In an age of celebrity collections and dashed-off catwalk copycats, it’s great to discover a new label which prides itself on taking no shortcuts.
Peridot London was founded by the great granddaughter of a great Jermyn Street tailor, and it prides itself on this strong heritage of English tailoring. Founder Rachel Wilson and her design team are nothing short of obsessive about each garment they create – as I discovered the other day when a visit to their studio turned into an hour long investigation of inner seams, clever darting and subtle silk draping.
But it was refreshing to see beautiful things into which so much time and energy is invested. Granted, Peridot doesn’t come cheap – it’s about investment dressing rather than cheap sartorial thrills. But just in time for the August bank holiday, they’ve launched a little thrill that might be a little more within reach.
The new range of sunglasses launches tomorrow, and I’ve got my eye on those Doctor Robotnik rounded numbers for Fashion Week.
Luxe materials and outsize shapes define the capsule range of frames, which are made in Italy from acetate, leather and vintage metals. Cateye shapes and retro aviators hark back to glamorous eras past, whilst styles like to circular metal-trimmed ones belong firmly in the future.
Prices range from £119 - £159 and the glasses will be available from tomorrow on www.peridotlondon.co.uk