It’s July and I’m talking about Christmas. I’m going to ask you to hear me out before you click away. July is when Interior brands launch their Autumn/Winter collections. And these collections are what will be available in the stores when we are doing our Christmas shopping. Traditional print media has deadlines that are months ahead of publication, so brands launch in July, leaving enough time to be featured for Christmas.
LINLEY invited me along to their event, held at their store in Chelsea so that I could get a sneak peek at the collection of products that will be out in time for Christmas. I’m going to share some of my favourites with you.
This collection of gifts is a clear expression of passion for the city of London and it’s history. The Great Fire Matchbox Sleeve (above) is adorned with little picture icons depicting the Great Fire of London in 1666. The icons on the matchbox representing key points in the story, Pudding Lane, Cathedral, bucket & fire… self explanatory, but a clever twist.
Below is the Card Shark Playing Card Sleeve, showing sharks of course.
If you haven’t yet heard of a London Brick, then pay attention. Most of London was built with these yellow or brown coloured bricks; they were popularly used in the 19th and 20th Century. LINLEY have used the same dimensions as the London stock brick and created a beautiful doorstop. This is the perfect gift for anyone with a London townhouse or Victorian semi.
One of my favourite pieces in this collection is the Rainy Day Money Box (below).
Moving onto some London landmarks. LINLEY have taken inspiration from Nelson’s Column (above) and Big Ben (below). The Nelson’s Column Candlestick & Bud Vase has the exact same proportions as the actual Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square.
For the fashionable gent in your life, these were two items that I picked out. Above is the Gentleman’s Motif Cufflink Box and below are a selection of colours of the Ebury Vide Poche (vide poche means empty pocket) which are perfect for men who like to empty their pockets as soon as they enter their homes (I’m one of them). I use a vide poche and they are great to keep all your bits together, and helps not to scratch table surfaces or watches.
Last but certainly not least is the Vice Box. It’s a classic LINLEY designed box, and it elegantly stores away glasses, cards, chips, cigar cutter, small humidor and more. Perfect for the gentleman who has everything.
All the above and more will be available on LINLEY’s website from September.