Why you’ll want to move into Talitha’s new interiors studio
With the recent launch of the new Talitha Lifestyle Space in our London Notting Hill showroom, Net-a-Porter’s Fashion Features Director, Kay Barron, reveals why she’d like to move in immediately
I want to be a Talitha girl. I want to escape to remote plains, immerse myself into the culture like a local and discover hidden gems to take back from my travels and fill my home with; to present to the world that, like her, I too am a director of my experiences.
Since 2013, I have at least been able to dress like I live the Talitha lifestyle. The brand, based on the idea of the ultimate travel wardrobe, was launched by stylist and fashion editor, Kim Hersov, and embroidery expert, Shon Randhawa. Each piece I wore, from an embroidered silk jacket thrown over a camisole and jeans, to a tasselled cotton mini dress worn on the beach, made me instantly feel more worldly – and that my holiday could possibly last forever.
Sadly, however, I am no global explorer. But I am, thankfully, a shopper, and Hersov and Randhawa have collaborated with their friend and interior designer, Hubert Zandberg, to create the Talitha Lifestyle Space. Bringing a spirit of adventure to west London, the curated venture of lifestyle and homeware pieces invites you in to explore and buy into the diverse aesthetic of the brand. A boudoir seduces you off the London street and into the intimate and luxurious space.
Zandberg, who is renowned for the culturally informed spirit of his work and his exquisite eye for detail, wanted this space to reflect the Talitha woman and her followers. “We imagine the Talitha girl to be well travelled, taking inspiration from various cultures, periods and personal experiences, surrounding herself with an eclectic mix in her living environment,” he says. “This layered approach to interior design is in tune with the brand and its followers’ approach to styling what they wear.”
Constantly evolving and changing, the more regularly you visit, the more likely it is that you will discover a precious new objects d’art or a cherished flea-market find. Furniture designed by Zandberg, antiques and found pieces dominate this room, all softened by sumptuous fabrics by the heritage house Tibor – a post-war British textile business that has been revived by the grandson of the founder – with whom Talitha has collaborated for the lifestyle space.
Stepping through into the living area is like being welcomed into the cosiest of rooms by someone with the most enviable taste. The set-up encourages you to lounge, to relax and to delve in and make each piece your own. Which I plan to. Take home the XX crockery; pile your sofa with the most elegant of pillows, or be introduced to Madwa, a non-profit craft project that works with basket-weavers from Madagascar and produces the most intricate homeware that will beautifully hide any nik-naks that don’t quite fit into your new Talitha vibe.
A considered edit of pieces of current-season Talitha clothing, mixed with unique one-off designs and vintage discoveries are draped over furniture or hang from the walls. “Throughout the space, we want to show the breadth of the collection,” explains Randhawa, “and offer exclusives for sale here and online. We are also open to doing special collaborations and customisations in future.” It all adds to the impression that you are the guest of someone whose shoes you want to step into and live the intriguing life the environment suggests. “I want women to come in and feel comfortable to try things on as if they’re at home with friends,” says Hersov. Indeed, it does feel like the space could host the most amazing dinner parties from which it would be impossible to leave early.
The world of Talitha is not minimal. It is rich, opulent and captivating. And I want to move into it immediately.