The recent influx of Autumn/Winter press days has meant minds have already begun turning to what we’ll be hankering after come September – and it's never a bad idea to start stockpiling early. For bigger investments, trend-resilient classics sure to stand the test of time are high priority; a craveable pile of good quality knits and a beautifully cut coat are key once the colder months start to descend. Plus, owning a puppy means that a brisk walk is on the agenda every day come rain or shine (or sleet, snow or hail), so being well-shod is also a must.
Thankfully the latter has been well accounted for thanks to Dubarry. The same trusty pair of how-did-I-live-without-them Galway boots has reliably got me through the gloomier months for the last six years. Think Wellies that have undergone a seriously smart leather makeover. The London flagship, based in Duke of York Square alongside Polpo, a giant Zara and Space NK, is akin to a family home – expect worn-in rugs, large framed paintings and a cosy hearth and fireplace. A place Luna was quick to make herself at home.
The Dubarry team will be showcasing the stellar collection at the Badminton Horse Trials this May – the exact place I originally fell in love with these heavy-duty, all-weather boots having once upon a time worked as a Dubarry girl on this stand. It's also where I learnt there's a lot more to the brand than just boots. The mentality is work hard play hard accompanied by a spirit-boosting endless flow of Champagne and a lot of laughing (I'm not sure I remember banking sleep hours that stretched into double figures during the three-day stint I worked away). So if you find yourself in the Badminton area between Wednesday 4th and Sunday 8th May, drop in on the party to sip on something fizzy and slip into a pair of boots. You won't want to take them off. (I never did.)