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SO23: The Hambledon & Peagreen

This is very exciting news. We have known and loved our friends at Peagreen since almost the very, very beginning of The Hambledon but we have never properly worked together. SO23 (because we share a postcode) is our new exclusive collaboration, featuring mugs and tea towels, designed by Peagreen with lots of input (interference?) from us. We hope this will be the first of many such projects.

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The History

Once upon a time, not long after we opened the shop, when we had so little stock everyone thought we were closing down and we were taking not quite enough money to keep even the landlord cheerful, we were introduced to a beautiful couple and their beautiful design agency who were looking to move off their kitchen table and into a proper office. And so they moved into the attic space above the shop and paid us a little rent to keep the bailiffs at bay. Since then Peagreen have moved into a really proper office just up the road and we have managed to keep the landlord sweet and moved our online team into the attic. But we remain near neighbours and close friends of the gorgeous Peagreen lot.

The Inspiration

Who doesn’t love Georgian lustreware? Who doesn’t love charming sentiment? And flagship independent retail? And badly drawn lions (thank you Izzy)? And ghosts? And Victorian ships? And dogs? For me the beauty of this collaboration has been the merging of lots of shared interests; from our love of where we live and work to our random obsessions with slightly esoteric things: the surprisingly modern squiggles on antique pottery; the striped shading on an etching; dog licence tags from the 1920s. More broadly we were looking to work together on a project which could bring lovely products to the shop which we weren’t able to find elsewhere.

The Collection

Let us introduce the collection (collections if you will). The mugs, hand decorated in Stoke by our new friends Mark and Eileen, are bone china, in a palette of pinks, blues and washed out blacks with gold detailing and are generously but elegantly proportioned. There are 6 designs, celebrating some of our favourite things. The Hambledon (because why wouldn’t we? It’s a lovely shopfront); Winchester, featuring one of Peagreen Lisa’s illustrations of a beautiful view of the cathedral; dogs, assorted (again, why wouldn’t we?); a Rose; a Ship of Good Hope (for sending a message of cheer) and a charming Sentiment mug (inspired by the Victorians).

The mugs works equally well individually, or if you’re pushing the boat out, as a set (the colours and themes are nicely harmonious). Is this the perfect Christmas gift?


The tea towels are made in the UK from a cotton linen mix. There are 3 designs: The Hambledon, Winchester (featuring all the landmarks) and dogs (featuring lots of dogs).

Enormous love and gratitude to Peagreen.


SO23 Peagreen x The Hambledon is available exclusively from The Hambledon, both in store and online.

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