[ GET YOUR COLOURS ON ] Barbour Jubilee Collection

Jubilee, Barbour Union Jack, Ladies International Swarovski Jacket, 2012, British flag

Cashing in on its status as a much loved British Heritage brand, Barbour have designed some pretty kick-ass products in time for the Queen's Jubilee celebrations. Check out the timely re-modeled, bestselling Barbour Union Jack International Swarovski jacket, for which Barbour have cleverly teamed up with crystal giants Swarovski, resulting in a little glistening Union Jack Swarovski Elements flag nestling upon the chest pocket. They've also added a super cool Union Jack lining which is so undeniably awesome that I'd probably turn the whole thing inside out. Snap it up quick though if you've got the cash because its a limited edition piece. Investment? Oh, I do think so. 

Womens Union Jack Barbour Waxed Canvus Shopper, Satchel, Rucksack, Napsack, British Flag fashion, Jubilee fashion, Queen's Jubilee 2012

Oh, and one more thing, if your finding it hard to sheathe yourself in enough Britishness to double as a patriotic mascot, try one of these bags or (perhaps the hat?) on for size. Think of all the other celebratory Jubilee trinkets you could keep inside!




[ RULE BRITANNIA ] Jubilee Fever

Queen Elizabeth II, Union Jack, British heritage, Royal family, English heritage,
Jubilee collage, Royal Wedding, Union Jack, British heritage, Royal family, English heritage, Wills & Kate, Jubilee coin

British collage, mini cooper, London underground, british post box stamp, english tea cups, Queen's Jubilee 2012

I'm so excited about this weekend's Jubilee celebrations that I'm determined to make Wandering Threads a haven of British heritage inspired happiness, if only for the coming week. I'm a proud Brit - cue friends rolling eyes as I gush once again of my love for all English traditions and heritage - so its only right that I should add a stream of celebratory Britishness to this here page. Despite economic woes, the past year has already seen a surge in patriotic fervor with all the hype surrounding the Royal Wedding last May (yes, of course I was there - I booked my flight to India the week after most deliberately!),

Sadly though, I'm missing the fabulous festivities back in the UK by but a few weeks as I am currently still slaving away in Sydney to fund my return. Nevertheless, I shall watch the media avidly from afar, cheering on old Liz in her 60th anniversary of her accession. So in the meantime, to kick start the festivities I bring you this montage of Britannia inspired awesomeness. Get your colours ready! 



[ TOTALLY TECHNICOLOUR ] Nida Mahmood's Bollywood Bags

1, 2, 4, 5 & 6. The Great Indian Bohemian Tamasha Collection 3. NIBC Collection 

How cool are these bags by eclectic Delhi based designer Nida Mahmood? I stumbled across them whilst perusing the press archives of India’s Lakme Fashion Week, ogling at the outrageous colours and imaginative ideas prevalent in so much of India’s new generation design talent. 

Exit Manish Arora (off to Paris he went, although news on the street is he might be out of job) and enter the new ‘Queen of Indian Kitsch’. Since debuting her designs back in 2006 at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, as one of the six “Gen Next” designers, Nida’s namesake label has soared to success. Riding the wave in 2009, Nida launched her sister retail label New India Bioscope Co in collaboration with PR guru, Raul Chandra. Born out of a mutual obsession for Old Delhi Bollywood poster art, kooky street style and an 'incredible wanderlust for everything in technicolour', the duo searched high and low for those aging Bollywood-hoarding artists who, before the tech revolution, would plaster the city with hand-painted pop-art style posters. Adding an air of authenticity to their eclectic Bollywood style artwork, Raul and Nida, aren’t just doing this for kicks. With a nod and a wink to a bygone era, where artisans reigned supreme and computers were still scary, the New India Bioscope Co aims to build excitement around the art form so younger generations may catch on and become interested in taking the idea forward.

And forward it now goes, with the line of hand-painted pop graphics now extending to everything from these super cool hand-painted bags and trunks to jackets, furniture as well as some more cost effective options such as notebooks, coasters and umbrellas. 
Click links above to buy online at nidamahmood.com


[ THE FREE SPIRIT ] Arizona Muse for I-D Magazine Summer 2012

A little less colourful than my usual picks, this editorial comes from I-D Magazine's Summer 2012 issue, shot by Kayt Jones, featuring American model of the moment, Arizona Muse. Looks like those folks at I-D literally took her name into account with this shoot which follows Arizona riding horseback (through what could actually pass as Arizona) in an assortment of south-western inspired garb. Loving the nod to Native American culture with the statement jewellery, feather-braided hair, patchwork skirts and belted blanket shawls, topped off with a good ol' Stetson and a very authentic looking, feather adorned, cowhide drum.


[ SHOW & SELL ] A Handmade Market

Handmade Market, Show & Sell, Sydney, Etsy, vintage

I'm so very excited to attend my very first Etsy event this week, Show & Sell, hosted by the Sydney Etsy Team at The World Bar in Kings Cross on Wednesday night. Promising an array of handmade jewellery, accessories, clothing, artwork and homewares with lots of exciting Etsy store holders already confirmed, it's going to be a night of handmade heaven! So if you're a Sydney sider, make sure you hop on down, it's absolutely free to enter, just remember to bring lots of cash!

I'll be there with my camera snapping lots of picks for Wandering Threads, so if any storeholders would particuarly like to be featured, leave a comment below or send me a quick email at samantha@wandering-threads.com



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