A parenting & lifestyle blog written by Claire Chircop.


Welcome to Denham, the newest denim store to hit Leeds city centre created by the rather appropriately named Jason Denham! I honestly thought the stores name was just a play on words, but hearing that the founders name was actually Denham pretty much blew my mind... It's the little things right!
The Denham brand was founded in 2008 with its' first store opening in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, however it's only in the last couple of months when the brand has ventured over to Leeds. I've witnessed the shop going up over the last half a year however haven't actually had chance to pop my head in so when my inbox pinged with an invitation to their event at the weekend, I knew I had to get myself there.

On arrival I was gifted with a much appreciated black coffee and ushered downstairs to take a peak at Denhams' ladieswear collection. I was expecting the store to be packed to the rafters with denim so I was pleasantly surprised by how large the rest of the range is. Denham have the most beautiful coats and knitwear selection. Granted they are more 'treat items' for me because of their price tags but I'd be a very happy lady in pretty much all of their clothes. It's true what they say in that you get what you pay for, and let me tell you that the quality of Denhams' garments are second to none! Denham are really particular about where they purchase their materials from as well as what products they put out there to the public. Denhams' denim (get it?) is purely sourced from either Italy or Japan, ensuring the best quality materials are used to make each of their beautiful jeans. Each jean is also hand washed so if you want to see what the denim looked like before any treatments, you should take a peak in the pockets, the difference is amazing! The Denham logo is also stitched into each item too using a grand total of 691 stitches, how crazy is that. I'd love to know how long it takes somebody just to stitch in the scissor logo. I bet it's a freakin long time. As you can see, there's a lot of effort that goes into each individual Denham garment & you definitely get a sense of that while  in store - There's a fab aptmosphere there & you can definitely sense that it's something special!

After spending a bit of time lusting after Denhams' clothing range, we were kindly invited upstairs to their Private Wardrobe... Ooooh!! What's a private wardrobe I hear you ask, well think having a personal shopper, only on a way more personal & luxurious level. Denham play host to individulas or groups of people looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the shop floor. I don't know about you but for me trying on clothes is such a pain in the arse. I hate cramming myself into a teeny tiny changing room with only a curtain of material to hide my dignity. The idea of having a full room to myself along with all clothes available in my size at my disposal very much interests me greatly!.. It's not just that the changing room is designed around a wardrobe, but yes that does help! Upstairs carries on the modern mashed up interiors of rustic industrial furniture and white washed walls. It's such a beautiful space to be in & I'm pretty sure that if I ever were to design a shop interior (you never know it may happen) it would look exactly like this one!

Jason Denhams' passions don't just lie with denim, he's an avid collector of scissors and you 100% get a sense of that in store. The shops' interior is kitted out with scissor hangers, the brands logo is a set of scissors & probably the most fun (if you like this sort of thing) is that each jean is named after a part of a scissor for example the denim range included pieces such as the Razors, Bolts & Drills. I love little trivia things like this as I think it brings the brand together & it's fabulous knowing & being a part of the founders passions. 

I'd just like to say a massive thank you to Jade for inviting me to the event. I had an absolutely amazing time & learnt a hell of a lot about denim!!

What's your favourite denim brand?

Claire. X


Last week I was a lucky little duck & got myself invited to indulge in a little bit of luxury down at Lamberts Yard in Leeds. After finishing work & coming home to the usual monotonous household chores, an event like this was just what the doctor ordered. Now, pass me the cocktails!

After a warm welcome from SLB, Bridie, Deimante & myself found ourselves doing what every self respected blogger does, and we gravitated towards the bar! The Botanist were on hand offering their signature 'The Botanist' cocktail, a delicious mix of Green Mark Vodca, Havana 3 Rum & Elder flower liquor. I'm glad I got the chance to taste 'The Botanist' as it isn't normally a cocktail I'd go for, I'm a complete cocktail bore to be honest, I like my Strawberry Daiquiris' and that's literally about it. So thank you to The Botanist for opening my eyes to the world of delicious cocktails. 

I found myself wandering past the Wood Wood display on several occasions, gazing longingly at all the beautiful sunglasses. Now let's get one thing straight first, sunglasses & handbags are my weakness! I'm more than happy buying the majority of my clothes from Primark, but when it comes to sunglasses & handbags I want something a little more luxe. Something that surprised me with these Wood Wood offerings is that price wise, they aren't actually too bad!... That's what I'm telling myself anyway! I've got my eye on the Virgos', (bottom picture top right) they're just stunning & at £100 a pair I think they're great.

The star of the show at Lambert's Yard was the sneaky preview of the new Resort collection from Issa. Personally Issa isn't a brand I'd heard of however after hearing they were a favourite with the Duchess of Cambridge, I knew they'd be something pretty special! After having a good old feel (as you do) of the collection my thoughts were proven correct. The thickness of the materiel used scream premium to me, and even though some of the pieces weren't exactly to my taste (monochrome queen over here) I can definitely see why they're so popular.

Other pieces which caught my eye included the gorgeously bright, yellow Ilse Jacobsen rain cape. I love the silhouette a cape gives you & wearing this would certainly make going out in the rain that bit more fun. I've also fallen absolutely hook line & sinker in love with the Williams British handmade handbags!! I love the shapes used to create the handbags, they're so unusual & I particularly love this elongated satchel. It's just stunning!! Something a bit more fun are the Joanna Pybus furry clutch bags. Granted, they're not something I'd grab on a day to day basis but they're really fun & definitely a conversation starter.

Thank you to SLB, I had a fab evening exploring some premium brands at The Powder Room, Lambert's Yard event... Now I just need a lottery win!

Thank you so much for reading.
Lots of love | xclaireabella