A LOVE LETTER TO THE DAHLIA

Was there ever a prettier flower than the dahlia? We think not.

 
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We are perpetual lovers of flowers at Eponine, we can’t get enough of them. We love them in all shapes and sizes, we love them in all colours and we love them in (almost) all varieties.

We love flowers, but dahlias undoubtedly take the proverbial biscuit. We absolutely bloomin’ adore dahlias (pun intended).

So, how better to write our love letter, than to match some of our favourite Eponine Spring and Summer designs - old and new - with some of our favourite dahlias? (We’ve also sprinkled in a handful of our favourite flower-related quotes for good measure). So here we go. Our love letter to the dahlia.

DEAR DAHLIA,

 
 
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Summer ‘19  Sugar Kane

Summer ‘19 Sugar Kane

Summer ‘19  Tracy Lord

Summer ‘19 Tracy Lord

 

WHEN STEFANO GABBANA WROTE

“To me, flowers are happiness”

HE WAS SURELY TALKING ABOUT DAHLIAS

 
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Summer ‘19  Maggie “The Cat”

Summer ‘19 Maggie “The Cat”

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Summer ‘19  Jo Stockton

Summer ‘19 Jo Stockton

 

RALPH WALDO EMERSON WROTE

“THE EARTH LAUGHS IN FLOWERS”

AND HE WAS LIKELY LOOKING AT DAHLIAS AS HE WROTE IT

 
 
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SS18 Cocktail Dress

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Spring ‘19  The Enjolras

Spring ‘19 The Enjolras

 
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Spring ‘19  The Bishop

Spring ‘19 The Bishop

 

CLAUDE MONET SAID

"I must have flowers, always, and always"

(ESPECIALLY DAHLIAS)

 
Summer ‘19  Lisa Carol Fremont

Summer ‘19 Lisa Carol Fremont

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Stephan Skeem SAID

“Flowers don’t tell, they show”

(VERY POSSIBLY SAID WHILST WALKING IN A FIELD OF DAHLIAS)

 
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Summer ‘19  Cécile

Summer ‘19 Cécile

THREE CHEERS TO YOU, DAHLIA

With Love

EPONINE

Jet Shenkman
EPONINE LOVES > "CONVENIENCE STORE WOMAN"
 
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We absolutely loved this little book - literally little, it’s only 176 pages long - which, although it’s already 3 years old, is only gaining the international recognition it deserves right now.

Convenience Store Woman follows the eccentric Keiko Furukura, an outcast who tucks herself away from the world after she senses that society finds her strange. She takes a job at a convenience store, where she works as a shop assistant for 18 years.

This a wonderfully weird, funny and deadpan book. It makes you consider the pressures of the status quo, and what it really means to be happy.

Our advice? Take a brief hiatus with your current reading list to bump up and read Convenience Store Woman. It’s short, it’s sweet, and it’s unlike anything we’ve ever read before.

 
Jet Shenkman
EPONINE IN THE TELEGRAPH

We are so pleased to find that our Portobello shirtwaister dress has been selected by The Telegraph in their article “50 fabulous floral pieces to buy now ahead of Chelsea Flower Show”

 
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Margaret wearing The Portobello

Margaret wearing The Portobello

 
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SPOTTED > EPONINEES AT A WEDDING!

We were delighted to find a collection of Eponinees at a wedding in Hampshire a couple of weeks ago

 
(Left to right)  Milly wearing a ready-to-wear African cotton skirt; Jet wearing the Lisa Carol Fremont dress from the current Summer ‘19 collection; Lucinda wearing a bespoke Hmong dress; Nina wearing a bespoke two-piece using the Pam Weinstock x Eponine Majorelle Garden print; Libby wearing a bespoke African cotton dress with a Hmong trim; Annie wearing a ready-to-wear African cotton dress from a previous collection.

(Left to right) Milly wearing a ready-to-wear African cotton skirt; Jet wearing the Lisa Carol Fremont dress from the current Summer ‘19 collection; Lucinda wearing a bespoke Hmong dress; Nina wearing a bespoke two-piece using the Pam Weinstock x Eponine Majorelle Garden print; Libby wearing a bespoke African cotton dress with a Hmong trim; Annie wearing a ready-to-wear African cotton dress from a previous collection.

