Made to be loved and lived in our new Foundation collection features luxury basics executed in the finest fabrics. Stacey Duguid, Myree Tydings and Alice Blogg each picked a piece from the range to style with the rest of our Spring Summer 16 collection.
“I have a thing about cream coats and spring. Even though it’s the most impractical colour, I have bought one for the last three springs. It adds a freshness to your wardrobe that is hard to achieve when it’s still cold.
Then, there’s something timeless about Breton and I love anything khaki. Anything that is slightly utility is totally timeless. There’s also a lovely balance between the white and khaki; it feels modern.
When it comes to writing, I often go for a run beforehand. When you have children and everything is digital running gives me the space to be on my own. I have my best ideas.
I love the tactile experience of writing and I have piles and piles of Moleskine notebooks. I’d like to keep a daily, one-line diary. When I was writing my blog, From Tom Ford to Gina Ford, it felt good to have an outlet. That’s why I’m starting another blog – nicoandnate.com – to have my own space. The blog will be a series of interviews and shoots with amazing women and you’ll be able to shop their edit of clothes. I want it to be helpful to women – our lives are messy. You have this perfect image of what it’s like to have it all. It’s time we were kinder to each other.
With The Pool, as a reader it talks to me in a language I didn’t realise was missing. I love magazines like Kinfolk, The Gentlewoman. It feels like a best friend, the big sister you never had.”
“I picked the T-shirt because of its simplicity – and the fact it would go with my denim flares, which I wear a lot. I love brown leather, so I’d wear the Leather Edge To Edge Jacket with this outfit.
I like to make a statement in my work. I do a mixture of sculpture, painting and photography. About a year ago, after I’d moved from Sydney to London, a friend back home found my old 1960s Pentax Asahi film camera that I’d bought in a vintage market in Sydney. I’d totally forgotten about it. There was some mould on the lens, which gives a certain texture to the photos; a tinge of old, imperfect images, but in a modern, contemporary subject. I tend to photograph everyday life and random things, then take it out of its original context.
At design agency Dalziel & Pow, I lead a group of graphic designers and we worked on Jigsaw’s Duke Street Emporium concept store. It was a small group of us with a strong, tight vision, and everyone was completely on board. It really does have an emporium feel, it was amazing to see art become a store environment.”
“Simple, functional, understated but beautiful. This suit lets the cut sing. It’s easy to wear, comfortable and elegant – but not ‘pretty’. I love the subtle, natural colours. It’s very calming.
Not that I’m always calm at work, not when there is so much to do. I hand select the timber for every piece of furniture I’m commissioned to make. I’m very particular about what I like. There’s an aesthetic running through my work – simple, elegant, functional. The latter is most important, it has to work. The first piece I made was a towel rail. I was so naive in my making, but that was what made it so beautiful. Naivety can bring beauty.
I started my trade as a joiner, which taught me to appreciate that functional can also be beautiful. I understand timber, appreciate its beauty, its character, its grain.
I never wanted to be a furniture designer. I got tired of London. I missed the sea. So I came back to Dorset. But I didn’t know what to do and my mum said: ‘Get a job.’ I loved the smell of the local joinery workshop, so I got a job there.
But I’m from the fourth generation of a family of carpenters. My grandad was a boat builder and I’ve inherited his tools, like this chisel. I’m not afraid to use machines but I stay true to traditional skills. Old tools, in particular, are lovely and work well. If you learn with an old tool, you learn how it works, you learn its story.”
Alice Blogg is a furniture designer and maker based in Dorset
Interviews by Ana Santi
Photography by Liz Seabrook