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  • Saucony - Running strong for 120 years

    Posted on February 08 2019

    In 1898 four young business men opened the Saucony shoe manufacturing company in Kutztown, Pennsylvinia. The word Saucony (Sock-Uh-Knee) which comes from the Lenni Lenape Native American word “saconk”  means...

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  • New to The Mercantile - Levete Room

    Posted on February 05 2019

    Launching at The Mercantile this season, Levete Room is a new Danish fashion brand founded in Copenhagen in 2017, that offers a modern selection of affordable pieces. “The Levete woman is...

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  • The Outside

    Posted on January 25 2019

    A  life in, and with nature, are the inspiration of the Wood Wood SS019 collection - a life that both celebrates ventures into the wilderness as well as the people...

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  • Welcome to sustainability

    Posted on January 22 2019

    Founder of Iden, Andrew Lethbridge always knew he wanted to create a sustainable, conscious and forward-thinking brand based on denim. The belief was that great fitting jeans in premium denim...

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  • Pre Spring 19 - Stine Goya

    Posted on January 11 2019

    For Pre Spring 2019 Stine Goya launches a collection inspired by the cinematic visionary Michelangelo Antonioni, a collection reflective of his stylistic take on modernity, and its resounding emptiness.  By...

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  • Fresh Start - Blue + White

    Posted on January 08 2019

    All pieces on our New in page (except Vagabond Ebba Boot image 5)

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  • New Year party pieces that you can wear again.

    Posted on December 21 2018

    Looking for something special to see in 2019 ? Read on for our top hardworking pieces that ensure a sophisticated party look, yet still work after the season is over....

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  • Pre collections 2019 - Baum Und Pferdgarten.

    Posted on December 18 2018

      Baum Und Pferdgarten - Resort 2019 Collection “Lost in Transformation” “For our resort 19 collection we were inspired by an aesthetic that is both poetic, contemplating and very silent....

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  • Add just one thing to take you from day to dressed up

    Posted on December 11 2018

    If like most of us you are heading out for Christmas celebrations straight from work, considering adding just one carefully selected piece to elevate your day wear into dance floor...

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  • Get Christmas Sorted

    Posted on November 25 2018

    Get your Christmas sorted and spend your money where it counts this year supporting small and independent business with the launch of Christmas events at Old Spitalfields Market.   Christmas...

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  • How to do modern party dressing.

    Posted on November 20 2018

    'Party season' dressing is always a tricky one - you want to make the most of that invitation, (it's a long gloomy season ... and a little bit of luxury...

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  • The affordable French perfume - Bon Perfumeur

    Posted on November 06 2018

    Designed and produced in France, Bon Perfumeur is the creation of Ludovic Bonneton, former digital director for Yves Rocher.The collection is produced by a team of six perfumers that reveal...

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  • The celeb endorsed ethical jewellery brand- Branch Jewellery

    Posted on November 02 2018

    British brand, Branch Jewellery are famed for mixing wood with other precious materials to produce a range of unique jewellery. Since their launch in 2003 they have established themselves as...

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  • Everyday Fashion we Love - Emin & Paul.

    Posted on October 30 2018

    Established in London in 2010 by two young designers Emin Young and Paul Kim, Emin & Paul has established itself as a brand which creates feminine, contemporary and unique women’s...

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  • A Spanish Classic

    Posted on October 26 2018

    For more than a hundred years, the unisex fragrance 'Alvarez Gomez ' has been the symbol of quality and classic style in Spain. The story started when the Gomez cousins...

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  • The new season look - Transparent/Shine

    Posted on October 23 2018

    For the AW 18 collections rain wear brand Rains, have been inspired by the phenomenon of mirages and experiments with glossy, semi-transparent and transparent surfaces as a way of tricking...

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  • New this season - Showcase Cardigans

    Posted on October 05 2018

    Pack away your oversized blazer from the summer and swap for the new showstopper chunky knit cardigan. Labour intensive and hand crafted compositions are key to these showcase pieces, along...

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  • The New Jewellery Trends to Know

    Posted on October 02 2018

      Fall/Winter accessories were full of inspiring looks that complimented the collections, with several strong trends emerging to take us into the new season.   Oversized. Chunky round shapes dominated...

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  • New season influence/Part Two - Red

    Posted on September 14 2018

    Vermilion, crimson, cherry, scarlet, ruby, garnet and wine... if it's on the red spectrum its going to make an appearance this autumn/winter. Vibrant and outgoing there is no where to...

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  • New season influence - Leopard

    Posted on September 11 2018

    A trend that has appeared across many of the autumn/winter collections, leopard print is being touted as the 'new neutral', to be worn day or night. Gone are the trashy...

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  • Back to reality with Rains

    Posted on September 07 2018

     Summer holidays are unfortunately done and it’s time to return to the real world. The uneasy feeling of getting back from summer holiday is universal, so Scandinavian rainwear company Rains set...

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  • Tretorn - the rain jacket with an eco edge.

    Posted on September 04 2018

      Born out of the wet Scandinavian weather, Tretorn has made its mark in many places on earth.  The waterproof outerwear products have been used at tennis courts, rainy streets...

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  • New season inspiration - Rabens Saloner

    Posted on August 31 2018

    "When you carry a garment from Rabens Saloner, you stand out. If not by the design then by the luxurious fabrics, that are often hand-made and hand-dyed by artisans in...

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  • See the Summer out - Samsoe & Samsoe

    Posted on August 28 2018

    This season for Scandinavian brand Samsoe & Samsoe, the past is fused with the future to create exaggerated silhouettes and effortlessly elegant pieces cut from vintage inspired silk-velvet and Prince...

