Keith Brymer Jones Pop Up Store in Portobello Road
with the New Home Fragrance Collection
Guest Post with Hannah L Burns:
Meet Hannah, my daughter! I have mentioned her before in some of my blog posts, and she often accompanies me to PR and Press events and open days, as well as testing some of the recipes I make with sample ingredients that are sent to me. She works as a Web Stylist & Product Photographer with a leading high end fashion house and, is often my “official” photographer at events that we attend together! I hurt my back recently, a fall on some ice one morning as I fed the birds meant that I was unable to attend some PR events that I had accepted already, step in Hannah and her friend Sophie, and so today Hannah has written her FIRST guest post for me, and look out for more in the future too. Her guest post follows below, and please do leave some comments if you have time. Thanks, Karen
October 23rd 2012
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me” – C.S. Lewis
As a self-confessed bookworm and tea addict, I couldn’t agree more with Mr Lewis however, in the absence of a good pot of Yorkshire tea, a cocktail (or five!) will generally do the trick… So imagine my delight upon arriving at the Keith Brymer Jones Home fragrance launch to be greeted by an extremely large cup of Apricot, Blackcurrant and Fig Bellini – Cocktail heaven!
I’m always a fan of a good pop up store – they offer up a real sense of fun and exclusivity, and Keith’s Portobello road offering wasn’t a disappointment! Opened to launch his new range of home fragrances, we were provided with culinary delights deigned to compliment the scents available in the new range. Alongside the Bellinis, sweet & savoury treats included pomegranate and rose cupcakes, and cucumber, black pepper & thyme sandwiches. Green tea, mint & grapefruit cordial was available for the less adventurous (or under age) guests of the evening. Even more exciting was the fact that drinks were served up in bucket mugs from the new Word range (available here: Keith Brymer Range) I opted for ‘Honey Bunny’……..
During the evening, I managed to grab a quick hand massage from one of the friendly masseuse hired for the evening. Spurred on after my Bellini, I of course opted for the fig, peach and blackcurrant lotion. However, I would quite happily have taken the entire fragrance range home, especially the gorgeous little mini milk bottle diffusers! Further info on fragrance ‘flavours’ available here: Flavours and Fragrances.
Both Keith and his perfume consultant Juliette Goggin were on hand all evening to chat with, and having worked briefly in the world of buying and production myself, I launched straight into a conversation with Keith regarding the production techniques he employs for his crockery. I was fascinated to learn that he visits his China factories extremely regularly, and is more often than not to be found on the production floor throwing crockery himself (that’s the correct term by the way, meaning throwing a pot and not the actual crockery!)
Whilst admiring items from the new Punk range (of which my favourite included a ‘Sex, Mugs, and Rock & Roll’ logo) I managed to catch Juliette for a quick chat. For those of you that recognise the name – Juliette is the author of ‘Junk genius’, a fantastic book on how to re-purpose everyday objects. The range is sleek white and is hand stamped with assorted logos………Juliette and I discussed how their crockery works for all tastes; it’s contemporary and would appeal to most people, even lovers of chintz as well as the minimalists in life…..
……my poor minimalist monochrome loving flatmate has to contend with my ever-growing collection of ‘trinkets’ as she likes to call them, ranging from floral teapots and knitted tea cosies, to scented candles and vintage photo frames. On warning her of my newly acquired mug she prepared herself for the worse, however even she had to admit that Keith Brymer Jones was to her taste = RESULT!
With a HUGE thanks to Sophie from Rumour PR, Keith and Juliette, as well as my mum, for the opportunity to attend the Keith Brymer Jones Pop Up Store; there are lots of items in the range that would make ideal Christmas gifts, and I have already earmarked numerous pots, mugs and bowls for family and friends this year.