from London Evening Standard

Hornets stock is a mixture of secondhand, new, specialist and the unusual. Yet more remarkable is the charming obliviousness of the staff in all branches to the vulgarities of the high street. You are treated with courtesy and respect whatever your budget.

Richard Godwin
London Evening Standard

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Our man from Shanghai

Ziheng Wang, the modern face of China is as usual dressed entirely by Hornets in this shot from a Chinese theatre magazine.

In a couple of months time Ziheng is back in London modelling and as his English is near perfect broadening his acting career.

Good luck Ziheng.  London is lucky to have you back and Hornets is happy to dress you.

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Christopher Lee is Dead? He Is Absolutely No Such Thing

 

The Man From the Hornet writes…

 

At lunchtime yesterday the news came through that the actor Sir Christopher Lee had passed away. He was 93.

 

I was with The Guv’nor when the news broke and we reminisced about Lee’s screen performances. We talked of his dignity. His power. And, of course, his style. We resolved to have a think about a fitting tribute from The Hornet, which we will post at a later date.

 

All through the day I talked with the people that I met about Sir Christopher Lee and his movies. Everyone had a memory of him.

 

On a Thursday I always get home late. The last stage of my journey takes me through the local churchyard. Although it is dark, it only takes thirty seconds and saves me time at the end of the day. It is a shortcut and I have been taking it for years without batting an eyelid.

Until last night. When this image came surging forth in my mind…

Dracula

Like so many kids I was occasionally allowed to stay up late and watch scary movies on TV. And I had forgotten – until last night – just how truly terrifying Lee’s Dracula appeared to me back then. And not just back then, either. Last night my heart quickened along with my step and I was through the graveyard in record time without a backward glance.

I’ll be frank: it was a poor show from a grown man.

 

And it made me think: Don’t believe everything you hear in the news.

 

Christopher Lee is dead, is he? Just you wait until nightfall, my friend. Just you wait…

 

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The Glamour of Ascot

Ascot has long been appropriated by advertisers to add a touch of glamour to their wares. Ascot has been invoked to sell everything from gaspers to nylons, as these two splendid mid-20th Century examples show…

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Cut The Dash At Ascot 2015

Melusine Top Hat

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Only available at our 36b Church Street outlet.

A classic. £170

Hornets’ amazing fur Melusine Top Hat is elegant, stylish, looks like a period silk topper and is the best deal in town at £170.

 

Hornets’ Famous Wool Felt Top Hat

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£49

Wool felt hats in grey (standard height) and black (in three heights) outstanding value at £49.

 

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Thursday 11th June – Saturday 13th June – 11:00a.m – 8:00p.m

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Our dedicated Ascot Shop is at 36b Kensington Church Street

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Radiant Simplicity

We loved this headline from the Sunday Express for Ascot back in the 20’s…

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And the byline: “By A Woman Correspondent”!

 

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Today Tuesday 9th June – Wednesday 10th June 11:00a.m – 6:00p.m

Thursday 11th June – Saturday 13th June – 11:00a.m – 8:00p.m

Sunday 14th June – Thursday 18th June 10:00a.m – 8:00p.m

Our dedicated Ascot Shop is at 36b Kensington Church Street

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