November 05 2009
Anthropologie has long been my favourite reason to shop in the US. Urban Outfitters’ grown-up sister understood quirky individuality long before it became marketing nirvana; its colourful mix of wacky fashion, one-off homewares and antiques was unbeatable. I loved that it wasn’t available here; and yet I wanted it to be. Now it is, and – praise be – it’s still unique, with items from British designers such as Eley Kishimoto, Sara Berman and Pyrus, one-off furniture by Clarke and Reilly, and jewellery made from vintage crystal, all created specially for Anthropologie.
Browsing takes time but is a pleasure of discovery, down to the Provençal baskets to put your finds in. Already in mine: Berman’s brown silk pansy-print dress (£318), double-row glass-jade drop necklace (£44), and a “knitted” bowl handmade in South Africa (£128).