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Come down to La Cave à Fromage this summer to enjoy their special Weekend Cheeseboards and wine flights as they open into the evening for the first time – welcoming customers until 10pm every Friday and Saturday.

A fantastic selection of artisanal cheeses from across the UK and Europe will be available as part of their Weekend Cheeseboards. These offer up a selection of six cheeses – Goats, Bloomy rind, Semi-hard, Hard, Washed rind and Blue – that have all been selected by La Cave’s resident cheese expert, David Deaves. Priced at £10, each Cheeseboard is served with a selection of French artisan breads.

La Cave à Fromage Cheeseboard

To fully enjoy these very fine cheeses, a specially selected flight of six wines – priced at £22.50 – is also available. Wines in the flight will change over time, but will include some of David’s favourites: a Chevalier Famaey Malbec Rosé from Côtes du Lot, Domaine du Rin du Bois Gamay, a bright red from the Loire or the dessert wine, Maury Tradition, Damaine La Coume du Roy from Languedoc-Roussillion – choices that perfectly complement the cheesenboard. You can also purchase wines by the glass (from £4) or by the bottle (from £19.50).

Don’t forget that La Cave’s popular tasting events continue to take place every Thursday evening as well. For £35, take your pick from one of their Fondue or Raclette nights; learn more about wines from the Loire Valley; or compare products from France and Britain in a cheese and wine stand off! Take a look at www.la-cave.co.uk/events.php for the full line-up of events for the rest of the year; you can book a place at any tasting evening by calling La Cave à Fromage on 020 7221 1000.

La Cave à Fromage
148 – 150 Portobello Road
Notting Hill
London
W11 2DZ
www.la-cave.co.uk

Anita Bott of Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fairs and Clemmie Myers of Lime Green Bow are hosting a unique shopping experience at the 20th Century Theatre in Notting Hill this Sunday, 24th May – The Way We Wear fashion fair.

The Way We Wear Shopping EventMixing high-end vintage designer pieces with handpicked contemporary clothing and accessories, over 20 exhibitors will be selling items from the 1920s right through to the present day. These will include a selection of womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, antique clothing, retro pieces, high end second hand fashion, old books and textiles. This exclusive, specially curated event will be the perfect place for you to pick up clothes and accessories throughout the eras to compliment your own unique style – and it’s sure to be an event that everyone will enjoy!

Entry is £5 before 11.30am and £3 after 11.30am (students & over 60s free with ID card).

There will be a free glass of prosecco with every purchase of £30 and above!

Homemade cakes, handmade sandwiches, salads and refreshments will also be available on the day.

The Way We Wear
11am – 5pm, Sunday 24th May 2015
The 20th Century Theatre
291 Westbourne Grove
W11 2QA

The Way We Wear Shopping Event

The Way We Wear Shopping Event

Right in time for the Christmas-present buying season – yes, it’s that time of year again! – Notting Hill’s excellent Book & Kitchen will be hosting their first ever Christmas Shopping Evening on 7th November 2013, from 5.30pm to 9pm.

Book & Kitchen Christmas Shopping Evening - Around the World in 80 Gifts

As well as Book & Kitchen’s own delights – they stock the best in classic and modern literature for all ages – interior design company Maud Interiors and Japanese accessories brand Keiko Uchida will also be displaying their wares on the evening. That means there will be plenty of suitable presents for all book worms, fashionistas and homeware fans available at the event – aptly titled ‘Around the World in 80 Gifts’.

The Kieko Uchida Collection is made up of some very pretty kimono dressing gowns and accompanying accessories, all truly fusing traditional Japanese ideas with modern European aesthetics. Having worked as head of the household division team at Muji for nine years, Ms Uchida launched her own company in 2012 and debuted her collection in the UK at Pulse London in May 2013.

Maud Interiors are an online boutique that offer a wide range of eclectic items – from vintage home accessories, such as hand embroidered tribal cushions, floor cushions, vases and wall hangings – as well as handcrafted gifts. They work with independent designers and social enterprises that seek to provide a livelihood for artisans and help preserve traditional handicrafts.

Don’t forget that you can pop along to Book & Kitchen daily to check out their books, or for a meal – their downstairs restaurant is open for breakfast through to dinner, serving salads, soups, cakes, tea and coffee.

Around the World in 80 Gifts
5.30pm – 9pm, Thursday 7th November 2013
Book & Kitchen
31 All Saints Road
W11 1HE

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Fashion ComPassion and renowned art gallery Debut Contemporary will be joining forces for the second time on Wednesday 19th June to host the Eco Fair – a truly unique evening of fashion and art. The night will feature a number of Fashion ComPassion eco-friendly and sustainable fashion brands with items on sale, including Rags2Riches, SUPU, ABO London and Baca Jewellery – all of them showing how ethics and compassion can be successfully combined to create chic high end items.

The evening will also feature works of art created by emerging artists from Debut Contemporary – such as Anja Kleemann-Jacks, David Booth and Laura Iosifescu – that convey themes of sustainability, the use of recycled materials and celebrating organic forms.

Eco Fair

As a socially responsible fashion company, Fashion ComPassion works closely with brands that that employ marginalised communities and skilled artisans from Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, providing a global platform for these groups. Merging high-end design with ethical production practises, the Fashion ComPassion Collection has received acclaim from leading fashion magazines such as British Vogue, Vogue Italia, the Observer Magazine, and Grazia and has been worn by celebrities such as Livia Firth, Lily Cole, Eva Longoria and Anne Hathaway. In 2012, the company partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to create employability through vocational training among women and adolescent girls in the Neelum Valley in Pakistan. More on www.fashioncompassion.co.uk.

Debut Contemporary is a professional development platform that mentors and supports aspiring creative stars of the future, helping them turn their art practice into a successful career and a viable business. The only professional development and career empowerment platform of its kind in the UK, artists involved with Debut Contemporary benefit from weekly workshops (including in media training, and PR & marketing), one on one mentoring sessions and the opportunity to exhibit at high profile events. Debut has evolved from the successes its founding duo, husband and wife team Samir Ceric and Zoe Knight, achieved with Salon Contemporary and Wolf & Badger. More on Debut Contemporary can be found on their website www.debutcontemporary.com.

Founder and Director of Fashion ComPassion, Ayesha Mustafa, says:

The Eco-Fair event will bring sustainable fashion to the forefront by showcasing fashion that combines design & eco-friendly production at its core. We want to show that fashion and ethics together can produce trendy, affordable & unique collections that are must-haves. Debut Contemporary provides a great platform to emerging creatives by mentorship, connecting them to new markets & opportunities, further enhancing their skills which are similar ethos to that of Fashion ComPassion and we are delighted to partner with them.

Samir Ceric, Founder and Managing Director of Debut Contemporary, says:

“Meeting Ayesha was very inspiring. I just love meeting entrepreneurs on a mission. She is a woman on a mission that improves other peoples’ lives and increases their chances of professional success. That’s where the ethos and philosophy of Debut Contemporary and Fashion Compassion totally cross-over. Helping others realise their dreams and safeguarding their interest in the process, equipping them with new skills, business tools and business know-how is the mission we at Debut want to see through and turn into a long-lasting legacy. This is where collaborations such as this go a way beyond doing business and making money. A similar collaboration of ECO-FAIR: Green Style Fashion & Art Event this nature we did with Holly and Blake of TOMS. Hence Fashion Compassion follows on as our mission to share, inspire, enlighten and educate.

Eco-Fair: A Green Style Fashion & Art
7pm – 9pm, Wednesday 19th June 2013
Debut Contemporary
82 Westbourne Grove
W2 5RT