties, no particular engagements, just a tour of potential department stores that will carry our delicious brand. I wore favourite Ralph Lauren baggy jeans (fashionably fraying and torn in just the right places) with heavenly Frances shirt dress, with white swirly panel coat (SS11) – and of course, white plimsolls.

Friday

One hour’s sleep then bus to airport still wearing, I am afraid, yesterday’s clothes! Due to time differences and being in a complete sleepless spin, turns out that I am still wearing this lot another day later when I arrive in England – can’t begin to work out how many hours the poor Frances dress has been on my body, it has certainly travelled many miles and crossed several time zones.

Next month, another Cabbage will reveal their weeks’ worth!!

xxchristina

Cabbages @ Quilt Market

May 15, 2011

Northcote Range to debut at Quilt Market 2011

We are thrilled to launch our new fabric line, The Northcote Range, with MODA at the Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, UT this week.

  It has been wonderful to meet all the lovely shop owners, and to see so much creativity at the show.

As soon as our feet touch the ground we promise to post our photographs

 and tell you about

the most amazing world of quilting.

 

Written from a hotel computer so we can’t upload any of our pictures :-( 

 

xx

C&R

C&R @ the city sage

March 28, 2011

Thank you Anne

for splendid articles on Cabbages & Roses in both Rue

and on your blog,  the city sage.

xx Christina Strutt

Cabbages & Roses

 

Anne Sage @ The City Sage

Cabbages & Roses article

The City Sage

Cabbages & Roses Fashion

 

 

The City Sage

Cabbages & Roses Fashion

Cabbages & Roses featured in Rue

March 22, 2011

Rue Magazine Issue No 4
With
Cabbages & Roses
xx


Freckeled Laundry

March 8, 2011

Cabbages & Roses is featured

on

Please post your comments and we look forward to seeing your questions!


C&R

xx

New Website Live Today!

March 2, 2011

Cabbages & Roses Launches their new transactional website

To celebrate, and we mean celebrate, the enormous task of bringing to you our new website, we have decided that as a measure of gratitude to our customers we will be giving the 100th order completely free of charge.   We shall contact you to let you know that your order has been dispatched free of charge.

We shall also give away the 500th order free of charge; again we will notify the winner and no payment will be taken for your order.

We wish you good luck!

xx

Cabbages & Roses

P.S. The lovely Spring Summer 2011 line is available through the new website.


FRESH SPRING HOME STOCK

February 28, 2011

Our rather well kept secret, the new Spring Home Range


Has just graced the shop floors


It is so simple but the fabrics (linens, antique linens and cottons) make it a special and fresh collection; with many of the pieces being hand stamped and patched in our London factory

It will be joining us on-line, but we thought we would give a small preview of what is to come.

Love C&R xx

Find our stores at:

Langton

3 Langton Street
London, SW10 0JL
Tel: 020 7352 7333
Monday to Saturday 9.30 – 5.30

Northcote

73 Northcote Road
Clapham
London
SW11 6PJ
Tel: 020 7223 8972
Monday to Saturday 9.30 – 6.00
Sunday 11.00 – 5.00

Avery Row

4 Avery Row
Mayfair
London
W1K 4AL
Tel: 0207 499 8580
Monday to Wednesday 10.30 – 6.30
Friday and Saturday 10.30 – 6.30
Thursday 10.30 – 7.00
Sunday 12.00 – 6.00

Christina Interviews Fifi O’Neil

February 23, 2011


About five years ago, I was interviewed for Country Living Magazine in the USA.  The interviewer was Fifi O’Neil

She was utterly charming, – we instantly became friends.   I met her for the first time, two years later in New York and I felt I had known her for most of my life.   We planned to do a book together, but sadly it has not yet materialized.  We both, however, made a book independently a year apart, here is a small interview about her new book….Romantic Prairie Style due for publication on April 15, 2011.

xx

C

About Fifi’s book:

Romantic Prairie Style embraces simple pleasures, comfort and the long-cherished ideals of natural beauty, simplicity and harmony with the earth. It’s a style that says ‘home’ wherever you may be because, more than anything else, it’s a mindset: gentle but strong, welcoming and lasting, durable yet sophisticated and, above all, real. Over the centuries, the humble dwellings built by European immigrants to the US in the 1880s have evolved into sturdier, more comfortable homes, which, depending on their geographic location, took on a variety of designs, be it a ranch, cabin, farmhouse, cottage or adobe. Each of these styles plays a role in prairie style and its enduring aura of romance and nostalgia. Here interiors bear the influence of European settlers and the poetry of the heart-warming authenticity of simple, natural textures, hand-hewn beams, bleached wood, weathered planks, woven blankets, cow-hide and Navajo rugs. It’s a style inspired by the honesty of homespun materials of the past wedded to a flair for the present. It’s flower-sprigged brocade, tawny leather, crisp eyelet and soft linen, corduroy with crochet trims, woolen plaids, cosy flannel and wispy organza. It’s history retold and all about the enduring connection between people and places and the nostalgia we feel for a rural country life, a yearning for a simpler life, as embodied in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie.

We know you love Prairie decor, tell us why it connects so strongly with you. (Why Romantic Prairie? vs. another style i.e. Cottage.  Why will this appeal to readers?)

