Seeing Stars

Is it just us or are we seeing stars everywhere?

Cher, 1969 Cher, 1969
Anjelica Huston & friend, Vogue Paris, 1971 Anjelica Huston & friend, Vogue Paris, 1971
Supernova Trestle Table Supernova Trestle Table
Stella McCartney Floor Lamp Stella McCartney Floor Lamp
Saint Laurent Star Ankle Boots and Sneakers Saint Laurent Star Ankle Boots and Sneakers
Star Ceiling Star Ceiling
'The Stars' Book Cover 'The Stars' Book Cover
ILINKA Collection Star Embroidery ILINKA Collection Star Embroidery
Hedy Lamarr in Ziegfeld Girl, 1941 Hedy Lamarr in Ziegfeld Girl, 1941
Valentino Spring 2015 Valentino Spring 2015
Indian Sandstone Carved Door Face Indian Sandstone Carved Door Face
Nancy Beaton as a Shooting Star for the Galaxy Ball, shot by Cecil Beaton, 1929 Nancy Beaton as a Shooting Star for the Galaxy Ball, shot by Cecil Beaton, 1929
Star Studded Fire Screen by Del Williams Star Studded Fire Screen by Del Williams
VEOIR Body & Art Issue VEOIR Body & Art Issue
Saint Laurent Saint Laurent
Stars Living Room Design, Better Homes and Gardens, 1957 Stars Living Room Design, Better Homes and Gardens, 1957
Vintage Sign Vintage Sign

Surf’s Up

After a recent trip to California, we were inspired by the relaxed, ‘no worries’ surf culture that influences fashion, interiors and an overall lifestyle we wanted to know more about…

‘Wave-Sliding’ (the original name for surfing) was born in Hawaii long ago when the ancient Hawaiians believed the sea reflected emotions. They prayed and performed rituals to please the sea so it would provide surfable waves. The sport was created to keep the Hawaiian chiefs in top physical condition to compete against each other for money, status and even romance.

It was first brought to California in the early 1900s by a Hawaiian native and taken internationally to Australia by Duke Kahanamoku, who is one of the most important people in surf history. Surfing was popularised in the 1950s by films like Gidget, Endless Summer, Muscle Beach Party, and Big Wednesday.

In 1952, Jack O’neill invented the wetsuit opening the sport to cold waters, and offered the first beachside board rental at his surf shop in Santa Cruz, California, which was the beginning of a huge surf empire. Shortly after in 1960, Surfer Magazine was founded by John Severson who’s recently published book entitled ‘SURF‘, chronicles his life covering the sport and makes for a cool coffee table addition.

And now all we need to do is learn how to surf?! At least we have our ‘Aloha’ ILINKA Collection beach towel sorted …Shaka!

Surf Spot, New Zealand Surf Spot, New Zealand
Bear Surfboard, Established 1978 Bear Surfboard, Established 1978
O'Neill's first Surf Shop - Santa Cruz, California O'Neill's first Surf Shop - Santa Cruz, California
Lisa Marie Fernandez Neoprene Swimsuit Lisa Marie Fernandez Neoprene Swimsuit
'Big Wednesday' Movie Poster, 1978 'Big Wednesday' Movie Poster, 1978
Cindy Crawford in Elle wearing Ocean Pacific, January 1989 Cindy Crawford in Elle wearing Ocean Pacific, January 1989
Cynthia Rowley Neoprene Wetsuit Cynthia Rowley Neoprene Wetsuit
Duke Kahanamoku Duke Kahanamoku
ILINKA Collection 'Aloha' Beach Towel ILINKA Collection 'Aloha' Beach Towel
California Banner by Horstmann Uniform Company, 1893 California Banner by Horstmann Uniform Company, 1893
John Severson, Founder of Surfer Magazine John Severson, Founder of Surfer Magazine
John Severson's SURF John Severson's SURF
Vintage Surfboard, 1970s Vintage Surfboard, 1970s
'The Fantastic Plastic Machine' Movie Poster, 1969 'The Fantastic Plastic Machine' Movie Poster, 1969
'Muscle Beach Party' Movie Poster, 1964 'Muscle Beach Party' Movie Poster, 1964
One-of-a-kind Surfboard by Z Boys Creator Skip Engblom One-of-a-kind Surfboard by Z Boys Creator Skip Engblom
Richard Christiansen's Montauk Beach House, Vogue Living Richard Christiansen's Montauk Beach House, Vogue Living
Vintage Surfboard Wall Sconces, 1stdibs.com Vintage Surfboard Wall Sconces, 1stdibs.com
Sandra Dee as Gidget, 1959 Sandra Dee as Gidget, 1959
Surfer Magazine Surfer Magazine
'The Endless Summer' Movie Poster, 1966 'The Endless Summer' Movie Poster, 1966
Vintage Bear Surfboard Vintage Bear Surfboard
Richard Christiansen's Montauk Beach House, Vogue Living Richard Christiansen's Montauk Beach House, Vogue Living
Shaka Shaka

Birth of Breton

It’s Spring and Breton stripes have come out to play. The classic design is timeless and forever chic. The Breton stripe shirt was first introduced in 1858 as the uniform for all French navy sailors in Northern France. The original design featured 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon Bonaparte’s victories with the idea that the distinctive stripes made it easier to spot overboard sailors.

In 1917, Coco Chanel drew inspiration from the French sailors and made Breton stripes fashionable with her Nautical Collection. In film, the Breton stripe was first worn in the 1953 Hollywood production, ‘The Wild One’ starring Marlon Brando and Lee Marvin. James Dean and Audrey Hepburn followed sporting Breton stripes in their films and the everlasting trend was born.

