Naturally drawn to Sarah Lazarovic’s book A Bunch of Pretty Things I did Not Buy because of its neon orange cover and hand written type, I almost read the whole book in the shop (not because I didn’t intend on buying it) because it sucked me in. Lazarovic takes you on a journey – her journey tracking the relationship she has with stuff and her decision not to buy things. Rather than reiterate a narrative around how bad fast fashion is for this world, she crafts a charming and powerful manifesto “The buyerarchy of needs” illustrated through personal anecdotes and a guide to buying things that are made to last, encouraging readers to think before they spend.
Occupying thousands of square feet in Hong Kong’s Soho area is PMQ a new creative cultural hub. PMQ used to be the site of the police married quarters, a space where junior police officers from the mainland would house their families. In the early 2000s, long after the premise had been vacated from its original function, the space faced an uncertain fate.
There are some people you meet who are so incredibly passionate about what they do and their enthusiasm is contagious. Marta Larsson is one of these people. A self-made jewellery designer, Marta’s pieces are all made by hand, no two being the same. All of her pieces feature raw unpolished stones, her favourite medium to work with.
It’s incredibly frustrating when you tell people you play football and they respond with ‘why?’ or a series of other questions. Women playing football feels like a foreign concept to many – it must be, given the things I get asked quite regularly as of late.
These questions range from, “but your boyfriend plays, right?” to, “are you American?”. I also get asked “do you play with the offside rule?” and “are your matches 90 minutes?”. I also hear “but you don’t look like a footballer” often. These questions and statements seem to facilitate a guided discovery process to ignorant people that need to prescribe a reason as to why a woman plays or has an interest in football.
Ten Years of Style
The Sunday Times Style Magazine celebrated it’s tenth anniversary this weekend with a lovely press and poster campaign and a special issue of Style in today’s paper.
I love this. Both the words and the ‘stitched’ typography. Probably even enough to start reading the Times ..
The Renegade Craft Show is back in London this weekend. It’s amazing. You should go.
Ps- Whilst you’re there check out stand 49 for some beautiful things made by the lovely Maria.
The Search for Second-hand Clothes
Inspired by the lovely Liv (@theendofthenew) I decided 2012 would be the start of me buying as few new clothes as possible. Women in the UK waste £1.6 billion on clothes they’ll never wear and 1.2 million tonnes of this goes to landfill. Not so good for wallets or the environment.
In my bid to not buy new, I’ve spent a lot of time pounding the pavement trying to find good places to shop.
Decent charity shops are sometimes hard to come by. You either find ones with prices too high (yes even though it’s for charity, it’s hard to reconcile paying more for something used than you would for it new) or ones that tend to have not so stellar stock or ones that are brilliant but far away (case in point: Whitstable – amazing but too far to travel for clothes on a regular basis) So I’ve compiled a list of a few of my favs.
Oxfam, Dalston Junction.
- This shop is big. And it works on a coloured label tag (ie: yellow labels, all £1). Plenty of bargains and a sizable homewares section. Best purchase here? A bright yellow leather clutch.
Save the Children Shop, Clapham.
- Located on a road with plenty other charity shops and good for an afternoon adventure, loves this massive shop. It’s the kind of place to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. Although chaotic there are loads of bargains and plenty from my personal favourite decade, the 80s.
RSPCA, Stoke Newington. (aka The new kid on the block)
- For moments when you’re considering popping in to the high road to buy a staple wardrobe item (black cardigan, white vest top, you know, those things) this is the place to go. They’ve got lots of stock and a good amount of ‘work clothes’. There’s also a Mind shop close by that’s also quite good. I bagged myself some Kurt Geiger pumps for a fiver last week. Score.
Salvation Army, Mare Street, Hackney.
- If you’re after vintage but don’t want to pay the premium for something from past decades, this is your shop. The store is relatively new and has some usual but lovely clothes. Especially dresses. And shoes.
Lama’s Pyjama’s, Roman Road.
- Lama’s is particularly good for accessories like belts, shoes and costume jewellery.
YMCA, Goodge Street.
- This used to be my favourite place to go on lunch breaks with @jocorrall when I was at Do The Green Thing. It’s full of good (random) t-shirts and has lots of nice coats.
If you can think of any others I should add, please do share. I’m a bit biased to North-East London but that can change!
Beccy and Hannah, the lovely pair behind the Crafternoon Tea Club bring you this ‘Christmash’ spesh: an evening of re-gifting, re-distributing, re-packaging and other low carbon creative fun. Oh and free booze and fabulous music. Go on, tell all your friends.
Plastic Fashion? No thanks.
For some strange reason, at this moment in time, littering the pages of many glossy magazines is plastic. Plastic fashion.
I do love fashion. And I do love a good read through of a glossy magazine. But I don’t love plastic fashion. “Plastic, c’est fantastic“, “plastic is so S/S ’11“. It’s really not.
Maybe it’s got the whole vintage appeal and plays on peoples memories of jelly shoes and bobble hair accessories. And don’t get me wrong, I did love my jelly shoes when I was young. I even wore some terrible opal jelly platforms from Le Chateau to my grade eight graduation. (Fashion victim, I know). But, I don’t fully understand why plastic fashion has made a comeback. More and more mags are covering ethical fashion and sustainable styles yet plastic has still managed to creep its way in to spring/summer.
So here are a few suggested alternatives to plastic fashion for any conscious person out there who cringes the way that I do at the thought of more plastic being produced.
- This looks like plastic, feels like plastic and well, it is plastic. But it’s recycled plastic. Like these bags turned into a corset, and these suits made from plastic bottles. Or how about these shoes made from plastic bags? (Admittedly not the most attractive footwear, but you know, they’re unique)
- Check out Plastic Seconds. They do hand made accessories from plastic that can’t be recycled.
- Buy vintage, like someone else’s old jelly shoes. It’s really a better shout than it sounds. Plenty of bargains and gems to be found! And you’d be giving something old and lovely a new lease of life.
Despite my love of trends, I’ll be passing on this plastic one. Unless I happen to stumble across something at my local charity shop.
Nice jeans, eh? I inherited them last week at a clothes swap at Green Thing HQ. Inspired by The End of The New, a fashion conscious experiment in not buying new clothes, I thought it would be fun to get a bunch of friends and colleagues in the same room with bags of old clothes and swap around. And that’s exactly what happened last Wednesday evening.
I also managed to bag this lovely yellow terrycloth Lacoste dress. Perfect for the beach.
It was amazing sharing experiences of our wardrobes and stories about just how much stuff we all owned but either never wore, wore until it went out of fashion or wore it thin. I think most people walked away pleased with their ‘new’ items of clothing and hopefully we will all think a bit more before we buy throwaway fashion. Even though it’s cheap and accessible, I’ve found that clothes that have a history and have been loved are the best. With swap parties because everything is valued the same, you end up coming away with things you may have never worn before and you become a bit more creative about what you wear and how you wear it.
There are plenty of places to swap clothes with people online, like The Big Wardrobe and Posh Swaps. And, if you’re really keen just organise one of your own. No experience necessary!