There's something very intimate about stepping into Bella Freud's Chiltern Street shop. The rich, velvety space was created by designer Maria Speake who has previously worked on Freud’s own home and added her personal touch to the space – so much, that we felt our inner Bellas growing stronger with each luxurious cashmere jumper we tried on.
You almost forget it's a clothes shop and we could have happily spent an afternoon soaking up the scented candled ambience, flicking through records, books and enjoying Freud’s own short films displayed on old TV monitors. We wanted to take home the comfy cushions which, like the jumpers remind us that 'Ginsberg is God'. How could we forget?
What else will we be taking home? A cotton pink cashmere knit featuring one of our all-time favourite muses – Anita Pallenberg, the ultimate antidote to the dreaded Christmas jumper; a tiger printed sweater for anyone who dreams of somewhere more exotic even in the coldest climes; a multi-striped sweater for a drab day; a floor-length burgundy knit dress for evenings spent by the fireplace and a sparkly jumpsuit that will take you through all the after-ski parties in Courchevel!
Flick through the images above to see more of the Bella Freud shop and our selection.
Rainbow Love Lace Jumper, £270
Wear this colourful jumper with a pair of leather trousers for a little bit of naughty meets nice.
Anita Jumper in Pink, £320
For days when you don’t feel like opting for a pair of jeans we suggest you pair this fun jumper with a shorter skirt and knee-high boots.
Long sparkle 1970 Dress, £390
The length of this dress makes it easy – just slip it on and accessorise according to personal preference.
If there’s one piece that will save you this winter season it’s this sparkly jumpsuit. Go for the casual look with a pair of flats or wear it up with a belt and high heels for some comfy Studio 54 glam.
Tiger Jumper, £320
For the person who prefers tigers to reindeers we highly recommend this striped sweater. Wear it with black velvet trousers and statement gold earrings for nights when you’re feelin’ feline.
Text by Ann-Marie Voina