Introducing an exclusive collection of clothes & accessories: the That’s Not My Age Edit!
For a while now I’ve been thinking it would be good to collaborate with a few of my favourite independent designers, to bring you a small collection of limited edition, super stylish clothes and accessories. And so I’ve been working behind-the-scenes for the last six months on this creative project and I’m delighted that it has finally come to fruition. Most of the items have been created by the designer and myself, working together on one of their signature pieces. Basically, they did all the hard work and I made a few suggestions on colour and trims – which they all very kindly agreed to! We all possess a similar mindset about slow fashion and the environment and buying clothes to last.
Because of time constraints and lockdown, a couple of the pieces in the inaugural collection, the Spry jumpsuit and the silk scarf from Laslett, are already in existence. These items are my pick from the designer’s current collection and That’s Not My Age readers will receive a special discount (see below). We’re hoping in the future to create one-off pieces together, so watch this space.
All the items can be purchased by clicking through to the respective website and placing an order (simply click on the title of the item within this post). Or check out the new TNMA Edit section on the homepage toolbar to shop the new collection.
Hope you like the That’s Not My Age edit. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!
I couldn’t do a collection for That’s Not My Age without including a one-and-done boiler-suit. This beauty is from Spry Workwear, founded by Daisy Bridgewater and handmade in a small, family-run factory in Great Yarmouth which has been making workwear for over 100 years. Daisy’s hard-wearing clothing is inspired by traditional workwear and re-modelled for modern, style-aware women. This TNMA favourite fits like a dream and always receives lots of lovely compliments when I’m out and about in South London. The jumpsuit is made from a soft ecru cotton twill and features a defined adjustable waist, plenty of pockets and a zip closing. The lighter off-white colour makes a welcome change from the ubiquitous black and khaki versions around, and it pairs beautifully with neutrals.
RRP: £175 with 20% off for TNMA readers. Follow the link HERE to receive your discount or add code TNMA20 at the checkout.
Melanie Laslett specialises in luxury hand-finished printed accessories, all produced in the UK and designed from her studio in Hastings. Eagle-eyed readers will probably be familiar with Laslett England, as I often style the silk scarves into my outfits for the Telegraph and TNMA. For the That’s Not My Age Edit I selected the Diamond Sunset design in a serene palette of oranges and blues. It’s made from 100% silk crepe de chine with hand-rolled edges. I love the retro pattern and the diamond shape falls beautifully making it easy to style. It looks great just draped around the neck with the pointed ends hanging loose, or simply knotted as above.
Width: 38cm. Length: 183cm
RRP: £165 with 15% off for TNMA readers. Use code TNMA15 at the checkout.
Using Italian vegetable tanned leather, in a gorgeous array of colours, Mimi Berry’s bags are simple and elegant with a beautiful attention to detail. Each design is created with functionality in mind and manufactured in UK factories. Regular readers will know that my bag style of choice is a chic-not-shouty crossbody, so Mimi and I decided to work together on an update of the Martha bag. Made using sturdy vegetable tanned leather, in a petrol colour (a gorgeous dark blue/green shade), it’s the kind of stylish, everyday bag that goes with everything. ‘Martha is designed to carry your purse or wallet, keys, a small book or diary and can be placed on a table or chair without falling over. This was key. Nobody likes their bag looking tipsy!’ Mimi explains. The Martha bag features the label’s signature brass engraved logo turn-lock, which is very reliable and easy to use. All other fittings are solid brass too, so they’ll never lose their colour.
Dimensions: H: 14cm / W: 22cm / D: 9cm / Strap: 131cm
Based in Somerset, Sarah O’Keefe launched her online store during the first lockdown and now sells a growing collection of easy-to-wear clothes, scarves and accessories. We worked together on a new version of the elegant, pull-on-and-go Spargrove shirt; a versatile top with puff sleeves, a V-neckline and a raw-edge collar. ‘Customers tell me how much they love this shirt,’ says Sarah, ‘Being an ex-buyer, finding a top that suits most women is the dream. In a nutshell, if women can go about their day feeling really comfortable and confident wearing their Spargrove shirt then I’m delighted.’ It’s a winner. Made from 100% cotton and printed with a traditional hand-screen method (using the Dabu technique) in India. There may be some imperfections in the print, but Sarah and I both agree that this merely adds to its character and beauty. The shirt is made to order by a seamstress in Somerset, so please allow 10-14 days for delivery.
Sizes: 1-3 (1 is small and fits a UK 8-12; 2 is medium and fits a 12-14 and 3 is large and fits a generous 16-18)
Length: Total length from the base of centre back collar to bottom hem approx 78cm
Knitwear designer Jo Gordon uses colour and pattern to create outstanding accessories. Steadfastly sticking to her singular, often stripy, vision her accessories have impact, which makes them the perfect choice for revving up simple separates and not-so-basic basics. For the TNMA collection, Jo suggested the soft lambswool scarf with a zig-zag design and I chose my favourite shades of blue and green from this season’s colour palette. The smaller size makes the scarf really handy for tucking into a jacket, I much prefer it to a big, wrap-around style and wore one all last winter. Jo Gordon knitwear is manufactured in the UK, mostly in Scotland, using skilled craftspeople and local mills.
Size: 105cm x 14cm.
OK, I’m not massively into branding but one of the pieces had to have That’s Not My Age on it!! Founded by super-cool designer Charlotte Day, Dandy Star is an East London-based brand specialising in t-shirts, sweatshirts, accessories and homeware. All emblazoned with playful messages and slogans with a distinctly retro aesthetic. We wanted the tote bag to be roomy enough for everything from laptops and gym kits to groceries, and so it’s a spacious 49cm wide. Perfect for all of your everyday essentials. This not-so-basic-basic comes in a striking camouflage print and features a gold metallic That’s Not My Age logo on one side. You know you want one…
Dimensions: W:49cm H:37cm. Strap length:70 cm
The humble sweatshirt is a hugely underrated item of clothing. Of which, I’ve long been a fan. Great with jeans, lovely with a skirt, essential for garden drinks. So it seemed only fair to bring not one, but two, of these everyday essentials into this collection. Each is emblazoned with an age-positive quote. ‘& Wiser’ speaks for itself (though sometimes people need reminding of our years of experience and knowledge) – and ‘Own It’ refers to standing our ground rather than chasing youth. Owning ourselves, owning our space and owning our age. We should be proud of what we’ve achieved, so far. And I hope you’ll proudly wear one of these sweatshirts. The relaxed design (I love the shape of the neckline) has an oversized fit, raglan sleeves and an old-school athletic vibe. Both sweatshirts are made from 85% organic cotton and 15% recycled polyester and manufactured in Fair Trade factories. I worked with Charlotte Day the founder of Dandy Star to create these and the That’s Not My Age tote bag.
SIZES: S- 2XL
That’s all for now, folks.