WHAT’S ON OUR BUYERS’ AW20 WISHLIST

The seasons are changing, and the rails of our boutiques are filling with brand new designer finds. From statement Scandi-style dresses to chic, sleek outerwear – these are the pieces on our buyers’ hotlist.

Goodbye basket bags and cotton dresses, hello cosy knits and platform boots. Whether you’re a uniform dresser or a trend enthusiast, September calls for a reappraisal of your wardrobe contents.

But end-of-summer style is perhaps the most difficult to nail. This between-season limbo sees us constantly questioning whether an outfit will leave us too warm – or not warm enough. The excitement for faux fur coats and shearling-lined boots is mounting, but unpredictable weather means they’re not necessarily practical yet.

For our Boutique Buyers, a new season demands a new wishlist. And in true expert fashion, they’ve factored this tricky transitional period into their selections. According to our buyers, these unshakably chic staples should form the foundation of your new autumn wardrobe.

3 PILLARS OF EFFORTLESS SCANDINAVIAN STYLE

The first step to emulating Scandinavian style is understanding it. So, we asked a Copenhagen-based fashion expert exactly what makes the sought-after look so special…

There’s a reason we all look to Copenhagen and Stockholm for outfit inspiration. The resident fashion packs have a unique intuition when it comes to styling and designing clothes; only in Scandinavia can minimalism and drama work together so seamlessly. But what is the secret to their sartorial success? And how can we achieve the refinement that is Scandinavian style?

Enter TTLL boutique, a lovingly curated space in the heart of the Danish capital. Owner Thomas Anderson seeks out under-the-radar Scandinavian brands, stocking high-quality, special pieces that demonstrate the best of contemporary, local design. From Rodebjer‘s sculptural show-stoppers to House of Dagmar‘s sustainable creations, Thomas works with top-tier Scandinavian fashion on a daily basis. With this in mind, we knew he’d be well-placed to identify the key characteristics of the iconic look…

HOW TO SHOP SUSTAINABLY, ACCORDING TO OUR BUYERS

Sustainability isn’t just another trend; it’s the future of fashion. Meet three Boutique Buyers who are putting the planet first…

Where transient trends once dominated the fashion sphere, the idea of buying less and buying well has permeated our collective consciousness.

New sustainable designers keep popping up, and catchy terms like ‘capsule closet’ and ‘slow fashion’ are now a permanent part of our sartorial vocabulary. Earthy tones, organic fibres and timeless shapes have infiltrated our wardrobes, and we’re rethinking our buying habits. No doubt about it: shopping with your conscience is the way forward.

But this doesn’t mean ignoring exciting trends or passing up on your dream dress because it’s not 100% sustainable. The first step to a more conscious closet is being mindful about your purchases. Consider if you’ll cherish a piece, or will it be tossed aside in a few months’ time?

For our boutiques, avoiding the latter scenario is top priority. By introducing their customers to ethically minded labels, season-less pieces and eco-friendly fabrics, they’re playing a valuable part in putting fast fashion behind us. So, if you’re curious about how to shop sustainably, hear what these three boutique owners have to say.

BEHIND THE BOUTIQUE: LORNA RUBY

For International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the inspirational female business owners at the heart of our boutique community. Enter Lorna Ruby, the brains behind eponymous boutique and much-loved style sanctuary, Lorna Ruby…

Ex-fashion agent Lorna Ruby runs a small but charming retail space in Devon, where she curates a dreamy offering of covetable pieces you’re about to fall in love with (trust us, we already have). Stocking a mix of established and on-the-rise labels – mostly from France and Scandinavia – the boutique is the product of years spend in the industry. Insider knowledge, combined with inspiration from her travels, motivated Lorna to create her very own fashion destination in 2014.

Today, the must-visit shop is home to an ever-changing selection of on-trend and love-forever styles. From Bellerose‘s chic outerwear to American Vintage‘s staple knits, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Lorna Ruby. With this in mind, we were keen to learn a little bit more about the story behind the boutique. So, we asked Lorna about the experience of running her own fashion-focused business…

BEHIND THE BOUTIQUE: ALLURING

Our community of inspiring female business owners is the beating heart of Atterley. Meet Deborah, founder of Elgin-based style hub Alluring Boutique.

Looking for a new Scottish style destination? Look no further than Alluring, a contemporary, family-run womenswear boutique in the Northern town of Elgin.

At the helm of this boutique is lifelong fashion enthusiast, Deborah. A desire to shake things up led her to open her very own business in 2017. Striving to offer fellow fashion enthusiasts the kind of personable experience she looks for herself, Deborah has attracted a loyal clientele who depend on her expert style insights.

And with an international brand mix on offer, it’s no wonder her customers keep coming back. From star Scandi brand Baum und Pferdgarten to on-the-rise London label Primrose Park, Deborah’s inspiration is far-reaching, and her selection ever-evolving. But don’t take our word; hear it from the buyer herself. We talked to Deborah about what it’s really like running your own business…

BEHIND THE BOUTIQUE: THE WEST VILLAGE

In the spirit of independent style, we’re celebrating the inspirational female business owners at the heart of our boutique community. Meet Lucy Benzecry, owner of Notting Hill’s chicest fashion haunt, The West Village.

At the heart of Notting Hill’s paintbox streets sits The West Village, a suitably colourful space where creativity meets fashion. The result is a vibrant, ever-changing haven of contemporary design and own-line printed pieces. The style insider at the helm of the business, former Vogue employee Lucy Benzecry, has made it her mission to create a truly unique shopping destination. From the head-turning window displays to the eclectic mix of global labels, The West Village is nothing if not unique.

But don’t let us convince you – hear it from the founder herself. We talked to Lucy about her rich and far-reaching fashion experience, and how this led her to pour her heart and soul into her very own boutique.

THESE ARE THE 3 BEST SALE BUYS

Got the post-Christmas blues? These covetable sale pieces, curated by our Boutique Buyers, will give you the lift you need…

Is there anything better than finding your dream clothes on sale? Especially when you’ve been lusting after a particular piece – or several – all season. If you can relate, we know you’ll love these style savings. Atterley’s End of Season Sale is packed full of unique designer finds and wardrobe essentials from all your favourite labels.

If this sounds overwhelming, don’t worry; our Boutique Buyers have narrowed down the most wishlist-worthy pieces so you don’t have to. Keep scrolling to see their recommended sale buys… 

AMSTERDAM-BASED BRANDS TO KNOW

Looking for new labels to name-drop? Start with these of-the-moment Dutch brands.

When you think of Amsterdam, bicycles, canals and Van Gogh paintings probably come to mind. You probably don’t think of the myriad ultra-chic local labels – but trust us, you should. From Fabienne Chapot to Scotch & Soda, the Dutch capital is home to some of the coolest names on Atterley.

But you don’t need to go all the way to Amsterdam to shop the city’s best brands. Nestled in the small town of Hertford, Atterley Boutique The Women’s Society houses dozens of dreamy pieces from the Netherlands. We heard from the boutique’s owner, Victoria, about the top three Dutch labels you should be shopping this season.