From our founder Carole Bamford
Spring feels as though it’s giving way to summer. The days are getting warmer and my garden is showing all the signs of being fed by sunshine – full of colour and fragrance.
Lots of us are starting to think about our summer wardrobe, so for those looking a new piece or something for a holiday escape, I’m excited to have launched Bamford’s second capsule collection in collaboration with Martha Ward. There are smock dresses, jumpsuits and vintage-inspired blouses – each in soft, nostalgic colours that make me think of sunshine.
A change of season often makes me want to rethink the scents I’m using, so our new citrus and sage body ranges feel perfect for this time of year – the bright, refreshing fragrances make me think of sunshine and are an invigorating start to the morning.
I hope that this issue of Bamford Life inspires you to savour this wonderful time of the year.
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The Spring-Summer 22 collection
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Our Wellness Collection
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Reflections on 2021
From the return of classes and events at our stores and spas, to the launch of our first Home-grown Merino Collection after two years in the making; through everything we do, we seek to inspire present and future generations alike to shop consciously and tread lightly.
Home-grown Merino wool: The story
Bamford is launching a first-of-its-kind merino wool knitwear collection, to be made entirely from UK wool that has been grown at Daylesford Organic farm in the Cotswolds.
The making of our button cuff
The journey and story behind this single piece sums up everything we do at Bamford. Explore the making of our button cuff sweater: consciously designed, responsibly made, attention to detail at every step.
Natural Selection is a partnership between architects Farrokh Aman and James Binning. Our new Natural Selection range of clay sculptures brings character into any interior space, celebrating the strangeness and variety of what is grown in the ground through distinctive objects for the home.
Fortify your skin against colder weather
As we transition into colder months and the weather changes, our skin will react to the new season too. Our Wellness and Treatment Manager shares her fail-safe fortifying skincare regime for the cold months to protect skin against the cooler temperatures and drier air.
Bamford Wool Guide
We love the look, texture and versatility of wool along with its renewable properties. Wool is a resilient, high quality fibre and will last for years whilst maintaining its appearance adding value to the product and its lifespan.
Our first regenerative silk
for this collection we have transformed our silk supply chain to one that is regenerative, one which gives back to our planet and its soils. The silk farm that we source from uses responsible practices such as rotational cropping and intercropping, which promotes soil biodiversity.
Becky Cocks: The papier-mâché revival
Artist Becky Cocks takes an experimental approach to papier-mâché. Bamford have collaborated with Becky to create FORM, her first papier-mâché collection, as part of London Craft Week 2021.
Carole Bamford Late Summer Edit
With the sunny weather set to linger a few more weeks, we asked our founder Carole Bamford to put together a list of her late summer essentials to help make the most of the warm days for as long as they continue. Discover and shop the edit.
The story of our Autumn-Winter 21 collection
Our designers have drawn colour inspiration from Mezzaro textiles of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, finding a curious parallel between depictions of spirituality and connection in the antique cloth with our own commitment to using natural fibres that grow in harmony with the soil.
Sustaining support: a heritage of handweaving
Handwoven and hand-printed fabrics have a strong presence in each of our collections. We wanted to maintain their prominence in this spring–summer collection because of its significance to the people throughout its supply chain, traditions and skills that provide livelihoods to so many.
The Spring: The Water Element
The wet spa at our Cotswolds Spa harnesses the tranquillity of the water element in state-of-the-art facilities. The three areas of The Spring pay tribute to the ancient heritage of spas, born from a collective understanding of what it means to be well in one’s body, and to be well as a community.
The artistry of India: Our collaboration with Injiri
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Organic cotton: A relationship of reciprocity
More than three quarters of the cotton fibres we have used in our SS21 collection is either certified organic or handwoven, which in turn supports both people and planet. We have increased the organic content in our collection by 25% since last year.
New Bamford b Strong collection
To celebrate the launch of the new b Strong range, we turned to expert practitioners at our London and Cotswolds Wellness Spas to educate us on the role of recovery in strength, demystifying common misconceptions about what true rest is, and inspiring us as we continue on our own healing journeys.
The Orchard Bar: The Earth Element
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Proudly made in Scotland
Our choice to work with Scottish producers ensures us quality that is unrivalled. Their knowledge and understanding is unique; there is a value in the traditional means of spinning yarn and the choice of timeless stitches that allows us to create long-lasting, inherently beautiful knitwear.
Bamford presents Nila
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Unit 89: Grounding in tactility
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Returning to form with Jasmine St Cliere
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The art of home scenting
Our Garden candle collection evokes the delicate fragrance of Carole Bamford’s favourite garden flowers – English Rose, English Lavender, White Iris, Wisteria and Lily of the Valley.
The collector of future heirlooms
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In the studio with Viv Lee
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Bamford Vases: Companions for wildflowers
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Carole Bamford's Wellness Edit
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Healing rituals at home
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A holistic approach to healing
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Look up at the moon
Watching the moon from month to month and year to year will put you in touch with her cycles and rhythms – it will help you to remember that we’re all a part of something much bigger.
Hearthside Alpaca Hand-knit
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Summer skincare: scrub your way to glowing skin
That transition from winter, when our body is covered by layers of clothing, to revealing what can seem like dull, pasty skin can feel intimidating.
Travel notes from India
Our founder Carole Bamford has been travelling to India for over 40 years. 'I am captivated by its people, its vibrancy, its crafts.' Here we share a conversation between Carole Bamford and Chinar Farooqui, founder of Injiri.
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