From the shores of the Aegean …

On a cold October morning, we set off at the crack of dawn to travel to the southernmost corner of the Aegean to the tiniest island in the Dodecanese archipelago. Our location for the Spring 2014 catalogue.

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We flew into Turkey and made our way down the long coast by car to catch a small boat that took us to the island. Only one boat a day so we couldn’t miss it!

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After a brief 25 minute journey through choppy waters helped along with a healthy dose of Greek music, we arrived into the small harbour, greeted by a glorious spectacle of shimmering water and white buildings clustered onto the steep hillsides. Terracotta roofs baked in the sun and balconies rested in the shade. It was just what we needed after the long day’s travel.

Early morning around the harbour, a local fisherman at work.

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Island life, a big fish on its way to Billy’s restaurant

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A bag of curiously odd looking fish hung up to dry.

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We were staying in an old waterfront mansion bought by a Parisian architect who had come to the island, fallen in love with a man and the island and never left - luckily for us!

Our rooms opened up to a small patio and then straight onto the sea from which we could jump or climb down a ladder into cool sea-bliss….

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Aliki lace blouse

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Greek breakfast…local cheese, fruit and our needlepoint pumps, styled ready to go…

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Working hard from dawn to dusk….there were hardly any cars on the island. The wardrobe needed to be carried everywhere.

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And every day, we found a little time for a dip in the sea…

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Towel and Sarong

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Our ‘not so brave’ models walking into the sea on their first day

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The local boys found it hard to stay away from us and made sure they caught the model’s attention by making necklaces and little bunches of flowers.

Below Lexi jumper

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Lupine dress

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Necklace made from a bit of fishing line and shells.

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The white washed walls and sunny weather provided us with a perfect back drop. Not one single cloud was seen all week.

Leopard print dress

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Scarf print tee

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Let’s just hope the weather matches our mood in February 2014!

Enjoy.

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Made in Japan

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EDWIN jeans were established in Japan in 1947 by Mr. Tsunemi who had such a passion for denim that he would import used, worn out and dirty denim from the USA (as none was available in Japan at the time) and repair it by hand before selling it to his customers. Although in 1951 domestically produced denim became available in Japan, Mr. Tsunemi deemed it to be inferior quality to it’s American counterpart and was driven to create his own denims. It was from this moment that the EDWIN Ethos of quality, craftsmanship, integrity and innovation was forged. The first ever pair of EDWIN jeans then followed in 1961.

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As if that was not enough EDWIN then went on to invent and implement a process which is now a world standard in the denim industry: “Washing”. In the 70’s EDWIN coined the ‘old wash’ designed to free denim of it’s rigid state and replicate a worn look. In the 80’s ‘stone wash’ followed and this was something which would revolutionize the denim industry and change the way things were done forever.

imageSpecialist EDWIN sewing machine which uses up to 13 types of thread for each part that is sewn.

Even today EDWIN continue to be a beacon of quality and craftsmanship, whether it is through their development of special sewing machines to perfect the delicate yet durable stitching which can be found on every pair of jeans or the code number printed on every pair to allow them to be traceable to the ‘when’, ‘where’, ‘who’ and ‘how’ of their entire production. 

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EDWIN Boy Jeans at Plumo.com

It is clear that EDWIN are a company who are ever-evolving and ever-growing but they will always firmly stick to their ethos.. quality, craftsmanship, integrity and innovation.

Keep on walking..

Now the cooler months are creeping in, we think it’s vital to have a good pair of boots in your wardrobe. And who better to trust with this task than Hudson? They have a wide range of beautiful boots to suit any style and take on any weather.

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Gia Boots at Plumo

Based in London, the Hudson footwear brand has been going from strength to strength for over two decades. Founded in 1990, Hudson initially began with a vision for creating men’s formal shoes with a modern twist, the female fans followed suit with the launch of ‘Ladies H’ by Hudson in 2008. Whether it is music, art, style icons or film, there is always inspiration to be found. Often imitated, never rivaled  Hudson will always strive to innovate, surprise and push boundaries in footwear design. 

