I’m a lover of a great scarf. Once the leaves start to turn crimson and gold, out come a changing carousel of neck adornments. I even own a unique cabinet with mini drawers to house them all. As I said, I like a scarf!
Most of all, a must for me is a scarf that I can take on my travels. Say what you like about ‘pashminas’ (yes they do conjure up an image of ‘Sloane’ circa 1990), but, actually, a good pashmina is a dream to travel with. It needs to be soft as silk, cosy and warm and large enough to engulf me on a plane (rather than using the available – and often dodgy-looking – in-flight blanket).
For many years, I always made sure I packed my trusty cornflower-blue pashmina (yes, it was one of the first original ones – which was purchased for a huge sum many years ago). It eventually came to the end of its well-travelled life – beginning to look tired and ‘bobbled’ – and, so, I’ve been on the lookout for a new replacement, ever since it hit the ‘charity bag’.
Enter stage left Somerville Scarves, a British brand which is renowned for its luxury scarves in unusual designs, at affordable prices. My eye was taken by its range of metallic star-print scarves – available in a rainbow of colours (from the palest pink to midnight blue) but especially the gorgeous grey with silver metallic-star version. It has since become my travel ‘must-pack’.
Not only is it 100% pure pashmina-wool, making it beautifully soft and thin (yet surprisingly warm), but the tiny silver stars totally ramps up its luxe value (so unusual!).
Launched in January 2007, by Sally Roberts, whose passion, she says, was originally silk scarves and simply an eye for colour, the label is now celebrating 10 successful years in the fashion business.
“I can’t believe how the years have flown by,” she says. “To celebrate, I’ve delved into the brand’s archive and my personal passion to bring back a collection of vintage printed silk scarves, which are so easy to wear.”
In the meantime, my passion lies in travel and finding all those home-comforts that make the journey so much more enjoyable. Somerville, a family-run business, has made its name with its scarves, of course, but it also offers a range of lounge-wear and accessories. The cute cashmere bobble hats and wrist warmers (love the leopard-print) are those kind of fabulous fashion finds, that when you discover them, you’re slightly reluctant to tell anyone else about in case everyone starts wearing them. But, the word is out so which one will you choose…?