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

Breakfast in Bed

What do mom’s really want for Mother’s Day?   We desire everyday moments like a long, relaxing bath; sleeping in; reading a magazine without interruption; and the very coveted breakfast in bed – all simple, yet special and rare. And of course bespoke IC bedding, towels and table linens make beautiful, personal and very useful gifts to enhance these experiences. Who wouldn’t mind being surprised in bed with chocolate croissants, fresh juice, coffee and monogrammed napkins wrapped in a ribbon [hint, hint]?

Breakfast in bed with some famous faces…

Queen Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth
Eddie Redmayne Eddie Redmayne
Kate Bosworth Kate Bosworth
Kate Moss Kate Moss
YSL YSL
Edith Sitwell at Renishaw, 1930, by Cecil Beaton Edith Sitwell at Renishaw, 1930, by Cecil Beaton
Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe
Jean Harlow in Dinner at Eight, 1933 Jean Harlow in Dinner at Eight, 1933
Jackie Collins Jackie Collins
Paul and Denise Poiret, Faubourg Saint Honore Paul and Denise Poiret, Faubourg Saint Honore
Jean Shrimpton Jean Shrimpton
Renata Boeck at the Regency Hotel, New York, 1964, by Aaron Slims Renata Boeck at the Regency Hotel, New York, 1964, by Aaron Slims
Lucille Ball Lucille Ball
Jude Law and Ewan McGregor, by Lorenzo Agius Jude Law and Ewan McGregor, by Lorenzo Agius

If These Walls Could Talk

From flooding the courtyard with 4 feet of water to recreate Venice for a millionaire’s “Gondala Party” in the late 1800s, to being London’s first hotel lit with electricity – The Savoy has been around. Their rooms have been graced with the presence of everyone who’s anyone from the worlds of fashion, music, film, science and politics.

Brief History: The Savoy was the first luxury hotel in Britain and is known as “London’s most famous hotel” still to this day. Built by impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte, it was the first in the Savoy group of hotels and restaurants to open its doors on August 6, 1889. Curious for a more in depth historical read? Look here.

And now, a visual tour of iconic moments and people at the Savoy…

Fred Astaire dancing on the roof of the Savoy with his sister and dancing partner Adele Fred Astaire dancing on the roof of the Savoy with his sister and dancing partner Adele
Albert Einstein and George Bernard Shaw attend dinner at the Savoy, October 1930 Albert Einstein and George Bernard Shaw attend dinner at the Savoy, October 1930
Audrey Hepburn at a "My Fair Lady" Press Reception, 1965 Audrey Hepburn at a "My Fair Lady" Press Reception, 1965
Ava Gardner at a press reception, 1955 Ava Gardner at a press reception, 1955
The Savoy Ballroom, 1910 The Savoy Ballroom, 1910
Savoy Cabaret Show, 1940 Savoy Cabaret Show, 1940
Brigitte Bardot Brigitte Bardot
Charlie Chaplin and Marlon Brando, 1967 Charlie Chaplin and Marlon Brando, 1967
Savoy Cocktail Book Cover Savoy Cocktail Book Cover
Savoy Band Leader, Geraldo with his Tango and Rumba Orchestra, 1932 Savoy Band Leader, Geraldo with his Tango and Rumba Orchestra, 1932
Demis Rousos and Jessica Lange, 1976 Demis Rousos and Jessica Lange, 1976
Jane Fonda Jane Fonda
American Golfer, Robert Tyre on the Savoy roof American Golfer, Robert Tyre on the Savoy roof
Jimmy Stewart at a press reception, 1943 Jimmy Stewart at a press reception, 1943
Marilyn Monroe, 1956 Marilyn Monroe, 1956
John Wayne and a Savoy Paige Boy John Wayne and a Savoy Paige Boy
Bob Dylan at a press conference, 1966 Bob Dylan at a press conference, 1966
Lauren Bacall Lauren Bacall
Savoy's first electric lift Savoy's first electric lift
Christian Dior after a fashion parade, April 25, 1950 Christian Dior after a fashion parade, April 25, 1950
Marlon Brando, 1967 Marlon Brando, 1967
Lee Radziwill, 1967 Lee Radziwill, 1967
Mick Jagger and Bianca, 1973 Mick Jagger and Bianca, 1973
Queen Elizabeth at the Flower Ball, 1951 Queen Elizabeth at the Flower Ball, 1951
Romy Schneider, 1964 Romy Schneider, 1964
The Rolling Stones, 1964 The Rolling Stones, 1964
Valentino by Patrick Lichfield, 1968 Valentino by Patrick Lichfield, 1968
Billy Butlin's Pet Leopard outside the Savoy Billy Butlin's Pet Leopard outside the Savoy
Sophia Loren at the Savoy, 1965 Sophia Loren at the Savoy, 1965
Man on the roof of the Savoy circa 1937 Man on the roof of the Savoy circa 1937
Vintage Savoy Hotel Luggage Label Vintage Savoy Hotel Luggage Label

