Ad: Shop local to get your holiday packing sorted

Whether you’re jetting off or planning a staycay, our local Cambridge brands have got your summer holiday packing sorted. Velvet goes shopping

Laird Hatters

With shops in Soho, Covent Garden, The Strand, Oxford and Cambridge’s own Green Street, Laird Hatters has been providing hats and caps of distinction for both men and women since 2009. Putting a modern spin on the rich English and Scottish heritage of their hats, this summer’s must-have for gents is the Laird Alfred Panama. This handmade hat is a timeless classic, which will add the perfect finishing touch to any outfit this season, whether the occasion is trip to the races, a garden party or a punt down the Cam.

Store: 4 Green Street, Cambridge CB2 3JU


Instagram: @lairdhatters

Wrap and Dry

Now this is clever. Sisters Becky and Hannah grew up loving the water and the gym. So they needed a towel for both, that was not only stylish but also quick-drying, super-absorbent, compact and

lightweight. Not finding what they wanted, they decided to make their own! Enter Wrap and Dry, and the sisters’ mission to change the way you dry. Their fabulous towels are even sand repelling - so handy at the beach! - and come with a convenient hanging loop for storage, whether you are pushed for space in your holiday hotel or just using it at home. Best of all they come in a gorgeous range of bold bright stripes, and can even be personalised.


Instagram: @wrapdry

Facebook: @wrapanddry

Modish Shoes

Declared one of the nation’s top 100 shoe shops by the Guardian, Modish is known for offering both a unique edit of ladies’ designs, spanning niche European labels and much-loved brands like Fly London and Geox, and unrivalled customer service - founder Sarah Decent prides herself on matching you with your perfect footwear.

She says: “So many of us live in our white sneakers from spring onwards, so much so that it's hard to put them to one side when the weather gets hot. May we suggest these White Arizona Birkenstocks, £65, do the same job, with the added bonus of allowing some much-needed sun on our tootsies! If white sneakers are THE summer shoe, then surely a pair of White Arizona Birkenstocks are THE summer sandal?”

Store: 3 Green Street, Cambridge CB2 3JU

Phone: (01223) 354436



Known for selling clothing, accessories, homeware and gifts with both style and soul, the team at Burwash Manor boutique Cuckoo say their Dream dresses are this summer’s must-pack for holidays and must-wear at home.

Say the team: “Imagined in Greece and handmade in India using the finest 100% recycled cotton and hand block-printed by artisans, this year’s Dream collection reflects care-free summer days and nights. Filled with colourful yet minimal pieces which delicately float with the breeze, this dress, £72.95, will wear well all season long.”

Store: Burwash Manor, New Road, Barton, Cambridge CB23 7EY


Instagram: @cuckooclothing

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