Today the brand continues to experiment with new leather treatments while continuing to handcraft the shoes from best leather with hand finished features

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work hard & be nice to people.. Hudson HQ

You could be in with a chance of winning one of three pairs of Hudon boots (Gia or Razor), simply click on the image below to be transported to our Facebook page, share our Hudson boot post and vote for your favourite pair by commenting on the post. The competition ends on 25th September and the lucky winners will be contacted on 30th September. Good luck & keep on walking..

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The Plümo photo shoot | Autumn in Cornwall 2013

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We produced the Autumn 2013 catalogue in Cornwall, along the most westerly rugged coastline near Penzance.

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Coastal path near Penzance

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Salty Sea, South Cornwall

The Atlantic ocean with its long sandy beaches, hidden coves, quaint fishing villages and white washed stone cottages was a perfect setting for a beautiful shoot.

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Praa Sands, early morning

Our breakfast menu: Newlyn Crab sandwiches fresh from the sea

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Crab sandwiches

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Well, we also worked …Lizard snood and Helston quilt jacket

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Blackwater sweater below

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Tuft coat

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but … we also had some spare time for sight seeing - St Michael’s Mount

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A day out in Mousehole. Our model Francesca wrapped up in the Brea throw

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Exploring the area

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Little nibbles

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Bodmin coat @ Praa Sands

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Fisherman’s shirt by Ganni

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Enjoying the view - Prussia Cove 

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Being watched by cheeky neighbours …

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End of a working day, Stephanie Prussia Cove.

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We did not want to come back…We hope it shows.

Are you a Hasbeen?

As one of the first UK stockists of cool brand Swedish Hasbeens, we definitely are great fans!

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Emy Blixt, founder and designer of the cult footwear brand, unearthed 300 pairs of ’70s clogs in a now-defunct factory close to her Swedish childhood home in 2006.

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Her friends’ went crazy for them and she soon sold out! This inspired her to get together with her childhood friend Cilla Wingard Neuman and, in 2007, realising that modern shoes were lacking the colours, natural craftsmanship and quality that traditional shoes had once had, they began some of these old designs - so launching Swedish Hasbeens.

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The desire to create vibrant, creative products is what drives Emy and the challenge is always to combine traditional manufacturing methods using organic/sustainable materials with new fashion-forward designs.

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Swedish Hasbeens are hand-made in small Swedish, Italian and Romanian factories using traditional methods that have remained unchanged for centuries.

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ANITA SANDALS buy online »

Each sole is carved from a single piece of Lime tree wood and dried out for 6 months before the craftsmen and women will start working on them. High quality vegetable tanned leather is used for the “uppers” which softens and moulds to the foot beautifully as it ages.

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BOW SANDALS buy online »

In 2008 Hasbeens expanded into the production of boots, bags, belts and children’s shoes all still designed with a strong retro-inspired fashion theme and continuing the ethical manufacturing process.

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SONJA SANDALS buy online»

Swedish Hasbeens are now stocked in over 22 countries worldwide and have had high-profile collaborations with fashion giants H&M…not bad for a company whose founder had no previous experience in the fashion industry.  Long may they last!

Emma Reddington’s Top Picks from SS13

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Emma is an interiors blogger living in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two children, Henry and Orla. She has a degree in Interior Design and has worked in the field as both a residential and commercial designer. Recently appointed the new Home Editor of Chatelaine magazine, Emma also occasionally moonlights as a prop stylist and has been featured in worldwide publications such as Elle Decor and House and Home. Since 2010, Emma has been blogging over at The Marion House Book, which has been named one of the 100+ design sites recommended by Remodelista. She defines good interior design as being both functional and inviting, and considers her most prized possession to be her home itself.

We admire Emma’s love for all things vintage as well the organic element to her style, so we eager to find out which items she would chose as her top picks from the SS13 Home collection!

‘The Plumo spring and summer line is my dream collection! I love everything from the graphic, ethnic prints on the rugs and pillows to the soft leather they use for seating and bags. Even better is the fact that many of these products are sourced from artisans and cooperatives around the world. If I had my way, my home would be filled with items from this well curated collection.’

I love these Cocktail Tables for their functionality as well as their inspiring design. They’re very much of the moment but would last the test of time as well.

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The Rimini Tote might just be the perfect accessory. It’s big enough to carry everything you need over the course of a day but still elegant and stylish

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Benches have to be one of the most versatile furniture objects you can own. With the Honore Bench I love the combination of the rustic wood legs, woven sisal seating and the soft leather seat pads. All together they make a show stopping statement.

