Recording and researching the wonders of past and present:

BRITISH - FASHION - MENSWEAR - DESIGN - ART - TRAVEL - VINTAGE - LONDON

British Art 1930 - Grosvenor School Linocutters

With the Olympics only months away these beautifully crafted 1930’ s Linocut’s of sporting events seem very apt!

THE RUNNERS - 1930 (Cyril E. Power)

TOUR DE SUISSE - 1935 (Lill Tschudi)

THE EIGHT - 1930 (Cyril E. Power)

IN FULL CRY - 1930 (Cyril E. Power)

BEN SHERMAN ILLUSTRATIONS: HALF A CROWN

A very talented Illustrator and Print Designer friend of mine Lyndsey Dorman AKA HALF A CROWN was recently commissioned by Ben Sherman to create these stunning Menswear collar guide Ink Illustrations for the new shop fit on Carnaby Street London and the new website.http://www.bensherman.com/know-your-collar….. So charming and gentlemanly I had to share!

Half A Crownhttp://halfacrown.co.uk/Home.htmlContact for illustration commisions

Twitter: @HALF_A_CROWN

PRIVATE WHITE VC -MENSWEAR MADE IN BRITAIN

Private White VC……. I’m totally in awe of this Brand! Committed to crafted British made menswear all produced in the original Manchester factory which was started by Private Jack White and inspired the label . Designed by Nick Ashley (The son of Laura Ashley and formally head of Design at Dunhill) the collection has a traditional heritage aesthetic. The store which opened at the end of last year on Lambs Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N is understated featuring fixtures and fittings from the factory and Illustrations by by Northern local artists, the standout is the outerwear collection. So encouraging to see a desirable Menswear brand using British fabrics and production at the forefront of the resurgence in British Textile Manufacturing. Make sure you visit the store next time your in the area or check it out online http://www.privatewhitevc.com/

TERENCE CONRAN- THE WAY WE LIVE NOW

LONDON - THE DESIGN MUSEUM

http://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/2011/terence-conran

So great to see this exhibition examining the work of Sir Terence Conran and his impact on contemporary British design, the genius of simple, timeless, enduring style! His work seems more relevant then ever in this new era of austerity never a slave to fashion just classic simple design. Definitely worth a trip showing at the Design Museum London till 4th March.

 

YSL RETROSPECTIVE - MADRID

I managed to take some sneeky photos at the recent YSL retrospective exhibition in Madrid which was the best curated fashion exhibition I have seen in a long time. As one of my favourite designers it was so great to see his spirit alive in a vast collection of his work celebrating his famous statements: Ready- to wear, Smoking, Safari, Tuxedo, Eveningwear, Art. I’m sure this exhibition will travel it has already been in Paris, make sure you see this archive of one of the greatest fashion visionaries of the 20th century his work leaves a legacy that will be forever referenced…….

The words of Pierre Berge sum up his influence on women and design :

"His work went far beyond that of a mere fashion designer. It was created by an artist who revolutionised his own time. It is true that his work is not sculpted in marble but it changed the life of women, empowered them and gave them confidence and self- esteem."

NELSON SHOEMAKERS - SETTLE

I stumbled on Nelson’s the shoemakers on a nostalgic railway journey across the Yorkshire Dales on the Settle - Carlisle railway! What a find….. the business owned by Daniel Nelson has a long history passed down the family since the 1840’s when the building of the railways in the area would mean a demand for boots to supply the local male rail workers. Settle in 1850 had 20 shoemakers and apprentices but after industrialisation few survived its amazing that this business is still here today and thriving with a 2 year waiting list. All the shoes are handmade and crafted carrying on a worthy tradition. In his small shop and workshop it was inspiring to see Medieval lasts and Edwardian styles beautifully crafted!

HASTINGS & RYE

A recent jaunt to the South Coast, Hastings Old Town and Rye was particularly inspiring with an abundance of quirky Independent stores and a bohemian atmosphere it’s great to see the Great British Seaside towns thriving.

The must visit shopping haunts:

WARP & WEFT STYLING

Owned and run by the enchanting Leida this unique tiny shop in Hastings Old town is currently my favourite shop. So original with such a strong style dialogue Leida has an amazing eye sourcing the best quality and timeless vintage clothes. Beautifully tailored suits to french painter jackets displayed with stunning handmade leather shoes and crafted silverware from Morocco. The visual merchandising is carefully and beautifully presented with changing themes to the season and zeigiest. Customer service is second to none due to Leida’s passion and knowledge. I can’t wait till my next visit, I wanted the leather brogues but they were only available in men’s sizes :( (image bottom) but I was told women’s boots are in the pipeline!

HASTINGS OLD TOWN VINTAGE ARCADE - Courthouse street

For Bric a Brac to obscurities this is the place to visit.

KITCHENALIA - JANE WICKS

This is a great almost museum like shop in Rye is decked to the nines in quality vintage kitchen and garden equipment.

CLASSIC CHAPS

A treasure trove of dandy gentleman gear retro and antique mostly of the sartorial nature and a good book selection.

CRAFTED KNITS

A look sure to be copied to death on the high street shortly ……..Burberry’s SS12 Menswear collection of crafted knits, the crochet, stripes and geometric embellishment immediately reminded me of Missoni’s iconic crafted knits!

I saw an amazing Missoni exhibition in 2009 at the Estorick Collection in Islington the geometric, patchwork and lively colour combinations never seem to date……I’m sure a resurgence is on the way!

http://www.estorickcollection.com/exhibitions/Workshop_Missoni.php

Some of the photos I took…..



A TAILOR’S TREASURE

Last weekend I was very privileged to meet Ellen Ebelewicz a frail but distinguished lady in her 90’s who once had a thriving tailoring business with her husband in Suffolk when he was alive. In their day they tailored Lord’s, Lady’s and members of the Court in handmade British fabrications. Ellen was wanting to clear her house and a family friend expressed I may be interested in any sewing material as she wanted it to go to a good home! I left with a treasure trove of original tailoring trimmings, vintage patterns and buttons. It was so amazing to see their studio untouched for two decades and to see original button hole twist thread, tailors wax and various items for handmade procedures and techniques which have been lost to today’s mass manufacture. I left feeling somber that our generation and culture has lost respect for time and quality something that the Ebelewicz’s business survived on!

DAVID HOCKNEY

I adore David Hockney’s iconic English artist style so individual, eccentric and quirky! ………. just stumbled on these images mostly from the book below and had to share! His contribution to Pop Art was significant and so is his style……

in his words:

"The moment you cheat for the state of beauty. You know your an artist" David Hockney.