When I heard that Bolongaro Trevor was going to open a shop in Carnaby street, I was very happy. After all, their shop on Shoreditch High St is just badly located, surrounded by just bars loaded with drunkens – obviously not the type of people who would appreciate the fantastic designs. At least now they are only steps away from other cool fellow boutiques – Concrete, Hurwundeki, Beyond the Valley, etc.
Finally today I made my way to visit the store, and tbh, I expected the inside to be something more. It is Kait and Stuart’s second child after all (first one was All Saints if you haven’t got to know). But then again I guess they were just in a hurry to open the store before Christmas hence no time for interior decoration. And as long as the clothes are there, then why would I care?
And I completely forgot about the interior the moment I started digging in, and after five minutes, found my new favourite jumper.
Bolongaro Trevor’s Shawl Jumper unwrapped (photo by Hoan Bee)
After all the sales I’ve been to lately, all of the sudden it occurred to me that I actually have enough stuff to organize a sale myself. And I’m doing it, right now.
So this is it, the first ever PURPLE INVASION SALE
– denims from Energy, Lee, Reiss, G-Star and FCUK (size W30-32, L32-34)
– shoes from Fred Perry, Paul Smith, Dsquared, Swear, Adidas, Converse and more (size 6-8 UK)
– various tops: from designers to Topman, some exotic stuff from Korea and Vietnam (all sizes)
– big jackets: jackets that could actually keep you warm and still look nice at the same time
– bags, scarves and belts
Something like this, roughly. Although I don’t have any dress, my wardrobe is pretty much unisex. There are so many more stuff I can’t be bothered to photograph them. This is just to give you an idea.
Where: 262 Shirland Road, Maida Vale W9 3JQ (nearest tube is Queen’s Park on Bakerloo line)
When: everyday from Saturday 13 Dec to Saturday 20 Dec 2008. Just give me a ring to make an appointment.
Cheesy I know, using the word heavenly, but it’s been almost two days and I admittedly still feel rather happy about what I came back with from the Angels sale, so yah.
Funny how, like I had mentioned in the previous post, people were literally pushing each other, and during the first half hour that made us very reluctant to dig in to find some stuff to buy, though having bought the bag we kinda felt like we at least should come out with something. But for me, somehow, all the pushing and shoving later on had turned into some kind of motivation, and pushed me harder toward the boxes, and so I digged in. And these are what I digged out of that.
(note: I bought a £20 bag, so I think I was pretty good at packing, really)
What made me really happy about these stuff is that, I don’t need to do any alteration or fixing at all. There were a lot of amazing stuff at the sale but needed something done to make them work, but being a guy I would be too lazy to make the effort. So this bag of bargained-already-made-and-ready-to-wear is just simply perfect.
And even until now I’m still unable to work out how I managed to fit all these stuff (plus half a bag full of scarves) into A bag of £20. My newly found credit crunch nature I guess! 🙂
Hopefully during next week I will have another few shoots of what my friends (whom I totally lost at the sale) got. Some of them are natural vintage queens or clothes hunters so I have high expectation.
That’s all for now. I’m off. Have a lovely new week, nx
So that day finally came, the day what rumoured to be the biggest sale of the decade happened – the Angels sale (http://www.angels.uk.com/sale.html). Me and a few friends of mine were struggling to wake up at 6 on a Saturday morning to travel all the way to North Wembley for it – we of course cannot miss out on such an experience. It was fun to see how all of the sudden the overground train got so busy on a Saturday morning at very early time, almost everybody on the train were heading to the same place. We got there at probably a quarter to eight and people were running from the station to the place to get ahead in the queue. Very funny.
Turned out it was not funny at all. The queue was already massive, and there were stories of people showing up from 3 in the afternoon the day before with sleeping bags and chairs to be the first ones to enter the “sacred house”.
However, the massive queue outside and the freezing weather was nothing comparing to the scene inside. It was total madness. Think food fight in a Nazi camp and you should get pretty much of the picture. Too bad I couldn’t bring the camera inside but I think you could see some photos on the site above.
