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
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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

Save the Date

The time has come for Spring entertaining planning to commence! We are loving all white linens with either white on white embroidery, or delicate hand-stitched flowers with a monogram. Blue + white is a theme, along with splashes of orange and gold…

Lobmeyr's Oriental Tumblers modelled after designs the Austrian crystal company made originally in 1898 Lobmeyr's Oriental Tumblers modelled after designs the Austrian crystal company made originally in 1898
White table linen White table linen
Early 1900s Gilt French Menu Early 1900s Gilt French Menu
ILINKA Collection Embroidered White Linen Napkin ILINKA Collection Embroidered White Linen Napkin
Blue, White + Orange Blue, White + Orange
Haviland Limoges Porcelain Dinner Plate Haviland Limoges Porcelain Dinner Plate
Sofia Coppola Spring Tablescape Sofia Coppola Spring Tablescape
Nason Moretti Dandy Tumbler Nason Moretti Dandy Tumbler
White Tulips on White Table Linen White Tulips on White Table Linen
Spring Al Fresco Feast Spring Al Fresco Feast
White Linen Napkins White Linen Napkins
Casarialto Set of Insect Drinking Glasses Casarialto Set of Insect Drinking Glasses
Bernardaud Aboro Dinner Plate Bernardaud Aboro Dinner Plate
Kim Seybert Faceted Acrylic Flatware Set Kim Seybert Faceted Acrylic Flatware Set
ILINKA Collection Embroidered White Linen Napkin ILINKA Collection Embroidered White Linen Napkin

Famous Notes

Letters of Note is a book we discovered last year at London’s recently opened The Beaumont Hotel, and now keep it on every guest bedside table. Reading letters from people like Gandhi, Virginia Wolf and John Lennon is beyond interesting! Edited by Shaun Usher, he also has Lists of Note and a blog called Letterheady that contains hundreds of letterheads from well known people. Since we love anything bespoke at ILINKA Collection, we compiled a selection of famous letterheads worth seeing…

Frank Llyod Wright's Personal Stationery, 1946 Frank Llyod Wright's Personal Stationery, 1946
Andy Warhol Letterhead Andy Warhol Letterhead
Buzz Aldrin, 1977 Buzz Aldrin, 1977
David Bowie Letterhead David Bowie Letterhead
Frank Zappa Frank Zappa
Georgia O'Keeffe, 1929 Georgia O'Keeffe, 1929
Ginger Rogers, 1948 Ginger Rogers, 1948
Groucho Marx Groucho Marx
Harry Houdini, 1912 Harry Houdini, 1912
Henry Miller, 1944 Henry Miller, 1944
Jayne Mansfield, 1956 Jayne Mansfield, 1956
Jean Harlow, 1934 Jean Harlow, 1934
John Denver, 1976 John Denver, 1976
Keith Haring Keith Haring
Michael Jackson, 1982 Michael Jackson, 1982
Muppets Letterhead Muppets Letterhead
Joan Crawford's Stationery Joan Crawford's Stationery
Art Kane, Photographer Art Kane, Photographer
Princess Diana, 1997 Princess Diana, 1997
Queen's Letterhead used by Freddy Mercury, 1973 Queen's Letterhead used by Freddy Mercury, 1973
Ray Charles Ray Charles
Richard Simmons, 2009 Richard Simmons, 2009
Rolling Stones, 1982 Rolling Stones, 1982
Shirley Temple, 1936 Shirley Temple, 1936
Theodor Seuss Geisel, fan mail stationery for Dr. Seus Theodor Seuss Geisel, fan mail stationery for Dr. Seus
Peanuts Creator Charles Schulz, 1966 Peanuts Creator Charles Schulz, 1966
Marcel Marceau, French Mime Artists and Actor Marcel Marceau, French Mime Artists and Actor
YES, 1969 YES, 1969
Note by Henri Matisse Note by Henri Matisse

Sweet Dreams

The English Photographer, Tim Walker’s unmistakable style pulls the viewer into a dream world full of fantasy and romance. Shooting iconic images for Vogue, W and Love Magazine (checkout his several books); we share his love for bedscapes and his vision for making the simplest of things extraordinary…

Kate Moss, Ritz Paris, Vogue US April 2012 Kate Moss, Ritz Paris, Vogue US April 2012
Kate Moss, Vogue US December 2013 Kate Moss, Vogue US December 2013
Casa Vogue Italia Casa Vogue Italia
Guinevere Van Seenus, Vogue UK August 2006 Guinevere Van Seenus, Vogue UK August 2006
Bed-Tim-Walker-girl
Beds on Cars, Vogue Italia Beds on Cars, Vogue Italia
Hanging Bed Hanging Bed
Mimi Waddell, New York, 2000 Mimi Waddell, New York, 2000
Kate Moss at the Ritz Paris, Vogue US April 2012 Kate Moss at the Ritz Paris, Vogue US April 2012
Kate Moss,Vogue US Kate Moss,Vogue US
Vogue Italia Vogue Italia
Coco Rocha, Vogue UK Coco Rocha, Vogue UK
Vogue US, April 2012 Vogue US, April 2012
The Snow Queen, Vogue UK The Snow Queen, Vogue UK
Tim Walker in Bed Tim Walker in Bed

Something Green

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day and because we all need good luck…

Cecconis London Cecconis London
ILINKA Collection David Bowie Monogram ILINKA Collection David Bowie Monogram
Green Sails Green Sails
Vintage Green Chairs Vintage Green Chairs
Carolina Herrera Carolina Herrera
Caroline Sieber with de Gorunay Wallpaper Caroline Sieber with de Gorunay Wallpaper
Goyard Green Goyard Green
San Francisco Architecture San Francisco Architecture
Green Seating Green Seating
Raf Simons Adidas Stan Smith Leather Sneakers Raf Simons Adidas Stan Smith Leather Sneakers
Shinola Runwell Watch Shinola Runwell Watch
Smythson Leather Travel Set Smythson Leather Travel Set
Sonia Delaunay, Watercolor on Paper, 1924 Sonia Delaunay, Watercolor on Paper, 1924
Green Spiral Stairs Green Spiral Stairs
Green Wall Green Wall
YSL Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech YSL Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech
YSL's Home in Tangiers YSL's Home in Tangiers
Malachite Bath Malachite Bath
L'Objet Malachite Desk Set L'Objet Malachite Desk Set