Archive for April, 2010

April 29, 2010

Thank You


for the lovely post about Cabbages & Roses.  We really appreciate it.  Your blog is beautiful!


April 27, 2010

Christina takes us behind the scenes to a Cabbages & Roses catalogue shoot.

Day 1

Early start for Autumn Winter 2010 catalogue shoot.    CMS had to drive ancient vintage Morgan to location – it is beautiful but it is like driving brittle broken bones – my legs are too short to reach the pedals so sit like a nervous old lady on a folded blanket.   Driving my little car at the end of the day is like driving silky mousse in comparison.

Weather exactly as we wished it to be – dull cloud and drizzle – fortunately England is so cold the location is still in winter garb.   A grand and stately building 40 minutes from H.Kew.   Millie Simmons is our model again and is quite perfect – sweet and uncomplaining.   Violet Buchanan – hair and make up – the best I have ever worked with and just back from doing Paris fashion week.  Toby Knott – photographer with his assistant David and the Cabbages team – Linda, Jackie, Amy and Sophie.    Day goes smoothly owing to efficient preparation beforehand – a first in cabbages history!   Need to catch up tomorrow – five pictures short!

Day 2

Another early start – unfortunately weather beautiful, sunny and warm – not what we need for autumnal shoot.
New Model, Annalise from Australia – again sweet, charming and breathtakingly beautiful.   Amy and Sophie efficiently left us breakfast, lunch and tea which sadly we ate throughout the day –  grazing unconsciously.  Toby Knott (photographer) on a roll and took perfect picture after perfect picture – Dave his assistant expertly whafting fog in the direction of each location.   Between Toby and Annalise they made the new collection utterly desirable (to me anyway!).  Violet Buchanan did wonders with hair and make up and Linda and Jackie made the whole procedure effortless (to me anyway!).

A shoot just as it should be – a lot of happy people making beautiful images.

Back to the office late – all tired but wearing smug satisfied smiles.

April 27, 2010

Thank You


Hot Brands Cool Places

for highlighting Christina’s Fifth book, At Home with Country published by CICO Books.

C&R Team – Meet Rian!

April 21, 2010

Rian…the creative one!

1. Your Position & how long you have been a part of the C&R team – Graphic designer about two and a half years
2. Why did you join C&R?  – They took me on as a work experience, then Cabbages found out its very useful having a graphic designer in house.
3. Your favorite part about being on the C&R team – working with brilliant people and always enjoying my work.

Silky Kitty Dress

4. Your favorite piece of the Spring/Summer line – Floral cotton silk kitty dress, its so summery and floaty a perfect summer item.

5. Best place to:

  • Best place to let off steam – in the park or in my garden, lying in my bed is a good one too

6. One thing we don’t know about C&R – we all really like cake and always make a big deal out of birthdays

More team members to come tomorrow.



April 21, 2010

Thank you



…for such fabulous commentary about Cabbages & Roses.

April 19, 2010

Over the course of the next few months we will be following the lovely Kate Strutt as she journals about her upcoming wedding, a true Cabbages & Roses wedding.

The proposal deck

We need to catch up with Kate, who has been diligently documenting her journey to the altar since February, when she became engaged while on a romantic holiday in Thailand.

17th February 2010 Thailand

Got engaged in Thailand! SO exciting, so much to do!! WOOOHOOO!

Beautiful Thailand

26th Feb:  Dubai

Asked my 1st bridesmaid who wants to wear Nike silver high tops with her dress… Now that a few people know its all becoming more of a reality

27th Feb: Rainy London

We sold the flat before we went away, so are returning to the rain and the cold  but we are lucky enough to be staying in a beautiful flat in Knightsbridge (a far cry from the gritty East of London) until we can move to our new place in Bonnington Square. So much is going on at the moment! House move and wedding in the same year!

Its an amazing flat on the top 2 floors of an old building full to the brim of art and china, almost a home from home.

6th March Bath

Brook Cottage

Go home to lovely Brook Cottageto begin wedding planning. Its going to be in the garden, and the church service in the old family church up the road, then just have a beautiful party in the garden, good food, good company and beautiful old tents. So happy its going to be in the valley at home.


I really want to see if we can get vintage china tea cups for everyone to drink out of…..

Set the date for August the 14th.  Started a bit of a fall out as a few people can’t make it.  Perhaps we can do another post wedding wedding!

