The ES Shopping Shortlist: What to shop, see and know in November 2022

 (Daily Paper X Filling Pieces)
(Daily Paper X Filling Pieces)

With around a month to go, there’s no longer any need to whisper the C-word anymore. Say it out loud people: Christmas is coming.

The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us, and while we can’t wait for the festivities to get underway, many are grappling with the potential cost of the celebrations.

That’s why we’re particularly excited for this year’s Black Friday sales to get underway. This year Black Friday will take place on November 25, finishing up on Cyber Monday which will be on November 28.

The discount event has snowballed into an annual shopping fixture with rollbacks on every imaginable product and quite a few services and experiences like holidays too. Save on the cost of Christmas with gadgets like air fryers, or get a headstart on your shopping list with deals galore across beauty, tech, toys and more.

Regular readers will know ES Best always brings you edits of the juiciest discounts to make your money work harder. Why bother going to battle on the high street when you can shop everything from the comfort of your sofa?

Black Friday aside, there’s plenty to look forward to this month (Bonfire night, for one) as the nation’s companies and brands begin gearing up for Christmas.

Thrift+ - Karen Millen Partners with Reselling Service

High street fashion label Karen Millen has teamed up with Thrift+ to help close the wasteful fashion loop. Shoppers will be able to add a ThriftBag to their Karen Millen orders, which can then be sent in for recirculation which will bank them credits. These can then be exchanged for vouchers, used to bag pre-loved clothes, or donated to a charity of your choice. Smarter, less wasteful shopping is here.

Buy now, Karen Millen

Daily Paper X Filling Pieces

After a nine year hiatus, Daily Paper and Filling Pieces have announced their second collaboration to celebrate their long standing relationship.

Inspired by the Sapeurs of Congo - the Society of Ambiance Makers & Elegant People, a fashion subculture made up ordinary individuals like taxi-drivers, tailors, and gardeners who transform themselves into dapper dandies with stylish suits and designer pieces - it’s a celebration of Congolese culture through the lens of the Amsterdam-born brand.

The 18 piece collection is full of elevated casualwear, suits, accessories and footwear, and will be available from both brands’ websites from 12pm November 4.

Buy now, Daily Paper

Asda extends its ‘Blue Light’ discount until New Year’s Eve

Supermarket chain Asda is continuing to show its support for the nation’s front-line workers by extending a 10 per cent discount for Blue Light card holders.

Now running until December 31, workers in the NHS, Emergency Services, Social Services, social care sector and armed forces will be able to get a reduction on all sorts of goods, including the Christmas ranges.

It’s a lovely token of appreciation for the people who go the extra mile.

Buy now, Asda

Barbour X Ganni

Heritage outerwear brand Barbour has collaborated with Copenhagen-based hypey womenswear label Ganni to design two collections - one, a ready-to-wear nine piece mainline collection, and the other, 50 unique upcycled and reworked pre-existing Barbour pieces.

The former, consisting of two coats, four jackets, a skirt, and two bucket hats that are sprinkled with the Scandi brand’s playful design details, is available to buy from both brand’s websites, whilst the latter is available from selected Ganni stores, as well as Selfridges London. Better get in there quick because we’re sure it’ll be sold out in no time.

Buy now, Ganni

McQueens x Perrier-Jouët Wreath Making Masterclass

With Christmas on its merry way, now’s the time to book in for some festive workshops to help you get in the spirit of things. Luxury florist McQueens is holding a series of wreath-making workshops to help you send glad tidings from your front door. But the best bit? It’s running the classes in partnership with Perrier-Jouët Champagne, so you can do it in style.

The sessions will take place every Friday and Saurday from November 18 until December 10 in Mayfair (£225) as well as Bethnal Green (£175) from 6:30pm - 9pm.

Buy now, McQueens Flowers

LADYGARDEN X Cloudy Bay Floral Workshops

For festive floral arrangements with edge, look to east London florist LADYGARDEN who is running workshops to help you create knockout designs. It’s out with the traditional pine, holly and cinnamon sticks and in with a contemporary look, from wreaths for your front door (£125), to tablescape designs (£220) to impress loved ones comes Christmas lunch. For the truly bold, try the Christmas Floral Sculpture Workshop (£155) which will show you how to create a spotlight-stealing piece for the big day.

Buy now £125.00, LADYGARDEN

Pangaia X Timberland

A collaboration between two powerhouses in the sustainable fashion market, it’s no wonder this collection of footwear is responsibly made using renewable materials such as responsibly grown rubber, abaca plant fiber and organically grown cotton.

The collection includes three reimagined versions of Timberland’s classic 6-inch boots (£200) in the respective labels’ signature colours, as well as our favourite, a mule (£140), designed in a neutral stone - and each features Pangaia’s iconic textblock we all know and love. Available to buy from both brand’s websites, with the mule available exclusively at Timberland, it’s a great addition to any winter footwear collection.

Buy now, Timberland

Loveness Lee spells it out

Accessories can make the outfit and now there's a new way to add some gild to your daily wardrobe. Jewellery Loveness Lee has launched the Alphabet Collection, a series of initial earrings available in gold or silver colours. Buy them as a pair or individually as you like. Single from £75, pairs from £110.

Buy now £75.00, Loveness Lee

Barrie x Goossens Capsule Collection

As two artisan Chanel-owned companies that create pieces for the luxury house’s annual Métiers d’Art collection, it’s a match made in heaven between jewellery brand Goossens and knitwear label Barrie.

Barrie’s knitwear features Goossens’ well-known zodiac medal motif, whilst the jeweller has created four medallions inspired by the Scottish label for a capsule collection that highlights the unique craft offered by each workshop, and the importance of human touch behind it.

Buy now, Barrie

Ruggable x Iris Apfel Home Design Collection

The bespectacled American icon is back with another collab, so the rest of us can have a drop of her distinctive style at home.

Iris Apfel has teamed up with innovative washable rug brand Ruggable on a stunning floor covering collection - and we want them all. The nature-inspired line up includes 15 rug designs as well as five doormats to give your rooms a cheerful, quirky upgrade.

Available as area rugs, runners and round rugs in a selection of sizes.

Buy now, Ruggable

Primark launches click and collect

It's the news bargain-hunting fashion lovers have been waiting for - Primark has finally launched a new click-and-collect service. The retailer is so popular that the website crashed instantly, but once it's back up and running again, shoppers will be able to collect paid for purchases on kids products.

The initial rollout is taking place in 25 stores and in the north-west, Yorkshire and north Wales only. All going well, one can reasonably assume the service will be extended nationwide and on other products too. Watch this space.

Buy now, Primark