Archive for May 2011

Pop Up Shop – NYC – Warby Parker

Location: Nest, Dallas, NYC Date: Open Now for Spring Summer 2011 To all civilians and jet-setters in NYC, This weekend will be your last chance to shop the Warby Parker pop-up shop on McKinney Avenue inside the cool Dallas boutique, Nest. Making sartorially stylish sunglasses and eyeglasses, New York-based Warby Parker is all about fashion-forward eye wear for fair prices. Designer collaborations are a dime a dozen these days, and it takes something special to get us hot under the collar…When we heard word that two of our fave labels, Suno and Warby Parker were joining forces to create lushly patterned shades, well, we just couldn’t curb our enthusiasm. Among our favorites from Warby Parker are the sunglasses developed through a collaboration with designer label, Suno. The colorful, quirky frames are must -haves for the sunny season ahead, take a look at these hot little pairs… Warby Parker was founded with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective: to create boutique-quality, classically crafted eyewear at a revolutionary price point. The aesthetic is vintage-inspired, with a fashion forward twist – and every pair is custom fit with anti-reflective, polycarbonate prescription lenses… all the while, providing a pair to someone in need with every pair sold. See more at: http://www.nestdallas.com/

Interior – Food – Biscuiteers

Chief Biscuiteers Stevie Congdon and Harriet Hastings (also co-directors of leading London catering company Lettice) conceived this fantastical idea of the biscuit becoming one of life’s most unique, creative and scrummy gifts around. All Biscuiteers’ biscuits are handmade. Baked using the best well-sourced ingredients in their own kitchens, each range is lovingly designed and iced by hand. The tins have been sourced for their traditional style and ‘life after biscuit’ potential. Each collection is individually illustrated to make collecting the tins more fun. As well as the collections on their site, Biscuiteers take bespoke orders for weddings, brand launches and parties. Look out for their spiced, vanilla and ginger bakes in our special seasonal Biscuiteers tins. Tickled your taste buds? Take a peek… http://www.biscuiteers.com/

Fashion – Lazy Oaf at Bread & Butter

Young fashion brand Lazy Oaf began life as a short order T-shirt brand, but after reworking their dynamic and product listings, it will return to Berlin streetwear show ‘Bread & Butter’ in July following a two-season lacuna and has rebuilt the brand to add a forward-order service to its European stockist that tend to purchase ahead. This East London based label was founded by Gemma Shiel back in 2001, with hand screen printed tee’s and a market stall in East London, skit to the now and Lazy Oaf is now available in over 150 stockists worldwide! Lazy Oaf are famous for their bright pop graphic tees, reversible sweats and accessories collections. Illustration, graphics, drawing and fueled by tea, hamburgers and Brian Blessed’s knarley foot. The Oaf’s have often contributed to print projects, exhibitions and events. 2004  Saw the opening of the Lazy Oaf store in Soho which houses all of the collections and further Oaf Oddities sourced from Japan and the US. Lazy Oaf products are designed in house by Gemma and the Lazy Oaf team from the Oaf HQ in Shoreditch, products range from their staple graphic tee’s to 90s inspired bobble hats, greeting cards, jewellery and posters. There are plans for the collection to further expand and to include denim and perhaps blouses says Shevone Bliss, the wholesale manager at LO.  The brand is targeting indies such as Oi Polloi etailer Oki-ni with the Lazy Oaf menswear collection, with current stockists including Selfridges in London, Manchester and Birminghams as well as indie Mimm in Nottigham. Boutiques including Thunder Egg in Manchester and Frank Boutique in Stirling stock the womenswear range, which makes up 70% of the brands’ total wholesale sales. Keep an eye out for their new collection, to be previewed at Berlin’s Bread & Butter in July.

Interior – Inspiration – Merchandising

The Inspiration: Mannequin Army Prada’s influence on the British high street this year has been quite phenomenal. In terms of Visual Merchandising the Prada effect is influencing some of the biggest high street brands with ‘the ‘mannequin army’.This week alone we saw; H&M, Topshop and Next all employing this technique in their store entrances. Has anyone seen this technique being used anywhere else? I think at least 6 mannequins seems to be the key although even more = even more impact.  So here we leave you with a little ‘Prada’ inspiration from the New York and LA stores.