Personal stylist Melanie Sarah Brewer, of Melanie Sarah Image Styling, gives us an insight into Prince George of Cambridge’s first photo shoot and talks to Cocobaci, a new online luxury store for newborn babies.
On 23rd July, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge proudly showed the world their baby son, a future king, before taking him home for his first night. Their Royal Highnesses were seen cradling the baby prince and posing for pictures on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London. HRH Prince George of Cambridge snuggled up in a soft, white, traditional shawl. The Prince’s parents smiled broadly, their baby boy wrapped immaculately in super-fine Merino wool.
It transpires that dressing decisions for this special appearance favoured a creation from Nottingham based G. H. Hurt & Son, who “were so delighted when the Royal couple emerged from St Mary’s Hospital with their new-born son….wrapped in one of our traditional hand finished shawls.” Not for the first time either, as HRH Prince William was wrapped in a similar shawl in 1982 – like father, like son! Other members of the Royal Family have also previously used G. H. Hurt & Son shawls, and the company revealed that they felt “honoured that William and Kate have chosen to use our beautiful merino wool shawl and in doing so, have continued a tradition for the next generation of royals.”
Cocobaci (which translates as ‘chocolate kisses’) can’t resist G. H. Hurt & Son’s creations either. Launched in April this year, Cocobaci is a luxury online boutique for newborn babies and toddlers. Their selections bring gifts for a baby shower, christening or newborn baby to one accessible location – and their website has attracted much interest in their pick of G.H. Hurt & Son’s christening shawls. The Soft White Cashmere Shawl is seriously sumptuous. Cocobaci also drew my gaze to the Boxed Cupcake Bodysuits from Bluebird Creations, and soft sole leather baby shoes by Starchild are great for ‘pram-time.’
Magnetic fastenings – oh, I wish I’d had these with my own son! The Blue Kites printed all-in-one from US brand Magnificent Baby is fun and with its no ‘over the head’ design, meaning newborns can be dressed in a jiffy.
Cocobaci’s up and coming brands will continue with the handmade and bespoke theme, with more new products sourced from Dorset and Cornwall and their exciting discoveries from Ireland in the pipeline too.
Another success story for a British textiles specialist as our featured specialist, G.H. Hurt & Son, is experiencing a surge of orders! Their creations, including the Heritage Range, celebrate 400 years of this proud industry: “When William Lee invented hand frame knitting in 1589, he could never have dreamed that we would still be celebrating his work 400 years later.”
Melanie Sarah Image Styling is a bespoke service for men and women, based in West Berkshire and available to clients from London to Bath. Many of Melanie’s clients are British and are based in the UK, whilst some book a style review as part of their visit from overseas.
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