Thursday, 29 May 2014

Neighbourhood Histograms

You may remember Laura Nicholson from a post I wrote (and the sketch I made of her) not long ago, when she first launched her brand, Larke. Laura has recently partnered with Darkroom, one of my favourite stores in London for its strong graphic aesthetic and bold patterns, to create Larke x Darkroom. The displays remind me of 70s radical design movement Superstudio and their mirrors and histograms, which I very much love.

I love it when fashion brands (and eyewear brands, of course!) partner up with lifestyle brands. I find it engaging, it makes me want to be more experimental with my look and I take a shine to things I wouldn't normally wear. I also like the way the shop, and the strict geometric styling of Larke x Darkroom is in sharp contrast with Bloomsbury's quiet and leafy streets, yet closely connected with it's georgian architectural elements. Bloomsbury is home to Laura's studio as well, so I like to think of this as a neighbourhood collaboration, and a perfect one at that!

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

As modern as they used to be!

Last week saw the debut of Modern Vintage London at interiors and lifestyle shop, Pitfiel.

Modern Vintage brings a curated range of original, unworn eyewear from the 60s to the 90s. The difference with other vintage retailers is that each frame has been carefully reconditioned by a team of skilled craftspeople in North Eastern Italy, ensuring they fit as well as the day they were manufactured.

Some pieces are by historical fashion houses like Robert Laroche or Romeo Gigli (a personal favourite, which I can't wait to talk to you about, in more detail in another post, very soon!). Other sunglasses bare the name of the workshops that crafted them, some of which have now sadly ceased manufacturing, like FOCA and Piave (a manufacturer I had worked for in Italy).

I am particularly passionate about Modern Vintage as it's a project I am closely involved with and I had worked for years with the people at the workshop in Italy where the frames have been reconditioned.

Here are some of my favourite pieces...

Here is a post by Siu from MGAM who was at Pitfield for the launch!
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Tuesday, 20 May 2014


I am trying to find a pare of big specs that actually suit me. I have been wearing pantos for a while now and think it's time for a change...and go wide. I am putting together a moodboard pinning some inspiring looks. Here's a great one I just stumbled upon!

photo Garance Dore

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