Kate Spade, the American designer, is testing the water in the UK with a pop up shop in Covent Garden. This little taster is definitely worth a visit, not only for the gorgeous designer bags on offer but also for the candy striped staircase in the store. Set up in a two-storied town house on Henrietta Street, the shop is like a breath of fresh air with an eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary design. But it’s only around until 10th November and a permanent retail space will open in Spring 2011.
Written by Camron intern Sophie Kirkpatrick.
I popped down to Battersea Park to the Affordable Art Fair. In contrast to Frieze, this show feels quite intimate and friendly. The art on show is very varied – with plenty of energetic landscapes and edgy abstracts. Many of the stands are run by the artists themselves, and it’s a pleasure to hear their enthusiastic description of how a piece was made. I loved seeing excited purchasers deciding to buy a piece, getting it wrapped and proudly carrying it off to a new life in their home.
I went to the wonderful Gauguin exhibition at Tate Modern the other day. It was such a treat to see so many ‘old friends’ on show in the gallery. The paintings were arranged by idea or subject, rather than chronology, and it was a joy to see such abundance of the Tahitian pictures, in those intense pure colours which captured the spirit of the island and its people. But it was the artist’s drawing folder which fascinated me, leather bound, tattered and much used, with doodles on the inside covers.