Wearing glasses is new for me.I’ve hit my early 40’s and suddenly the eyes have started to wince and crinkle at all the sewing and reading I do.
Wearing specs,bins,eye-peepers makes me feel important even when I’m at home doing very little. Even the task of making a cup of coffee suddenly gets elevated to a “scientific task” of “huge significance”
Here I am in my new Marc Jacobs frames from a shop where I live in Hastings (yes, Battle of)
What do you think?

Wearing glasses is new for me.I’ve hit my early 40’s and suddenly the eyes have started to wince and crinkle at all the sewing and reading I do.

Wearing specs,bins,eye-peepers makes me feel important even when I’m at home doing very little. Even the task of making a cup of coffee suddenly gets elevated to a “scientific task” of “huge significance”

Here I am in my new Marc Jacobs frames from a shop where I live in Hastings (yes, Battle of)

What do you think?

Behold the all new SHIRE bucket tote bag design and made by myself at Seaside HQ - my home studio on the South Coast of England. I drew inspiration not only from my love of simple Scandinavian lines but also the noble and strong working Shire horses famous in East Sussex. 
In the last century they were hooked up to ropes and dragged huge fishing boats up onto the beaches daily - pulling the wooden ships laden with fresh caught fish, up to safety out of the crashing waves of the English Channel and onto dry land. Mighty strong and graceful are the characteristics of the Shire Horse and I hope that’s reflected in my bag design too.
You can select your own special original solid brass horse brass when you order the bag online and it’s available in Cinder black or Chestnut brown leather.
To order go to: stleonardsonline.com

Behold the all new SHIRE bucket tote bag design and made by myself at Seaside HQ - my home studio on the South Coast of England. I drew inspiration not only from my love of simple Scandinavian lines but also the noble and strong working Shire horses famous in East Sussex.

In the last century they were hooked up to ropes and dragged huge fishing boats up onto the beaches daily - pulling the wooden ships laden with fresh caught fish, up to safety out of the crashing waves of the English Channel and onto dry land. Mighty strong and graceful are the characteristics of the Shire Horse and I hope that’s reflected in my bag design too.

You can select your own special original solid brass horse brass when you order the bag online and it’s available in Cinder black or Chestnut brown leather.

To order go to: stleonardsonline.com

Here I am finally in Denmark at the Copenhagen Design Museum after yearning to visit the city from being a small child.

As I used to earn pocket money in the school holidays filing brochures and trade literature at my father’s architectural practice in London. I’d pore over the Danish press packs of office furniture, lighting and other beautifully designed products, hours after hour, imagining my future home full of these iconic creations, pared down, stylish and timeless chic oozing from every molecule.

So I’m visiting the design museum and nearly fall down in a faint when I find out that my favourite chair designer has got an entire retrospective exhibition on… and I get to clamber up into the world’s largest Hans J Wegner rocking chair rocking violently in the foyer.

As each adult climbs in we all adopt a childish goofy demeanour and full of wonder, we all marvel at the beauty of the wood and the simplicity of its’ lines.

One more thing ticked off my bucket list.

I recently discovered a website called Wool and the Gang which offers contemporary knitting kits for a new fashion savvy army of knitters, and what’s great is that you have the option to buy a ready made item if your knit one pearl two ain’t quite up to scratch.

The all new Shire Bucket tote made from full grain saddlery leather and trimmed with the antique horse brass off your choices, this bag is a nod to the traditional working Shire horses at the turn of the last century that ploughed the fields or pulled heavy carts on St Leonards’ home turf of East Sussex, England.  Made in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex.

The all new Shire Bucket tote made from full grain saddlery leather and trimmed with the antique horse brass off your choices, this bag is a nod to the traditional working Shire horses at the turn of the last century that ploughed the fields or pulled heavy carts on St Leonards’ home turf of East Sussex, England.

Made in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex.