Today I headed to Camden to soak up a little bit of Indie rock/ punk culture. It fascinates me every time. I turned up the Foals as I walked up Camden road and soaked in the sub culture that has evolved there. There is a huge punk culture mixed in with a little mod. Expect to see girls and guys wearing Dr martins everywhere or girls adopting that Dita Von Teese look.
It will sure enliven you.
I headed to my favorite cafe the spiral lounge. An all raw and organic cafe which has a beautiful view over the canal - bought my favorite smoothie of almonds, spinach, avocado, wheatgrass, spirulina, chia and xylitol then headed into the hustle and bustle of the Camden stables.
I love vintage shopping in Camden, I always find great things in Episode. There was so many fashion trends that evolved in London which makes for extremely great vintage shopping. The mods, the rockers and the punks! Now all these fashion movements from bygone eras have cumulated into an assortment of eclectic fashions.
The fashion here is influenced by grungy music and indie rock. Long known for its music heritage, certain pubs are favorite meeting spots for local musicians such as Amy Winehouse. There are many live music venues from various pubs to the famous Jazz Cafe, KoKo & The Roundhouse theatre. Boys walk around in the tightest of skinny jeans while girls look they have been rocking out hard to bands all night.
At mid afternoon I headed to The Hawley Arms, where you can experience great British pub food and the indie culture all-in-one. Amy Winehouse is a local while Kelly Osbourne, Katy Perry and the like pop their heads in now and again.
Today was inspiring for sure, the weather is mild and my mind is ticking over time. After some lentil soup, rose wine and my friend flooding the bathroom – I’m ready for some sleep!
i am completely in love with our latest vintage loves vignette, “namaste!” the selection of indian printed dresses, worn denim and woven bags are right up my alley. i especially love the length of a lot of the dresses and that they’re shorter for going into spring and summer. perfect summer festival dress, anyone?!?
coincidentally, one of our fp girls came in today wearing a vintage dress just like the ones above! i love how she styled it with a wide belt and boots.
lou just happened to be walking by and we couldn’t resist putting her in the photo :)
and since its not quite warm enough yet, these dresses look awesome paired with tights, boots and a faux fur jacket too!
and here is our amazing vintage team at the vignette shoot, being awesome:
I’m addicted to street style sites; I find them ever so inspiring when it comes to putting together
fresh new looks.
Lately I have been seeing a lot of brogues on girls adopting that Annie Hall
sophisticated tomboy vibe. I like this look going into spring but I’m not sure which way I’d
prefer to take it – do I give my feminine outfit that little bit of attitude or do I go for the full blown tomboy
look, teaming it with denim skinny jeans and shirts?! Either way I think it rocks!
marais USA was founded in 2007 by two parsons school of design students named catherine chen and haley boyd. while in school they both worked as waitresses around new york city and throughout their college years of shoe shopping in the city, found a need for simple but fashionable shoe styles that were still affordable. from this discovery their company was born, and they now work in brooklyn designing “essential” shoes for girls like them, who want to be stylish but don’t want to break the bank. their inspiration comes from a summer spent in le marais, the eclectic paris neighborhood known for its shopping, where there is “literally something for everyone” – a philosophy that holds true for their company as well.
le marais, paris
it’s fitting that the three shoe styles we’re carrying right now from marais are each completely different, too. i took some inspiration from their website, where they feature four very different “marais girls,” and found three very different gals here at our office who each loved a different pair of their shoes!
i made a collage for each one of them using images they keep around their desks as inspiration –you can see how different their styles are just looking at these images…
i love mood boards…especially when they incorporate objects and fabrics in addition to just images. i think its why i’m always so drawn to my coworkers’ desk spaces, as they’re each like a little personal mood board. here are some that i’ve collected from around the web.
rag and bone:
i think i need to re-organize my desk space… again.
i just got an email with the subject “patti smith and store 808″ and i had to blink a couple of times and make sure i was reading correctly- but a couple of our fp girls in boston did in fact get to meet patti smith herself at a book signing and lecture that took place last week at the museum of fine arts. i am so jealous… since reading her book she has become a huge inspiration for me, and i wish i had known her story sooner and gone to one of her appearances because to hear her speak in person would be life changing.
luckily our fp girls took some great notes! here’s a recap of the event from ava, our MIT in boston.
Last week Christine (our assistant store manager) and I had the opportunity to go meet Patti Smith at the Museum of Fine Arts for a book signing and lecture….. It was an amazing experience! We snapped a few photos, and jotted down quotes from her lecture.
We first went to the book signing – we could barely contain our excitement while waiting in line, along with our Sales Associate Kaly. We had the opportunity to talk to her at the table, and were completely star struck – she was so nice, completely approachable and laid back. I’m sure I mumbled something dumb to Patti about her being wonderful.
After the book signing we went into the auditorium, and when we saw her guitar on stage – we knew we were in for a special treat! She read excerpts from Just Kids, told stories, took questions and even sang a couple of songs.
patti’s guitar, from “objects of life”
I jotted down some quotes below that I was scribbling in my note book. When Patti saw Kaly holding her notebook, she asked her “Are you a writer?” and Kaly said, “No, I’m an artist.” and Patti replied “You can always spot writers and artists because they always keep their notebook close!”
A lot of Patti’s talk emphasized the importance of labor within the realm of art.
“The goal of an artist is to magnify one’s vision to make it flesh. … A true artist’s ultimate goal is not celebrity.”
patti’s jacket with rimbaud pin, from “objects of life”
At one point Patti was reading from her book, and came to a passage that mentioned a long blue raincoat and she stopped, and said “I had to mention that rain coat. I’m a coat freak. In fact, I was signing books earlier and I was coveting at least two people’s coats!”
“All my outfits had names… Actually, the whole history of new wave film I had in two drawers.”
handmade tambourine, from “objects of life”
On Song Origins:
As an opening to her song Wing – she said “I always screw up when I do this song. I wrote it, but it sort of expresses my state of mind as a young girl of 20, before I met Robert Mapplethorpe…”
I was free
it was beautiful
it was beautiful
Talking about how she came up with the song Grateful, right before she sang it:
“I was feeling a little low– and I was standing there so sad and I had this vision of Jerry Garcia and he smiled at me and shook his hair, and this song came into my head so I named it ‘Grateful.’ It felt like a gift from Jerry…. Life is tough, but things work out.”
suitcase from “objects of life”
Talking about NYC:
“I went to NYC the way I usually did things- not having any money, not knowing where I was going to stay, not telling where I was going. Truthfully I still often travel that way… It’s exciting!”
“We lived at the Chelsea Hotel. Everyday was an adventure… some people accuse me of name dropping in my book. I can’t help it everyone. Everyone was there in the late 60s.”
When Robert asked me to write this book he was here in Boston, so I always have a special sense of him when I am here.
What do you think about audiobooks?
“I’ll never not love books. I love the paper and to hold it. However, there’s a lot of trash that is being written that doesn’t deserve to be a beautiful object….. I was against color tv when it came out. You people think I am so cutting edge, but I never want anything to change.”
She did reveal she’s doing an audiobook of Just Kids, even though she didn’t know what a Kindle was about a year ago.
paintbrush from “objects of life”
I’m a 20 year old unemployed painter. How do I grow up to be as cool as you? (Patti’s response to this was one of our favorite moments!)
“I never knew a 20 year old employed painter!
The main reason I went to NYC wasn’t to be a rich, famous artist, but to get a job. We do what we can in order to survive. Work really hard to magnify your vision. Don’t worry about selling work. Just evolve. Work hard.
If you mean you don’t have a job – GET ONE! I was always aware that you need to work in order to have food, or materials. If you mean you aren’t selling it, don’t worry about it.
First thing: Do good work. Worry about selling it later. Make it first.
People think “oh, if you are a punk rocker you don’t work….. Uh… sorry!
I got married, scrubbed floors, raised children, and I was still an artist everyday. Unfortunately, I was not a very good housekeeper.”
(She then sang My Blakean Year)
What historical woman would you consider to be punk rock?
“Joan of Arc!”
How do you feel about being called the Godmother of Punk?
“To me people worrying about who was, who is punk rock, it’s like when my husband and brother in law would make fantasy baseball teams and argue for hours and hour about who was better… it’s all theoretical.
First it was Princess of Piss. Then Queen of punk, now Godmother. Next I’ll be the Dinosaur.”
In a room full of 400 people, it felt like we were sitting in a living room just hanging out. She ended her lecture by leading the entire crowd in an acapella sing along of ‘Because the Night’ (one of my favorite songs of ALLLLLL TIME) after reading the excerpt about hearing it on the radio while walking down the street- it was absolutely amazing!
I have always been intrigued by the brand all for the Mountain. Ever since I stumbled across them from blogs last year, I have been hooked. There’s something ever so odd about the way they merchandise their line, and it excites me. I find myself immersed into another world – it’s powerful and warrior like!
There are no boundaries when it comes to putting across a visual thought, just stop by their website, and I’m sure you’ll get the picture.
Their designs are strong and solid with an Egyptian touch, great to add a unique twist to any outfit.
The two designers (who seem like crazy characters that I’d love to meet sometime) are heading from Brooklyn to a new studio in Pioneertown, CA. They have adopted a salon that they are going to convert into their workspace.
We’re intrigued by fashion everyday – it stimulates, inspires, and influences everything we do. We’re always looking for the freshest trends and the newest movements in street style and boho fashion, and we constantly fuel our ideas with the best from fashion culture.