From Saturday the 4th of November and every Saturday up until Christmas Day, Karen Walker has partnered with Hedleys Books for a pop-up which combines books, tea, and cake. What more could you want?!
Karen Walker has partnered with Hedleys Books, The Caker and Storm & INdia to create Playpark Summer 2017 – the ultimate bibliophiles’ tea-and-cake fashion experience.
Wairarapa’s Hedleys Books is the oldest family-owned and run book retailer in the country, a New Zealand publishing icon that’s survived two world wars and the global pervasiveness of Amazon. Teaming with them to celebrate their 110th year, “was an unmiss- able opportunity to embrace my inner book geek,” says Karen. Always prone to lingering for too long in book stores, “Mikhail literally has to drag me away from the shelves when we visit Book Soup in LA or Tsutaya in Tokyo,” she leapt at the chance to curate her own personal “library” of must-reads in collaboration with David Hedley. Together, the pair have personally selected 110 beautiful titles representing their combined favourite choices from their current it-list and a combined lifetime of reading, both ction and non- ction. Be it Karen’s love of twentieth century classics such as Mrs Dalloway and Bonjour Tristesse or David’s pop culture interests around rock luminaries David Bowie, Lou Reed and George Harrison, it’s an eclectic range with a great read for everyone.
The perfect companion to a good book is, without a doubt, tea and cake. And so, every Saturday from November 4th, the pop-up book store turns into a literary salon serving up summery, season- ally-inspired cakes by The Caker’s Jordan Rondel and delicious organic teas by Storm & India.
Karen has collaborated in the past with The Caker. Their fan-favourite Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Cookie Mix sold out last Mother’s Day but now it’s back alongside a brand new limited edition collaboration recipe: White Chocolate Hazelnut Orange- Cookie Mix.
Also brewing is an all-new collaboration between Karen Walker and the Bellamy sisters – the ‘Storm’ and ‘India’ behind the organic tea brand. The result is a botanical take on traditional Earl Grey, called Runaway. Romantic and fragrant, it’s a spirited blend of black tea, zesty citrus and delicate rose petals. Packaged in a blush tin, Runaway is perfect for gifting alongside the cookie mixes and a good book.
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