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Carole Bamford's Autumn Edit

Here, our founder Carole Bamford shares with us her go-to pieces, rituals and natural remedies for the autumn-winter season.

'There is a sense that we’re stepping deeper into autumn. The leaves have turned and are starting to fall; there’s a frost on the ground in the morning; and we’re seeking comfort from the chill by lighting the fire, wrapping up in blankets and turning to soothing, warming foods.

Like many, I’m seeking to balance the uncertainty of this time by finding solace in nature – my morning dog walks are getting longer and longer and I’m cherishing the golden sunsets and crisp, clear dawns.

As the days shorten and the nights draw further in, my team asked me to share some of the other things I’m turning to at the moment – to protect my skin, calm my mind and nourish my body as we start to settle into the stillness of winter.'

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What I'm wrapping up in

The Bamford Autumn-Winter collection looks to the great heritage of textiles in the United Kingdom. We choose Scottish manufactures for their unrivalled knowledge and understanding of wool and cashmere and the stunning quality of their materials.

Through this collection we hope to support and highlight the quieter voices in the growing conversations around the textile industry – the artisans whose lives are centred around its crafts; the farmers who work the land that provides for it; and the soil that gives life to the fibres from which it stems.

A coat for all occasions

The unstructured Ellen Coat is made using merino wool from a visionary breeder in New Zealand, no dyes are used and instead the colours are a celebration of nature. The wrap coat has a self-tie belt and sculpted neckline to sit comfortably over a chunky sweater for a winter morning walk.

Signature Chunky Moss Sweater

At the heart of this sweater is a 360-degree approach to sustainable production. The panels of the sweater are knitted to size without the need for cutting - not only does this promote ‘zero waste’, it also reinvigorates and supports lesser-known production methods. The Chunky Moss also quietly reinforces Bamford’s pledge that clothes should not only be made with integrity, they must be made to last.

The Jenny Skirt

Made in Italy from 100% wool, the constructed jersey cloth supports a structured yet flowing contemporary silhouette in the Jenny Skirt. It's a wonderful winter wardrobe staple, perfectly paired with a lightweight knit or blouse.

MY SLEEP RITUAL

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, I’ll often take a bath to unwind in the evening. Bamford’s b silent night time bath concentrate creates the most luxurious bath with organic essential oils to unwind the body and mind. The room fills with the scent of lavender and chamomile and the apricot kernel oil leaves my skin feeling silky and nourished. I’ve always found a good evening routine forms the foundation of sleeping well and I’ll wake early, ready for another autumn day.

What I'm putting on my skin

I have been using rosehip since childhood and believe in its power to restore and rejuvenate the skin. The Bamford Restore Skincare collection harnesses the power of Organic Rosehip Oil as a skin regenerator, promoting collagen production and firmer skin. Before bed I apply the Nourishing Mask as an intensive overnight treatment - it can be used as a 10-minute mask, or applied before bed and left on overnight.

Spiced Pumpkin, Butter Bean and Spinach Casserole

Casseroles are a staple on my table throughout the autumn and winter. At this time of year I crave warming, nourishing recipes and the soft texture of a casserole feels comforting but also bolstering.

SERVES 6

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 400g pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks (about 3cm)
  • 1 small onion, finely sliced
  • 1 stick of celery, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2.5cm piece of fresh root ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ a long red chilli, finely chopped
  • 200g tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 200g jarred or tinned butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 50g Puy lentils, rinsed
  • 50g young spinach leaves, sliced
  • 1 small bunch of fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Recipe:

Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan or flame-proof casserole. Add the pumpkin, onion, celery, carrot, garlic and ginger, and cook, stirring constantly, over a medium heat for 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are beginning to soften and are lightly browned. Add the spices and chilli and cook for 3 minutes more, again stirring constantly, and being careful not to let them burn.

Next add the tomatoes, honey, beans, lentils, 1 litre of water and 1½ teaspoons of sea salt and bring to a simmer. Cook for 25–30 minutes, stirring regularly, until the liquid is well reduced and the pumpkin has broken down and blended into it, so that the dish looks like a curry.

Stir in the spinach, basil and coriander and cook for 1–2 minutes more. Taste, adjust the seasoning and serve.

What's on my reading list

When it comes to slowing down the pace of living, immersing oneself in a good book or magazine is one of the best ways to practise stillness. Seed Magazine has a strong emphasis on craft and the makers that are helping to shape the future with their vision for a more sustainable way to live - a pertinent message for the times we find ourselves in.

Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten features in the second volume of Seed Magazine. There is also much comfort to be found in his book, A Monk's Guide to Happiness: Meditation in the 21st Century.

Read more from Carole Bamford at carolebamford.com