This was completely unplanned. I was on route somewhere else, walked past Matches and saw the 'SALE SALE SALE' stickers in the window. I said to myself (I kid you not): 'if there is no traffic coming and I can cross the road without walking up to the pedestrian crossing, then I will go in.' That is the way I roll.
Of course, the road was traffic free. One might say it was meant to be. Even if it had not been, it might have been one of those Truman Show traffic stopping situations just to make it so.
Three things caught my eye that I'd added to my mental wish list in the past, but had to walk away in the interests of financial good sense. A beautiful silver Isabel Marant bomber jacket (still in the £400s, so still emphatically not happening despite the love I feel), YMC for Matches cashmere crew necks and Duccio Venturi sandals. I tried the jumper in a beautiful crushed berry shade and the sandals in black suede as well as tan leather with bright orange laces. I noticed these sandals AGES ago, and so naturally jumped all over them when their price was slashed. I left the cashmere behind, which may have been a mistake. It is hard to buy things for predominantly autumn/winter wear in the summer. But I would have congratulated myself later in the year. Hey ho, you can't win them all and I think bagging these brilliant sandals just before my trip to New York is victory enough.