Shopping & Workshop: floral pop-up shop & floristry classes by Scarlet & Violet’s Vic Brotherson at Couverture
This is a triple whammy of delights, which will inevitably lead to Too Much Shopping. But we are calming the slightly panicking feeling we get when confronted by many tempting things available to buy (how to choose? how to justify?), because there is a self-improvement/ eductational element to this mega-treat which is free. It’s the bit we are most looking forward to, too.
First off: Couverture is a lovely shop set over three floors in Notting Hill. The ground and first floors sell really well chosen women’s clothes, accessories, kids’ clothes and toys, and all kinds of homewares from cushions to notebooks. Underneath all that, on the bottom floor, is Couverture’s brother shop: The Garbstore, which sells things – mostly clothes – for men. All the things in both sections of the shop have been selected with great care, and both stock many European labels that you can’t find anywhere else. The aesthetic behind the whole thing is laid back, languid, no-fuss glamour. So that’s the setting.
Next off: Scarlet and Violet. We’ve raved about this flower shop and owner Vic Brotherson’s floristry work endlessly. See here and here and here (yes, she did the flowers for our wedding. And Kate Moss’s, by the by). Scarlet and Violet is a lovely shop to visit, as Brotherson has a wonderful eye for all things and her collection of vintage vases and containers is worth the trip to the Queens Park shop, never mind the breathtaking array of flowers. She’s also written a book called Vintage Flowers. We love that too. (It makes a great present, as well).
OK: so the best part is that it all comes together. To celebrate Chelsea Flower Show, Couverture has invited Scarlett and Violet to create a pop-up shop throughout their airy and light premises. There will be posies and flower arrangements for £15 – £65, as well as one-off vases made especially for Couverture by ceramicist Jacqui Roche. But the thing we are most excited about is the prospect of watching Brotherson arrange flowers, when she does three demos on 23rd May at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. She’ll be answering questions too. These workshops are free, but you need to reserve a space by emailing email@example.com. It’s worth emailing now as presumably the spaces will fill up quickly. We can’t be the only ones who dream about being florists in a parallel life, can we?