 
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Jet Shenkman
EPONINE LOVES > VILLA MAHABHIROM

In the heart of Chiang Mai, tucked away from the noise and frenzy, lies the most joyous of joyous havens: Villa Mahabhirom

Peaceful, cosy and deliciously beautiful, this hotel was the final stop (and the much needed antidote) to Jet and Nina’s Thai itinerary.

Villa Mahabhirom has been open since 2016, but really its history is much longer. It is made up of 13 villas; antique Thai houses, each at least 100 years old. The villas were sourced all over Thailand, de-constructed, and then put back together to form Villa Mahabhirom.

 
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Villa Mahabhirom is a place of true elegance. The villas are dotted all over the site, amongst trees bursting with orange flowers and a rather impressive range of greenery and cacti. Scattered amongst these are sculptures - busts mainly - of sultry looking men and women, watching over you to make sure you’re enjoying your stay as much as they know you should be.

 
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The simplicity of the interior design is a brilliant call; it celebrates entirely the architecture of the Thai houses. You could be transported right back to the day they were built if it weren’t for the beautiful Jim Thompson head boards above (almost all) the beds. The pop of colour from the head boards give the rooms a contemporary twist, a combination so delightful you find yourself staying in bed for longer than you should.

The food is absolutely bloomin’ marvellous - deep fried catfish, fresh spring rolls stuffed full of herbs, and pad thai were particularly popular with the Eponine contingent. A mango smoothie was also a favourite (though, disappointingly, the smoothie has “ruined mangoes” for Jet and Nina back in the UK. It seems that the English supermarket ones aren’t worth their salt anymore).

 
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The staff at Villa Mahabhirom are particularly kind. Everything is done with a big smile and a genuine willingness to make your stay a wonderful one. It makes such a difference when staff truly want to help. And the team at Villa Mahabhirom really do. They know how special their hotel is, and they want you to know it too.

To sum up, this place rocks. You simply must swing by if you have the pleasure of finding yourself in Chiang Mai any time in the future. We’re already plotting an excuse to get there.

Jet Shenkman
INTRODUCING > SUMMER '19
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 The Eponine Summer '19 collection is a joyous nod to the glamour of 50s and 60s film; a cinematic era where leading ladies wore elegant, timeless silhouettes with full, billowing skirts.

From Sugar Kane in Some Like it Hot to Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate, each piece in the collection is named after a character from this time.

To view our Summer ‘19 collection, please click here.

Enjoy!

Team Eponine

Jet Shenkman
EPONINE IN THAILAND

In April, Jet was invited to the “STYLE” fair in Bangkok, hosted by by the Thai government’s Department of International Trade Promotion

(and she packed Nina in her suitcase)

We are delighted to share with you the photos she shared with us

 
Jet being interviewed for the evening Thai news at the STYLE fair in Bangkok

Jet being interviewed for the evening Thai news at the STYLE fair in Bangkok

 
 
Getting lost in the streets of Chiang Mai

Getting lost in the streets of Chiang Mai

Fabric sourcing in Chiang Mai

Fabric sourcing in Chiang Mai

 
A colourful Hmong stall in Chiang Mai

A colourful Hmong stall in Chiang Mai

 
Jet and Kai in Chiang Mai. Kai makes the little charms we attach to each Eponine garment

Jet and Kai in Chiang Mai. Kai makes the little charms we attach to each Eponine garment

Colourful handmade Hmong trinkets in Chiang Mai

Colourful handmade Hmong trinkets in Chiang Mai

Late afternoon in Chiang Mai

Late afternoon in Chiang Mai

 
Pompom heaven in Chiang Mai

Pompom heaven in Chiang Mai

 
Ribbon shopping in Chiang Mai

Ribbon shopping in Chiang Mai

Jet riding in a tuk-tuk in Chiang Mai

Jet riding in a tuk-tuk in Chiang Mai

 

It was a joy and an honour to be invited to Thailand; a beautiful country full of colour, wonder and creativity. We will always be so very thankful to DITP for hosting us.

We were bowled over by the kindness and generosity extended to us. We’ve made relationships we will always cherish, seen things we will never forget, and have a few things up our sleeves that we cannot wait to share with you all.

Thank you DITP.

And thank you Thailand. We adore you.

Jet Shenkman
POP-UP > DAILY DRESS EDIT

We are absolutely delighted to have been invited to be part of THE Daily Dress EdiT pop-up, curated by the wonderful Isabel Spearman

 
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The shop, a collection of Isabel’s favourite brands, opens today in Motcomb Street until the 22nd May.

 
Jet Shenkman