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To read Emma’s blog please visit: www.themarionhousebook.com

Campomaggi «Time does not diminish our products.»

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Flavia bag, Plümo SS13

50 kms inland from Rimini and the Adriatic coast lies the little town of San Carlo di Cesena where, in 1980, a 19 year old Marco Campomaggi founded his leather goods brand Campomaggi. From an early age he had been heavily influenced by the creativity of his sculptor father and during his high-school years he manufactured bags using saddle leather and studs which he sold on the sidewalk in seaside resorts or to his school pals!

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Marco Campomaggi

When Marco Campomaggi talks about his work, his words evoke the aroma of fresh leather and the sounds of his workshops. He enthuses about his flea market trawls for treasures which, in turn, inspire the designs and detail of his bags and accessories.

The fascination with the past

" Next to the beautiful lines that, with time, decorate a face, there are other things that only unfold their charm as time goes by. The older we get, the more abundant our wealth of stories and memories, anecdotes, ideas, and thoughts become. They are what make us truly beautiful – beautiful in the most real sense of the word."


Campomaggi’s products embody the self-same principle. Use and wear over time does not detract from their appearance or quality, in fact, it has the opposite effect whereby the leather softens and the metals develop an enriching patina creating beautiful, unique accessories. This is further accentuated by the brand’s motto: “Il tempo non toglie, ma dà.” Marco Campomaggi is dedicated to creating products that are truly timeless.

"I find used objects inspiring. Things that clearly show they have a story to tell."

Opposed to fashion dictates

Marco Campomaggi is not interested in branded articles and, as a rule he buys anonymous clothing such as army surplus for himself – nor does he think his own designs should be bought just because they are on the fashion radar; he would prefer his bags to be regarded as a sign of individuality and a strength and ability to make your own choices.

At Campomaggi, the freedom not to follow every new fashion trend is “a given”, but something they will never compromise on is quality and detail.

“Our customers expect a certain character and a natural look,” concludes Campomaggi.

This small family company still uses the same saddle leather in the manufacture of its bags and accessories today that Marco first launched with 33 years ago.

Cutting the leather …

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Marco and his wife have developed an exclusive vegetable oil treatment for their leather which helps to create the bags’ distinctive depth of colour.

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Campomaggi’s bag and accessory models display minimal design changes year-on-year and the colour palette remains classic browns, greens, navy and black. They have an authentic, almost-utilitarian appearance but with always with a luxurious twist.

"Quality for me defines itself in four aspects: material, idea, execution, purpose."

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Studding a bag …

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As a designer, Marco pays utmost attention to the materials and craftsmanship that are harnessed in the making of any new prototype. Even so, he is convinced that quality is not always a tangible matter; in his opinion, a customer’s expectations will always root themselves in how they live their lives currently and how they have lived them in the past.

Hand-sewn leather …

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artisanal process

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traditional skills …

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 … hand-finishing

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perfect, hand-sourced detailing….

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the end product…

.. a tactile, luxurious bag that will, in time, become unique.

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Leather accessories, Plümo Spring 2013

Canvas Tote and Tampa Travel Bag, Plümo Spring 2013

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 Phone & card holders, Plümo SS’13

Long Island bag, Plümo SS’13

Jeska Hearne’s Top Picks from SS13

Jeska is a blogger living on the East Sussex coast and describes herself as having been ‘interior styling obsessed since happy childhood days spent playing in my treasure filled wendy house.’ Jeska blogs at Lobster & Swan where she likes to share all the things that warm her heart, from favourite recipes and decorating ideas to daily discoveries and inspirations. A contributor to ‘This is Your Kingdom’, Jeska has also been featured on The Times Online and was named as one of the ’50 World’s Best Design Blogs.’

We love her blog for its pretty and sometimes ethereal imagery so we were really looking forward to seeing which of our vintage-style items she would chose as her top picks from the SS13 collection!

‘Jeska from Lobster & Swan here again. My husband and I are now all moved into our new home, so with rooms to decorate and style, I have had great fun choosing my favourite things from the Plumo SS13 home collection!’


The first item that caught my eye was the stunning Raffia Wall Lampshade trimmed with jolly biscuit coloured tassels, I just know it will give the warmest glow of cosy light and can’t wait to hang one in my studio.

