Hot on the Highstreet Week 249

Whilst in West London a few weeks ago I stumbled across a new little concept store which I can’t resist writing about. Located on the edge of Portobello Road, it is moments away from the busy tourist trail, on the quiet corner of Kensington Park Road.

Native & Co is an independent homeware shop, offering tableware, kitchenware, textiles and accessories. Specialising in high quality, crafted home products sourced from Japan and Taiwan, the products are picked for their unique originality. Native & Co believes in the beauty of simplicity, craftsmanship and honest materials. I found a range of lovely items here, including beautiful Japanese notepads, attractive aluminium kitchen equipment, minimalist Arita Porcelain and stylish leather tote bags.

Shop Address:

116 Kensington Park Road
Notting Hill
London W11 2PW

More information and shop here.

Hot on the Highstreet Week 150

I have been called a shopoholic and a giftoholic in the past, basically I love buying and giving presents. In moderation, it is important sometimes to buy yourself presents too. And with the prospect of a new job and new flat on the horizon, I thought I would mark the occasion with a little gift to me… this came in the post last week in the form of two beautifully hand-stitched personalised cushions for me and my new roommate.

Featured in Vogue’s must-haves last month, Volga Linen is the very desirable brand offering monogrammed material items of all shapes and sizes. The company sells an exquisite collection of pure linen from Russia consisting of table linen, bed linen, ready to hang curtains, clothes, a children’s range and accessories. They produce plain weaves, fabric with drawn thread work embroidery, damasks, and richly coloured paisleys. All their products are made from 100% flax – the natural fibre that gives linen its distinct quality and texture – it is grown and woven by the banks of the River Volga.

I ordered two of the small (30x40cm) pillowcases – ideal for bearing a name or initials. Volga offer special monogramming services on almost all their products. Whether it be a small initial in the corner of a napkin, romantic entwined initials on a sheet or a child’s name and date of birth on a small pillow, there is something for everyone. The pillows are available in a choice of simple patterns. I chose the ivory hem stitch pillowcase with red cross stitch initials embroidered on the centre of each pillow.

Now that I’ve got the Volga pillows I want the rest of the range too… they are beautiful, keep forever things, made from natural soft fabric with delicate, intricate stitching. They will make my bed look lovely and add a touch of personal luxury to my new room.

More information here.