Archive for October, 2010

October 28, 2010

Thank you to Amanda


for including Cabbages & Roses in her holiday entertaining post and giveaway. Amanda’s post is part of the Miss Bliss Decorating Workshop Train, a cross-promotion between 10 bloggers with wonderful festive ideas.










Please click over to AB Home Interiors to view Amanda’s insightful and entertaining post, and enter to win the Hatley tablecloth and napkins used in her lovely tablescape.














October 18, 2010

At C&R we love to support all things British. We also love to keep things handcrafted where possible. Because of this, every Winter we work alongside Wendy Keith’s BRITISH KNITTERS to create a beautiful hand knitted collection. Wendy works with an army of knitters dotted around the country all of whom work from home, her company has had the Soil Association’s organic approval and she even has the Royal Warrant to knit His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ shooting stockings!

This year we have designed a playful snowflake fair isle pattern to go on a luxurious scarf and our classic a-line shape sweater.

We also have an incredibly cosy trawlerman’s beanie with the feminine touch of a bow on the top.

These pieces are very special, all made by hand, with care and attention. Cabbages & Roses are proud to support a craft that has been under threat since the introduction of mass production and we hope it will continue for many centuries to come.


Cabbages & Roses are delighted to introduce you to our lovely handmade wellington boot socks, also made by Wendy Keith, by making them our monthly giveaway. As with the scarf, sweater and beanie each pair is knitted in England with organic wool from sheep reared on H.R.H Prince of Wales’ Duchy Farms.

To enter please leave a comment below telling us what you most love about Cabbages & Roses and you might win your own pair. Please enter by 31st October 2010, winner will be randomly selected, and the giveaway is open to all our friends around the world.


C & R


October 12, 2010


October 9, 2010

Returned home from Hong Kong and Tokyo for three days before boarding Euro Star to Paris for fabric buying trip!

Day of inspiration in heavenly late September sunshine.

Hotel Sorbonne directly opposite university perfect location.   Delicious lunch in the square.

More inspiration from the booths along the Seine











For three days, walked and walked and walked and saw a million fabric samples.

Hope we have chosen well.


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C & R



October 8, 2010

Our Japanese Welcome





Quick lunch in the Innocent café: worth popping into if you are around Daikanyama

Our 2 small spaces… in Meguro










and Daikanyama



We launched into our last day of book signings.

Glad to be finally going home to the gentle English country side, but grateful for the wonderful hospitality our Japanese friends showed us throughout the duration of our trip to a rather alien world. We have a lot to learn in the UK!







C & R

October 7, 2010

Hong Kong to Tokyo and back…

The start of an epic trip

Arrived in smog


Then the typhoon arrived

Left in mist

Worked on the 45th floor




We are told its lovely!

The JIA Hotel ( –

Brilliantly and expertly designed by Phillipe Starck –

WORK WORK WORK. Heavenly Maggie looked after us and fed us tea and dim sum

4 hour flight to Tokyo with Cathay Pacific, which we recommend in every way.

Hotel Osaka, our home for the next 7 days. A walk away from Tokyo Tower…





It is well placed for the South West of the City, near Ginza, the Tokyo Tower, Ebisu station for the area of Daikanyama where our flag ship store will be opening. Our shop is next door to Kath Kidston, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and other interesting Japanese brands such as Okura  (The Marleybone High Street of Tokyo)

And a few stops away from Omotesando where you can find Comme du Garcon, Ralph Lauren and Chanel, at the other end, Harajuku has some brilliant side streets and keep an eye out for mens and womens wear brand Nest Robe

Little Kyoto (Kamakura ) by the sea, an hour’s journey by the tube from The Osaka. It is unusual with its dark sand and temples, worth the visit to eat traditional soba noodles and see some very brilliant little concept stores that the Japanese are so good at.

Nori in her Cabbage Tilly Top

crossing the railway line to a

secret antique/junk shop…

Some to note are

Antique shop

Mini beach shop

Hand made shop

Launch our 1st of 3 Tokyo spaces and our new book, (which is charming – despite the fact that the only thing we can read is Christina’s signature on the front cover –)


to be continued . . .