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Friday, June 6, 2014

Cabbages & Roses: A Summer Brocante

There is nothing lovelier than a summer brocante in the English countryside, and Cabbages & Roses' vintage fair today was surely one of the prettiest ever staged.

Held at owner Christina Strutt's picture-perfect country home, Brook Cottage near Bath, the garden party, which was co-organised by Love Lane Vintage, featured a dozen stunning marquees filled with antiques, old linens, vintage treasures, coveted glassware, gorgeous gardenalia, and of course beautiful clothes and homewares from Cabbages & Roses. 

The clothes were heavily discounted and quickly snapped up by C&R fans, many of whom were happy to eschew the changing screen and try the clothes on where they stood, creating a splendid catwalk of stunning tea dresses, garden coats, ornate skirts, flirtatious shirts and flamboyant frocks.

An interview with Christina Strutt will be appearing in our magazine, but in the meantime, here are a few pix of the day, one of the loveliest I've ever spent in the English countryside. The fair continues for one more day, so if you're in England tomorrow, do go down to Bath for this glorious, gorgeous soiree.

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Christina Strutt chatting to a friend. If you haven't yet bought her beautiful books, including the bestselling At Home With Country, do look for them.

Everyone was wearing boots that were a hybrid of wellies and leather city-style boots. 

This lovely lady adores canvas steamer bags too. A kindred spirit.

Christina's vegetable garden and pool enclosure.

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