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  • The affordable cult denim brand to know

    Posted on August 21 2018

    With so many denim brands out there, Rolla’s an Australian apparel brand, that specialises in truly authentic yet comfortable vintage inspired fits. Paying homage to a time when denim came into...

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  • New season arrivals - SIDELINE

    Posted on August 08 2018

    Understated design and subtle, minute detailing are at the core of contemporary womenswear label SIDELINE, whose focus is indigo fabrics which are worked into inventive, thoughtful designs. Clean yet feminine,...

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  • Three ethical fashion brands to know

    Posted on August 01 2018

    With both customers and businesses asking questions about sustainable practise in the fashion industry, ethical fashion brands are now taking centre stage. Throwing off past ideas that ethical meant sacrificing...

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  • How to dress for the heat

    Posted on July 17 2018

    With the unexpected heatwave continuing across the country the challenge to remain chic in the intense heat is proving rather difficult. Unlike our European cousins (well equipped with extensive hot...

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  • The Summer Dress You Need

    Posted on June 30 2018

    A perfect day-to-night silhouette, a simple slip dress is all you need this summer. Add a minimal flat sandal and pile on the gold jewellery for a nineties feel, take...

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  • New to The Mercantile - Kirei

    Posted on June 19 2018

    Kirei (pronounced ‘kee-ray’ ) and which means beautiful in Japanese, have set out to create a womenswear collection of “effortless clothing that could be worn in many ways, for many years”....

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  • New to The Mercantile - Banjanan

    Posted on June 15 2018

    Derived from the Hindi word meaning ‘bohemian’ ‘nomad’ ‘wanderer’ ‘traveller’ or ‘to roam’. Banjaran is based in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan in India. Banjanan is dedicated to supporting and...

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  • The summer essentials

    Posted on June 11 2018

    Kick off the warm summer days with this seasons fresh additions to your wardrobe...   The yellow dress The day to evening jumpsuit  The silk maxi The artisan blouse +...

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  • The new summer scent

    Posted on May 20 2018

    In 1990, two friends from Marseilles, with a shared passion for design, decided to revisit an old tradition: the iconic cube of Marseille soap. Aware of its place in the...

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  • The Eco Sandal That Brings An Edge to Summer Looks

    Posted on May 08 2018

      “Her name was Anita and she was the hottest mum in all of southern Sweden in the 1970’s. While smoking Camels she just looked fabulous in her white high-heeled...

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  • Ten Office Appropriate Pieces That will Work After Hours.

    Posted on May 05 2018

    For when you need to adhere to the company rules but want mileage after-hours, read on for our edit of ten hardworking office appropriate pieces that will still work overtime...

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  • Seasons Detail - Boho Tops.

    Posted on May 01 2018

    Appearing in some version in most summer collections, we have begun to rely on the 'boho' top as a hard worker in our summer wardrobes. With an oversized silhouette, they...

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  • New brand alert - Vow sunglasses

    Posted on April 24 2018

    Vow London is an innovative, luxury, British eyewear brand. Born in 2014 from a vision to bring a fierce edge to modern eyewear, they combine a strong design aesthetic with...

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  • Mood of the season - Mondano Part Two

    Posted on April 20 2018

    Wood Wood spring/summer 18 runway show - MONDANO  - Milan. Inspired by the Italian notion of 'la dolce vita' and a trip to the Amalifi coast and island of Capri,...

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  • Mood of the season - Mondano

    Posted on April 17 2018

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  • The Parisian occasion wear brand that you can wear after the event

    Posted on April 14 2018

    New to the Mercantile this season, Parisian womenswear brand Mes Demoiselles…Paris, presents a collection rich in print and colour,which is perfect for summer garden parties and special weddings.Respecting handmade traditions...

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  • Festival Spirit

    Posted on April 07 2018

    With the festival scene continuing to grow, it's clear to see how much we love to gather together outdoors to celebrate in the Summer months. Yet community coming together en...

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  • How to wear the shade of the season

    Posted on April 06 2018

    The perfect shade to inject a spring vibe into the current chilly days, yellow dominated the Summer 18 collections. Appearing in numerous flattering options of citrus, acid, mustard and lemon,...

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  • Summer Mood - Natural

    Posted on April 03 2018

    The Spring Summer collections showcased a natural vibe with an offering of textures and open weaves, providing interest. Soft linens, dry, bleached cotton, raffia and straw accessories all made an...

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  • Rains restyled + New season camo print

    Posted on March 20 2018

    At the latest RAINS pop-up shop event in Chengdu, China, a range of the city’s finest showed up with full on fashion in tow. The diverse mix made the event...

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  • The new classic - Lorena

    Posted on March 16 2018

    Lorena is an Istanbul based leather bag and accessories brand which specialises in premium vegetable-tanned leather. Renowned for its robustness and durability and produced by the oldest known method, Lorena utilises...

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  • Kick start the Spring season

    Posted on March 13 2018

    Want to lift your winter wear but the days still too chilly, well trust those practical Scandi brands to provide the answer with the black bloom print from Samsoe &...

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  • How to wear it now - Spring dresses

    Posted on March 10 2018

    Whilst we all know fashion works in opposite seasons (bikinis in February, coats in August anyone) what we want when we invest, is for our pieces to work as hard...

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  • The bloggers favourite (affordable) statement earring

    Posted on March 03 2018

    As seen in Wallpaper, Elle, and Refinery29, and on bloggers such as @afashionnerd and @higher_tf, jewellery brand, Milk Tooth LDN, is dedicated to statement earrings. Their mission is to unleash creativity, confidence...

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