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It's Winter and if the weather man has go it right snow is on its way. I'm big a fan of snow mainly because I am prepared and have the right clothes. Having lived in the mountains for over three years I know the importance and value that the correct footwear and clothes can be, and what a difference they make to your enjoyment of cold weather. 

I believe in investing in a few items of clothing that you will bring out every year, that will enable you to enjoy being out in the cold as supposed to dreading it. Here are three things I think you need to keep you warm this winter:

A Down Jacket - Down jackets are amazing at keeping you very warm. They have feathers inside (like a duvet) so are super cosy and almost impossible to be cold it.

Pyrenex HALNY COAT €280 (was €400) / Burton [ak] Baker Down Insulator Jacket £180

Fur line waterproof boots - never underestimate the comfort of having warm dry feet, it makes such a difference.


Thermals -  Thermals no longer need to be hidden and worn underneath other clothes. This season there are so many cool and colorful ones that you will want to show off.


Labour of Love was originally a (physical) shop in a cool and then (2004) up and coming part of London. It gained a cult status due to it's unusual interior, window displays and collection of hard to find British designers.

Now the brand has evolved into an online destination where you'll find their core collection of well cut, classic designs, carefully selected jewelry brands as well as their specially commissioned collaboration collections.  

I was attracted to Labour of Love's colourful prints and the cool, contemporary cuts of their clothes. Their quality and detailing is amazing and at last a brand that makes adult clothes that are a cool and colourful as the kids ones.

I meet with the very awesome mum of two's founder Fran to learn more about the brands and its roots:

NAME OF SHOP/BRAND: Labour of Love

DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: I originally set Labour of Love up as a brick and mortar shop in Islington in 2004.

BY WHOM IT WAS FOUNDED: Francesca Forcolini 

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: The idea was to showcase and support independent British designers alongside our own eponymous label. The buying was very much on the creative/quirky side as was the interior and the consistently imaginative window displays and as such the shop gathered a really interesting creative customer base ranging from musicians to writers and actors.

At the time we felt there was definitely room for more independent shops supporting the smaller fashion businesses as well as a need to counteract the growing number of faceless chain stores on the high street.

After 8 years the demographic change in the area coupled with the insane rent increase in the area forced us out, but by that point we were becoming aware of the changes in retail through our growing partnership online with the fashion marketplace Far Fetch and as a result decided to take the business solely online expanding our own label by adding mens and kids wear lines. We also felt the need to update the aesthetic of the brand by bringing it much more into the sport luxe arena which is more relevant to our current customer. 

Labour of Love is very much an London based urban brand with a leaning towards the arts, music, general culture as is reflected on our regular blog entries and monthly playlist.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: The collections run on two levels, a more basic rolling line which includes the more simple trans seasonal pieces/favourite styles for example a very low ladies fine jersey harem trouser style which has been in production for a couple of years now and proving to be our best seller, these run alongside a more seasonal  limited edition run of print pieces made in collaboration with various designers/artists .The current print is a collaboration print with Finnish graphic artist Hanna Konola and next season will see a collaboration with Camille Walala.

The ideas is to create a modern day/no fuss wardrobe for creative urban types  which will see them easily through a day at work and then on to an evening event, the look is laid back and louche with particular attention paid to fabric/finish and production. By avoiding wholesale and selling directly we manage to keep the quality of the garment at designer standard while maintaining middle market prices.

We also have a roaming shop that we built ourselves, we call it our Deployable Shop and you can see pics of it on our website. They are basically giant flight cases/trunks with inbuilt shelves, we also have one with inbuilt speakers which doubles up as a desk.When they are all closed up we feel like roadies going on tour! So far we have only toured London but we have plans for a Labour of Love Europe tour with Berlin and Copenhagen as top stops on our list


Next up in THE MUM COAT series is the FAKE FUR.  Fake Fur jackets are cool if you want to make a bit of a statement, want to wear something fun and have another jacket for when its raining.  They are usually pretty warm and surprisingly go with most things, kids love them too as you resemble a teddy bear.

My black jacket is from TOPSHOP - it is made from different textures of fur which adds texture which i like.

There are so many different styles, colours and cool fake furs around at the moment, if you've been thinking about getting one this is the season!

M&S £85 / TDS £110 / River Island £95 / ZARA £70 / M&S £99 / M&S £89

If you don't fancy committing to a whole far fur jacket then go for an accessory instead. Like a bag, scarf, hat or pompom.

TOPSHOP £10 (was £32) / ZARA £25.99 / ASOS £35 / M&S £8



I'm going to do a series of posts on coats - there are so many different styles around this season and anything goes.  It depends on your budget, situation, what you like and your coat requirements as to what type you should go for.  

I've divided them up into different coat categories:






First up is the classic winter MUM COAT. If you are on maternity leave at the moment or you are going to be spending a lot of time out and about in all weathers this winter then this is the coat you'll need.  

The Classic Mum Coat is practical and has to:

  1. Be warm

  2. Have a hood

  3. Preferably it has to cover your bum and the top of your legs

  4. Be waterproof

  5. Be durable and hard wearing

  6. You have to like it - you will be wearing it a lot

My coat is by super cool snowboarding brand Burton (£130).  I am a massive fan of Burton - their clothes and products always have such great attention to detail, are great quality and because they are a winter sports brand they really understand technically what fabrics work the best in cold weather. 

Here are a few others that match the MUM COAT CRITERIA:

TOPSHOP £98 / PARKA LONDON £265 / Zara £59.99 / Sessun £250