There were three rooms: the 60’s-70’s-80’s and theatre costumes, the uniforms and the 20’s-30’s-40’s. The last one is the fanciest, although a lot of the cool stuff are in pretty bad conditions. The uniforms are totally cool with massive army boots and coats. But people were pushing too much and the clothes were absolutely filthy which just made us sneezing all the time so we were so reluctant to dig in, although I can’t deny that I’m happy with what I came out with. Will show them off in a later post.
The sun was lovely and I was hoping to get some cool street style stuff at the place, but people were dressing to fight – they understand what they were getting themselves into, definitely not another fashion show. Although I believe not all of them got it very clear though.
But they were still pretty close to the head of the queue. There were people queuing miles away and I don’t know if they actually got in before the sale closed.
But like I said, the experience itself was something worth knowing. And for people who came out with enough clothes to fill up two wardrobes – all for the price of a nice coat – it was definitely worthit to go through hell to get to The Clothes Heaven.
It’s official: I’ve found my favourite piece of knitwear, and i believe it’s from some other planet!
Okay. I was joking. It’s from this planet. To be more exact, it’s from Iceland, by a designer named Mundi. To be even more exact, it is sold in Beyond the Valley (Newburgh st, off Carnaby st). Isn’t it so cute + cool + so-chunkily-sexy-it-makes-me-yearn-for-chocolate?
The same designer, Mundi, also does this piece which shows me the gate to hoodie heaven
Who said hoodie can’t be sexy? Well, I definitely never said that since I’ve already got a very sexy slim fit over-sized hoodie from Ambiguous (which transformed me into Lady Gaga a while ago if you remember). But this? This is THE one.
I get very depressed when I can’t afford clothes I want, that’s the reason why I have finished more than half a loaf of walnut cake while writing this. Now I’ll go eat up the rest to gulp down my depression.
By the way, there’s a party for the 2nd issue of Buck magazine tomorrow (or today?) – it’s today now: Wednesday 26th Nov, anybody? It’s gonna be great so come if you don’t have a better plan. No guestlist so you’d better come early, around 7:30 is perfect. Live music from My Tiger My Timing and Death Cigarettes, and DJ sets from Mmmelanie, Deathcrush and Defn.
34 COATE STREET
I curse the day the weather was born, I swear to God, I hate it so much I can’t even put it into words. Was so sick the last couple of days thus no updates on this blog. But I’m back.
Anyway, before the weather decided to turn so ridiculously cold and made everybody ill, me and my friends had a very nice afternoon digging a sample sale in Bricklane. This is just a sample of what we came back with. Again, I forgot my camera so Igor’s camera was in use, hence the bad quality photos.
Since when did double-chested army jackets become so sexy? Ask Igor and Saif.
Shiraz, again, got the hottest item (i’m kidding, i got the hottest jacket really) and became queen of the sample sale (i’m kidding again)
anyway, we were all happy. i want to show what i got, but haven’t got any photos because I fell sick the moment I got home, so. till next time then, nx
Right, I’m in fact enjoying some nicest green tea made in Vietnam while writing this, but that has nothing to do with this blog or anyone of you. No I’m not sharing. You, however, might find what I’m sharing today even more enjoyable.
Because I happen to think that this is the nicest t-shirt in the world
This is the t-shirt made by Horace and can be found at Concrete shop (Marshall st, just off Carnaby st)
In the photo Jayson wears an over-sized which I think gives a cooler and edgier look. Have a better look
I, however, choose a better fitted size, and I still like it very much
(note: the drummer of Alphabeat wore one exactly like mine in the video of Fascination, and he’s gorgeous so I shouldn’t have a problem with that should I?)
What’s best about it is that, it’s a t-shirt, and there’s no season for t-shirts, it never goes in or out of fashion, because it’s just a tee. So why not run to Concrete right now to grab one for yourself while the sale’s still on. I did, and I was never more happy ^^
Another sale’s on tomorrow. I’d better kill myself now, I’d die hungry in a week anyway having spent all money on clothes 😦
By the way, Britney’s new album kick anything by Rihanna in both the ass and the face.