Rundholz buying trip for S/S 2017

When we arrived at the Rundholz showroom we receive such a lovely warm welcome from all the Rundholz ladies, for us it’s like seeing family we haven’t seen for 6 months. As usual we practically run  towards the large concrete staircase and down to the Black label collection, it is so exciting! we start with the order for the Black label collection as we know it always takes us most of of the day.

Rundholz colour inspiration

Rundholz window display

Jenny who helps us write our order, is wonderful, and whilst she organises our refreshments  Keely and I start looking through the collection. We always joke we should put coloured rings on the items we don’t want as 9 out of 10 items have our coloured rings on. I think we need to remember this when we go in January.

We spend a few hours going through the collection and trying pieces on. We are always naming customers who we think we would like each piece as we need to keep our customers in the forefront of our mind whilst buying….and if Anne is not with us, we have to bear her in mind too!

Rundholz Black Label, line drawing book

Rundholz Black Label, line drawing book

Once we have picked our selection we go through the line drawing book and choose the colours and quantities of each item. For spring summer 2017 the colours are inspired from the sea, Atlantic blue, shark grey, sea blue, pearl, black and white, the shades compliment each other really well. We also have denim, which was popular last summer and a shell and black pinstripe.The prints are fantastic plants and flowers, with bees, dragon flies and other bugs.

Rundholz black label colours

Rundholz black label colours

Prints for Rundholz black label

Prints for Rundholz black label

The collection has many different designs, cotton jerseys with cutouts and prints, as well as linen dresses and cotton mesh t.shirts and a wonderful jacket. There is also our favourite fabric the cotton, linen, polymide and elastane mix, which is in white, shell and shell stripe. You will pleased to know we have our exclusive ‘best ever’ trousers in this new colourway, as well as a jacket, dress, and skirt.

Pinstripe jacket in the linen, cotton, elastane mix,

Pinstripe jacket in the linen, cotton, elastane mix,

Double layer dress, with button fromt

Double layer dress, with button fromt

Keely capturing the collection on the Ipad

Keely capturing the collection on the Ipad

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Filling out the order in the line drawing book

Once we had finished the black label order we went back upstairs to check out the Rundholz Dip collection. Wow….I love prints and the Dip collection didn’t disappoint, the inspiration is very topical at the moment, being space travel, Rundholz has produced NASA and Luna module inspired prints. The colours are milk, desert, moon and black, the colours and prints are the same in the mens Dip collection too. The collection has a very graphic monotone feel to it, and as usual with the dip collection prints are all hand printed by the Rundholz team.

Beautiful dip dress with a NASA inspired print

Beautiful dip dress with a NASA inspired print

I am modelling the Mens Rundholz Dip t.shirt

I am modelling the Mens Rundholz Dip t.shirt

We had time to have a quick look at the Rundholz main collection, but not to place our order, so we tried a few things on and decided to go back the following day.

We waited with a glass of fizz for the Rundholz girls to finish work for the day then set off to our favourite restaurant [be.lu.ga] We had a lovely meal, the food was exceptional and the girls were great company.

We had a little lie in bed on the Sunday morning as we knew we only had to order the Rundholz main collection. We got packed up and checked  out of the hotel, then got a taxi back to the Rundholz showroom. The Main collection has vibrant prints of colourful brand logos, like Silver shred lemon marmalade. The base colours of the collection are the same as the dip, Moon, desert, milk, white and black with bursts of colour – bright green, tomato red, yellow and laguna blue.

Rundholz Colourful printed jacket

Rundholz Colourful printed jacket

Rundholz prints

Rundholz prints

Once we finished the order we strolled down the road to look for somewhere to have a late lunch, we found a fantastic Latin American / Cuban inspired restaurant called Palito Latino. I had a fantastic chicken burrito Habano, and Keely had a very large chicken salad.

Keely's meal at the Restaurant

Keely’s meal at the Restaurant

After the delicious food we had a long walk along the promenade besides the Rhine (river) to walk off our food before returning to the airport.

Rhine

Rhine

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First day of our S/S 2017 buying trip in Düsseldorf

We arrived at the Gallery Friday morning after a good night’s rest from the flight the day before. We love going to the Gallery on the first day as it’s always much quieter as we have so many orders to place over the one weekend in Germany.

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It was a lovely sunny day in Düsseldorf

We came across the Gix collection first, Gix is a relatively new designer who we have had for the first time this autumn. It consists of really easy to wear pieces that are made from the finest materials, designed and created in Germany. For Spring the colours are shades of grey, black, sand and white as well as hints of red. The collection has lots of SUPER woven fabrics with dots, stripes and letters all uniquely designed, PLUS many complimentary  plain dyed fabrics too.

Selection of Gix fabrics

Selection of Gix fabrics

There are many easy to wear dresses, tunics and tops with swing or tulip shaped skirts. We really love that some of the the tops have ¾ sleeves or t.shirt length sleeves which are perfect  for summer. We have picked some well cut and creative trousers and leggings in matching fabrics which really finish off any Gix outfit.

Gix dress

We are also really excited to be stocking Moyuru again next  summer.  The collection is fabulous, it is always made with the finest material and creative Japanese shapes. The fabrics are a mix of linen and cotton jerseys,  which work so well with the Moyuru designs. The colours are mainly neutral and light with a couple of red and blue pieces great for those warm summer days.

Moyuru dress

Moyuru dress

Moyuru top

Moyuru top

When we look round the Gallery we are always keeping an eye out for new and interesting designers to introduce to you.

As we were walking around we spotted a designer which really caught our attention, a polish brand called studiob3, the Mannequin was dressed in a fabulous jacket which had a military avant garde feel to it. As we looked through the collection Keely and I really did fall in love with many of the pieces. The collection is mainly black and grey, as they believe that black is the only constant – the ultimate essence of style. Which I loved as my wardrobe consists of mainly black. I am excited to tell you that the collection will be arriving at Walkers.style  at the beginning of December.

Military avant garde jacket by Studiob3

Military avant garde jacket by Studiob3

Sleeveless dress by Studiob3

Sleeveless dress by Studiob3

Once we finished at the Gallery we grabbed a taxi to the Barbara Speer showroom. We were so pleased to see some fabulous new designs, the fabrics are the regular organic cottons and linens which are cool and comfortable to wear.  We have chosen some superb colours, raspberry pink, apple green and bright sky blue. There were also some really useful basic pieces, cotton mesh tops, linen trousers and jersey harems which we have bought in the more neutral tones of anthra, taupe and linen.

Barbara Speer colours

Barbara Speer colours

We love the Barbara Speer collection as it flatters  all sizes. The O/S tops are so useful and for our larger ladies, we have selected really lovely creative trousers which  go up to a UK size 22+

After a long yet satisfying day we went back to the hotel in the evening for a lovely meal in their restaurant followed by an early night. Our appointment at the Rundholz showroom was first thing the next day – and yes we were so excited…. we could hardly sleep!

Keely in the hotel restaurant - “Bottaccio”

Keely in the hotel restaurant – “Bottaccio”