Summer 2012 has been the most uplifting and jubilant season, starting with the Diamond Jubilee celebration in May, and followed by the London Olympics in July and August.
As national pride surge, the Beautiful Britannia elements are creeping into the latest fashion and product design.
The Union Jack’s red, blue and white is no longer synonymous with tacky tourist souvenirs normally found in Leicester Square.
We owe that to the brilliant Team GB kit that were designed by Stella McCartney. Thanks to her, the three national primary colours are everywhere and in vogue this year.
What cyclist doesn’t dream about the British cycling team’s aerodynamic helmets, as worn by Bradley Wiggins, Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy.
If you are looking for tasteful souvenirs to remember this special summer, look no further than Cissbury on Wandsworth Bridge Road, in Fulham SW6.
Previously, SWXX has spoken to owners-curators, Etta and Miranda Wyatt, who have impeccable eyes in spotting local craft talents.
The summer 2012 collection at Cissbury is bright, whimsical and uplifting, reflecting the optimistic mood in London at the moment.
The souvenirs are also classic and timeless, with potentials to become future vintage and collectible items.
I especially love heritage souvenirs by Tinker Tailor, a London-based craft company founded by Carolina Apfel.
Tinker Tailor’s crafters use traditional English embroidery using velvet and metal threads, making the souvenirs appear regal.
Apart from bespoke Christmas and weddings decoration, they also create heirloom pieces.
Cissbury is SWXX surprise discovery this year.
There are plenty more adorable souvenirs that would make lovely memorabilia of a truly glorious summer.
Cissbury is at No. 93 Wandsworth Bridge Road, London SW6 2TD.