Marrakech Madness

A spot of Winter sunshine and a dose of the exotic were on the menu this week, not to mention quite a lot of extraordinary food; our first expedition to Morocco has been a great success.

We were led down a maze of passageways to our Riad in the Medina – a haven of peace and tranquillity, with babbling fountains, iridescent tiles, soft sofas, a hammam and breakfast on the roof terraces. As is so often said, Marrakech is an assault on the senses, so many aromas (most of them wonderful), so many unusual sounds (donkeys braying, the call to prayer, unfamiliar birdsong…) and the inevitable getting lost in the Souk, even with map-head husband, navigating by glimpses of the sun through the roof. But before long you find yourself at a chichi rooftop restaurant, presented with amazing food and juices, in warm sunshine, with views of the snow-capped Atlas mountains. Night-time is even more diverting, with snake charmers, tribal drummers and exotic food stalls promising “no bloody diarrhoea”.

Naturally, we soon relaxed into the swim of things and unearthed lots of wonderful goodies – already in the Corsham shop: hand-loomed, unique scarves in cotton, linen, lurex or wool, in wonderful colours. The softest suede babouche slippers in almost edible jewel colours, for babies, kids and adults. Leather pencil cases and purses (again in fab colours), argan oil (for wrinkles, dry skin, burns, dry hair – anything really), kitschtastic dolls, simply stylish vintage Berber silver jewellery, not to mention the silver leather purses we had made to order. All at very fair prices, as usual. If you can’t make it to the shop, do call us, we are happy to send pics and post goodies.

Also new in are beautiful double layer star t-shirts, suede star shopping bags and Cubist jewellery, all of which go perfectly with our Moroccan scarves.

Lots of New Ranges and a Cheeky Mini-Break

It’s been another busy but exciting few days at Previous, with lots of new ranges coming in: great cards with googly eyes from Stripey Cats, hand-printed foiled ones from Ola and our own range made from vintage playing cards (a hot ticket for Valentine’s day), gorgeous wobbly china from Quail’s Egg in delicious colours like duck egg, lime and coral and sublime soft metallic leather purses, bags and slippers. We’ve also expanded our ranges of top selling items such as SeeConcept specs, Priddy Essentials hand-made smellies, cashmere, unusual toys, jewellery and our own candles and diffusers. Need a wonderful gift for Mother’s Day? Look no further.

We’ve also just brought in all sorts of interesting vintage pieces too, especially our fab ex-NATO 60s lamps (fully rewired), several antique multi-drawer table-top cupboards, wonderful mid-century china in great colours and patterns, and of course, a bit of quirk. Vintage gold juggling clubs? Victorian brass ladies boots? Tiny sailors? Balletic poodle? We’ve got it covered.

And last but not least, we’re just off to Marrakech, in search of exotic wonders to fill our shelves in the coming weeks, so come see us very soon.   I do love a mini-break.