July 05 2010
Normally this time of year marks a turning point in my wardrobe’s annual cycle – the clumpy, drab-coloured knits that I’ve layered and lived in over the winter season can be banished and the floaty florals and summer chiffons reinstated. But this year I’ve been loath to cull the knitwear. Why? Well, because this winter I found Sandro, a niche French fashion brand and a hit in chic Parisian circles that’s slowly growing in the UK.
My winter wardrobe was stocked up with the brand’s knitwear, from its full-length blue-grey chunky cable-knit cardigan (£150) to a gun grey cashmere-blend jumper (£99) with delicate silver beading detail across a high-cut neckline (a number that’s light enough to throw on on a breezy summer evening and so it shall survive the cull). And I picked up one of Sandro’s black silk-end jumpsuits (£90) which had my fashion-savvy friends asking, “Is that a Stella McCartney?”
The cut and quality of the fabric are gorgeous and the delicate embellishments – from beading to embroidery – give even the simplest loose-fitting jumper a little something special. Harrods certainly seems to think so, as this summer it’s stocking Sandro’s spring/summer collection, which does for silks and chiffons what the winter collection did for knitwear – I’ve got my eye on a vintage floral batwing dress (first picture, £150). And the men’s collection is similarly impressive. A fashionable Parisian friend arrived for brunch on Sunday in a lightweight khaki raincoat, designed by none other than Sandro (second picture, £270). “No one really knows it here,” he told me. Until now.