John Lewis has teamed up with British designer Alice Temperely to launch an exclusive clothing and accessories collection.

'Somerset by Alice Temperely' includes snakeskin effect belts, studded nappa leather handbags, animal print scarves and a sheepskin coat.

The 60 piece collection ranges from GBP29 (US$46.10) to GBP1,000.

Peter Ruis, brand & buying director at John Lewis, said: "This collection marks a new chapter in fashion at John Lewis. This will be one of the most iconic collaborations the UK has ever seen, bringing together two quintessentially British brands."

The range is available in all 29 John Lewis department stores.

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New Label 'Somerset by Alice Temperely' Hits John Lewis Stores Across the UK and Online

On 4th September John Lewis customers across the country will finally have the chance to buy clothing and accessories from new label Somerset by Alice Temperleycreated exclusively for the UK department store by iconic British designer Alice Temperley.

Somerset by Alice Temperley, named after Temperley’s beloved home county in the South West of England, is the label’s first high street collaboration, making her signature style accessible to thousands more women. The 60 piece collection will also, for the very first time, include a full range of accessories.

A second drop, consisting mainly of pieces for the forthcoming party season, such as beaded evening gowns and a full length silk dress in emerald green, will make its way into John Lewis stores in early October.

The Somerset collection is infused with Temperley’s iconic style, with beautiful lace detailing and silks. The pieces draw inspiration from Victoriana with the addition of a delicately ornate black lace collar to an ivory silk blouse; Bohemia and the 1970s with a large brimmed ‘Aroma’ hat and this season’s update on Military featuring cashmere, cape coats and double breasted jackets, with fit and flare. The collection is defined by a direction use of monochrome, animal print and leather, for a luxurious daytime look or elegant evening style.

From pony skin slippers to wide snakeskin effect belts, studded nappa leather handbags to animal print scarves, the Somerset by Alice Temperley accessories collection offers a range of beautiful pieces to update any autumn winter wardrobe.

Price points ranging from £29 for a scarf, £99 for a day dress and £1,000 for a luxurious thick sheepskin coat in seal grey, mark the collection out as accessible whilst retaining high-end detail and design.

Alice Temperley, MBE commented “Somerset’s exclusive collection for John Lewis will take our aesthetic to a wider audience. I wanted it to be very much a collection of essentials and to design pieces that provide a functional wardrobe for women in their everyday life. John Lewis is a great partner as it is synonymous with quality and integrity and is part of British life.”

Jo Hooper, Head of Womenswear Buying added “Fashion conscious women will find that Somerset by Alice Temperley makes them feel stylish, smart and elegant. The palette is beautifully conceived to coordinate with the line and with existing clothes found in a woman’s wardrobe. Coupled with the John Lewis high standards of retail, the line is destined to become a favourite with thousands of women in the UK”

Peter Ruis, Brand & Buying Director, John Lewis “Peter Ruis, Brand & Buying Director, John Lewis “This collection marks a new chapter in fashion at John Lewis. This will be one of the most iconic collaborations the UK has ever seen, bringing together two quintessentially British brands."

The collection will be available in all 29 John Lewis department stores. Customers will be able to find more information on 'Somerset by Alice Temperley'

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John Lewis and London 2012 - As part of this partnership with LOCOG (The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) John Lewis operates official London 2012 shops within all its department stores. John Lewis is helping to furnish lounge and reception areas at key Games-time venues as well as offering Partners (staff) the opportunity to support LOCOG in the operation and build-up to the Games. Further to the sponsorship with LOCOG, John Lewis Partnership has developed 'Partners in Sport' an initiative to put something back into the community through sport which includes sponsoring several London 2012 hopefuls as well as funding sports coaches. 

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Alice Temperley, MBE - Biography

Alice Temperley was born in England in 1975, trained at London’s Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and finished her studies with a Masters degree at the Royal College of Art. Besides a thorough training in the traditional disciplines, Temperley specialized in fabric technology and print.

Temperley’s award portfolio includes; the ‘Award for Innovation’ from Central Saint Martin’s, ‘English Print Designer of the Year 1999’ at Indigo, Paris, Glamour Magazine ‘Designer of the Year’ & Elle Magazine ‘Young Designer of the Year’ both in 2004, and ‘Hollywood Designer of the Year’ in Hollywood Style Awards in 2011.

In the 2011 New Year Honours, Temperley was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace, for services to the fashion industry.

Alice is the eponymous designer of Temperley London that celebrated its 10th year anniversary in 2011. The World of Temperley includes a Temperley London main line, ALICE by Temperley sister line and Temperley Bridal line, and is available in over 35 countries world wide.

She launched her first book in 2011; ‘True British: Alice Temperley’, by Alice Temperley, published by Rizzoli New York, 2011.

Alice lives between West London and Somerset with her husband Lars Von Bennigsen and 3 year old son, Fox.


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