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Bamford: From Stables to Socializing

Godfrey Deeny
February 20th, 2007 @ 00:01 AM

One collection we really rather liked seeing in Milan this week is Bamford, the Uk label that’s the latest off-shoot of the organic business created by Lady Carole Bamford.

After developing a substantial alternative foods business named Daylesford after her estate in Gloucester, the UK aristocrat launched a men’s wear line three years ago and followed that up three seasons later with a women’s collection.

“We like to think we’re not a “lifestyle” brand, more a way of life,” explained David Bamber, the label’s designer, as he took FWD on a tour of the collection.

Displayed in the penthouse suite of Milan’s swishiest hotel, The Bulgari, the clothes were very much about weekends and quality nesting time, and light years away from any boardroom.

Impressively well-cut dressage jackets in feathery black cashmeres, strikingly comfortable padded waistcoats in Loro Piana finished technical cashmere that can withstand a strong shower and some cleverly understated silk blouses all looked sleek, credible and welcoming.

Bamber, a 16-year veteran of Gucci, has also injected some subtle detailing, like finishing interior pockets in special fabrics – white silk for women, polka dot for guys. For the record, the men's wear collection is known as Bamford & Son.

The Bamford’s obsession with organic is apparent in some remarkable alpaca garments, of fabric from goats reared in England, where the animals are fed organic acorns – we kid you not.

Also on display was some “woven jewelry” where fabric colliers and necklaces in silks and satins are smart accessories to comfortable tops.

This season, Bamford added accessories and looks like it has got winners in some great faded rocky Atlantic crocodile mini totes and some excellent pony with leather trim handbags.

“It’s very much in keeping with the Bamford family lifestyle: riding, sailing and, well, relaxing at the weekends,” explained Bamber.

Bamford has already opened three men’s and one woman’s boutiques in London and has garnered orders from the Gods of the big retailing pencil; i.e. Bergdorf Goodman, Saks and Neimann Marcus.

The line also includes Japanese minimalist table wear and glasses and post-exercise outfits, that screamed out to be enjoyed with a post-gym glass of Shiraz.

And just where did you leave the corkscrew darling?

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