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Evening Standard
Abha Shah and Peter Bevan

The ES Shopping Shortlist: What to shop, see and know in June 2023

Welcome to our monthly need-to-know list of all the latest and greatest releases that should be on your radar.

Here at ES Best, we’ve constantly got our ear to the ground and looking out for the newest fashion, events, and food and drink, so you don’t have to.

With a full time job, busy social life, and ever-growing Instagram feed, it can be hard to keep up with all the newness out there. From sell-out collections, to limited edition collaborations, with exclusive events and brand new store unveilings in between, we’ve got you covered so you don’t miss out on a thing.

This month the UK’s festival season kicks off good and proper with the likes of Mighty Hoopla, Cambridge Club Festival, Isle of Wight and the biggie, Glastonbury taking place in various patches of green all around the country. Make sure you’re dressed to compete with the best of them by taking a look at our best festival outfits edit for inspo. Whether you decide to go full space cowgirl or rugged and comfy, there’s one thing you don’t want to leave home without: your camping essentials!

Not the camping kind? There’s plenty of fun to be had on green spaces, and without a tent in sight. The big horse races get going this month with Epsom and Ascot taking top billing, while over in the south west corner of London, tennis balls will start flying across the courts as Wimbledon gets underway. All this before you even start thinking about Pride celebrations, not to mention the wedding dates spanning summer weekends in your diary.

And inbetween, a glittering raft of new launches, fresh collabs and exciting shopping drops to make this month one to remember.

If you’re ever at a loss of something to do on the weekend, or need to scratch the retail therapy itch, we’ll be keeping this page up-to-date all month long; best to add it to your bookmarks so you’ve got the insider’s guide right at your fingertips.

Ready? Let’s get to it -

Sézane X Farm Rio

Cult favourite Parisian label Sézane has collaborated with Brazilian heavyweight Farm Rio on a collection that balances the former’s understated French-girl chic with the vibrant colours and prints the latter are known for. Expect 40 pieces from summer dresses to shirt-and-shorts combos. A real summer necessity.

Buy now, Sézane

Liberty reveals a new alternative bridal edit

Wedding season 2023 is about to hit full speed, and if you’re a bride without a wedding dress, make a beeline for Liberty. The iconic London department store has revealed a fresh new bridal edit, and it’s on the alt side.

Designed for those who want to go against the grain, the looks are everything but the big pouffy dress: think oversized suits, satin co-ords and romantic ruffled shoulder details. Do we take thee?

Heck yeah we do.

Buy now, Liberty

Chloé x Teva sandals Hurricane Flat Sandals

Dad sandals get their chicest makeover to date thanks to a collab between Teva and Chloé.

Pairing Chloé’s chic stylings on Teva’s practical and heartwearing sandals finally solves summer office dressing woes. Available in cream or pink with Chloé branded ribbon strapping and blissfully thick soles, they’ll stand up to an entire season of swanning around town - and beyond.

Buy now £370.00, Chloé

Stine Goya launches cinematic PF23

Stine Goya has looked to award-winning director Pedro Almodovar for inspiration for its pre-fall collection this year, with a selection of looks that could be plucked straight from a blockbuster production’s costume department.

Featuring colour-block dresses and separates with ‘kitsch-futurism’ embellishments (think diamante and beading), it’s all about unapologetic main character dressing.

Buy now, Stine Goya

Frescobol Carioca x Matches Summer Occasionwear

Menswear label Frescobol Carioca has teamed up with luxury retailer Matches on a capsule of summer occasionwear - and it’s not to be missed. From refined Italian linen to crochet knit polos, your summer soirées and garden party outfits will be covered by this elevated collection.

Buy now, Frescobol Carioca

Homewares designer Jonathan Adler opens new London store

Whether your house needs a little lift or an entire makeover, there’s plenty of inspiration to be found in store at Jonathan Adler. And we mean that quite literally, as the celebrated American designer has just cut the ribbon on a new shop in SW7.

The South Kensington store will contain some of his iconic pieces as well as playful additions to bring some light and colour to your home.

Buy now, Jonathan Adler

Barry M Pride Nail Paints Gift Set - Pack of 6

With Pride month here, many companies are doing their bit to launch new collections that will donate proceeds to LGBTQI+ causes. One such company is beauty brand Barry M, who has two rainbow-themed nail polish gift sets on sale: one six-set and another that contains a dozen. The company will donate 20 per cent of net profits to akt, a charity supporting young queer and trans people though homelessness and hostile environments.

Buy now £20.00, Argos

Birkenstock launches anniversary capsule collection

It’s birthday month for Birkenstock. The shoe brand is marking three anniversaries of its most iconic silhouettes by launching a limited collection. Available solely (sorry) on the brand’s website, the line-up will comprise the Madrid, Arizona and Gizeh styles.

They’ll be available in fresh colourways with matching socks (for the full mom look, you understand) and a memorabilia wax seal adorning every pair. Prices from £150.

Buy now £150.00, Birkenstock

Currys offers perks just in time for the summer holidays

Knowing what to do with bored school-age children for the six weeks that they're off in the summer is a yearly struggle for parents. Help comes in the unlikely yet welcome form of Currys, who has a perks programme that is packed with family friendly activities at a hefty discount. Think theme parks, GoApe, restaurants and more.

But that’s not all. We’ve also seen that when you join the scheme, Currys will chuck in a three month subscription to Apple TV+. So that’s free entertainment at home sorted when you can’t plan a day out too.

To access the money-off offers as well as competitions and freebies, customers just need to spend £25 on a purchase before August 31.

Buy now, Currys

Art Fund offers £15 trial of National Art Pass

We’re looking at screens more than ever these days. Give your eyeballs some well-needed R&R by taking them off to see some of the nation’s best cultural offerings - this summer it’s cheaper than ever thanks to Art Fund, who is offering a three month National Art Pass for the bargain price of £15.

Available to buy until June 30, the Pass will unlock some of the biggest and most inspirational exhibitions and shows around the country with free entry and discounted rates. So whether you’ve been waiting to see Offbeat Sari at the Design Museum, or want see the Chanel exhibition at the V&A, this summer is your chance to be a culture vulture for less.

Buy now £15.00, Art Fund

Roll Baby rolls into South Ken

When the weather’s warm, all we want are tasty cool snacks on our dinnerplate. But you can do one better than a wilting sarnie, especially if you’re in the Portobello area, as it has just welcomed a brand new branch of Roll Baby.

Never had one? Expect light, Vietnamese-style summer rolls given a fresh twist with fun ingredients and addictive dipping sauces. The Garlic Prawn Roll has the ability to turn a middling day into a magnificent one.

If you can’t get to the store, order online for click and collect or home delivery through Deliveroo.

Buy now, Roll Baby

Shake Shack launches Pride milkshake

Tis the season to be Proud, and we don't just mean covering yourself in rainbow-hued everything. Brands are supporting LGBTQ+ charities through special limited-edition launches which means a win-win all round. Until July 3 you can pick up a Pride shake and the company will donate £1 from each Pride Shake sale to London Friend and Pride CYMRU.

Bottoms up!

Buy now, Deliveroo

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