Super Comeback

One of our favourite bespoke requests thus far was a Superman monogrammed pillow. We loved it so much we keep one in our studio on display; because let’s be honest – Superheroes remain cool at any age. Stella and Anya seem to agree too…

Superhero-Style-Vogue
IC Monogrammed Pillowcase IC Monogrammed Pillowcase
Anya Hindmarch Sticker Anya Hindmarch Sticker
Andy and Nico, Esquire, 1967 Andy and Nico, Esquire, 1967
Raquel Welch Raquel Welch
Superhero Inspired Nike Superhero Inspired Nike
Stella McCartney Superhero Clutch Stella McCartney Superhero Clutch

A League of Their Own

Feeling sporty? Tommy Hilfiger was on the Autumn/Winter 2015 runway in NYC last week; joining in on the team spirit with the likes of Saint Laurent, Maison Martin Margiela, Rochas and Stella McCartney. We personally love a classic varsity letter (possibly because it reminds us of the ‘good old days’?!). Not to mention our current obsession is the Detroit based brand Shinola, who just opened a store in London that inspires us to take up sports pronto…

PS: Don’t we all need a Varsity Letter Pillow?

Tommy Hilfiger Limited-Edition Fall 2015 Designs to Celebrate 30th Anniversary Tommy Hilfiger Limited-Edition Fall 2015 Designs to Celebrate 30th Anniversary
Shinola Bespoke Bat Shinola Bespoke Bat
Shinola Bespoke Leather Football Shinola Bespoke Leather Football
Tommy Hilfiger Limited-Edition Fall 2015 Designs Tommy Hilfiger Limited-Edition Fall 2015 Designs
Gisele Bündchen in the Chanel No. 5 campaign Gisele Bündchen in the Chanel No. 5 campaign
Varsity Jacket Chic Varsity Jacket Chic
Maison Martin Margiela Varsity Jacket Maison Martin Margiela Varsity Jacket
Coach Baseball Collection Coach Baseball Collection
ILINKA Collection Monogrammed Varsity Letter Pillow ILINKA Collection Monogrammed Varsity Letter Pillow
Jill Sanders Varsity Letter Sweatshirts, Pre-Fall 2012 Jill Sanders Varsity Letter Sweatshirts, Pre-Fall 2012
Varsity Letter Wall Lights, Christoph Niemann featured on The Selby Varsity Letter Wall Lights, Christoph Niemann featured on The Selby
Barbara's Sweater, The Way We Were Barbara's Sweater, The Way We Were
Saint Laurent Teddy Jacket Saint Laurent Teddy Jacket
Vintage Cheerleading Jacket Vintage Cheerleading Jacket
Rochas Varsity Socks, Spring/Summer 2015 Rochas Varsity Socks, Spring/Summer 2015
Rochas Varsity Henley Pullover Rochas Varsity Henley Pullover
Varsity-Letters-Selection
Hermès Fall 2010 Hermès Fall 2010
Stella McCartney Varsity Jacket Stella McCartney Varsity Jacket
New Balance 420 Shoes New Balance 420 Shoes
Varsity Letter Sock + Andy Warhol's Converse Varsity Letter Sock + Andy Warhol's Converse
Varsity Letter Sweatshirt Varsity Letter Sweatshirt

