• Feathers & Fashion: British Style at Badminton Horse Trials

    Posted by Alice Wingfield Digby

    What better way to experience Great British style than at Badminton Horse Trials - the world's premier 3-day equestrian event?

     

    Wingfield Digby are thrilled to be exhibiting for our seventh year running – and this year are thrilled to team up with fellow exhibitor Guinea: the British fashion brand epitomised by equestrian styling & elegant styles.

     

    Each Guinea limited edition British Tweed is designed in-house and woven exclusively in Yorkshire – ensuring that the cloth meets the highest traditional standards of British Tweed. A quality we wholeheartedly admire!

     

    Like Wingfield Digby, Guinea enjoys the very best of British life – from the summer social season to mid-winter hunt meets. While Wingfield Digby graces the homes of those with a passion for British elegance; Guinea clothing adorns their wardrobes. Both attend, and are available from, the UK’s most iconic events, including The Game Fair, Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials and Goodwood Revival.

     

    Explore our favourite pairings of outfits & interiors below..

     

    Sophisticated & Stylish

     

    Pictured: Guinea Knightsbridge Tweed Coat in Navy Herringbone, buy here for £435; Wingfield Digby Duck Feather & Glass Photo Frame, buy here for £70

     The Knightsbridge is a beautiful double breasted, fitted coat, whose navy tones & velvet navy trim are perfectly captured in the soft colours & texture of the understated Duck Feather Photo Frame.

     

    Popular & Pretty                    

     

    Pictured: Guinea Piccadilly Tweed Coat in Sky Blue Herringbone, buy here for £425; Wingfield Digby Guinea Fowl Feather & Glass Photo Frame, buy here for £70

     The Piccadilly is a particularly popular, pretty coat, inspired by the flared "skirt" of an Edwardian riding jacket. The lighter, brighter tones of Sky Blue Herringbone tweed brilliantly compliment the dotty Guinea Fowl Feather Photo Frame.

     

    Fun & Formal

     

    Pictured: Guinea Piccadilly in Navy, buy here for £425; Wingfield Digby Peacock Feather & Glass Photo Frame, buy here for £70

     The vivid pink lining of the navy Piccadilly coat is brilliantly offset by the Peacock Feather Photo Frame’s dazzling iridescence. The flash of colour in each adds an element of youth to their otherwise discreet designs.

     

    Striking & Smart 

    Pictured: Guinea Trench Tweed Coat in Sky Blue Herringbone, buy here for £525; Wingfield Digby  Green Pheasant Feather & Glass Photo Frame, buy here for £70

     A truly eye-catching pair. The Trench is an elegant, flowing coat, which takes its inspiration from both the military greatcoat and sassy '60s maxi coat. The Green Pheasant Photo Frame, crafted from the real feathers of the rare Lady Amherst bird, guarantees a suitably impressive display.

     

    Delicate & Distinctive

    Pictured: Guinea Knightsbridge Tweed Coat in Rose Check, buy here for £435; Wingfield Digby Cock Pheasant Feather & Glass Photo Frame, buy here for £70

     Ideal for an English Rose. A truly feminine choice, with flecks of crimson that are presented most beautifully in the Cock Pheasant Feather Photo Frame – the latter being one of the most traditional symbols of British heritage.

     

     

     

    For more information on Guinea, visit www.guinealondon.com; (Stand 109 on Worcester Way); for Badminton Horse Trials, visit www.badminton-horse.co.uk; for Wingfield Digby, explore the rest of this website! Catch us  in the Rural Crafts Association marquee..

     

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  • Go Wild for Guinea Fowl with Juliet Travers

    Posted by Alice Wingfield Digby

    Mother’s Day 2018 is particularly special for Wingfield Digby HQ. Why? Thanks to the birth of a beautiful baby daughter last year, it is the first time that Alice Wingfield Digby – founder and director – will be celebrating the event as a mother!

     

    We had to mark the occasion accordingly. What better way to do so than by catching up with a fellow London-based, luxury design-led ‘mumpreneur’ – who even shares Alice’s passion for capturing the beauty of feathers in her work?

    Juliet Travers pictured in Wingfield Digby Real Guinea Fowl Feather & Glass Photo Frame (from £70, buy here); Juliet Travers Wallpaper & Cushion Cover in Free Fall 05 (explore here)

     

    Meet Juliet Travers – renowned for creating elegant, eye-catching fabrics and wallpapers– all encapsulating the beauty of nature from Britain to Zimbabwe. Having prospered at the likes of Colefax and Fowler and de Gournay, it is unsurprising that her own launch in 2013 was an instant success.

     

     Juliet’s unique work now frequently adorns the walls of prestigious hotels, stunning homes and the pages of House and Garden, The English Home, Country & Town House - plus many more...

    https://www.juliettravers.com/shop/safari-collection/the-waterhole/
    Juliet Travers Safari Collection: The Waterhole (explore here)
      

    We caught up with Juliet to discuss motherhood, luxury design and advice for aspiring entrepreneurs

     

    1. With Mother’s Day on the horizon, we couldn’t not ask your favourite memory as a mother. What is yours?

    It’s the first day that my husband and I brought our son, Archie, home after he was born. We lay him down in his cot, in his own nursery, decorated in my Highland Fling wallpaper. An incredibly special memory - I will never forget it!

