What to do, see & buy: Open squares; Craghopper; Jazz Covers; Tree Coat Stands; Ferragamo's Creations; Scion
Charlotte Philby is a writer at The Independent with a weekly column on motherhood in The Independent Magazine. She was shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for her undercover investigative work, and writes for various cultural magazines.
Saturday 19 May 2012
Nosy neighbours, grab your wellies. For one weekend – from 9 June – the gates to some 200 gardens across London will open to the public. Tickets are just £9 in advance, making for an affordable, varied alternative to Chelsea. Opensquares.org
Just a sweater, you say? Not quite. Craghopper's new NosiLife kids' range is cannily infused with insect repellent, as well as 40-factor sunblock. Anything that saves us from smearing skittish littluns with smelly cream is fine by us. From £25, craghoppers.com
As part of its 25th birthday celebrations Taschen is reissuing Jazz Covers by Joaquim Paulo, a celebration of vinyl in two volumes. £34.99, taschen.com
The great indoors
It may be grey outside but your hallway will be bright and sunny with one of these vibrant Tree Coat Stands from Scandi design masters Swedese. They are £645 each, made to order, and now available in a sparkling new array of colours. Hats off to that... Thelollipopshoppe.co.uk
Each season, Ferragamo's Creations recreates a few key shoe designs from Salvatore's archives, with a modern twist. The latest pairs to be given the special treatment include gold wedges (pictured) and fringed leather sandals, available at London's Dover Street Market this month.
On the prowl for something different to brighten your living space? Look no further than Scion, a new British brand specialising in foxy fabrics and winsome wallpapers. Scion.uk.com
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