What to do, see and buy: Hatty japes; Altered images; Quirk thinking; Strong stuff; Meet prey, love; Stroke of genius


Charlotte Philby
Thursday 27 September 2012 14:44 BST

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Hatty japes

Some things never go out of fashion, and a classic titfer is one of them. Bates Hats has been collecting admirers (hello, David Bowie) since opening the door to its Jermyn Street store in 1898. Enter a wonderland of fedoras, trilbys and flat-caps in a rainbow of colours, in felt, cashmere and so on. You know what they say: if you want to get ahead… From £145 at bates-hats.co.uk

Altered images

British design duo Crispin Finn specialise in red, white and blue. But forget boring old patriotic prints, such delights as these reimagined film posters await. The Big Lebowski and Jaws are among those given the hand-printed treatment. £45, crispinfinn.com

Quirk thinking

Youth charity Spark & Mettle has put a group of young creative talents together with professional designers, and the result is a delightful range of products on sale at the Dreamers' Supply Shop. Choose from unusual goodies including proper rose-tinted spectacles, transfer kits and a customisable moustache. From £3-£15, dreamers-supply.co/shop

Strong stuff

As months of dark mornings draw closer, the new Rok espresso machine provides you with the ideal shot to get you out of bed – although you'll have to work for it. It's a manual maker, but crafted from engine-grade metal and guaranteed for 10 years, it's an improvement on weak take-outs (and cheaper in the long run, too). £129, rokkitchentools.com

Meet prey, love

These stuffed animal heads – choose from elephant, bear and fox – from Bodie and Fou are all Fairtrade and, well, they're certainly wildlife-friendly, too. Guaranteed to transform your room into a country estate, of sorts. £65 each, bodieandfou.com

Stroke of genius

Beryl Bainbridge was a brilliant writer, and – less famously – an accomplished painter. A new book by her friend Psiche Hughes, Beryl Bainbridge: Artist, Writer, Friend, published next month, showcases a wonderful and humorous collection from a razor-sharp mind. £19.95, published 29 October, thamesandhudson.com

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