Tuesday, 19 August 2014

August at LUC.

The last days of winter and you can feel the changes in the air. Blossom & bulbs are starting to appear and these longer days means that I don't have to close the store in the pitch dark! There are a few new things appearing but the bulk of my new stock will start to appear next month. Exciting new clothing, and fresh new product from my core suppliers.
I have just received the first delivery from the new product from Tom Dixon - the Eclectic room diffusers in the 3 fragrances  - London, Orientalist and Royalty - will last approximately 3 months with their sophisticated scent. (Refills will be available before Christmas). They are beautifully packaged (it's Tom Dixon after all!) so will make a great gift - but so nice to have the subtle fragrance permanently in your own place!  In store now.

Uashmama have released their new range of copper and bronze bags. So many customers have asked for this colourway so I am really pleased that they have arrived. They have done this cool laundry bag too - there are cloth handles on the top for easy carrying (if you are a laundrette user you are going to love these!) and they also have press-studs on the top so you can connect a couple together (for colours and whites....genius!) In store now.

I have had a few new shots of the store taken (by the very talented Maggie Given) - so here you go - you can get a feel for how August is shaping up in this little shop. There's always lots to discover (even) in this tiny space! See you in store soon. Lucy x

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

LUC. time for some PR

It's that time of year when everyone wants you to join their latest campaign, ad, article, publication and I have chosen (and, humbly, have been chosen...thank you) for some really interesting projects coming up over the next few months. So it means I have had to do some photo shoots to see me in my natural habitat! So if you wanted to know who Lucy is behind LUC then here you go...here is a sneak peek at some of the pics and a little snaphot of my shop (taken week 2 August 2014)


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Melbourne Gift Fair (...and what to expect in store soon!)

This weekend I did power shop/source at the Melbourne Gift Fairs. It is always a bit of daunting task when all the fairs coincide - but always worth connecting with my suppliers and maybe seeking out a few new things to boot. I certainly caught up with plenty and it was really nice to put some beautiful faces to my email colleagues after all this time (Almira, Frith, Carolyn, Mel & Jodie!).

So the wrap up for LUC. is that there is lots of great design heading to the store in the coming months. Firstly, from TRIWA I will be stocking some new lines of watches and this summer LUC will also be stocking (if I can find some counter-space??!) the TRIWA sunglasses. The sunglasses are contemporary and modern, with hand-cut acetate frames and lenses from Optics by Carl Zeiss vision.

I went a bit crazy with the new range from Tom Dixon (in store October) - a beautiful bar range. Dark blue/black glass champagne bucket, copper and glass ice bucket with matching copper tongs, and the most amazing copper cocktail shaker.  There is also a really cool range of  'desk accessories' made from brass they are cogs and gadgets that have no real purpose but they look good!! (for the guy who has everything maybe?!)

and also from Tom Dixon is a new candle range. Beautifully packaged (of course) very large(seriously, the big one is huge!)  glass decanters in fragrances of Fire, Earth, Water and Air. They are pretty special and will make THE most amazing gifts.

My favourite Byron Bay supplier Jai Vasicek keeps on producing the most amazing art and homewares - he has now released a great towel range (arriving in November). Nice big towels - 3 designs printed on linen and black terry-towelling on the reverse. How perfect will these be for summer!? He has of course produced even more amazing crosses. This time embellished with shells and feathers. All of these will be available in the coming months. I have just loved watching the evolution of this brand. You may have started seeing it being copied - they say this is the sincerest form of flattery - but really what Jai produces is not able to be replicated - he is really so beyond being a creative - he is an artist - and basically he is just forging ahead with his 'own thing' - I guarantee you his pieces will be collectible! Love it.

Jai Vasicek "good vibrations" summer towel
Jai Vasicek new cross (in store later this year)

As you can imagine there was so much to take in during the fairs. There were 2 major ones (Reed and LifeInstyle) and a couple of smaller trunk shows - I have sourced a couple of other new brands but will let you know more about these once orders are finalised - but it's product I have been searching for for a while so I am pretty excited. In the meantime - new stock keeps arriving from my core suppliers. A new shipment of Dinosaur Designs is expected, the new (& exciting!) product from Zilalila (The Netherlands) arrives this week. A new shipment from byNord is coming at the end of next week. Gorgeous new product from Liberte Designs jewellery will arrive too!
And finally, you have been asking me and finally I can now announce that ....yes!! Uashmama is now making their bags with a copper finish (and bronze too!). All sizes available and will be in store later this week or early next week!

Come visit soon...lots to see in this tiny space. Lucy x

Friday, 18 July 2014

Pendleton Woollen Mills blankets arrive at LUC.

This coming week sees the arrival of the iconic US brand Pendleton and their gorgeous woollen blankets. The company is based in Portland, Oregon and they produced their first Indian trading blanket in 1909 - their native American motif products are now legendary (But did you know they are also famous for producing  the first wool plaid shirts in the 60's for the surfing culture  - fun fact:- the Beach Boys were orignally called "The Pendletones!" (...who doesn't love a flannie!?).  The company has a clothing range, a homewares range and even now a registered signature tartan! The company operates seven facilities and has over 75 retail outlets. Not only will you find a Pendleton blanket in the Smithsonian in Washington...but now you can see them at LUC.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Ay Illuminate arrives at LUC.

This coming week sees the arrival of the beautiful Z1 light from Netherlands design studio Ay Illuminate - I have lusted after this simple, yet elegant, light fitting for years and now am proudly going to stock it at LUC.! It is made from cotton and bamboo and is big - it measures 67 x 100cm. Love it.


Friday, 4 July 2014

LUC. what's new, what's coming soon!

I have a few exciting things coming soon to LUC. I am thrilled to soon be stocking Zilalila knitted products. This Netherlands company has these amazing chunky-knit bean bags made in Nepal. They are a fair trade item. I am taking orders now (for only my Hobart customers, sorry!) for the large bean bags (so we can ship a few and save on the shipping costs!) but I will also be stocking the long cushions and the blankets too.

As you know, I love my candles (and the suppliers of my beautiful candles). And my favourite candle in all the world (!) is IF by LA brand Apothia....and guess what? Yep, it will be in store soon. I know candle fragrances are a very personal thing but IF just rocks my world - come in and smell it soon!
And just one more thing...I now have stock of the gorgeous Jai Vasicek hemp throw rugs.
We all LOVE Jai's work and you won't be disapointed with these little beauties. They are divine.


Friday, 27 June 2014

Modernica planters at LUC.

July is kicking off with a delivery from LA! (in store first week July)
I am a big fan of mid-century modern design and these planters from Modernica in LA are a fantastic 'Mad-Men' inspired way to add that look to your house. Available in two sizes and in black or white.
There are quite a few that were sold on pre-order so be quick!