Just over a year ago my parents upped sticks and headed north (or to the Midlands to be precise). With all of my favourite places being in London this did not seem like a terribly appealing move. For the past year this state of mind about Northamptonshire hasn’t shifted despite all efforts to find chic eateries, places to shop and interesting things to see and do. Yes, there may be some beautiful stately homes and gardens around and about but this didn’t satisfy my city craving. As I started to wonder whether accepting the countryside as being void of style or even the smallest sniff of city life was the only option I found 32 The Guild.
Tucked away down one of the Northampton side streets just down from the Shoe Museum is this haven of contemporary design, beautiful fragrance, shoes and gifts. Stocking the likes of Oliver Sweeney, Denham, Grenson and Superga you will be sure to emerge having transformed into an East End/Scandinavian/Vogue-ready masterpiece. But fear not, your home can undergo a similar makeover too! With Jonathan Ward candles displayed under bulbous cloches, Laboratory Perfumes, glass waterbottles in rustic wooden crates and Compagnie de Provence everything else there are the makings for a very happy interior and a rather luxurious stint in a beautifully smelling bath!
Owned by two shoes designers it is of no surprise that this little boutique has lashings of style and every detail has been thought through. With an espresso machine and fridge stacked full of chilled San Pellegrino your thirst for a great shopping experience will be no doubt quenched.
I was the only one in my family not to have made a purchase at 32 The Guild (various belts, gifts and fragrances have already induced jealous in me!) so I thought it was about time to acquire something. With my internship at Vogue around the corner and wet weather forecasts threatening to put my flip-flops out of business until next summer, a pair of silver Superga sneakers were just the ticket…