Susy Harper, London

Now that I’m done posting about all the London food fun I want to highlight one of my favorite shops there. I’ve briefly mentioned it here:(https://gigglinggourmand.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/london-islington/), but that doesn’t do it justice.  Susy Harper is a tiny shop tucked in Camden Passage in Islington. All of the clothing is made by hand using beautiful fabric and all at US contemporary clothing prices. Don’t get me wrong, I love many contemporary brands, but I’ll take handmade over made in China any day! The only down side is that they don’t participate in the VAT back scheme so if you decide to have it shipped to the US you might end up paying double tax. All the more reason to take a trip to London to go shopping! Some of my favorites:

http://www.susyharper.co.uk/shop/4580170263/AudC-%C2%A3%CC%B65%CC%B64%CC%B60%CC%B6/6831257

http://www.susyharper.co.uk/shop/4580170263/Flamenco-Skirt/6828615

http://www.susyharper.co.uk/shop/4580170263/ARBD-%C2%A3%CC%B62%CC%B66%CC%B65%CC%B6/6827042

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Gilded Lace

I don’t usually post much about fashion on this blog because otherwise it would take over, but I couldn’t resist sharing this gilded lace collection by Monika Knutsson.  I happened to see her booth at the Smithsonian crafts fair this weekend and I’m smitten. The jewelry is made from 1900’s lace that is dipped in sterling silver or 24k gold to make earrings, and necklaces and whatnot.  My obsession though – the cuffs.  Check out her work here:

http://www.gildedlace.com/

And despite the fact that pictures don’t do these justice, a photo from her website of the Yvonne cuff.