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Men's Winter Coats 14/11/2016
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Top 5 Men’s Winter Coats

James gave us 8 coats when we asked for his Top 5 so you can take that as an indication that we have many more than this in store! 1. Barbour Powell The Barbour Powell is a quilted, fleece-lined jacket available in Black, Navy and Olive. A great all-rounder and a popular choice with our customers. 2. Schoffel Ptarmigan Super Light Coat This is an excellent country coat, great for shooting and field sports. It’s not only lightweight but also 100% waterproof, windproof and highly breathable thanks to the Meryl... Read More

Barbour Wax Thornproof Dressing 09/11/2016

Winter Garment Care

In the words of Jon Snow “Winter is coming”. We can’t dress this article up in any way, it’s about really boring jobs – looking after your winter coats and footwear. Here are some of the products we have in store to help you make the jobs easier – please note they may still be boring.     Wax Jackets If you want to rewax a jacket yourself then we recommend using a tin of Barbour Wax Thornproof Dressing which keeps your jacket both waterproof and thornproof. Barbour reassures us... Read More

Gabor Mustang 18/10/2016
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AW16 Footwear

Women’s Autumn Footwear The huge growth in ‘Athleisure’ apparel has seen a great shift towards wearing ‘lifestyle’ trainers. In fact Drapers (our industry bible) has recently reported that for the first time ever trainers outsold heels this summer. The cat walks have seen trainers being worn with exclusive dresses for some time now (albeit very expensive designer trainers of course!) so it’s only natural that we’re seeing the effect in store. Unisa and Gabor have embraced this with what we’d class as ‘lifestyle’ trainers: Suede is a very popular look... Read More

Spotlight on Schoffel 16/10/2016
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Spotlight on Schöffel

Schöffel has been going for longer than O&C Butcher having started life in Germany in 1804 and is now run by the 6th generation of the Schöffel family.  That’s an impressive heritage and whilst it began with knitted stockings and night-caps it turned it’s focus onto outdoor wear and now is one of the leading names in ski-wear in Germany and other parts of Europe. For the UK market Schöffel took inspiration from the warmth of ski-wear and applied it to countrywear so that those who were out shooting could... Read More

Staff Picks 22/09/2016
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Menswear Picks – September 2016

O&C MD James is our Menswear Buyer so we asked him to talk us through some of the AW16 trends. Men are often steered by the weather, how terribly British of them. The last few years haven’t been especially cold and when this is the case customers buy what they want rather than what they need.  This may sound obvious but it’s nice to see customers buying a coat because they just really love it. But men also want the classics, they don’t need a drastic change in their wardrobe,... Read More

New brand: Caroline Gardner bags 20/09/2016

New Brand: Caroline Gardner

London-based Caroline Gardner is one of the UK’s most popular card and stationery designers.  The brand began in 1993 with a small order of six card designs for a customer in Japan. By 2014 the company had a central London store and was selling products in over 20 countries. Caroline’s distinctive designs are now available in much more than greeting cards and we couldn’t resist when she started to make a line of handbags and accessories. We love the quality of the bags and wallets and her classic prints will... Read More

Cloaks by GANT and Olsen 18/09/2016
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Women’s Capes and Ponchos

Capes and Ponchos are one of the key women’s trends for Autumn/Winter 2016 and here at O&C we have one to suit every occasion and budget.  And yes of course we’ve had the discussion about when is a cape a cape and not a poncho (don’t even mention cloaks!). Some say that a poncho is cut from a rectangular piece of wool whilst a cape is cut from a circle.  But did we care what shape it was when Clint Eastwood wore his poncho? No, we did not.  So, the... Read More

Staff Picks 17/09/2016
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Womenswear Picks – September 2016

We asked Felicity, our Womenswear Manager, to show us some of her favourite pieces for AW16. The first item that Felicity chose is the Oui Wool and Alpaca Cardigan which is on trend with one of the season’s key looks – the Coatigan (although she can’t stand the word!). Combining the best of the coat and cardigan it’s chunky knit and functional features mean it’s a versatile piece. Felicity suggests combining it with something decidedly feminine and delicate. It also works well with jeans or a dress. All in all... Read More

Summer Sale 23/08/2016

Summer Sale – Final Reductions

It’s been a very busy summer down here on the coast. From the Aldeburgh Festival in June, through the school holidays, Aldeburgh Carnival and the Snape Proms it’s been non-stop activity and all of it bathed in glorious sunshine which has been perfect for the multitude of holiday makers who came to visit. With our Autumn/Winter collection due to launch in early September now is the time to bag a bargain in our Summer Sale which has now reached the final reductions stage both online and on Aldeburgh High Street.... Read More

Festival Style Summer 16 23/06/2016

Festival Style

This weekend sees the end of the Aldeburgh Festival but elsewhere the festival scene is just starting. You may already be knee-deep in Glastonbury’s finest but if you’ve got more festivals on your list such as our local Latitude then here’s a few of our ladies Festival Favourites. And of course it’s always worth being prepared for rain so why not brighten up your spirits with one of these Ilse Jacobsen umbrellas – available in neon orange, blue and yellow.  They’re so big you can squeeze the whole family under... Read More