NEW SEASON STRIPES

Summer stripes are a time-honoured trend, resurfacing reason after season in various guises. They’re as failsafe as florals for spring and perhaps a little predictable, unless you add a flared hem and a flash of colour, that is. The Michael Kors Striped Flared Hem Dress is a new take on the trend for all things horizontal, freshening the perennial favourite nautical navy and white with a bold peacock blue band.

Set to become your summer party dressing solution, the flattering cut and playful details will make this Michael Kors dress one of the most worn in your wardrobe and a suitcase must-have for lazy days in the Mediterranean. A flirty flared hemline has the same leg-lengthening properties as the traditional A-line, so maximise its potential with barely-there heels and tanned pins.

Shop new season spring summer 2017 styles in store now at Robinsons, the region’s leading stockist of Michael Kors clothing and accessories.  

HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR DENIM

As official stockists of specialist denim brands including True Religion and Jacob Cohen, it’s safe to say that we have this thing with denim.

Jeffrey Lubell, CEO of True Religion, once said “True religion meant there’s really only one religion in the world. That’s people, and we all wear jeans”

Jeans are the fashion’s common denominator. We all appreciate a great pair and we all understand how important great quality jeans are to our wardrobes. But do you know how to look after yours? Designer denim comes at a price but follow these simple denim care tips and your new jeans will last you a lifetime.

TO WASH OR NOT TO WASH?

It’s the age-old denim dilemma; to wash or not to wash? When you have paid good money for the perfect fade, it makes no sense to lose it all in the first few washes and find yourself left with a rather 80’s acid wash. On the other hand, a great pair of jeans will be wasted on you if you smell like you have shunned showers for the last week. Advice is conflicting but according to the denim experts, your jeans should be washer bound after about ten wears. Any less and you risk losing the unique character jeans develop over those all-important first few wears (known as whiskering and honeycombing).

Jeans have been around since the 19th century and we’re confident in saying that the workers wearing them at the peak of the Gold Rush weren’t putting them on a spin cycle every few days. Heavy denim like that used by True Religion and Jacob Cohen is built to last; the delicate part is the wash. Harsh detergents can wash out that indigo tint, so look for one that promises to care for your colours and which will work on a cold-water wash, something else that will keep that colour.

When it comes to drying your denim, the tumble dryer is enemy number one. Even a quick spin in the dryer will drain the colour from your jeans quick enough to see the colour drain from your face when you take them out. It’ll affect their shape too. Hang up your jeans and allow them to air dry to preserve their fit and fade. Take them off the hanger once dry and store folded and out of direct sunlight.

Feed your denim addiction at Robinsons, Yorkshire, Humber and Nottinghamshire’s leading official stockist of denim designers including True Religion, Jacob Cohen and Armani Jeans. Find us at DN10 6JH.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET YOUR HAND LUGGAGE HEROES

There’s no better feeling than leaving the office on a Friday with an overnight bag slung over your shoulder and a smug look on your face. Weekends away help us make it through to our holidays proper, but their limited luggage allowances have the potential to leave us puzzled. Pack too much and risk the wrath of the departures gate inspectors, pack too little and you’ll find half your holiday is spent shopping or – worse still – in the launderette. The key to the suitcase conundrum is a capsule collection, featuring a carefully curated selection of pieces that coordinate, fit the climate and, most importantly, will keep you looking cool when the temperatures start to heat up. We’ve pulled together a list of the holiday must-haves deserving of a place in your case.

THE STRIPED TEE

While we love a good graphic tee, the key to a capsule collection is pieces that are easy to wear together. Stick to the blue and white theme in this great quality striped t-shirt by Hugo Boss.

THE SWIMSHORT

We love the ethos behind Bowler & Beach swim shorts and the swallow print adds something special to this navy and white pair.

THE LINEN SHIRT

Keep evenings cool and casual in a linen shirt. We love the unusual V-shaped collar on this Armani Collezioni style.  

THE CREAM CHINO

Lightweight chinos in a neutral colour like cream will work well with casual tees and smarter shirts alike.

THE LOAFER

The beauty of Swims loafers is that they can take you from the side of the pool to the side of the bar with more panache than a flip flop ever could.   

Visit us in store 7 days a week at DN1O 6JH and create your holiday capsule collection today.

KNOW YOUR FASHION: FIVE THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT MULBERRY

Robinsons are one of the leading stockists of Mulberry in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. In fact, our passion for the British heritage brand is so strong we introduced an entire section in store dedicated purely to displaying Mulberry handbags in all their glory.

Designed and crafted to last, Mulberry bags are the ultimate investment piece. A wear whenever and love forever piece, the Mulberry handbag takes many forms, from the iconic Bayswater – big enough to carry all the necessities you couldn’t go a day without – to the Lily, a sophisticated shoulder bag to take you from desk to dinner and onto the dance floor.

Tempted to treat yourself? Here are five things you probably didn’t already know about Mulberry and the attention-to-detail put into each and every handbag.

 

1.         Mulberry was founded in 1971, when Roger Saul established the brand at his kitchen table with 21st birthday gift of £500 cash from his mother. The Mulberry tree logo which has now become so synonymous with the great British brand was designed by Saul’s sister. The inspiration for the logo, and indeed the brand name itself, came from the trees Saul passed each day on his way to school in the years before.

2.         At The Rookery, Mulberry’s Somerset factory, the retail price of each bag hangs laminated and in full view of the craftsmen and craftswomen constructing them. The idea behind the unconventional approach is that all those who are working on the bags understand the prices each one will command and how important it is that it is treated with respect. It’s a pretty effective way of keeping their eye on the ball!

3.         As many as 50 different processes go into making each Mulberry handbag. Some processes employ cutting-edge technology, while others are carried out by the skilled hand of a proud workforce.

4.         Mulberry handbags remain a largely handmade product, with over 50% of all Mulberry bags still made in the UK. As many as 30 pairs of hands touch each bag during production, with everything from the framework, to the handles, fastenings and that all-important Mulberry stamp handcrafted by highly-skilled artisans at one of two Somerset factories; The Rookery in Chilcompton and The Willows in Bridgwater.

5.         Careful thought goes into every aspect at Mulberry, including the colour of the packaging in which you take home your new handbag. The brand’s hallmark colour, Mulberry Green, was created in 2015, designed to acknowledge the English countryside that has been so intrinsic to the brand’s heritage, whilst also marking a modernisation under the leadership of new Creative Director, Johnny Coca. The hallmark hue is a new shade of British Racing Green, a colour more often associated with the golden age of motor racing. Mulberry founder, Roger Saul, has a passion for classic cars which continues to this day, a love which the Mulberry Green hue acknowledges.

We have a huge range of Mulberry Classic and Seasonal Spring Summer 2017 styles available in store now. We’re open 7 days a week and can now offer ‘interest free’ spread payments on selected qualifying purchases. Visit us today or call 01302 711477 to find out more.