If I were to ever have a shop for Townmouse I would want it to look something like this:
I saw this shop to rent in a rather nondescript street in Paris. I think it would be perfect for displaying children's clothes. Even the colour - a pretty duck egg blue - is perfect. A retail shop is not in my plans, but when I see a little shop like this I can't help but imagine.
Last night we had dinner with a Melbourne fabric designer who now lives in London. She is consulting to Will's business and also works closely with Nino Cerruti, working with him in putting the Cerruti fabric collection together. Before she began work with Cerruti she worked with a fashion forecasting firm in Paris for several years. Now that sounds like an interesting career path. She is fascinating to talk to and has a great insider knowledge of the fashion industry. I got a few tips from her today on what to look at when scouting around Premiere Vision.
The fabric fair was completely overwhelming. Talk about being spoiled for choice. Some of my favourites were the Italian and Scottish firms that make beautiful wool and cashmere fabrics in heavenly colours. They had some interesting ways of displaying the ranges too.
It's a little hard to tell in a photograph, but these dresses and jacket are actually in fifth scale - tiny little garments hanging on small hangers as a way of displaying the fabric. Inside the booth of this supplier there was a whole clothing rack of miniature garments. They looked charming.