by Jo on 15 Jul 2015
Did the worst tube strike in a decade - if not history - stop us having yet another storming press show? No, it did not! Big thanks to all those who braved public transport and of course, congratulations to Team Portrait - Rachel, Sophia, Phoebe, Egle, Emma, Jade, Kate and Lizzie - for making this year's show bigger, better and more gorgeous than ever before! We've bid a sad goodbye to our Steiff polar bears, reindeer and penguins and now the real work of gift guides and decorating shoots galore begins. We'll see you all again next year...
by Jo on 07 Jul 2015
The doorbell is ringing every five minutes with couriers heaving crates of goodies, the gift and decorating guides have gone to print and the Steiff animals have flown in from Germany ready to be transported to the Vinyl Factory for our press show this Thursday. Can you spot the small creature of German origin who'll be travelling in by taxi, rather than cardboard box?
by Jo on 04 Jul 2015
Welcome to the whimsical world of Chase and Wonder. Designed and made in Britain, the gift and stationery brand - a new addition to the Portrait stable - is home to a choice array of charmingly illustrated offerings for the elegant lady and sophisticated gent. Founded by husband and wife team David and Faye Aspinall, boxed writing sets, correspondence cards, hankies, napkins, washbags, prints, cushions, gift wrap and tags feature a marvellous medley of Victoriana-inspired characters, creatures, letters and motifs. Screen-printed or letter-pressed greeting cards of the finest quality are adorned with gold foiling and glitter; from genteel gorillas and elaborately costumed cats to dapperly dressed cyclists, there's a design for every age and occasion. Stockists include Liberty, Paul Smith, The Conran Shop and Harrods, while the full collection can be purchased online at www.chaseandwonder.com.
by Jo on 01 Jul 2015
Born in London in 2009, new Portrait client Olli Ella has grown to become a global home decor brand for the modern family, with an ever-expanding collection of nursing chairs, rugs, nursery furniture, 100% cotton organic baby bedding and more. Founded on the belief that just because something is made for a nursery, it needn’t look out of place elsewhere, every piece is made for a child’s space, but looks equally at home in grown-up spaces. Including British royalty and A-list celebrities amongst its fans, Olli Ella is making the future bright for mini design aficionados - and their families.
by Sophia on 15 Jun 2015
It's June, the sun is shining - it's time to shoot Christmas! Huge thanks to the supremely talented Selina Lake and Debi Treloar for another gloriously festive Talking Tables shoot. We're definitely in the mood to party!
by Phoebe on 15 Jun 2015
Jonathan Adler shares his top tips on irreverent luxury… his formula? Be 95% chic and 5% cheeky!
Thrilled with the double page spread!
With thanks to Claudia Baillie.
by Sophia on 12 Jun 2015
Portrait headed east to attend the opening of the very dapper Ted Baker concept store, Ted & Moore. Taking pride of place at the front of the store was Wild & Wolf’s range of Ted Baker lifestyle accessories, including notebooks, mugs, washbags, iPad sleeves, and our favourite hot pink bento box. We enjoyed delicious breakfast canapés and a caffeine hit courtesy of the espresso bar whilst exploring the 6000 square foot space, which also features clothing, eyewear, some seriously stylish bikes and beauty and grooming rooms. Check out the new store at 132 Commercial Street, E1.
by Rachel on 08 Jun 2015
We've got our holiday groove on now that the heat has finally arrived. Especially now we've seen this Moroccan-inspired shoot in You Magazine, complete with hot colour, cool prints... and Original BTC's stunning bone china Pembridge pendant (made in the UK but looking the part nevertheless!)
With thanks to Emily Blunden.
by Rachel on 01 Jun 2015
It's weekends like this that make us super happy - the arrival of summer (apparently), May birthday number four at Portrait HQ (Happy Birthday Sophia, Egle, Jo et moi)...
... and a raft of fab coverage including four - yes four! - of our clients in You Magazine. The new Sofas & Stuff Grassington armchair in all its Indian block-print glory, Jonathan Adler's striking navy kilim rug, Original BTC's iconic blue Task floor light and Ian Mankin's floral Kew fabric cushions got together to demonstrate what a spot of Delft style can do for your life. Blue is definitely the colour. (With a bit of white).
With thanks to Francine Kay.
by Jo on 29 May 2015
Another week, another shoot - this time for British lighting manufacturer Original BTC. Twenty five years ago, founder Peter Bowles created his first bone china light, manufactured in Stoke-on-Trent, the heart of the country's ceramics industry. With the aim of pushing bone china to its very limits in size and form, his new Hatton collection is a triumph of British manufacturing and design. Multi-faceted shades in five different designs were brought to life by the brilliant Harriet Paterson, ex Living etc Style Editor, who knows a thing or two about Original BTC having worked with us on the last three shoots. The only problem with shooting for Original BTC? By the time each new light has emerged from its cardboard box, you've already mentally re-designed your home...and office...and anywhere else you can get your hands on to hang a light....