Bow Time

That special day (for some) is almost here and a plethora of people (lets just be honest its mainly ladies) are waiting for a pretty package all wrapped in a bow. We felt some bow inspiration brewing and created our own little mood board for the occasion…

ILINKA Collection Sateen Baby Pillows ILINKA Collection Sateen Baby Pillows
Jeff Koons Jeff Koons
Cor Sine Labe Doli Ceramic Bow Ties Cor Sine Labe Doli Ceramic Bow Ties
1970s Tiffany & Co. Brooch 1970s Tiffany & Co. Brooch
Bow Tie by Andy Warhol Bow Tie by Andy Warhol
Moschino Coca Cola Moschino Coca Cola
Minnie Mouse Minnie Mouse
Vintage Chanel Black Satin Bow Hair Clip Vintage Chanel Black Satin Bow Hair Clip
Graffiti Bow Graffiti Bow
Bow Chic, Channeling YSL Bow Chic, Channeling YSL
Catherine Deneuve, 1960s Catherine Deneuve, 1960s
Dior Bow Ring Dior Bow Ring
Jeff Koons Sacred Heart Jeff Koons Sacred Heart
Vintage Hermes Gloves Vintage Hermes Gloves
Ladurée Coeur Ispahan Ladurée Coeur Ispahan
Saint Laurent Leather Triple Bow Tie Saint Laurent Leather Triple Bow Tie
Vintage Mid-Century Bow Tie Lucite Chairs Vintage Mid-Century Bow Tie Lucite Chairs
Prada Prada
Vintage YSL Vintage YSL
Brass Bow Tie Chair Brass Bow Tie Chair
Marie Pergay Ribbon Pouf Marie Pergay Ribbon Pouf

Maison Love

Finally, we made our way to the recently opened Maison Assouline where quite simply we fell in love. Perfectly placed in Piccadilly and steps from the Royal Academy, it features a glowing bar, stunning new furniture collection, vintage books + furniture, and walls of beautifully curated shelves filled with Assouline treasures. The sales staff are beyond helpful and inviting; including the charming Paolo, Assouline’s in-house binder, who can create bespoke book covers for any Assouline gem of your choice; or, something completely original upon request. Now, if we can just decide on what book to bind…

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Maison Assouline Bar Maison Assouline Bar
Assouline Embroidered Book Bag Assouline Embroidered Book Bag
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Limited Edition Assouline Books Limited Edition Assouline Books
Assouline Interiors Assouline Interiors
Assouline Interiors 'High Society Bookcase' Assouline Interiors 'High Society Bookcase'
Assouline Interiors Assouline Interiors
Assouline Interiors 'Allure Coffee Table' Assouline Interiors 'Allure Coffee Table'
Assouline Interiors Fabric Samples Assouline Interiors Fabric Samples
Assouline Interiors 'Allure Bookstand' Assouline Interiors 'Allure Bookstand'
Assouline Interiors 'High Society' Desk and Chair Assouline Interiors 'High Society' Desk and Chair
Assouline Interiors Antiques Assouline Interiors Antiques
Vintage Pierre Cardin Bar Table Vintage Pierre Cardin Bar Table
View from the Mezzanine View from the Mezzanine
Book Binding Samples Book Binding Samples
Paolo, Assouline's Binder at work Paolo, Assouline's Binder at work
Latest Purchase - 'Dinner Diaries' Latest Purchase - 'Dinner Diaries'
Assouline Shopping Bag Assouline Shopping Bag
Assouline Gift Wrap with Wax Seal Assouline Gift Wrap with Wax Seal
Street View Street View