It’s easy to get distracted at Christmas, whether it’s by the lights of Regent Street and its temples of style, or by the Jule-tide Oxford Street pilgrimage, but distraction is no excuse for poor shopping, and Coco and her Co are here to tell you which of London’s destinations are worth spending your precious allocated Christmas shopping time.
Coco is no stranger to an engagement proposal, but there is one criterion which must always be fulfilled, an invitation to Cartier. At this time of year, romance is at a volume as high as Coco’s hair and Cartier must surely be the destination for all young beaus in search of an adequate reflection of their love. A boutique guaranteed to stop Coco in her tracks, Cartier’s hauter than haute service (white gloves included) is a benchmark of quality and the literal jewel in the crown of Knightsbridge of the Christmas period. On Coco’s visit she was treated to the ‘Juste un Clou Ring’ laden with diamonds set in pink goldsmith a matching ‘Juste un Clou Bracelet’, making it the perfect gift pour femme, and the ‘Panthère de Cartier’ brings some Art Deco glamour with a modern ‘ferre forgé’ twist with its onyx, tsavorite and garnet adornments. For those in search of a gift that is as extravagant as it is beautifully crafted, Coco recommends the ‘Clé de Cartier Watch’, which with its automatic movement and brilliant-cut diamonds is the new must-have. This household name is, or should be on the Christmas shopping map for anyone searching for anything for the lady who has everything, but appreciates a well thought out gesture.
With romance and recognition spreading across the city like the smell of chestnuts, Coco returns to the ever-faithful Chloe to pay a visit to a brand whose apparel has been with her all year round – Christmas is a time for old friends after all! The collection encapsulates a perfect balance with ruffles and feminine touches speaking softly of evening engagements while the woollen pants demand attention and flexibility – the perfect seasonal business attire. ‘The Drew Bag’ is worth a special mention as it accompanies the look flawlessly with is signature blend of feminine charm, and masculine edging. The look is clean and sheer with flashes of warmth and romance and Chloe is certainly a worthwhile stop on the road to Noël.
Competing with the romance and ethereal energy associated with Christmas is the ever growing panic and pandemonium that comes with trying to find the perfect gift. As Londoners, Coco&Co Ldn know exactly how frustrating it is to live in the most exciting shopping destination in the world but always feel time-pressured. With this in mind, we would like to help organise, or at least, to offer our readers a gift idea that will facilitate organisation, and Smythson must surely be the premium option for such efforts. They have collaborated with Quentin Jones to produce the perfect Christmas card for your chicest friends and family. The cards are a limited edition so it’s an ideal way to pass the seasons greetings to your most exclusive friends. Smythson’s collaboration with Roksanda is also a must see for any colour-blocking or cubism fans. Beautifully bound with contrasting colour palettes, the A4 sized portobello notebook, which is an ideal gift in itself, is designed to replace your clutch this season as you move throughout the city on your Christmas shop. Whether you file or diarise you encounters, the chicest way to shield yourself against the Christmas carnage is to carry your agenda du jour with you in the beautifully bound collection of wallets, document holders and books that Smythson offer.
After so much seasonal stress and strain, there must be a reversion to a care-free and lighthearted attitude, particularly at this time of year. Whenever Coco&Co Ldn need a bit of ‘dressing up time’ we naturally head to Missoni. Its bohemian and whimsical prints with festive flashes from it’s glittering thread-work make a clever addition to any Christ-party outfit and the warm tones and fabrics incorporated into the garments lend themselves beautiful to any cosy selfie or group photo. With fur accents and full hair, Coco can never go wrong, and we offer up Missoni to our readers as a relaxed and celebratory alternative to the over-done sequin dress.
Photos: Marta Demartini
Whether it be gifts, ‘gratulerer’, or group-gatherings, there is always a way to be wonderful, and Coco&Co Ldn are here to show you how. We wish you not only a merry Christmas, but also, some seriously chic shopping in and around Sloane Street. We’ll see you at the gift-wrapping counter!
Lots of festive love,