'A ball gown is your dream, and it must make you a dream... I think it is just as necessary in a woman's wardrobe as a suit. And it is wonderful for morale...' Christian Dior

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Valley of Dreams

It may have been around for about five years now but Beyond The Valley on Newburgh Street (near Carnaby Street) never ceases to inspire, impress, or just coerce you into handing over hard earned cash without a second thought. Whichever way you want to look at it. The London boutique acts as a stepping stone for hundreds of new designers. Yuko Yoshitake, Alejandra Quesada and Makin Jan Ma have all graced the rails and original, beautiful pieces and accessories combined with the quirky decor make Beyond The Valley quite a unique shopping experience.

Today, I came across an amazing range of handbags by London designer Samantha Mark . She's reworked the laundry bag, hanging the clutch from recycled materials on a gold chain and lining the inside with silk. This one I took home also has a gold clasp. I love that a really simple, even raw material can look elegant. The bags accompany Samantha's latest collection, aptly entitled 'Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, beautiful old people are works of art.' I might have to stick that on my fridge.

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