Be Prepared!

holly-borderIs it just me, or have you noticed that Newspapers do ‘Gift Ideas’ sections about 2 days before Christmas!

How daft is that…  for those of us who are wanting to spread the cost out over the course of the weeks leading up to Christmas and wanting to avoid the Christmas Shopping as a day’s outing we could do with these ideas well before 21st December. Or, even thinking about myself, being able to give people ideas for  my Christmas Present. I am one of the ‘unfortunate people’ whose birthday is in the two weeks around Christmas – so I am supposedly even harder to buy for!

To help you get prepared we will be posting ideas on Facebook or via our blogs. Hopefully, this will help you  nudge someone in the right direction for that special item of clothing that you just have to have!

Today we are starting off with that Special Item…. To complement any outfit, whether it be smart or casual, we have three beautiful boiled wool coats.

1476960334_CWB180MochaThis is the fantastic Adini Menardi boiled wool coat which has a very flattering drapey unstructured shape, falling to the knee, with a shawl collar and long sleeves with two side pockets.  It comes in a lovely Mocha Brown and will blend with most colours.  It does not have any fastenings but a large belt or a statement brooch will enhance this coat.

Adini have also designed for this Winter the stunning Aurora Coat which is in a rich1476959713_BBW163RacingGreen Boucle Yarn and is a semi-fitted classic coat. A really beautiful 3/4 length coat in a vibrant green which has a two large button fastening, with pockets.

1478972425_rennes-coat-pool-model_1Finally, there is the Seasalt Rennes Coat in Pool,  in boiled wool, a part of their Deluxe range, this coat falls to the hips.  It doesn’t have a fastening to the front, but could be closed with a brooch which will finish set off this beautifully warm and comfortable to wear coat.

If you can’t make it into our store and would like us  to post an item out to you – like a Scout – you need to be prepared.  The last posting date for 2nd Class Mail is Tuesday 20th December and Wednesday 21st for 1st Class.

Dress it up!

scrambled-eggWhy does Scrambled Egg always look better with a bit of parsley on top?  scrambe-with-parsleyDoes the Green bring out the Yellow or vice versa?

An outfit can look good, but we can add a necklace, a scarf or a different pair of tights and it shoots from good to Wow! At Alexandra’s of Keswick we hope that we can help you add the ‘Wow’ factor to  your purchase.

We are stockist for Blaze Jewellery, based in Wales, they are creators of beautifully designed jewellery. Each piece is handmade using quality material that are made into unique items at affordable prices. With quality beads adding colour to complement your outfit and add that ‘Wow’ factor we are all looking for, or just to give that final nod in the mirror and the feeling that we are ‘finished’.

photo3Strada Jewellery are makers of real statement pieces.  Long tear drops on a twist, elongated hearts and hoops form extravagant necklaces, made from pewter and manufactured in Birmingham. photo-4These stunning pieces will enhance any outfit.

Thick tights for casual wear and thin denier for that night out.  We stock a range of tights in varying colours that will change ‘that outfit’ from ordinary day to classy night.  spotted-tightFrom Gypsy Hosiery we have 50 denier tights in Navy, Chocolate, Charcoal, Plum and good old Black.  If you want to be really different we have purple tights with yellow, orange, green and mauve dots.  You will certainly not be missed in these.  There is also, for the more conservative amongst us, grey and purple tights with a colourful fleck in them. lichen-tightsWe have Bamboo Tights from Braintree in Lichen Green with a grey leaf design, a beautiful Fuschia and of course,  Black.  This simple, but effective accessory can make all the difference to any outfit.

If you don’t want to dress the legs – how about adding a scarf? We stock scarves from Adini, Mistral, Braintree and Seasalt, some casual and some classy… depending on the look that you want to achieve we hope we can dress that outfit up with either the dressy-scarvesMistral Splish Splash Scarf, the Seasalt Pretty Printed Scarf in Leaf Collage Cobble, the b-tree-peter-rabbitthe silky Adini Folly Shawl. or Braintree Claudette Scarf in Navy or Ocean.