 

Carrying on the grass theme I love the stitched wool patterns and colours used in the Halfa Geometric Runner and Rugs. We have been dreaming of wooden floor boards ever since I can remember, so these will keep our feet warm as we tip toe from room to room.

 

My final favourite it the oversized Marine Clock, in a lovely shade of deep blue, it has distressed edges and will fit right in with all our other antique market and junk shop finds.

To read Jeska’s blog please visit www.blog.lobsterandswan.com

Jessica Comingore’s Top Picks from SS13 

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Jessica Comingore is an LA based photographer and designer with a talent for all things creative. As well as launching and co-founding the biannual online lifestyle publication ‘Collected Magazine,’ she has also worked as a stylist for Kinfolk Magazine and been featured on Etsy, Apartment Therapy and Elle Decor. On her blog you will find beautiful lifestyle imagery alongside great regular features such as ‘Mixtape Monday,’ ‘Currently Coveting’ and ‘Friday Favourites.’

We admire Jessica’s minimalist style and a keen eye for detail so we were really excited to see her favourite items from the new SS13 collection!

'As someone who is fueled by travel, I love the feel of discovery that Plumo evokes, and the versatility of the SS13 collection, that manages to feel both beautifully designed and thoughtfully thrifted — a combination I'm always looking to emulate in my own life. From the structured jackets to the breezy tunics, the playful brass animal brooches to the graphic textiles, I can imagine outfitting myself in this collection as easily for life in the city as a jaunt around the globe. Narrowing it down to 3 top picks was certainly no easy feat.'

The Yellow Amphora - I love collecting ceramics from every new place I visit. The more unique they are, the better. The yellow hue on this amphora would be a great pop of color on any mantel, and even more beautiful with a few flower clippings in it.

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The Felted Rug in Cream - Antique rugs tell such a story and despite the floral pattern on this one, I feel like it could be used equally well in a modern or traditional setting. The color palette makes it a perfect neutral.

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The Elwin Bag - I’m always running around town with a big tote in tow, and this one is the perfect size and texture. I love the way that leather acquires more character over time. I’d carry this to a client meeting or the farmer’s market on the weekends.

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To read Jessica’s blog please visit www.blog.jessicacomingore.com

Justina Blakeney’s Top Picks from SS13

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Justina Blakeney is a designer, maker and interior stylist working and living in LA with her husband and baby daughter, Ida Sky. Justina blogs about everything from fashion and interiors to plants, DIY projects and daily life in their eclectic ‘part jungle, part bungalow’ home. Recently named one of the best Home Decor Blogs by Refinery29, her work has also been featured on Apartment Therapy and Design*Sponge.

Here at Plümo we love Justina’s colourful, charismatic style and couldn’t wait to see what she had chosen as her top picks from the new SS13 collection!

'I have long-since been a fan of Plümo’s effortlessly stylish collections. It is almost impossible to find comfortable clothing with interesting silhouettes and fun prints—and Plümo pulls it off every season. With a nod to the tropical, and the well-traveled lady, this season’s collection at Plümo is especially me. It’s  everything I’d love to wear for every weekend for the rest of the year.’

The Lace Shrug - This shrug is ethereal - I could see myself wearing it over basics all summer long and feeling angelic with its wide kimono sleeve and delicate detailing.

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The Stella Pants - Since I am a new mom and my body is still changing, I love that the Stella pant has a tailored look but elastic at the back of the waistband. The relaxed fit and the cool blue are just my vibe.

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The Pink Palm Dress - It’s no secret how I feel about tropical prints— this dress would feel right at home in my Jungalow!

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The Mano Bracelet - Just like a Hamza or Hand of Fatima, I feel like this bracelet will protect me from the evil eye (or look really great trying!)

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The Persimmon Heels - The perfect height and the perfect pop of persimmon for my feet. I feel like I could put these on with absolutely anything and feel suddenly like a walking party.

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The Long Fringe Scarf - I wear scarves almost every day no matter the season. This scarf can be worn over the most boring tanks and tees to make me feel more fancy and fun. I love the way long fringe dances on the body—reminds me of the ocean.

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To read Justina’s blog please visit www.blog.justinablakeney.com