Jane's diary: August 15

We peek into the monthly diary of Jane Shepherdson, our inspirational CEO.

Whistles comes to Chicago

This month we were super excited to open our latest store in Bloomingdale's in Chicago. Our American expansion doesn't stop there, in September we will open new menswear pop-ups in New York and Miami. Look out for more information on the Whistles Journal.

King's Road goes green

Our King's Road store was adorned with fresh ferns this month to celebrate the arrival of the new season and it looks fantastic from the outside in. I always get excited about the autumn season and our new collection is impossible to resist - I popped into the store and ended up purchasing all available colours of the Irinia Rib Slim Knit top. So useful and flattering that I currently have them on wardrobe rotation.

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Reading list: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

I felt I had to read this following all the hype. A Little Life starts out as a tale of four friends in New York but rapidly darkens as we learn about the childhood of one of the characters. I'm finding it totally compelling and can't put it down.
Reading is such a luxury for me and I read as widely and as much as I can, especially on holiday. I’ve spent the summer working my way through the Baileys Women’s Prize shortlist and especially loved The Bees by Laline Paull – it was a book that I had previously put to one side, thinking that the life of a bee hive wasn’t really up my street..how wrong I was. Apparently bees have just the same class struggles as we do, and being born into the lower classes means fighting through similar prejudices and bigotry. I almost cried when the protagonist, Flora breaks through the wax ceiling.

Dinner at Oldroyds

The chef director from Polpo has started his own venture in the most unlikely spot in Islington, between a kebab shop and a nail bar. The restaurant is tiny, but the food – tasting plates of modern British cuisine, including grilled prawns with gremolata and pork belly and pea croquettes - is quite the best thing on Upper Street right now.
There are other hidden gems in the backstreets if you are prepared to venture off the main drag, such as Sunday's on Hemingford road. It's another tiny but welcoming space that combines super fresh local produce with wonderfully contrasting textures and flavours, such as salt and pepper crispy squid with papaya salad. These are the types of restaurants that interest me now, casual, friendly, very tasty, and not like the much hyped, over-priced West End venues, owned by TV super chefs that usually disappoint.

Oldroyds, 344 Upper Street, London, N1 0PD.

Film: 45 Years

I also went to see 45 Years at the weekend with Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtney. It’s about a couple about to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary, when he gets news of an old girlfriend who died on a hiking holiday with him before he and his current wife met. Slowly things start to unravel, and she starts to doubt everything. Charlotte Rampling only has to lift those lidded eyes and you can feel her pain - its a subtle film with realistic dialogue revolving around a relationship that feels truly authentic.

What I wore to dinner

The cooler evenings have enabled me to wear my favourite new knit mohair look. It's so light and comfortable, relaxed yet elegant. Shop the look: Mohair Knitted Culotte, Mohair Funnel Neck Sweater