     

    https://www.juliettravers.com/shop/albion-collection/highland-fling/
    Juliet Travers Highland Fling (explore here)

     

    1. Has Archie shown any of your creative flair so far? 

    He’s definitely a big fan of getting messy with paints - but that may be simply because all 2 year olds love an excuse to get messy! He’s sport mad, like my husband, so I think that might be where his talents lie… We’ll see! 

     

    1. What’s been your proudest moment as a mother to date? 

    Archie constantly smiles and is a real people person. Throughout winter, Archie and I gave gloves to the homeless on the school run - a way for him to see how much happiness a simple gesture can bring to those less fortunate. He loved doing this and grew confident enough to hand the gloves over himself – it was such a lovely thing to see. 

     

    1. What’s been your proudest moment as a designer to date? 

    I think for any designer, seeing your first few drawings transform from original sketch to finished product is incredibly rewarding. It will always be hugely flattering to me that people want my designs in their homes. If I had to pick a particular instance, it would be the prestigious Giraffe Manor, Kenya requesting my designs for their walls. With family in Zimbabwe and Tanzania, and the whole of East Africa providing inspiration for my Safari Collection, I was thrilled.

     

    Juliet Travers Birds of a Feather Wallpaper at Giraffe Manor, Kenya (explore here)

     

    1. What’s the best advice you’ve received to help juggle a work/life balance as a mother? 

    I try to be really strict with myself. 3 days a week Archie is in nursery while I’m at work; I therefore try to keep the other 2 days just for us and to stay off emails etc. However, anyone who runs their own business would tell you that it’s impossible to not let the odd email creep in now and then!

     

    Having hard working and passionate staff is also essential. I feel incredibly fortunate to have such an incredible team who I can fully rely on - enabling me to be both the mum and designer I strive to be.

     

    1. If you had to save one photo from your home, which would it be and why? 

    This picture of my mum, Archie and I is incredibly special to me. As one of six siblings, I feel so grateful that each one of us has felt so loved and supported by her - in whatever path we have chosen. On a professional level, the business could not function without her. She beautifully wraps all our gifts and ships out some of our wallpapers from our family home!

    https://www.wingfielddigby.co.uk/collections/photo-frames/products/guinea-fowl-feather-photo-frame?variant=4810562273310

    Wingfield Digby Real Guinea Fowl Feather Photo Frame (from £70, buy here)

    1. We are naturally huge fans of your feather-focused, Free Fall design. What has been your favourite installation involving this to date? 

    That’s such a tough one - I love seeing any of our designs in a range of spaces! A particular one that springs to mind is Stag Lodge, a boutique hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold.

    Juliet Travers Free Fall Wallpaper 04 at Stag Lodge (explore here)

     

    1. We love being able to celebrate the British countryside through our work, while still being based in South West London – just like your team! Do you have a favourite leafy London spot to maintain a snippet of the great outdoors? 

    Battersea Park. I walk my cocker spaniel, Cuba, on my days at JT HQ. So much of my inspiration comes from wildlife and nature so it’s wonderful to be in the heart of this on working days.

    Juliet and Cuba. Background: Juliet Travers Nutcracker Wallpaper (explore here)

     

    1. Do you have any favourite quotes/mottos that inspire your work ethos? 

    “Life is like a camera. Focus on what’s important, capture the good times and develop from the negatives. If things don’t work out, then take another shot!”

     Wingfield Digby Real Guinea Fowl Feather & Glass Scented Candle (£30, buy here); Juliet Travers Free Fall Notebook (£16.67, buy here)

     

    1. What are you most excited about for Juliet Travers Wallpapers this year?

    We’ve got a couple of really exciting collaborations coming up this year - but at this moment in time all I can say is “watch this space”...

     

    1. What is your favourite Wingfield Digby feather type?

    Given that they inspired my first wallpapers, definitely Guinea Fowl! Although I’m also a huge fan of Peacock – the electric blue is spectacular.

    https://www.wingfielddigby.co.uk/collections/trays/products/guinea-fowl-trayhttps://www.juliettravers.com/shop/safari-collection/free-fall/
    Wingfield Digby Real Guinea Fowl Feather Tray (£70, buy here); Juliet Travers Free Fall Wallpaper 04 (explore here)

     

     

     

     

    Explore the full Juliet Travers collection here: www.juliettravers.com 

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  • Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

    Posted by Alice Wingfield Digby

    For romantic, real feather filled inspiration, explore our Top 3 Valentine’s Day gift ideas, each as stylish and timeless as the next.

     

    The Thoughtful Gift: Photo Frame
     
    Capture your favourite romantic memories in a unique, handcrafted Wingfield Digby photo frame. Be it a traditional wedding photo, honeymoon scene, holiday shot or shared sporting success, there is a Wingfield Digby frame for every couple’s most treasured moments…

     

     
     
     

     

    Wingfield Digby frames are all available in 2 sizes, across 8 feather types. Click here to view full range.
     
    The Functional Gift: Tray
     
     
    Terrific for serving the traditional Valentine’s Day presents of chocolate & champagne
     
    The Gourmet Gift: Wine Coaster
     
    Real Feather Wine Coasters, £49 each. Available in 6 designs. Click here to view full range
     
    Pair Hen Pheasant with its Cock Pheasant partner and you’ve got a brace of coasters – one for red, one for white!
     
    Happy Valentine's Day

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