Glyndebourne Winter/Christmas Collection Launches - exquisite and original gifts
As green turns to gold and crisp mornings offer up a gentle reminder that winter is on its way, it’s time to focus on keeping warm, adapting our wardrobe to a winter opera season and planning for Christmas. Our Glyndebourne Winter/Christmas Collection launch, which coincides with the Glyndebourne Tour, is full of beautifully designed products influenced by opera, our gardens and the South Downs. Designed and produced by skilled artisans and craftspeople, many of the products are created exclusively for Glyndebourne in the UK, making shopping for loved ones, or indeed yourself, a real treat.
2018 marks a milestone in our history as we celebrate 50 years of the Tour. In 1966 George Christie announced plans to start a touring company, and two years later Glyndebourne made its inaugural tour. The tour's two key aims: to make the work of the Glyndebourne accessible to audiences throughout the country and give performing opportunities to promising young singers. It was from this that the much-loved, and now thriving, Glyndebourne Tour evolved.
The change in season brings with it many delights – winter walks in the countryside, warm fires and evenings out to allay the long dark nights. We have several products to keep the cold out, including a super-soft cosy Mohair Throw, which comes in five carefully chosen colours – chocolate, natural, petunia, slate and teal. Our range of handmade, sumptuous Velvet Jackets, available in emerald, black and light blue, are perfect for a night out at the Tour.
For men, we have a range of Glyndebourne signature socks for everyday wear. This premium quality 100% cotton product is made in Italy and is available in a mix of dress-up or dress-down colours in a traditional two-tone or diamond design. Our Grand Piano and Manuscript socks, made from 95% ring-spun cotton, make an ideal gift for the music buff.
New for winter 2018 is the on-trend Faux Fur Weekend Bag, an extra-large shoulder bag designed in a relaxed style. It has a wide black leather shoulder strap which tapers in the centre and is lined in black satin with a handy magnetic closure. It comes in three easy to accessorise colours: Coral, Sea Green and Steel.
Cufflinks are a perennial favourite at the Glyndebourne Shop; they add personality to an outfit and make a super gift. Our winter offering includes a range of pieces inspired by renowned artists and architecture. The vibrant Turquoise Klimt Cufflinks and the Mackintosh Rose and Teardrop Cufflinks feature straight-legged rhodium plated findings with a fixed oval back, whilst the Gaudi Mosaic Square Cufflinks have a hinged back.
The pocket square is one of the easiest and most stylish ways a man can accessorise. Not only does it add elegance and an air of sophistication, it injects a dash of personality and colour into an outfit. Amidst an extensive range, we have two designs to add to our winter collection; one playful and one classic. The fun T. Rex Pocket Square comes in a choice of bright orange or blue and the classic looking, yet enigmatic, design of the Scarab and Orchid Pocket Square come in navy and burgundy. Both are made from 100% silk.
Thinking ahead to Christmas
It’s never too early to start Christmas shopping and Glyndebourne is a one-stop shop for unique gifts for all. This 100% Wool Scarf with hand-painted design comes in a Wild Garden, Flower Bed and Gallery design and is presented in a beautiful gift box. The Luxury Glyndebourne Champagne Set, comprising a bottle of Special Cuvée of Premier Cru Champagne and two Glyndebourne Crystal Champagne Flutes made by Cumbria Crystal, are designed exclusively for us. With La traviata kick-starting the tour at Glyndebourne – 14 October to 2 November – memories of the 2014 Festival production will be at the forefront of many minds. The DVD of the production is not only a souvenir but a flavour of what’s currently on stage.
The Erté Der Rosenkavalier Glyndebourne Bauble 2018 by Halcyon Days has been handcrafted using enamel paints and will add a touch of opera magic to the tree. Our pack of eight O Christmas Tree Greetings Cards depict characters from the 2019 Glyndebourne Festival Productions alongside the three Glyndebourne baubles for 2018 – a must send to fellow opera fans.
This is just a taster of what’s in store, so do visit the Glyndebourne online shop for the full range of seasonal inspiration.