Shopping With... Lucille Lewin: Pure and simple, every time

LUCILLE LEWIN, owner and founder of the designer clothes boutiques Whistles is quite rigid about her bed linen. She likes simple, plain old- fashioned bedding and it has to be white or off-white. "I buy lots from a great market in Stanley which is a village on the south shore of Hong Kong island - beautiful cotton and linen sheets, and you can buy five sets for the same price as one over here." The plainest Egyptian cotton duvet covers - again in white or off-white - from John Lewis (enquiries: 0171 629 7711) are also favoured. Everything about JL is highly rated by Lewin. "It's fabulous - you can buy everything there. My (plain white) pyjamas I buy from the boys' department - if I'm not sleeping in my husband's cast-offs."

Lewin explains that she "goes through passions" for her home. She constantly takes things like cushions "out of play" and then puts them back in again. One passion which has endured is for huge napkins - "I can never find them huge enough". Lewin bought lots of plain white linen fabric in the Transki region of South Africa when she was there 10 years ago, which she has made up in to tablecloths in the Whistles studio. "I can make them myself but I'm not very good on the machine," she admits.

Despite constantly travelling with her work - to Italy, France, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Florence, Milan - Lewin tends not to go looking for presents when she is away.

"I hate having to buy presents when it's a chore."

The most successful gifts are the ones when she just gives something of her own away. Recently, Lewin gave someone who had really helped her with the Whistles production in Italy a necklace. "She really liked the necklace I was wearing so I took it off and gave it to her." So, where does Lucille Lewin buy this jewellery? "I don't buy jewellery, I inherit." Whistles (0171 487 4484) also carries some fantastic contemporary pieces.

A keen collector of recipe books (she owns more than 300) she counts herself lucky to be near Daunts (83 Marylebone High Street, London, W1; 0171 224 2295). "I love books - art books, poetry books, and photography books." In fact, the Whistles branch in Saint Christopher's Place (0171 487 4484) stocks a range of eclectic books reflecting the owner's tastes.

Not far away in the same area of London stands Divertimenti, the kitchen supply shop (45 Wigmore Street, London, W1; 0171 935 0689), which is highly favoured by Lewin along with Pages (121 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2; 0171 379 6334). "I'm a purist with things for the kitchen, so I always buy my crockery from kitchen supply shops." Lewin also buys her utensils from London's Chinatown. From one of the many Chinese supermarkets on Lisle Street, Ms Whistles buys lots of utensils at pounds 1 each which she uses for Italian, as well as Oriental, cooking.

Food is something that Lewin confesses she will search for "at any time, by any method from whatever shop". She gets lots of organic food delivered by a company called Swaddles Green Farm, in Chard, Somerset (01460 234387).

"I try to buy as much organic food as I can. Also, I go to Yoahan Plaza (now called the Oriental Shopping Centre, 399 Edgware Road, London NW9; 0181 200 0009) for Japanese food - it's in a huge series of Oriental shops in one complex in Colindale, north London. They are my favourite shops. I buy fresh fish meat and vegetables; even my two boys will come shopping there with me. When I go to Paris they give me a shopping list. I have to go to a Japanese shop near the Louvre and buy loads of Japanese comics and posters. That's their passion."

News
people
Sport
FootballGerman sparks three goals in four minutes at favourite No 10 role
News
Rumer was diagnosed with bipolarity, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder: 'I was convinced it was a misdiagnosis'
peopleHer debut album caused her post-traumatic stress - how will she cope as she releases her third record?
Sport
A long jumper competes in the 80-to-84-year-old age division at the 2007 World Masters Championships
athletics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Life and Style
ebooksFrom the lifespan of a slug to the distance to the Sun: answers to 500 questions from readers
Sport
Radamel Falcao was forced to withdraw from the World Cup after undergoing surgery
premier leagueExclusive: Reds have agreement with Monaco
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvHe is only remaining member of original cast
Life and Style
Walking tall: unlike some, Donatella Versace showed a strong and vibrant collection
fashionAlexander Fury on the staid Italian clothing industry
Arts and Entertainment
Gregory Porter learnt about his father’s voice at his funeral
music
Arts and Entertainment
tvHighs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
Life and Style
Children at the Leytonstone branch of the Homeless Children's Aid and Adoption Society tuck into their harvest festival gifts, in October 1936
food + drinkThe harvest festival is back, but forget cans of tuna and packets of instant mash
Sport
Lewis Hamilton will start the Singapore Grand Prix from pole, with Nico Rosberg second and Daniel Ricciardo third
F1... for floodlit Singapore Grand Prix
New Articles
i100
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
life
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Volunteer Trustee opportunities now available at The Society for Experimental Biology

    Unpaid Voluntary Position : Reach Volunteering: Volunteer your expertise as Tr...

    Early Years Educator

    £68 - £73 per day + Competitive rates of pay based on experience: Randstad Edu...

    Nursery Nurse

    £69 - £73 per day + Competitive London rates of pay: Randstad Education Group:...

    Primary KS1 NQTs required in Lambeth

    £117 - £157 per day + Competitive London rates: Randstad Education Group: * Pr...

    Day In a Page

    Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

    Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

    Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
    Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

    Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

    The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
    The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

    Scrambled eggs and LSD

    Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
    'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

    'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

    Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
    Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

    New leading ladies of dance fight back

    How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
    Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

    A shot in the dark

    Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
    His life, the universe and everything

    His life, the universe and everything

    New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
    Reach for the skies

    Reach for the skies

    From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
    These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

    12 best hotel spas in the UK

    Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
    These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

    Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

    Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
    Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

    Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

    His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam