The institution that is John Lewis invited me to their Autumn/Winter and Christmas launch this week and I had a great big glimpse into what they think might be the next big thing and guess what I love it!
From a toy perspective, I was really pleased to see that there was a focus on traditional role play and musical instruments. I have earmarked the fantastic electric guitar for Mini a snip at £35 when they get them in stock (well Grannie will be purchasing it for his Christmas present). There was a lot of toy story on display too, in addition to a fab Lego camera and MP3 player.
I have always been a fan of John Lewis' Christmas section and was very impressed with their offerings for Christmas 2010. I was really inspired by the crackers made from recycled newspaper.
I have to say though it was the home section that totally blew me away. I loved the retro vibe of the connections fabrics and prints, which they had actually gone in to the JL archives for.
The furniture was stunning, I especially liked the Mr Bright Chair, each of the buttons were a different colour. If made my heart sing! Rob Ryan has also done a fantastic collaboration too and they his and hers mugs are on my Christmas list.
Then there was the haberdashery, how wonderful, so much eye candy. Beautiful buttons, ribbon, fabric and rickrack. John Lewis are going to start stocking fat quarters and quilting fabric too.
So thank you to John Lewis for a great day.