What distinguishes Arnie & B from other online lifestyle boutiques is the idea of translating the style of the interiors created by the company’s co-founders, British designers Gail Spencer and Rebecca Clark, into funky, yet practical, homewares then sprinkling unusual gifts, jewellery and ready-to-wear into the mix.
All the products are hand-picked by Spencer (known as Arnie) and Clark (known as B), who have also designed the limited-edition pieces grouped under the label “Pure Arnie & B”. These own-designs include glamorous Buckle cushions (£85), featuring individually sourced mother-of-pearl buckles, and Vintage Key necklaces (£49), each custom-made from bronze chain-mail and tiny vintage keys.
Click on the “Living” section for distinctive homewares, such as chunky, hand-knitted rope baskets (second picture, £75), perfect for use as toy stores or for recycling newspapers, and fringed Lattice throws (third picture, £70), with unusual cut-out designs. Moon Crater bowls (£32) are handmade in Sri Lanka from recycled paper and sand (and are, surprisingly, waterproof), while cream ceramic Nest planters (first picture, £15) are designed to hold single cut-flowers or orchids and look good when grouped together on flat surfaces, or hung from hooks.
Distinctive accessories include a textured crystal and chain bracelet (£24), in which antique silver chain is interwoven with faceted, smoky crystal stones. Just as funky is a sleeveless black gilet (£75) loop-knitted in soft alpaca wool, a grey leather Cross Body Bag (£70), with lots of practical zipped pockets, and a Striped Tail T-shirt (£39) in contrasting tonal greys and blacks with slightly longer side-tails. Meanwhile, the Shade Striped scarf (£32), knitted in fine merino wool in shaded grey stripes and fine white pin-stripes, looks as elegant as any of the five-star hotel interiors designed by Spencer and Clark.