What appeals to me about Prairie Style is that it is much more than a decorating style: it’s  a way of life. One that reconnects us with what truly matters: family, home, and the earth. The global economic crisis, the emphasis on green living, and the need to escape the stressful demands of today’s life are at the root of this return to a peaceful and more contemplative lifestyle. The more unsettling the news, the more we seek the refuge of our homes and look for meaningful and economical ways to beautify our surroundings. Honest materials, artisanal goods and time-honored objects are once again valued and create homes, not just shelters. The lessons learned come together in the celebration of a wholesome life. Now, we look back to yesteryears because  to understand the past is to secure the future. We embrace the present hence fostering stewardship of the land.
The authenticity, poesy and healing qualities inherent to this sustainable lifestyle define Prairie Style. Traditions and preservation are its heart. The nobility of the land and the fragility of our heritage are its soul. The spirit of prairie style drifts eternal in the romance of nurturing interiors and the abundant beauty of  nature. These are the compelling reasons that will appeal to those who embrace these values.
This decorating style is not only timeless, it’s also very timely because the upside of an unfavorable economy is that it makes us take stock, re-establish values,  prioritize, and realize our potential. We look inward, not just within ourselves but within our own settings.  The benefits are measurable both emotionally and physically and clearly visible.

Tell us about your journey shooting the book?   Where you traveled and anecdotal stories from your travels.

I first went searching for the homes I wanted for the book. Then set up the photo shoots, and Mark Lohman (the photographer) and I travelled from one end of the country to the other. I styled, he shot, I wrote. Mark lives in L.A and I am in Florida. We flew and met at the various locations. The first 4 homes were in Illinois. From there we went to Missouri and Nebraska. Next came Southern California followed by Northern California (Ione and Tahoe). Then off to Maryland, Virginia and Florida.

We got chased by a 3-legged dog In Nebraska. Dolly-the-Goat ate some of the props (basket of apples) in Ione where we were also warned about rattle snakes but only saw a zillion bats and where I also had my very first martini ever. Tracey and Joy (in Illinois) supplied me with band-aids for my blistered toes and Anne Marie (also in Illinois) soothed my weary bones (and Mark’s) with her secret “medicinal” gin remedy (going back for more of that magic potion in May!) and a home cooked dinner …..Drove across a creek with no bridge in Missouri………Andrea’s geese (in Nebraska) thought they should nibble at my hair…….And Mark and I nibbled on Angela’s incredible macaroons….. Also had nice “chats” with horses, rabbits, goats and chickens and more!

Maria's spirited goat Dolly, having a snack. (DreamyWhites)

Tell us about a few of these amazing homes, and the homeowners who opened up their homes to you.

Where to begin? Of course every home was special and all the homeowners have become friends. Because of the nature of the book and their own feelings about prairie style we had an instant connection. One rooted in the same values and principals. Becoming lifelong friends was inevitable. We are keeping in touch. Marc and I will be revisiting some of these locations for book 2, though the concept is still about prairie the angle is different, hence the possibilities to shoot some of the contents in familiar surroundings.


What was the best part of your adventure making Romantic Prairie? Don’t say being done – what did you love?  Would you do it again?

There isn’t “one” best part. From the homeowners hospitality and generosity to working with Marc, who is not only a consummate photographer but also has a wonderful sense of humor and makes every shoot fun and relaxed–in spite of the grueling schedule– and having the priceless support of the whole team at Cico Books, made the adventure an unforgettable one. And, YES, I am ready to start the follow up book. In fact I can’t wait. Marc and I are planning our schedule and looking forward to beautiful locations and ….a couple of martinis along the way…..


What was the most challenging part of your adventure?  I know a lot of people would love to make a book so please share your insights with us.

Considering the traveling involved, editing a magazine at the same time, working with other magazines, shooting 13 homes in 6 weeks (for the book) +13 more homes for various magazines (through the same period) AND writing the book in 3 weeks turned out to be quite a challenge. But, as the saying goes “If there is a will, there is a way!”

What is next for Fifi?

Getting ready to go on book signing tours. Setting up next location shoots for book 2. Designing a “PRAIRIE PRETTY” line of clothes and home accessories.

Romantic Prairie Style by Fifi O’Neill is published by CICO Books at [US price to be supplied/UK price is £19.99 , hardback.  Photography by Mark Lohman. Visit www.cicobooks.com

We are giving a copy of Romantic Prairie Style away to a lucky Cabbages & Roses fan, just leave us a comment telling us what about the Prairie style inspires you.

To receive extra entries you can -

Post the giveaway to any of your social networking sites; such as your blog, twitter, and/or Facebook, and you will receive an extra entry….. Just make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry.

Open to US/Europe/UK viewers only. The winner will be chosen randomly on March 3, 2011.
The giveaway book will be shipped upon availability.

XX
C&R

February 17, 2011

Our Paris Trip

Very early one morning last week, Christina, Linda and I (Jackie) arrived at one of London’s most beautiful train stations, St.Pancras. We were there to catch a train to Paris’ Gare Du Nord, where we were to spend 3 days “inspiration hunting” (shopping!!).


We stayed in a lovely hotel, called the Hotel Design Sorbonne. It was small, but perfectly formed right opposite the stunning Sorbonne University. Here is the view from my room window.

We saw lovely fabrics.


Inspirational architecture.

And even caught a glimpse of the famous Eiffel Tower from a taxi window (have to look hard!)

Christina used lunch times at Les Deux Magots to gather her thoughts and begin to design SS12.

I used the time to take photos…like a proper tourist.

We ended our final day at one of our favourite shops, Merci, in the arty district of the Marais. They have this wonderful car outside.

All in all, it was a lovely trip which left us all full of exciting ideas for the next season.

Jackie
C&R

xx


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