ILINKA Collection has now taken the Breton stripe to tableware with the Breton Collection, made with hand-cut strips of linen hand-sewn by Spanish artisans into tablecloths and napkins – perfect for your Spring/Summer tablescape!

 

French Atlantic Coast, 1912 French Atlantic Coast, 1912
French Sailors French Sailors
Coco Chanel, Nautical Collection, 1917 Coco Chanel, Nautical Collection, 1917
'The Wild One', 1953 'The Wild One', 1953
James Dean James Dean
Breton Beach Tents, La Grande Conche in Royan Breton Beach Tents, La Grande Conche in Royan
Picasso Picasso
Breton Flag Sale Breton Flag Sale
ILINKA Collection Breton Tablecloth + Napkins ILINKA Collection Breton Tablecloth + Napkins
Breton Striped Floors Breton Striped Floors
ELLE Decoration Suite by Jean Paul Gaultier ELLE Decoration Suite by Jean Paul Gaultier
ILINKA Collection Breton Tablecloth + Napkins ILINKA Collection Breton Tablecloth + Napkins
Breton, 1970s Breton, 1970s
Madeline Weinrib Denim Carpet Madeline Weinrib Denim Carpet
SD-Art

Sonia Delaunay @ The Tate

The latest exhibition at the Tate Modern is the most extensive collection of Sonia Delaunay’s work ever shown within their walls; including her textile designs and paintings, to collaborations with Diaghilev and Liberty. Running from April 15th to August 9th, this is an exhibition we will not miss! For more information and to book tickets […]

It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere

Cocktails and vino and champs, oh my! Find our cocktail inspiration here…

Hermes Crystal Iskender Decanter for Vodka Hermes Crystal Iskender Decanter for Vodka
Kikkerland Day of the Dead Silver Corkscrew Kikkerland Day of the Dead Silver Corkscrew
St. Germain St. Germain
L'Objet Coral Cocktail Prong Picks L'Objet Coral Cocktail Prong Picks
Vintage Art Deco Cocktail Tray Vintage Art Deco Cocktail Tray
Cheryl Tiegs, Vogue Cheryl Tiegs, Vogue
The Flowing Bowl Cocktail Book, by Ross Brow, 1891 The Flowing Bowl Cocktail Book, by Ross Brow, 1891
Mark Blackwell Southern Hemisphere Martini Glass Mark Blackwell Southern Hemisphere Martini Glass
Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe
Svenskt Tenn Manhattan Tray Svenskt Tenn Manhattan Tray
Svenskt Tenn Fish Flask Svenskt Tenn Fish Flask
Vintage Blue Glass Cocktail Stirrers Vintage Blue Glass Cocktail Stirrers
Teotoki Jade Jumpsuit Teotoki Jade Jumpsuit
Tina Frey Designs Champagne Bucket Tina Frey Designs Champagne Bucket
Katherine Hepburn Katherine Hepburn
Sergio Strizzi with Audrey Hepburn at Maxim's, Paris, 1979 Sergio Strizzi with Audrey Hepburn at Maxim's, Paris, 1979
ILINKA Collection Bespoke Monogrammed Border Cocktail Napkins ILINKA Collection Bespoke Monogrammed Border Cocktail Napkins

Bunny Time

Happy Easter!! Some bunny inspiration for this special Sunday…

Candice Bergen, Truman Capote's Black + White Ball, 1966 Candice Bergen, Truman Capote's Black + White Ball, 1966
Vintage Bunny Bus Vintage Bunny Bus
'Lisa Cant and 80 White Rabbits', Tim Walker, 2004 'Lisa Cant and 80 White Rabbits', Tim Walker, 2004
Elsa Peretti by Helmut Newton Elsa Peretti by Helmut Newton
Jeff Koons, 2010 Jeff Koons, 2010
Gumball Bunny Gumball Bunny
Hunt Slonem Hunt Slonem
Hunt Slonem Hunt Slonem
Jeff Koons Jeff Koons
Marc Jacob's for Louis Vuitton, Vogue Marc Jacob's for Louis Vuitton, Vogue
Merve Kahraman Side Chair Merve Kahraman Side Chair
Pierre Marcolini Lapin Chocolate Easter Doll Pierre Marcolini Lapin Chocolate Easter Doll
Playboy Marfa Sign Playboy Marfa Sign
Minna Parikka Bunny Sneaks Minna Parikka Bunny Sneaks
Cecil Beaton Cecil Beaton
Bunny-That's-All-Folks

Picnic Chic

Spring is in the air, and picnic time is getting near. What does one need to make the picnic of their dreams? Checkout our picks for chic picnics fit for a Queen…

Fortnum & Mason Basket on a Morgans Car Fortnum & Mason Basket on a Morgans Car
Amberley Epsom Deluxe Picnic Hamper Amberley Epsom Deluxe Picnic Hamper
Moynat Bicycle and Picnic Basket Moynat Bicycle and Picnic Basket
Goyard Picnic Trunk Goyard Picnic Trunk
Picnic at Home Picnic at Home
Picnic Food Inspiration Picnic Food Inspiration
Flamant Home Interiors Farrah Picnic Basket Flamant Home Interiors Farrah Picnic Basket
Louis Vuitton Picnic Trunk Louis Vuitton Picnic Trunk
Whimsical Summer Picnic Whimsical Summer Picnic
Polo Picnic Polo Picnic
ILINKA Collection Summer Whites Linen Tablecloths ILINKA Collection Summer Whites Linen Tablecloths
Astier de Villatte Astier de Villatte
L'Object L'Object
Vintage Silverware Vintage Silverware