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    Unlike some hotels where the interiors are wholly unmemorable, the sensory blast at Firmdale hotels can't go unnoticed.

    The colour, warmth and textiles have more layers than The Princess and The Pea's bed. And there's no generic design or 'that'll do' attitude, with many of the wallpapers, fabrics, rugs, furniture and artwork individually crafted for a specific space. The reason for this imaginative design and hawk-eye detail is creative director Kit Kemp, who with her husband Tim owns the hotel group, (which includes Charlotte Street Hotel, Ham Yard Hotel and Crosby Street Hotel in New York).

    And for those who yearn for a slice of Kemp's colour and creativity in their own lives, now's your chance. For this week Kit launched a collaboration with high street shop Anthropologie, called Folkthread; a sensibly priced range of home furnishings including oak side tables, collage upholstered armchairs, pretty dining chairs and fair isle rugs. 

    "Anthropologie and I love folk art and handmade crafts," says Kit, "This includes embroidery, collage and beautiful materials that last and feel good. I have taken a few of my favorite designs and have adapted them especially for Anthropologie. Interiors should be fun so let's enjoy the colour." Thanks colourful Kit, we darn well will.


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    "Laura Bailey is a true icon of British style," says LK Bennett's Chief Executive, Robert Bensoussan, of his new collaboratrice and her limited edition collection for the brand, that launches on Wednesday 25th March.   

    However model, writer, Vogue Contributing Editor and brand amabassador for Chanel - Laura has looked beyond the British shores to inspire her first ever collection of 5 shoe designs and a clutch bag. Instead her influence is drawn from the lemon-scented Amalfi coast, with its nearly navy-blue Tyrrhenian sea, tiny boats with their red sails and that glorious feeling that everything stops for summer.

    The tight edit includes a great chunky heel, elegant flat sandal and a cheeky kitten heel with an ankle strap, each design an outfit game-changer. Every style of shoe is named for an Italian actress admired by Laura, including Monica Vitti, Claudia Cardinale and Anna Magnani. "Working with LK Bennett was an irresistible opportunity to dream up my perfect summer shoes, whilst leaning on their technical expertise," says Laura. "This collection is made to dance on London pavements or Capri sands." Viva la dolce vita.


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    Just when I was bemoaning how staid and airless most London jewellery shops are, along comes Delfina Delettrez.

    Delettrez who started her eponymous line in 2007, is part of the Fendi family and the youngest designer to be included in the permanent collection in Paris at the Louvre's Musée des Arts Décoratifs, has opened a shop on the delectable Mount Street. 

    Joining the other two jewelers breaking the stuffy mould - Jessica McCormack with her 'Maison' and Solange Azagury-Patridge's rainbow heaven - Delfina's contemporary shop is a homage to Italian design against a backdrop of malachite green faux leather and shiny brass details.

    The new space is a most fitting cabinet of curiosities in which to showcase Delfina Delettrez's unique jewellery vernacular; hands, eyes, bees, lips and her 'phantom settings' - precious stones that seem to float around the body. Stuffy she ain't.

    Delfina Delettrez, 109 Mount Street, London W1K 2TR