Whatever you are looking for we hope that we have that bit of ‘parsley’ for your outfit.


Best Of British!

Alexandra’s of Keswick was delighted to host the first launch party for Unibu on Wednesday 9th November in Packhorse Court.  Shirley Crisp came along and chatted to customers about her unique underwear and her plans for the future.
alexandra-and-shirley-product-launchHaving owned a Lingerie Shop in Windermere, Shirley Crisp was disappointed during the 1980’s & 90’s to see the decline of British Manufacturing. Whilst trying to source underwear for her own shop, she found it harder and harder to find suppliers that not only sourced their product in the UK but also manufactured it here.  Eventually by the noughties there were no longer any Quality British Manufacturers of underwear for women, or for that matter, men.

unibu-launch-display-standShirley decided that she was going to change this.  Through extensive research, talking to manufacturers  and suppliers she has now created her own Manufacturing Company.  Unibu is based in Great Britain.  The cotton, obviously is imported in its raw form, but it is then spun and woven in Great Britain .  The labels, the elastic, the cardboard boxes and the even their design has all been done in Great Britain.

Lingerie is a massive market but Shirley has focused on a particular niche, good quality underwear, designed and produced in the UK, by Shirley and based on British Woman. So the sizes are true to us and not our European Cousins.

Unibu, Unique British Underwear, is now in the top 100 Small Businesses in the country and this isimg_0418 down to Shirley’s determination to produce a top quality product that is thoughtfully designed and proud to be British.

Her aim is to bring back manufacturing to the Cumbria area by opening her own factory producing her underwear. She would like to extend her range to include patterns and colours and two more styles in her men’s range.

We have in stock the full brief, shorts and hipsters in black and white and sold in boxes of 3 pairs.  In the next couple of days we will be adding in the high leg hipster and the two styles that Unibu manufacture for men.

Good enough to eat!

In 2010, Lady Gaga appeared at the MTV awards wearing a very original dress made from strips of beef. About the same time in 2010, Alexandra’s of Keswick opened its door to offer the ladies of the area an alternative style of dressing, though not quite as unusual as Lady Gaga’s, it would be tasteful, organic, sustainable and ethical as well as stylish!

Six years later, while Lady Gaga’s dress is now beef jerky over in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we are still stocked with a wide and fresh variety  of clothing from a  range of good suppliers. Seasalt have sent us crab apples, strawberries, berries, pickles, squid and fish, and Mistral have supplied the jam and Adini, some Winter Berries.

As any good cook, or dress designer can, we have whipped up some beautiful outfits for this coming season.

On our Menu this Autumn we have:-

Seasalt Starters

                                bosvenning-jeggings-squid-ink-model-1Bosvenning JeggingsSquid ink

served with a choice of the following:                                1469871643_sailor-top-breton-pickle-ecru

Sailor Top in Pickle/Ecru

1472149179_covington-woods-top-berries-marine-model_1Covington Woods Top in Berries Marine,

larissa-shirt-schooling-fish-night-model-1Larissa Shirt in Schooling Fish Night,

strawberry-top-narrows-rust-model-1Strawberry Top in either Rust Narrow or Midnight Narrow

1473327912_motif-skirt-crabapple-cobbleMotif Skirt – Crabapple Cobble served with 

carrick-top-russet-model-1Carrick Top in Russet (Apple)

gwennap-cardigan-seathrift-model-1and topped with The Gwennap Cardigan in Seathrift

Mouls Dress in Fish Flower Cargo

Mistral Main

model-double-take-jam-cardyDouble Take Cardy in Cherry Jam

Adini Afters (desserts)

1477480391_Elda_Tunic_close_up_HSP6188WinterBerry_1Elda Tunic in Winterberry

There is always something in stock that we are sure will be to your taste!

Allergen menus are available on request.

If you suffer from a need for Robell, Nomad or other Suppliers please ask our assistants for more information.