What To Do, See & Buy: Cherchbi; Llanelli Festival of Walks; Muller Van Severen; Topshop; Lego's Architecture range
Charlotte Philby is a writer and reporter at The Independent, currently based on the news desk after six years on the Saturday magazine. She has been shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for an undercover investigative into a website offering students up to £15,000 in return for sex. She has also written for cultural magazines including Dazed & Confused and NYLON and contributed to several books, among them a biography of French street artist Blek Le Rat. A mother and born-and-bred Londoner, she spends most of her free time working on her first crime fiction novel.
Saturday 26 May 2012
Bags of style
British manbag maestros Cherchbi are getting lots of buzz for their new collection of handsome men's accessories – from satchels to laptop cases – all made from Herringbone cotton. Available online (in various fabrics) from £185. They also do iPad sleeves and belts. Cherchbi.com
Head for the hills this coming Jubilee weekend, to the new Welsh Coastal Path in Carmarthenshire. From 1-4 June, the Llanelli Festival of Walks weaves through hidden villages, breathtaking ridges and sandy dunes across Llanelli, Brecon Beacons and Carmarthenshire. £6 per person per walk, book at llanelliramblers.org.uk
What a pair
Belgian designers Muller Van Severen combine industrial materials with "traditional kitchen colours" – red for meat, green for veg. The result? Swoonsome furniture, such as this illuminated 'seat for two' – yours for €3,900 (£3,123). To buy, contact valerietraan.be; 00 32 475 75 94 59
Mix and match
Waste not, want not. Topshop debut their 'upcycled' capsule collection, starring off-key jersey dresses, denim rucksacks and two-tone jeans. All fashioned from off-cuts and excess stock. From 8 June; topshop.com
Big Ben is about to join the skyline of international miniatures in Lego's Architecture range, which already includes the Guggenheim Museum, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House and the Sydney Opera House. Back off, kids! £24.99, from 2 June, architecture.lego.com
The Onion's Great Escape is no ordinary children's story. Tear along perforated lines and each beautifully-drawn page peels away; by the last page, the book – by Italian illustrator Sara Fanelli – folds into an onion. More alluring in real life than it sounds, and no smell. £14.95, Phaidon
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