Adeline dives into a pile of buttery, jammy bread. She'd ducked into Paul Rothe & Son, a traditional Marylebone deli on a grey, London day. Its glass-fronted facade makes for a pleasant session of people watching.

The deli has been open since 1900, with Paul Rothe senior arriving to London two years prior. He’d been a cigar salesman in Hamburg and opened the deli as a very Deutsche institution. Today, in its fourth generation, the vibe is rather different – an unpretentious British gem serving all our nation’s faves: jacket potatoes, sarnies, soup – and the odd samosa.

Sandwiches only arrived at the deli as a happy accident – between the wars, a few customers would occasionally request for the loaves of bread and cooked ham on sale to be cut open and assembled as such. We’re very glad they did – today, it’s our favourite pit stop for top-notch jam, retro booth-seating and that quaint, British charm.

Lucky for Adeline, she’s dressed for London weather, wearing a coat, blouse and flares all by Thomas Tait. The Canadian designer has been creating his own work since graduating from Central Saint Martin’s Fashion MA in 2010 (he was just 22).

Today, Adeline’s trousers and blouse look just perfect as she sits drinking her mug of freshly brewed tea – only small details, the fluidity of the trouser legs and the graphic, swiss-cheese cut-outs on her blouse, betray Tait’s modern touch.

For more information, visit the Paul Rothe & Son website.

 

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