Family is coming from all over the world, Washington, Holland, France…….

Bridesmaid dresses have to be C&R and all in white. There are 9 in total, so a massive gaggle of girls, all in converse (or high tops!)

Most important thing is to do the list and try to gage how many people will be coming, so invitations are a priority.

Week commencing 8th March

The office is chaos. There is so much going on here, focusing on catching up from 2 weeks away, Japan, PR, the daily grind, websites, new collections and last weekend it has dawned on me that August is far too close for comfort….

We have a new managing director who we are waiting to start, hopefully he will manage to bring some order to the madness.

Try to book appointments to see wedding dresses in spare moments. WHAT A NIGHTMARE! There seems to be a sub world of bride mentality which seems unfriendly and unhelpful.

For reference, if you want to get a dress made by a bigger designer, for example, booking an appointment at Selfridges or Brown’s brides, the waiting lists are huge, the service rude, the prices high and the timescales long.

Also trying to figure out catering quotes and need to measure tent space in the garden to accommodate about 200 people, and desperately hope it doesn’t rain.

20th March: London

Thankfully a day with Christina; who has sacrificed a weekend at home to come to London to help look for a dress. Perfect day out to spend some normal time together.

Its so alien to be looking for a wedding dress, where do we go? What should it look like? We tried very hard in the usual places, got very lost and confused: but being cabbages we gravitated towards vintage.


It was the end of an arduous day and we ended up at Virginia in Notting Hill. Its is a treasure trove of the most amazing pieces of lace, petticoats (not necessarily wedding dresses!) but this felt a lot closer to being right than any where else we had been. Virginia who has run this place for nearly 4 decades was amazing, and the care she takes over her collections made it such a special voyage in the basement of her immaculate den.

It should take months to find a dress so the luck of finding a (piece of) a dress was immense; Still, it doesn’t fit around me and the skirt is completely see through! Lots of work to do, lots of imagination to use, but to be able to create your own dress is incredibly appealing.

27th March

Organising a wedding, moving house and a more than full time job has meant we have had to come to terms with the fact that something may have to give. Very luckily our friend Rob gave us a tip off and introduced us to Mickey……thankfully this means we don’t spend thousands of pounds on a tent, and gives us a little bit of room to play! He has very kindly agreed to use his immense contact book and knowledge and is an angel.


Holland to see some of the new family, lovely!

Week of the 5th April

Chaos! AW10 shoot commences, INVITATIONS ARE TAKING FOREVER: getting too late on the day.

Order under petticoat, should arrive on Friday, but need to get thinking about the dress and what we can do with it!

7th April – Into the office @ 7.00 am LONG day!

Maids of Honor decide to come to Kew (after getting lost, arrive at about 8 pm) to look through C&R archives to see if they can find their dresses. I have found beautiful off white silk to make all the bridesmaid dresses from and sift through the archives to show them a few choices…..

Couple of bottles of prosecco and takeaway pizza and a LOT of chatting later and they try on and choose their dresses, they look beauty! Going to adapt the parachute dress for them and they can wear with petticoats undernea

Brook Cottage Garden

th…. (as modeled by my beautiful sister in law to be)

10th April: SUN! at last, work hard in the Brook cottage Garden to try to begin to make it ready for a wedding… satisfying to have a day in the garden!

11th April: We have a freak out about wedding dress. To restore it means to have a white dress, and its too much! So at the last minute we run up to the Vintage Wedding Fair in the 20th Century Theatre on Westbourne Grove to see what we can find in the mosh pit of terrifying brides. Discover the most amazing Edwardian skirt and also a heavily embroidered top bit (so fragile) so we are going to have to pick the skirt apart and lay over the petticoat and find a corset to attach the other bit to.

I was so sad to not be able to use the other dress but this has certainly softened the blow….. the other one is incredible, and I am going to seek out a loving home for it! Perhaps see if my brothers bride to be likes it!

Stay tuned, much more to come…



Meet the Team – The Lovely Kate

April 15, 2010

In our second Cabbages & Roses “Meet the Team” posting, we introduce Kate Strutt, daughter to Christina, and Business Development guru.

