Mom Essentials: Emily Dyson Paley

The creative director of Couverture & The Garbstore curates a simply stylish life for her and her family

The essentials for stylish living are right at Emily Dyson-Paley’s fingertips. This mother of two is the founder and creative director of Couverture & The Garbstore, a beloved Notting Hill shopping haunt. With a collection of new and vintage clothing, accessories, and housewares, the two-story down-with-mass-production shop has become a favorite for Londoners in search of something unique. Here, she proves that her personal aesthetic falls perfectly in line with her business principles, sharing essentials as chic as her Kensington Park Road shop.

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Summer dress: A white Rachel Comey silk and cotton tea dress
 Minä Perhonen
 Malia Mills
 My 1920s engagement ring
 Ikou Tschūss hand painted silk and crochet scarf from Couverture
Non-diaper bag:
 Ally Capellino tan saddle bag
Beauty product:
 Anything from the Moroccan Rose Ritual range by Ren
Kid’s shoes:
 Nathalie Verlinden
Kid’s clothing brand:
Favorite sneakers:
 New Balance
Who cuts your hair?
 George at Josh Wood Atelier, Lansdowne Mews
Who cuts the kids’ hair? Ana da Silva at Hedz on Portobello Road


Novel: The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks
Children’s book: The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Parenting book: Me, You, and the Kids, Too by Renee Elliot
Music to listen to with the kids: The
Beach Boys and Belle and Sebastian
Brunch spot: Tom’s Deli
Family-friendly restaurant: Granger & Co
Vacation spot: Our family home in Provence, France
App for kids: iF Poems


Food to make with the kids: Banana bread
Candle: Gingembre by Mad et Len
 Rifle Paper Co.
Healthy snack to share with kids:
Pumpkin seeds and Clearspring’s
tamari-roasted Sicilian almonds
Go-to organizational tool: Moleskin notebooks
Luggage: Patagonia wheeled bags
Best Mother’s Day gift: Anything my kids make me