Because we at Cabbages & Roses are rather getting into this blog malarchy, we thought it might be interesting to have a monthly spot called ‘This week I wore…’
My turn first, and this is the week that I had to leave sunny England to go to Tokyo and a round of parties (well, two parties) celebrating Cabbages & Roses first shop opening in Japan. This was sadly postponed from March when the events were cancelled because of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
My iPhone weather department tells me that it will be both sunny and hot and rainy and cold. I HATE PACKING. Always short of space, and always pack totally unsuitable clothing – we’ll see how appropriate (or not) it was.
Saturday morning, June 4th, 6am.
Not sure how to make the flash not work – feel it will be a little feature in this particular blog.
Black jeans from Jigsaw, extremely comfortable and stretchy, flat Marc Jacobs shoes (from TheShop at Bluebird), Cabbages & Roses swirly hem coat (available next winter) so useful, cool, floaty and washable. Stripe cabbages & Roses t shirt casually tossed around the shoulders!
Flew British Airways (I LOVE British Airways – so cosy and safe and English and a bit like the BBC Radio 4) to Tokyo.
Sunday (I think)
Dinner with friends at ‘the best chinese restaurant in Tokyo’ – luckily one floor below my bed in the Hotel Okura. I forgot to take a photograph of me wearing what I wore, so here we are next morning, photographed without me in it.
Patched Vintage denim jacket from Cabbages & Roses and red and white gingham dress with white long sleeve t shirt dress underneath. All of the above available next summer from Cabbages & Roses. (note to self: find red gingham)
Meetings at Innocent offices, a visit to Daykanyama and our own little shop.
Luckily a sunny day (so far) I am wearing the white long side button skirt, white crumpled jersey plain empire top and swirly panel cotton coat. The skirt available now from Cabbages & Roses – the fabric a random mixture woven together, of various weaves of white cotton with the occasional blue and grey stripe – I found this fabric in Paris in a heap on the floor of an exhibition, it was meant as a sample of all the fabrics the mill was able to produce, I asked for them all to be woven together for us and here it is. The coat is available in Linen this summer, and in the button skirt fabric next summer.
Shoes – as always white plimsolls from Cabbages & Roses. They need to be washed, but not sure how to explain to the hotel laundry that they can go into the washing machine and forgot to pack more… An absolutely entirely Cabbages & Roses ensemble!
Meetings and looking at a new department store. Not sure what the weather is doing as can’t open window, and don’t believe iPhone. Grey sky. So, blues.
I am wearing the blue amos dress worn over blue stripe t shirt with kat crop jeans (can’t do up button so relying on zip!), and for further distraction a stripe navy&white t shirt and blue stripe t shirt (from autumn winter collection) with the blue stripe woven scarf from spring summer around my shoulders. Another absolutely entirely Cabbages & Roses ensemble.
Party at British Embassy, so wore Christina dress – lovely floaty chiffon affair with animal print – it is still undecided whether the creatures on this fabric are monkeys, dogs or foxes – it was originally called the monkey dress. Designed to wear to Kate-my-daughter-Strutt’s wedding last August, and it turned out to be the most perfect garment for so many occasions, especially when ‘teamed’ with a worn denim jacket and of course plimsolls – luckily a new pair was purchased from Cabbages & Roses Tokyo shop! It survived the two parties of the day, and was photographed substantially by the 40 journalists who attended our Embassy Party!
Hooray! No parties, no particular engagements, just a tour of potential department stores that will carry our delicious brand. I wore favourite Ralph Lauren baggy jeans (fashionably fraying and torn in just the right places) with heavenly Frances shirt dress, with white swirly panel coat (SS11) – and of course, white plimsolls.
One hour’s sleep then bus to airport still wearing, I am afraid, yesterday’s clothes! Due to time differences and being in a complete sleepless spin, turns out that I am still wearing this lot another day later when I arrive in England – can’t begin to work out how many hours the poor Frances dress has been on my body, it has certainly travelled many miles and crossed several time zones.
Next month, another Cabbage will reveal their weeks’ worth!!
We have had a few questions about how to use our new online store when shopping from the US, or outside of the UK and Europe.
Unfortunately the process isn’t completely automated but we are working on this, and do hope to make it fully automated in the near future. Until then if you are ordering from outside of the UK and Europe please email the items you would like to order directly to
and the lovely girls who handle the online
ordering will process your order.
This will probably be the saddest blog we will ever write.
It is a tribute to our dear friend and maker of the finest photographs Cabbages & Roses has ever published.
Her name was Lucinda Symons, she had two dogs, and a year ago she had a husband.
During that year she lost her beloved Brian and one of her dogs, and this week we lost her.
Here are our favourite photographs that she took, all our shoots were joyous, good humoured and beautiful.
Lucinda – thank you.