Friday, 30 August 2013

Sweatshirt Love.....

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...........

Ah, the humble sweatshirt has grown in fashion stature over the last couple of years but now their popularity has sky-rocketed. Sweats are fabulous for chucking on on those days when your mind has gone sartorially blank. Teamed with jeans and sneakers, there's no better outfit for running around town. But put on a pair of heels and a big statement necklace instead of the sneaks and you're ready for a night on the town. 

Queen of the sweatshirt, Zoe Karssen, creates eye catching motifs and puts them on superb quality fabrics.  We've got lots in store this season but check out her super slouchy New York Girls Hoodie and the Born Lucky sweat.  

For ultimate comfort, Zoe's cotton Skeleton sweatpants can't be beaten.

Nola fave, A.P.C. have been producing ace sweats for many many years and they are always best sellers.  We've got some great camo ones coming in for Winter but check out the Rue Madame and Peacock sweats currently gracing our rails.

New to nola this season, but fast finding a place in our heart is French label, Leon and Harper. The Sacha sweatshirt is an oversized beauty, screenprinted with hand sewn finishes. 

Be still my beating heart.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

nola's new knits

Much as I don’t want to wish away this wonderful summer, there’s something about opening boxes of beautiful knitwear that makes me yearn for crisp autumn mornings and curling up in front of a roaring fire.

This season our labels have really excelled themselves when it comes to woolens. The autumn/winter collections are chunky and textured, rich with merino wool, cashmere, mohair and alpaca. Luxurious comfort in pieces you will wear season after season.

Here are a few of the highlights:


‘Subtle’ and ‘leopard print’ rarely go together but nola favourites A.P.C. have managed it! A sheer knit in the softest silk and cashmere blend, it feels and looks wonderful.

This Jenny sweater is incredibly soft to touch. The combination of mohair in the material and the pointelle knit make it substantial but light as a feather. We’ve got it in a lovely light beige as well as this diagonally striped black and white.

If there’s one piece that will make you crave autumn’s mellow fruitfulness, it’s this. Heavy duty and 100% merino wool, this cape just exudes Parisian chic.

Chinti & Parker

If it’s 100% cashmere you want, Chinti & Parker are the designers for you! This season, their offerings include these three beauties. The Stars sweater also comes in oatmeal and blue.

Leon & Harper

This Mae sweater is enough to make a Danish detective jealous! This heavy knit is handmade, meaning no two are exactly the same.


These Marcel, Misha and Maxence knits are all in wonderful alpaca-rich blends. Soft and substantial, you won’t want to take them off come spring!

Rabens Saloner

The Rabens Saloner collection for Autumn/Winter features several knits in luxurious blends including merino wool, alpaca and, in this case, every punk’s favourite material – mohair. A looser knit, their sweaters are hang beautifully and are a joy to wear.

This is just a sample of the knits available at nola this season. There are more from all the labels above, plus alpaca blends from Pomandère and wonderful jumpers from YMC in chilli, tobacco and rainbow stripes. Check out all this season's knitwear by clicking here.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

A.P.C In The House

Imagine, if you will, you're enjoying a blustery walk on Hampstead Heath. The dog is bounding around being all "look at me, I'm so cute" and you get a telephone call.  You reach for your iPhone and lo and behold, it's not the dog everyone is looking at, it's you and your sensational faux snakeskin A.P.C iphone cover.  THIS CAN HAPPEN! 
At nola we have the covers for iphone 4 and iphone 5 and you just need to shop our fabulous new edit of AW13 A.P.C.

Time and time again, A.P.C deliver some of the best designed knits and jersey around. Wearing it is like being a part of a secret club. All of us who love it's understated chic recognise it immediately when other people wear it and we kind of do that nod of approval to each other.

Buying A.P.C is addictive. Once you've worn just one of their tee shirts you want more.  For me it's their accessories that I go slightly doolally over. This season I've fallen head over heels for the amazing Tango Shoes, a collaboration with Argentinian shoemakers Tango Leike. 
These black suede and patent leather shoes are just so sexy. Great for a night out but even better with a pair of great jeans (I'm going to team mine with our Koral 4 month wash skinnies).

The knitwear this season is just so perfect. Lots of scrumptious cream wool and a jawdroppingly beautiful navy wool cape.

There's more to come, but have a look at our current online selection - we think we've got the best selection in the UK.  And don't forget, we offer free UK P&P.

Currently listening to The Archies; Sugar Sugar