WHAT’S NEW THIS AUGUST

Discover an array of new launches at The Royal Exchange this month, from limited edition watches and new jewellery collections to organic face masks and new season totes

30 July, 2020

DAWN TO DUSK

JournalInset_WhatsNew_DawnFragranced Layered Candles ­– A Fresh Fruity Pairing and A Sensual Floral Pairing, each £150 for 600g; Jo Malone London

Jo Malone London has released two new home candles, showcasing the brand’s unique expertise in fragrance layering. Each Fragrance Layered Candle encompasses two classic scents, with four alternating layers of the fragranced wax expertly poured to create a candle that is a blend of the two scents. Two-tone coloured glass encases the 600g candles – which have a burn time of 60 hours – making them a beautiful centrepiece or fireside focal point for your home.

Two Fragrance Layered Candles have been released. ‘A Fresh Fruity Pairing’ combines English Pear & Freesia with bestselling Lime Basil and Mandarin, releasing aromas of just-ripe pear with a citrus twist to create an uplifting blend that’s perfect to help you gear up for the day ahead. To help you relax and wind down in the evening, ‘A Sensual Floral Pairing’ features the ever-popular Pomegranate Noir scent with Peony & Blush Suede, which blend together as it burns through the layers to reveal new aromas.

 

COVER STYLE

JournalInset_WhatsNew_CoverNon-medical face masks, £20 each; Bamford Grooming Department

Community and wellbeing have always been at the heart of Bamford Grooming Department’s philosophy. The brand has been adapting its product offering to meet customers’ changing needs throughout the past few months, from hosting online wellbeing classes, to releasing an alcohol-based hand sanitiser spray.

Keeping us well-equipped and fighting fit as we start venturing out more, Bamford has now introduced a range of washable, breathable and organic face masks, which are available to purchase from the Bamford Grooming Department boutique at The Royal Exchange. With protective measures in place to ensure everyone remains safe while enjoying a refreshing shopping experience, pop by the store to stock up on these new essentials so you can go about your day in confidence.


BOTANICAL BOOST

JournalInset_WhatsNew_BotanicalBotanical Infusion Tin, £9.95 for 15 tea bags; Fortnum & Mason; Al Fresco tableware, from £38, Halcyon Days

Tea expert Fortnum & Mason has released a new collection of Botanical Infusions. Designed to support the varied routines of modern life, the range features six different blends, from the revitalising Tempo, which contains oolong tea, turmeric, black pepper and ginseng, to calming Nocturne, which blends lavender, valerian root, camomile and lemon balm. Naturally, all six of the infusions come in a pretty and reusable Fortnum & Mason tin, making them the perfect gift as well as a treat for your own tea tray. The range is available to try and to purchase at The Royal Exchange Fortnum & Mason store now.

We can’t think of a better way to enhance the experience of enjoying your new Fortnum’s infusion, then by pairing it with Halcyon Days’ Al Fresco teaware collection, which is decorated with hand-painted foliage. While the Halcyon Days boutique is not quite ready to reopen the doors just yet, it is sharing a special offer for customers of The Royal Exchange to enjoy 20 per cent off all full-price items purchased online throughout the month of August*. It’s the perfect opportunity to treat yourself, simply enter offer code REX20 when placing your order.

 *Code cannot be used in conjunction with any dated annuals, limited editions or already discounted items

 

TOTALLY ESSENTIAL

JournalInset_WhatsNew_TotallyEssentialMara Snap Tote, £745, smythson.comLondon Tote, £595, aspinaloflondon.com

September has always been symbolic of new beginnings, so prepare for the new normal by investing in a beautiful but practical new handbag, in time for the new season ahead. Whether you’re working from home or returning to the office, a grand leather tote – that can fit in everything from a laptop and spare pair of heels to a mid-week grocery shop – will always come in useful.

Smythson’s new Mara Snap Tote in navy is consummately refined, complete with crocodile embossed calf leather and long handles. It’s also incredibly practical with convenient inner pockets and poppers that can adjust the size of the bag depending on what you need to carry that day. The brand’s Panama Snap Tote is equally handsome and practical and is finished in Smythson’s signature crossgrain leather.

