We both love the high street, but there’s something undeniably special about discovering small, under-the-radar brands that not everyone else is wearing. Beautifully made, unique clothes make the foundations for a wardrobe, will stand the test of time and will also make you stand out. Even if you only buy one non-high street piece a year, you’ll probably find that it’s the one that you’re wearing the following year and the year after that and the year after that, so it really is worth buying less and spending a little more. With this in mind, Natasha and I visited Feather & Stitch last week, a gorgeous boutique in Richmond specialising in small, fabulous and gorgeous European brands (also sold online, so don’t worry this is not a ‘you must live in London piece!’) that we think you will love….
Having moved to the country and having approximately zero time to do anything, I don’t actually have that much time to go to lots of different shops, which is precisely why I thought Feather & Stitch was so great. There were so many gorgeous dresses, cool jumpsuits, amazing tops (that you had to try to really see how great the cut was) and jeans that I hadn’t seen elsewhere that it made it feel like a really fresh shopping experience. Moreover, the wonderful Fi, who owns the boutique also offers style advice, meaning that when you go in, she will find you utterly beautiful amazing things that you would never have picked up yourself – like this beautiful coral dress and blouse by Danish designer Stine Goya (pictured below). She also suggested we both try these amazing cropped Lara jeans by DL1961, which were so flattering and comfortable, we both wanted to walk right home in them.
I also fell in love with this yellow sun dress by MiH (sadly now sold out), which I never would’ve tried if Fi hadn’t suggested it (who knew yellow could be so flattering?) I also loved this incredible clutch by Essentiel Antwerp. Meanwhile, Natasha discovered this beautiful yellow top by Munthe (a really great brand, do check it out), which looks fabulous with jeans, but could also be worn with a skirt as a great wedding look or with trousers for work.
And, because you can all see by now we’ve decided that twinning is winning, we decided to try green on for size – again, a colour I’m not usually drawn to. Natasha has had her eye on this dress by FWSS for ages and has added it to her birthday wish list, whilst this skirt (also by FWSS) can easily be dressed up or down, to be worn all summer.
Obviously, if you don’t live in London then the likelihood of visiting the actual boutique isn’t high (although if you do find yourself in Richmond do stop by before swinging by Petersham nurseries for cake). However, Feather & Stitch have a great website, which offers free shipping on UK orders. Something, we might make the most of with our wishlist….
- Pindakaas silk shirt, £205, Essential Antwerp, 2.Pinokkio dress, £139, Essential Antwerp, 3.Jaquard top, £150, Velvet, 4. DXBag, £139, Liebeskind, 5. Jacksonville t-shirt, £45, American Vintage, 6. Earrings, £59, Une a Une, 7. Laurel dress, £115, Project AJ117; 8. Twiggy skirt, £199, Munthe, 9. Touquet shorts, £125, Des Petits Hauts, 10. Anice suede bag, £90, Becksondergaard.
Disclosure: We were not paid for this post, although we were each gifted a dress and top.