1. Your Position & how long you have been a part of the C&R team – on and off since the beginning (stuffing catalogues into envelopes in our little nursery @ home) then to the shops as a Sunday girl in our old Ledbury Rd shop while I was trying to be a publisher after university, then after BEGGING to work in the office and writing a mammoth report on how to develop the business and finally being allowed to join on a full time basis setting up wholesale and being the office dogsbody! Now I am business development person, and occasional troubleshooter!

2. Why did you join C&R? – A belief in the brand and its potential, respect for the company (its founder, members and collective vision) and a strong desire to make sure that it goes from strength to strength while trying to ensure its special gentle nature is protected.

3. Your favorite part about being on the C&R team The people, the buzz, the stress!

4. Your favorite piece of the Spring/Summer line – Do I have to choose?? !! At a push, Delilah tunic (10% goes to lovely Maggie’s cancer caring centers) and its floaty, perfect for everywhere (beach, night out, in the office) comfy, and perfect for over jeans (my staple wardrobe = dress over jeans)

5. Best place to:

  • Best place to buy vintage – Berlin and Amsterdam flea markets (so much random junk from the cold war in Berlin!)
  • Best place to eat out – Gugelhof, Berlin (Clinton dined there I think) cosy, delicious food and wine, old school service. Or the Argentinian place on Broadway Market Buen Ayre (amazing!)
  • Best place to let off steam – Brook Cottage in the garden, or Amnesia, Ibiza the Cocoon night on a Monday followed by paddling in the sea in the North of the island.
  • Best place to shop after Cabbages & Roses (obviously) – I rarely shop anywhere else apart from markets and random vintage shops, but love to visit + look at Anthropologie, Far and Few between and Shakespeare and Company Book shop in St Germain (I stayed there for a week or two when I was down and out in Paris and was given a bed in return for working there) amazing stacks of ancient books in a wonderful old building.

6. One thing we don’t know about C&R – How much love goes into it! The chaos that somehow produces this amazing brand…….the laughter that keeps us all going

Who will be next?  Visit tomorrow to meet more of the Cabbages & Roses team.



Meet the Team!

April 14, 2010

As with every successful company there is always an amazing team behind the scenes, and Cabbages and Roses is no exception.  Starting with Christina Strutt, founder and creative goddess of all things Cabbages & Roses, we will introduce you to the dedicated team that has built this quintessential English Country brand.

We asked the same questions to everyone but its always so interesting to see the answers.



Introducing Christina

1. Your position & how long at you have been a part of the C&R team – Creative Director/mother figure.   One fifth of my life.

2. Why did you join C&R? – It joined me one day ten years ago, it fell into my head and hasnt left yet.

3. Your favorite part about being on the C&R team – Being on the C&R team.

4. Favorite piece of the Spring/Summer line – Me being me, the lovely figure hiding dresses especially the lilac print Brenda Dress and the red stripe Linda Dress and the frances dress.   If I were twenty years younger, twenty pounds thinner – every single piece.

5. Best place to:

  • Best place to buy vintage – Ardingly antiques fair in Sussex
  • Best place to eat out  – Petersham Nurseries in Richmond
  • Best place to let off steam – my vegetable garden
  • Best place to shop after Cabbages & Roses (obviously) – Egg in Kinnerton Street, Moloh in Tetbury, Bluebird on the Kings Road, Farmers markets, Merci in Paris.

6. One thing we don’t know about C&R

  • That the entire caboodle is created/produced/marketed/distributed/ by eight people
  • That we laugh more than we don’t
  • That we don’t know whats happening more than two days before it happens (mostly)
  • That if we won the lottery we would probably still go to work

Tomorrow’s Meet the Team will be Kate Strutt, Christina’s daughter.

Ticking & Toile Interviews Christina

April 9, 2010

Our friend Shellagh @ Ticking & Toile has posted her wonderful interview with Christina (as in the lovely Christina Strutt, owner of Cabbages & Roses), yesterday (Part 1) and today (Part 2).  Enjoy!

Thank you so much Shellagh!

Sunday Times Style Section

April 9, 2010

April 4th, 2010

Here is the gorgeous article that ran this past weekend in the London Sunday Times Style section, thanks to Jessica, Maddalena and team @ FLAX.  We posted the online Times article yesterday, but felt compelled to share the full print article as well.

Are we ready to go camping? Luxurious rustic camping…a delightful collaboration between Cabbages & Roses and Feather Down Farms.