Meanwhile, Aspinal of London’s refreshed London Tote has the same soft structure and easy versatile elegance but now comes in a gorgeous palette of flattering and subtle new colours: from mandarin to evergreen via sand and chestnut. The new London Totes have a soft and sumptuous pebble leather finish, making them feel even more luxurious.

 

NEW HEIGHTS OF WATCHMAKING

JournalInset_WhatsNew_WatchmakingLimited Edition Bremont Project Possible watch, £4,995, bremont.com; 1858 Geosphere in Blue watch, from £5,000, montblanc.com

Inspirational mountaineering tales lay at the heart of two new covetable releases from leading watch marques Bremont and Montblanc.

The Limited Edition Bremont Project Possible watch was created by the British watch brand to celebrate the incredible feats of mountaineer, explorer and Bremont ambassador Nirmal ‘Nims’ Purja MBE. In 2019, Nims summited the world’s 14 tallest mountains in seven months, breaking six world records in the process. The new watch is limited to just 300 pieces and is based on Bremont’s stalwart, the Supermarine 500. It’s made out of suitably tough titanium and bronze with a sapphire case back through which the heights of all 14 mountains can be seen.

Montblanc’s 1858 Geosphere is also inspired by mountaineering and derring-do – the watch was created to pay tribute to the Seven Summits climbing challenge, in which climbers set out to summit the tallest mountains on each continent. The seven summits are marked on the turning globes on the watch dial and are engraved on the case back. The 1858 collection was created to celebrate the 160th anniversary of Montblanc’s classic Minerva chronograph. The latest addition to the collection – the Montblanc 1858 Geosphere in Blue – is inspired by the colours of glaciers and deftly combines vintage styling with the finest modern watch craft.

Montblanc invites you to discover their latest collections by booking a private appointment in their boutique at The Royal Exchange. Customers making an in-store purchase of £300 or more will receive £20 off the purchase price if they sign up to Montblanc’s newsletter. For an at-home digital appointment email: city@montblanc.co.uk or telephone: +44 (0)20 79294200 to arrange a time and date to suit your schedule.

 

ONLY CONNECT

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Tateossian and Vashi have both created covetable new jewellery pieces with the timely theme of connection at their hearts.

Tateossian’s Raphael Social Distancing Bracelet has been designed to represent hope and positivity, while reminding wearers of the importance of social distancing. Worn wrapped around the wrist up to 11 times, the bracelet can be unravelled to either 1m or 2m to represent the space we need to give each other to stay safe.

The Raphael Bracelet is available in three colours of Italian leather with contrast stitching and is completed with a rhodium-plated silver clasp. Robert Tateossian named the bracelet after his friend Raphael, who is struggling with Covid-19, and 20 per cent of each purchase will go to support NHS Charities Together. The 1m Tateossian Raphael Social Distancing Bracelet is £135 and the 2m version is £155. tateossian.com

Vashi’s new Connections collection is elegantly understated and made for personalisation. You can make the subtle geometric pieces more personal by opting for an engraving of anything from initials to a date or fingerprint, or by adding an intriguing diamond setting in unexpected places such as the inside of a ring. The Connections collection is meant to interact – rings and bangles stack to create individual designs and combinations. Contact Vashi to discover the full range of customisation possibilities and you can even visit the brand’s workbench to see personalisation happen in real time. vashi.com

 

TOGETHER FOR TEA

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Throughout August, for every Fortnum’s Classic Afternoon Tea purchased from The Fortnam’s Bar & Restaurant at The Royal Exchange, you will receive another complimentary Classic Afternoon Tea for a member of your group. It’s the perfect opportunity to reunite with family and friends, while enjoying a beautiful selection of finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and a wide range of specially selected Fortnum & Mason teas. To make a reservation, email reservations@fortnumandmason.co.uk, or book online here.

*The offer is valid Monday to Friday from 3 – 31 August and is limited to a maximum of three complimentary afternoon teas per table.

 

LAST BUT NOT LEAST…

The SageBrown store remains closed for the time being, however customers at The Royal Exchange can enjoy 20 per cent off all online orders of its exquisite leather goods, by entering the code SUMMER20 when making any online purchases at sagebrown.co.uk

 

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